The following first appeared in The Journal of Commerce on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021:

Retired NHL goalie Corey Hirsch has just been named the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC’s (ICBA) Wellness Ambassador for 2022.

In January, Hirsch will embark on a “Just One More Day” mental wellness speaking tour throughout British Columbia. Hirsch will speak in Victoria (January 20), Surrey (January 21), Fort St. John (February 3), Prince George (February 4), Kamloops (March 10) and Kelowna (March 11).

After hanging up his skates, Hirsch became a mental wellness advocate. In his playing days he struggled with mental health. When panic attacks and severe weight loss meant he couldn’t play any longer, he asked his team trainer for help. Hirsch was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and got the treatment he needed.

Hirsch’s speaking tour is part of the ICBA’s Workplace Wellness program, which was launched in April 2021. “The program was developed for the unique challenges in construction,” said association president Chris Gardner.