Canadian Mental Health Association, National proudly announces award-winners at annual dinner celebration in Ottawa, October 20, 2007

    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
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