Chad Guenter has been a firefighter for 10 years. Splitting that time between the Oil & Gas sector and currently with Canmore Fire Rescue. He also teaches technical rescue to Fire Departments, Police, Military, SAR, EMS, and the public sector.
In 2012 KC/PO (Keep Calm Paddle On) was started. A grass roots stand up paddle initiative that helps raise awareness for mental health and raises money to help support those dealing with those mental monsters. In 2017 KC/PO was named by the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) 1 of 150 “Difference Makers” in Canada. Awarded to organizations or individuals making a difference in the mental health community. We know that water can heal so we help facilitate connections with like minded individuals, creating community through paddling expeditions.
In 2018, while paddling the Bow River with fellow fire fighters, Project All In Foundation was created.
The goal was to help bridge the gap for First Responders that are struggling with their Mental Health. The “All In” coin was designed to make it easier for responders to open up about any mental monsters they may be facing. The flip side of the coin helps keep us accountable for each other by initiating debriefs more regularly.
For the better part of 10 years Chad has been fighting for the underdog, trying to create a voice for those too weak to speak up for themselves. Stigma creates silence and our mission is to change that.
Gregg “Scully” Schaalje has been a firefighter for 24 years. He is currently a Firefighter/Lieutenant in Rocky View County Fire Services along with being a devoted husband and father of two children. He has also competed in FireFit for the past 24 years… and is still going strong!
Gregg’s place of zen is where the waters flow and the sky is blue near the mountains. Gregg has had to deal with becoming mentally strong from a very young age and had to learn how to become resilient as he grew up with the challenges that he faced both within himself and with family members. His love for the outdoors came natural to him. This Calgary native spent most of his time in the outdoors or in the mountains.
Gregg started out as a volunteer firefighter and moved up the ladder of his career to the highest post as Fire Chief. He has received a 12 year Alberta Service Award and a 20 Year Federal Government Award. At his highest point in his career, Gregg realized that his mental health was not in a good place and the ladder he was on needed to be changed. So, in 2018 he hit the reset button on his life and “started over” as a probationary firefighter.
In the past, he has helped set up three Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams and sits on the Rocky View County Fire Health and Wellness committee. Gregg met Chad in 2016 on the job in Canmore. Their friendship was forged in the water when he joined Chad in 2018 for his first KCPO (Keep Calm and Paddle On), later that year while paddling down the Bow River with Chad and a mutual friend Project All In moved from a thought to reality.