Kaiser Foundation 2007 National Awards for Excellence winners



    Six unique Canadian individuals and organizations recognized for
    dedication in promoting physical and mental health by reducing harm from
    substance abuse

    VANCOUVER, March 15 /CNW/ - The Kaiser Foundation announced today the
names of six superior Canadians and organizations selected for the 2007 Awards
for Excellence Program in reducing harm from substance use. Each recipient
shares a common purpose--the steadfast commitment of helping people adversely
affected by substance abuse-to live healthier, happier, and safer lives.

    The six award categories and 2007 recipients are:

    Excellence in Public Policy: Donald McPherson, Drug Policy Coordinator,
    City of Vancouver, British Columbia

    Excellence in Community Programming: African Canadian Development &
    Prevention Network (ACDPN) Management Committee, Montreal, Quebec

    Excellence in Aboriginal Programming: Edith Regier, Crossing Communities
    Art Project (CCAP), Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programming: York Region
    Methamphetamine Strategy (YRMS), Inspector Tom Carrique Toronto, Ontario

    Excellence in Leadership: Ontario Needle Exchange Programs Best Practices
    Recommendations Team, Dr. Carol Strike, Toronto, Ontario

    Excellence in Youth Leadership: Sarah MacDonald, Miramichi Advisory
    Committee on Youth (MACY), Miramichi, New Brunswick

    The Kaiser Foundation, in partnership with, the Government of British
Columbia, Health Canada, and an impressive roster of corporate and private
national partners, launched the National Awards for Excellence Program in
2006, to recognize and reward the tireless devotion of field leaders promoting
healthier lifestyles by reducing the harm associated with substance abuse
    The 2007 National Awards for Excellence Dinner will be held in Toronto on
April 16. Award winners receive a $10,000 grant directed to a recognized
charity of their choosing, travel and accommodation with a guest to the host
city, and a video story highlighting their contributions in their field of
excellence.
    "The Kaiser Foundation and National Advisory Board congratulate the 2007
award recipients and nominees. We sincerely thank everyone who took the time
to nominate so many deserving candidates. The awards selection process was
taken seriously and not easily, as there were so many worthy of national
recognition, said Edgar F. Kaiser Jr., Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation.
    Together with its partners, the National Awards for Excellence Program in
Reducing Harm Associated with Substance Use is raising public awareness not
only of the winners, but of all the dedicated people in the addictions field.
These people come from across Canada encompassing a broad range of public and
private programs.

    About the Kaiser Foundation: Founded in 1985 by Edgar F. Kaiser Jr., OBC,
LLD (Hon.) Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser
Resources Ltd. The Kaiser Foundation is a registered charitable organization
dedicated to helping individuals and communities live healthier and more
productive lives by reducing the harm associated with substance abuse. The
Kaiser Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors representing a wide
spectrum of the community, with each Director bringing unique talents to the
organization.

    
                              KAISER FOUNDATION
                         2007 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
                                 FACT SHEET

    2007 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS:

    EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC POLICY, DONALD MACPHERSON - VANCOUVER, BC

    Donald MacPherson is responsible for firmly rooting harm reduction in
    Vancouver soil with his groundbreaking policy document, "A Framework for
    Action: A Four-Pillar Approach to Drug Problems in Vancouver." Based on
    years of research and experience as a frontline worker in the city's
    Downtown Eastside, Donald's framework was adopted in 2001 and became the
    first comprehensive municipal drug policy initiative launched in Canada.

    EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING - AFRICAN CANADIAN DEVELOPMENT &
    PREVENTION NETWORK (ACDPN) - MONTREAL, QC

    The African Canadian Development & Prevention Network (ACDPN) is being
    honoured for helping to strengthen at-risk families in Montreal's Black
    community. Comprised of six stakeholder organizations, ACDPN offers best-
    practice prevention programs aimed at reducing problem substance use and
    other social concerns affecting Black families and neighbourhoods.

    EXCELLENCE IN ABORIGINAL PROGRAMMING - EDITH REGIER, OF CROSSING
    COMMUNITIES ART PROJECT (CCAP) - WINNIPEG, MB

    Edith Regier's leading edge Crossing Communities Art Project (CCAP) uses
    visual and performing arts to engage criminalized Aboriginal women of all
    ages in social, economic and cultural development. CCAP is just one
    numerous successful art-related projects initiated by Edith, a talented
    visual artist who has shown more than 200 Aboriginal women how to cope
    through art rather than substance use and self-harm.

    EXCELLENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE PROGRAMMING - YORK REGION
    METHAMPHETAMINE STRATEGY (YRMS), INSPECTOR TOM CARRIQUE,YORK, ON

    YRMS has proven success in minimizing the impact of methamphetamine use
    and production through region-wide prevention initiatives. The YRMS team
    is also being honoured for successfully creating an unprecedented
    partnership between groups historically at odds on substance-related
    matters.

    EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP - ONTARIO NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS: BEST
    PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS TEAM, DR. CAROL STRIKE - TORONTO, ON

    Honoured for their groundbreaking work in legitimizing harm reduction and
    improving the lives of injection drug users, the Ontario Needle Exchange
    Programs; "Best Practice Recommendations Team" is considered by
    stakeholders as a practical programming and policy tool. Its
    recommendations are a collaboration of efforts between community experts
    and mental health and substance use researchers.

    EXCELLENCE IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP, SARAH MACDONALD, MIRAMICHI, NB

    Sarah MacDonald, 18, is recognized as a devoted community role model and
    founding member of the Miramichi Advisory Committee on Youth (MACY).
    Working to enhance access to services for Miramichi youth, Sarah has
    helped remove barriers impeding the full participation of youth in all
    aspects of life, including initiating community partnerships and youth
    events.

    2007 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE EVENT:

    The event is held annually and hosted in a different Canadian city each
    year.

    Monday, April 16th, 2007
    Ballroom,
    Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

    In attendance:

    Approximately fifty percent of all guests attending the annual Awards for
Excellence are invited as guests of the Foundation as contributors in the
field of substance abuse and mental health. Many of these guests are
representatives from the law enforcement, justice, and health care
professions. At the dinner, these field representatives will join the tables
of National Partners and Table Sponsors sharing their stories about the
services they provide in their communities in reducing the harm associated
with substance use.


    KAISER FOUNDATION NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
    AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

    -   Edgar F. Kaiser, Jr., OBC, LLD (Hon.), Chairman and CEO Kaiser
        Foundation, Chairman and CEO Kaiser Resources Ltd.,

    -   Dominic D'Alessandro, President and CEO Manulife Financial

    -   Tom d'Aquino, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives

    -   Charmaine Crooks, five-time Canadian Olympian and member of the 2010
        Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee

    -   Richard Evans, Chairman and CEO, ALCAN

    -   Ivan Fecan, President and CEO, CTVglobemedia Inc.

    -   Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress

    -   Claudette Demers-Godley, Associate Executive Director of Social Work
        and Community Services, YWCA Quebec

    -   Pierre J. Jeanniot, OC, Director General Emeritus, IATA,
        International Air Transport Association

    -   Grand Chief Ed John, Political Executive, First Nations Summit

    -   Gordon Macatee, Deputy Minister of Health, Government of B.C.

    -   Philip Owen, former Mayor of Vancouver

    -   Michel Perron, CEO, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

    -   Beth Pieterson, Director General, Canada Drug Strategy and Controlled
        Substances Program, Health Canada

    -   Tim Stockwell, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Addictions Research of
        B.C.

    -   Hon. Michael Wilson, Canadian Ambassador to the United States of
        America, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addictions and
        Mental Health, former Minister of Finance, Canada


    KAISER FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Edgar Kaiser Jr., OBC, LLD (Hon.), Chairman and CEO Kaiser Foundation,
    Chairman and CEO Kaiser Resources Ltd.

    Hans J. Krutzen, Vice Chairman, Retired Businessman, Philanthropist

    Senator Larry Campbell, former Mayor of Vancouver

    Arthur Evrensel, Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP, Board of Directors, Lions
    Gate Entertainment

    Susan M. Kaiser, Director, Kaiser Foundation

    Hon. Joy MacPhail, former Deputy Premier, Province of BC., former
    Minister of Health & Minister Responsible for Seniors

    Dan Reist, Director of Communication and Resource Unit, CAR-BC

    Janine A.S. Thomas, Secretary, Barrister & Solicitor

    Dr. Richard Vedan, Director, First Nations House of Learning, University
    of British Columbia


    KAISER FOUNDATION NATIONAL PARTNERS

    -   The Government of British Columbia
    -   Health Canada
    -   Alcan
    -   CIBC
    -   CTVglobemedia
    -   Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
    -   Chevron
    -   Coast Capital Savings
    -   Frank and Helen, OBE Harquail
    -   Franklin Templeton Investments
    -   Manulife Financial
    -   Power Corporation of Canada
    -   The Globe and Mail
    -   The Lohn Foundation
    




For further information:

For further information: Maureen Shaughnessy Kitts, Director,
Communications and Community Relations, (416) 322-5902 or (416) 999-6095
(Cell), mkitts@kaiserfoundation.ca; Karen Tinsley, Media Relations, (416)
762-5704 or (416) 986-5704 (Cell), karendiptity@hotmail.com;
www.kaiserfoundation.ca

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