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THE

BILLON

FOUNDATION

COMEDIANS HELPING COMEDIANS

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WHO WE ARE

The Billon Foundation is a nonprofit society dedicated to continuing the late witty and kind Canadian comedian Matt Billon's legacy of helping people. If you didn’t know him, he was an exceptional human who was known for his generosity and encouragement when people seemed to need it most. 

We are a group of Matt's family and friends in the comedy world, and our mission is to create something of value for comedians seeking support in keeping their mental health in check.

WHERE WERE GOING

Our dreams are big, but we’re just getting started.

 

Today, we are proud to share that we have over 40 members in our organization all enrolled through our FREE membership program.  

 

We currently offer a partner deal with online therapy giant Betterhelp.com (first month absolutely free; 15% off onward), and Certified Group Hypnotherapist Tammy Smith is launching her first monthly Zoom group session on Monday June 17, 2024- absolutely free to our members.

 

We’ll continue to bring on all different styles of wellbeing therapies, such as dry monthly challenges, microdosing options, and various styles of yoga and breathwork. Did you know Kundalini yoga is the number one go-to yoga practice for many recovering addicts?

 

Our goal is to bring on as many varied mainstream and alternative wellbeing resources and services as possible, at no or low cost to our members. 

 

If you keep scrolling, you’ll see we’ve had some pretty amazing events since we started in summer 2022 in BC, and we are looking forward to building regular fundraising and awareness events across Canada to support our mission.  Please follow us here and on social media, and we hope to see you at an event soon!  To get involved in an event by volunteering in the planning or performing, please reach out to us at the bottom of this page- we’d love to hear from you!

WHERE WE'RE GOING

Our dreams are big, but we’re just getting started.

 

Today, we are proud to share that we have over 40 members in our organization all enrolled through our FREE membership program.  

 

We currently offer a partner deal with online therapy giant Betterhelp.com (first month absolutely free; 15% off onward), and Certified Group Hypnotherapist Tammy Smith is launching her first monthly Zoom group session on Monday June 17, 2024- absolutely free to our members.

 

We’ll continue to bring on all different styles of wellbeing therapies, such as dry monthly challenges, microdosing options, and various styles of yoga and breathwork. Did you know Kundalini yoga is the number one go-to yoga practice for many recovering addicts?

 

Our goal is to bring on as many varied mainstream and alternative wellbeing resources and services as possible, at no or low cost to our members. 

 

If you keep scrolling, you’ll see we’ve had some pretty amazing events since we started in summer 2022 in BC, and we are looking forward to building regular fundraising and awareness events across Canada to support our mission.  Please follow us here and on social media, and we hope to see you at an event soon!  To get involved in an event by volunteering in the planning or performing, please reach out to us at the bottom of this page- we’d love to hear from you!

The Billon Foundation is a nonprofit society dedicated to continuing the late witty and kind Canadian comedian Matt Billon's legacy of helping people. If you didn’t know him, he was an exceptional human who was known for his generosity and encouragement when people seemed to need it most. 

We are a group of Matt's family and friends in the comedy world, and our mission is to create something of value for comedians seeking support in keeping their mental health in check.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE 5th, 2024

Join us for a night full of laughter and heartfelt memories as we celebrate Matty Billon Day!  This is not your average night out, as we gather in his beloved home club to honour our dear friend with side-splitting humour and a whole lot of fun.  Tickets at laughshopcalgary.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE 5th, 2024

Join us for a night full of laughter and heartfelt memories as we celebrate Matty Billon Day!  This is not your average night out, as we gather in his beloved home club to honour our dear friend with side-splitting humour and a whole lot of fun.  Tickets at laughshopcalgary.com

OUR CONTINUED

IMPACT

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED TO DATE:  $38,704!

In donations and treatment sponsorships

JUNE 17, 2024 - INTRODUCING GROUP HYPNOTHERAPIST TAMMY SMITH!

 *A free monthly event for Billon Foundation Members

Tammy Smith, BCCHt, is a board-certified clinical counseling hypnotherapist and award-winning author under her pen name, Tammy Tyree. Tammy empowers individuals to unlock the profound connections between their mind, body, and spirit, facilitating healing and transformation. 

