Alberta's Own "Beautiful Mind" to be Appointed to the Order of Canada

    EDMONTON, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (SSA) held
a reception today to congratulate Austin Mardon. Mardon, who has
schizophrenia, will receive the Order of Canada in Ottawa later this week in
recognition of his lifetime of achievements.
    His list of personal and academic achievements is extensive. Despite his
illness, Mardon has made remarkable strides in academic study, scientific
exploration, published research and public service. He has been a strong
advocate for the more than 30,000 Albertans affected by this debilitating
    "My life took a major detour when I became ill with schizophrenia at the
age of 30," said Mardon. "I changed course and pursued a life of service and
advocacy for those who fight to overcome barriers including social stigma."
    Mardon is an example of someone who has made significant achievements
despite being severely affected by schizophrenia - a chronic illness that
impairs a person's ability to think clearly, manage his or her emotions and
relate to others. "With adequate medical treatment and the support of his
family and his community, he has defied the odds," said SSA vice-chair, Terry
Wispinski. "Mardon holds three university degrees and is the author of more
than 20 books and 110 scholarly publications."
    Mardon serves on several community boards and committees, including the
Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. "As an active
member of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities,
Mardon helps the Council to better understand mental health issues and to be
well informed on cross disability issues. I appreciate his insight and advice
as he helps guide decisions made by the Government of Alberta," said Rob
Lougheed, chair, Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities,
MLA - Strathcona.
    "It is my hope that those with schizophrenia see my appointment to the
Order of Canada as motivation to accept treatment and try to make a
contribution to our great nation in whatever manner they are capable of,"
added Mardon. More information on Austin Mardon is available on his web site -

For further information:

For further information: Robin Telasky, Schizophrenia Society of
Alberta, (780) 710-0964

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