Courage deadline: February 16th

    Recognize everyday people who have faced extraordinary challenges

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Coast Mental Health is calling on all British
Columbians to nominate a friend, family member, colleague, student or anyone
who should be recognized for their courageous journey back from illness,
injury or adversity.
    "The power of the stories opens eyes to the miracles people experience
everyday," said Lorne Segal, Chair, Courage To Come Back Awards. "Each
recipient is an inspiration to all of us with their determination, resilience
and spirit to overcome what may appear to be insurmountable. They embody
generosity in their willingness to serve and help others."
    Monday February 16, 2009 is the nomination deadline for the Courage to
Come Back Awards. Nominations are being received for 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.
    "The nomination process is an opportunity to acknowledge someone within
your community, workplace or family," says Heather Edgar, Associate Executive
Director, Coast Mental Health Foundation. "Often a recipient will say that
they just needed to do what they had to, but these incredible stories inspire
others to embark on their own journey of recovery."
    "We encourage nominations to include as much detail as possible to tell
us how the nominee has bravely overcome their challenges, the positive impacts
they have on others and the contributions they have made within their
community," notes Edgar.
    Nomination forms are available at any Scotiabank branch in BC or online

For further information:

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

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