 

With a background rooted in transformative healing and spiritualism, Tammy's approach transcends boundaries, guiding individuals through mental health challenges to find inner peace. Her expertise in healing anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation helps her clients reclaim agency and understanding of their inner and outer world.

 

 A proponent of group hypnotherapy, Tammy fosters collective healing and personal growth through a supportive group environment. Through her work with the Billon Foundation, she supports entertainment industry professionals and fosters resilience and well-being on and off the stage. 

Tammy's unwavering commitment to holistic healing is a beacon of hope, inspiring individuals on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY FOR FREE TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION FOR THIS VIRTUAL EVENT. THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

OUR CONTINUED

IMPACT

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED TO DATE:  $38,704!

In donations and treatment sponsorships

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The Billon Foundation is proud to share updates on the production of The Three Lives of Matt Billon (working title), a film that follows Matt Billon’s childhood friend Nathan Beninger as he makes a documentary about the legendary comedian’s iconic life and tries to better understand his suicide.

Follow us here for more updates on this project

BECOME A MEMBER ON OUR JOURNEY

Are you a comedian?  Sign up for our FREE membership today, for free or deeply discounted access to our growing list of wellbeing services, events, and resources.

Apply today for your FREE membership:

Personal Information (only name and email to be shared with Betterhelp.com. Please see our privacy policy for more information).

INSPIRED TO DONATE OR GET INVOLVED?

We are presently looking to build our team of like-minded people.  If what we’re talking about is resonating with you, let’s start talking.

Email us with your name, city you live in, what this cause means to you, and how you'd like to be involved- we can't wait to hear from you!

thebillonfoundation@gmail.com

Please be sure to check out our upcoming events and follow us on social media for some fun ways to support us!

We will always accept donations as well, via e-transfer to: thebillonfoundation@gmail.com*

(*Please add DONATION and your EMAIL ADDRESS  in the message so we can thank you properly!​)

All donations go directly to support our mission of connecting and supporting comedians who are looking to keep their mental health in check.

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THANKS FOR SUBMITTING!

Matty Billon Day was a very special and successful event– sincere thanks to Matt Wall and The Laugh Shop Calgary, our incredibly generous sponsors, allllll the incredible performers, and everyone who came out for the show, making this a night to remember Matty in the best way. Funds raised from this event supported the next direction of our foundation- stay tuned for some big announcements soon!

Kim Finlayson

Executive Director, Cofounder

Kim is Matt Billon’s sister.  From her 20 years of experience in the federal government and in the local advisory committee of assistance programs, Kim’s strengths include organizational and administrative skills, and experience in facilitating information sessions and connecting people to resources related to mental health and addiction.  Kim’s educational background of Business Administration, Fine Arts, and Education, along with her close connection and dedication to her brother’s memory, are at the disposal of this group to ensure its success, while having a laugh.

Ryan Lachance

Grants and Partnerships, Cofounder

Ryan is one of Matt’s closest friends and has had over 20 years of experience in standup comedy and public speaking.  Ryan has been hired multiple times as a keynote speaker in Canada and the US, and  has a degree in International Business and Trade and Logistics.

Peter Hudson

Events and Media, Cofounder

Peter is one of Matt Billon’s best friends.  He is also a headline standup comedian/producer.  Peter is a proud father and community mental health advocate.  His experience and skills related to the comedy industry, paired with his newly acquired certification in Mental Health Support and Crisis Response, along with his love for Matt makes him an invaluable co-founder of this project.

Roxanne Craigdallie

Administration & Gap Filler

Roxanne met Matt when he was just dipping his toes in the comedy pool and became a sort of Den Mother.  He was best man at her wedding to another of Matt’s closest buds, Mike Craigdallie.  He always had a room in their home and will always have a place in their heart.

