British Columbians called upon to nominate those who overcome extraordinary challenges for a Courage To Come Back Award

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Coast Mental Health has launched the eleventh
annual nomination drive for the 2009 Courage To Come Back Awards.
    The organization is calling on community members throughout BC to
nominate a friend, family member, colleague, student or other person who
should be recognized for their courageous battle back from illness, injury or
adversity. These inspiring individuals live in all communities in BC.
    "This event is incredibly powerful," said Lorne Segal, Chair, Courage To
Come Back. "Over the years, we have heard countless stories of people who have
overcome unimaginable adversity. By sharing these stories with others, Courage
To Come Back award recipients inspire others to confront the challenges in
their own lives."
    Nominations are being sought in six categories including mental health,
physical rehabilitation, medical, addiction, social adversity and youth. The
recipients will be recognized at a gala dinner in Vancouver on April 30, 2009.
    "This event has introduced some remarkable people to the citizens of this
province," Lorne continues, "whose stories have been truly inspirational -
courageously battling back from adversity and still having the strength to
help others."
    Nomination forms are available at any Scotiabank branch in BC or online

               The nominations deadline is February 16, 2009.

    The Courage To Come Back is a celebration of individuals who have
overcome incredible obstacles and have given back to their communities in a
meaningful way.
    Coast Mental Health hosts the awards in part to help reduce the stigma
around mental illness and show that people with mental illness can live
productive and fulfilling lives. Proceeds from the event support Coast in
reaching out to people with a mental illness.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Julia Zylberberg, Direct: (604)
675-2342, Cell: (604) 506-3095,; Courage
Coordinator: Patricia Wiggins, Direct: (604) 675-2327,

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