TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Each year, the Canadian Mental Health
Association (CMHA), National honours individuals and organizations, including
the media and government, for their leadership and contributions to mental
health in their communities. These national awards recognize the outstanding
efforts of individuals and organizations, including CMHA volunteers and staff
members in communities from coast-to-coast-to coast throughout Canada, who
exemplify the vision and mission of the Association.
"These annual awards represent a unique opportunity for CMHA to celebrate
such a talented and dedicated group of individuals who have a positive impact
on the mental health of Canadians at the community level," says Dr. Taylor
Alexander, CEO, CMHA, National. "We'll continue to encourage nominations for
such outstanding individuals across Canada, in the years ahead."
"As Canada's largest mental health association, we are very excited about
being able to celebrate these individuals in their work as mental health
leaders," says Judith Watson, President, Board of Directors, CMHA, National.
CMHA proudly salutes this year's award winners and applauds their many
efforts to make a difference in mental health in their communities and in
Canada. This year's recipients include:
(*) Dr. Austin Mardon, Edmonton, Alberta. The C.M. Hincks Award honours
the founder of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Clarence
Meredith Hincks, for his spirit and social commitment. It is our
highest award and it is presented annually to one outstanding
individual or organization which has advanced mental health in Canada
through their work/volunteer activities by working on behalf of
people with mental illness.
(*) Keith Lowe, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Outstanding Volunteer Service
Award celebrates a volunteer who has given considerable time and
effort to many different services provided by the CMHA, and has had a
positive impact across Canada.
(*) Christina Papadoupolos, Durham, Ontario. The CMHA Staff Award is
presented to any individual CMHA employee or team which has shown
significant leadership within the Association at the local, regional,
provincial, territorial or national level.
(*) Renita Picton, Calgary, Alberta. The Non-Consumer Involvement Award
honours an individual or group for the work they have accomplished in
promoting and facilitating consumer participation within the CMHA and
(*) CMHA, Manitoba for their Partnership for Consumer Empowerment's
Program: Inspiring Communities through Recovery Stories. The Edward
Pennington Innovation Award was created by the CMHA in 2003 to honour
Edward J. Pennington, General Director of the CMHA National Office,
for his 15 years of service and to celebrate innovative mental health
programs at the local, regional, provincial or national level of
CMHA. It recognizes significant community development, mental health
promotion projects or programs that exemplify team leadership and
innovation in the mental health field.
(*) Shawn Wilson, Peterborough, Ontario. The Mental Health in the
Workplace Award was established in 1988 as part of the CMHA's Mental
Health in the Workplace Project. And it honors leaders in the
promotion of mental health in the workplace.
(*) Monique W. Dull (Scholar and Broadcaster), Vancouver, B.C. The Media
Award for Mood Hygiene, CBC Radio One. Inaugurated in 1991, this
award honours those representatives in the media who have made
outstanding contributions to the coverage of mental health issues in
(*) The Freddi Ford Award was presented to Christine Cieslar at the
Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention on October 5, 2007. The
Freddi Ford Award is given by the CMHA, in partnership with the
Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, each year to an
outstanding volunteer who has been actively involved in supporting
survivors of suicide.
About CMHA, National
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of
the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides direct
service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more
than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 135 communities. As a
nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association
promotes the mental health of all Canadians and supports the resilience and
recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this
mission through advocacy, education, research and service delivery. For
further information, please visit www.cmha.ca.
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