OUR TEAM

Chris Billon

Fundraisers and Merchandise Team

Chris is Matt's older brother. He is passionate about the entertainment business and he's been working in the film industry for 12 years. He has worked in many different areas of the industry. Chris  has had roles as a production assistant, locations manager, background coordinator and currently as a 3rd assistant director. He also worked in  hospitality for over 20 years in a wide range of positions. Chris is a kind and  thoughtful person who loves helping people in need. He brings a smile to people's faces with his funny humour and friendly personality. 

Spencer Finlayson

Fundraisers & Merchandise Team

Spencer is one of Matt Billon’s two nephews. He is currently going to school trying to figure out the right career choice, but has experience in almost all trade related careers, which has developed great trouble-shooting skills and is here to keep things running smoothly in any way shape or form. He also has many business connections in Matt's family's home town of Penticton BC, and his youth presence will help contribute and bring awareness of mental health and addiction to our younger crowds.

Ethan Finlayson

Fundraisers & Merchandise Team

Ethan is Matt Billon's youngest nephew.  Ethan has a passion for fitness and nutrition, and is currently obtaining his Personal Trainer license.  Ethan's love for his uncle, and like-minded compassion for others, has motivated him to be involved in this organization.  Ethan and Spencer are co-creating and managing The Billon Foundation merchandise, and look forward to attending as many events as possible to connect with others.

Tanya Cressman

Fundraisers & Merchandise Lead

Tanya was Matt’s girlfriend over the last 2 years and shared many wonderful and fun memories with him.  Tanya’s strengths include 20 years of professional sales in the medical field, experience putting on large events, presentations and having a strong business background. 

Tanya’s educational background includes a degree in Management.  Her loving dedication to Matt’s memory and a passion for helping make a difference,  makes her enthusiastic  to be part of this project.

Brennan Hinchsliff

Marketing, Web & Design

Creation has always been the driving force behind all of Brennan’s ventures. A graduated graphic designer from Vancouver Island University, Brennan has offered his skills to a vast range of projects including web design, brand revitalization, marketing management, and business restoration. Brennan got his start in Nanaimo restoring, rebranding and managing the popular LevelTwo Nightclub, later achieving similar success in assisting in the restoration of The Queen’s. While managing these venues, simultaneously going to VIU, and taking on odd design jobs, Brennan started up Mindsai Creative, and within a few months what was once a part-time gig had grown into a full 6 person team. Since then, the Mindsai team has run several online marketing campaigns and rebranding initiatives, and helped many local businesses get a leap forward in the digital world.

Emma Proulx

Grants & Partnerships

Emma is a Continuing Care Assistant who moved to BC from Saskatchewan a few years ago and has been working with Ryan Lachance. Through her and Ryan’s friendship she met Matt and became good friends with him as well. She has fallen in love with the comedy industry from watching Ryan at his shows and has become a part of the Vancouver comedy scene. Emma is good at kindling strong connections and friendships which will be an asset for when the Billon Foundation is fundraising and doing comedy tours. She is very passionate about helping others and is ready to help when wherever she is needed. 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

A huge heartfelt thank you to 

TOGETHER WE CAN

For providing our very first full treatment sponsorship for a comedian in the Lower Mainland as a result of TBF's inaugural event- SoberFest 2022!

JUNE 17, 2024 - INTRODUCING GROUP HYPNOTHERAPIST TAMMY SMITH!

 *A free monthly event for Billon Foundation Members

Tammy Smith, BCCHt, is a board-certified clinical counseling hypnotherapist and award-winning author under her pen name, Tammy Tyree. Tammy empowers individuals to unlock the profound connections between their mind, body, and spirit, facilitating healing and transformation. 

 

With a background rooted in transformative healing and spiritualism, Tammy's approach transcends boundaries, guiding individuals through mental health challenges to find inner peace. Her expertise in healing anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation helps her clients reclaim agency and understanding of their inner and outer world.

 

 A proponent of group hypnotherapy, Tammy fosters collective healing and personal growth through a supportive group environment. Through her work with the Billon Foundation, she supports entertainment industry professionals and fosters resilience and well-being on and off the stage. 

Tammy's unwavering commitment to holistic healing is a beacon of hope, inspiring individuals on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY FOR FREE TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION FOR THIS VIRTUAL EVENT. THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

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