Our thanks to Pavandeep Singh (or Pavan for short), a University of Toronto grad who is excited and ready to take on the Unbreakable 1000 Challenge in order to raise funds for our youth programs. Pavan recently learned about Team Unbreakable when he was at the Runner’s Academy, a staunch supporter of our charity. Its co-founder Dr. Sheppard introduced Pavan to the work that was being done in the schools and the rest is history.
Pavan got in touch with Team Unbreakable’s Program Coordinator Nils Blondon and offered to help in any volunteer capacity wherever his services were needed the most. At one of the charity’s strategy sessions, he learned about the Unbreakable 1000 Challenge and immediately signed up.
Pavan is a long-time runner but has only completed one marathon so far. He hopes to increase his training and complete a triathlon. In the meantime, he is taking it slower due to injuries to his knee and opposite foot. “I am doing a lot of stretching and strengthening and completing shorter runs while cross training – I go with the flow and I am learning to better listen to my body,” he says. “Running is imperative for my mental health and when I am not able to run for any reason, it can be depressing,” Pavan says.
Pavan is currently teaching grade 12 psychology part-time and tutoring students while he applies for graduate studies. His family members are in the teaching profession and he says his passion is health, law and education. “I like helping others with their study habits, which is why I am also an academic coach. I like helping students realize and unlock their own potential, and I admire their enthusiasm. To be part of Team Unbreakable has been a great way to give back to the community that has given so much to me, and I am grateful and excited to be part of it.”