Recipients of the 2009 Courage To Come Back Awards To Be Honoured At 11th Annual Gala Dinner

    Media Advisory
    Photo and interview opportunities
    Thursday, April 30, 2009
    5:15 pm

    VANCOUVER, April 29 /CNW/ -

    What:    Coast Mental Health will be recognizing six inspirational
             individuals from across British Columbia at the 11th Annual
             Courage To Come Back Awards Gala Dinner. These prestigious
             awards are presented to individuals who have overcome
             extraordinary challenges in their lives.

    Who:     Six courageous British Columbians - Helen Burnham (Addiction),
             Jessica Brimacombe (Youth), Vivian Garcia (Physical
             Rehabilitation), Lori Slater (Medical), Tina Tomashiro (Mental
             Health) and Becki Wyer (Social Adversity) will each be receiving
             a Courage To Come Back Award.

             Courage Co-Hosts Deborra Hope and Kevin Evans will emcee. Senior
             representatives from major Courage partners will share the stage
             including Scotiabank, Global BC, The Province, BC Housing,
             Great-West Life Assurance and News1130.

             Lorne Segal, Chair, The Courage To Come Back Awards is pleased
             to announce a special appearance by Courage Ambassador Peter
             Legge and his distinguished helpers.

             Opening the event will be The Honourable Gordon Campbell,
             Premier of BC. Also in attendance to celebrate this milestone
             will be MLAs Harry Bloy and Kevin Falcon as well as Mayor
             Fassbender of Langley, who nominated a 2009 Courage recipient,
             Mayor Watts of Surrey, Mayor Brodie of Richmond, Former Premier
             of BC Mike Harcourt, Former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, metro
             City Councillors, and many other dignitaries.

    When:    Thursday, April 30, 2009
             5:15 pm - recipient photos and interviews

    Where:   The Hyatt Regency Hotel
             655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

    Why:     The Courage To Come Back Awards celebrate people who have
             valuable lessons to share as they have courageously battled back
             from illness, adversity or injury. Through Courage, British
             Columbians are acknowledged for their accomplishments, positive
             attitudes and willingness to give back to their communities.

For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Julia Zado, Coast Director of
Communications, (604) 675-2342, (604) 506-3095,

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