OTTAWA, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental
Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) will host the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2013 at the Château Laurier.
The annual Champions Awards brings together political decision makers, business leaders, members of
the national media, sponsors and other stakeholders to celebrate
individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have
advanced the mental health agenda in Canada in the past year.
"We are honoured that Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David
Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will
join us this evening and share in our commitment to Canada's mental
health and wellbeing," stated Dr. Karen Cohen, CAMIMH Campaign Chair
The Champions of Mental Health Awards are a key component of CAMIMH's annual awareness campaigns and are made
possible through the generous support of its presenting sponsor Bell,
as part of the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. "We are very
honoured to have Bell as our Presenting Sponsor for these awards and
are truly grateful for their support. Without Bell this event would
not have been possible," said Dr. Cohen.
"Bell is pleased to recognize once again Canada's Champions of Mental Health. We congratulate the winners for their outstanding leadership and
commitment to helping raise awareness about mental health and improving
access to mental health care in communities across Canada," says Mary
Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "We applaud the work of CAMIMH in
helping to improve mental health care for Canadians."
The winners of the 2013 Champions of Mental Health Awards are:
Eric Windeler, Founder and Lead Volunteer, The Jack Project, from Ontario
mindyourmind, A non-profit organization with programs for youth mental health
The Honourable Bob Rae, Member of Parliament for Toronto - Centre
Private Sector Individual:
Emily Doer, Creator Tea for E|D - A tea party fundraiser for eating disorders,
Public Sector Individual:
Candice Waddell, A Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has dedicated herself to providing
leadership and community advocacy projects in Nunavut
Dr. Tina Montreuil, A psychologist researcher into treatments of first episode psychosis
at the PEPP Clinic of the Douglas Institute, McGill University
"We had a really challenging time choosing the winners this year from
among 50 nominations received. This group really exemplifies the kind
of innovations that help Canadians to understand mental illness and to
make effective treatments, services and supports available to those who
need it," concluded Dr. Cohen.
CAMIMH would once again like to thank their generous sponsors who make
this campaign possible: Bell, Lundbeck Canada Inc, Impact Public
Affairs and Janssen. To learn more about the awards please visit camimh.ca.
Established in 1998, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental
Health (CAMIMH) is an alliance of mental health organizations comprised
of health care providers and organizations representing persons with
mental illness and their families and caregivers. CAMIMH's mandate is
to ensure that mental health is placed on the national agenda so that
persons with a lived experience of mental illness and their families
receive appropriate access to care and support.
SOURCE: CANADIAN ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH
For further information:
or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Kalene DeBaeremaeker, Champions Awards Organizing Committee