Peterborough Writer Erica Richmond Raises $530 for CMHA’s Trans Peer Outreach Program

Peterborough writer Erica Richmond (right) with her $530 donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge. In May, Richmond announced that she would be donating half of the proceeds from her children’s book “Pixie and the Bees.” (Photo courtesy of CMHA HKPR)

Peterborough writer Erica Richmond, founder of Open Sky Stories, has raised $530 for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Trans Peer Outreach Program, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.

In May, Richmond announced that it would donate half of the proceeds ($10) from every sale of its children’s book Pixie and the bees during the month of May to the association.

Based on her own experience of living with anxiety, Pixie and the bees (illustrated by Brooklin Holbrough) tells the story of a happy Pixie who has an encounter while picking wildflowers that leaves her with constant pain and discomfort that no one else at first understands.

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By the end of May, Richmond had exceeded his expectations and, through numerous promotions, had sold a total of 53 books.

According to Richmond, much of its success is due to a BC school board that purchased a copy of the book for each of its youth workers to have in their resource kit.

In an email, Richmond says she decided to direct her donation to the Trans Peer Outreach program “because it’s Pride month and honestly the trans community deserves all the support we can provide.” .

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Richmond – whose youngest child is transgender – has wrote a blog post explaining why inclusive language is important.

For more information on Pixie and the bees and to order a copy of the book, visit openskystories.com/product/pixie-and-the-bees/.

For more information on the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge’s Trans Peer Outreach Program, visit cmhahkpr.ca/programs-services/trans-peer-outreach/.