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CAMIMH’s Champions of Mental Health Awards Virtual Ceremony Brings Together Canadians to Celebrate Mental Health Advocates
(OTTAWA, ON) October 7, 2020 – Yesterday, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) celebrated the 2020 Champions of Mental Health Awards recipients and Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) during a virtual awards ceremony.
CAMIMH hosted the virtual ceremony, originally scheduled as an in-person event in May, to recognize this year’s seven remarkable Champions of Mental Health who have contributed to improving the lives of those with mental illness across Canada. The Champions were nominated by individuals who witnessed their contributions and believed they deserved recognition for their work.
Traci Melchor, a 2018 Champions of Mental Health Award recipient, mental health advocate, and CTV’s Etalk Senior Correspondent, returned as host and enthusiastically celebrated the Champions, sharing her own personal remarks throughout the evening. The ceremony featured notable speakers including Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray, Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk, and the leader of the New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh. Canadian artist Chantal Kreviazuk delivered special remarks and a heartfelt performance of her song, “All I can do.”
“This year is a hard year for everyone, and organizations like CAMIMH play an even more integral role in helping support Canadians as we all work our way through the very difficult time that a pandemic presents,” said Minister Hajdu in a pre-recorded segment during the ceremony. “That’s why it’s so important that traditions continue like the awards ceremony – even if it’s virtual – to recognize excellence in leadership in the fields of mental illness and mental health.”
With the Champions ceremony occurring during Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4-10), CAMIMH highlighted the need to prioritize mental health, as there is no health without mental health.
“As we’ve seen through the COVID-19 crisis, there still remains much work to be done until mental health is seen equitably alongside physical health,” said Florence Budden, Co-Chair of CAMIMH. “We will continue to strive for more.”
The full Champions of Mental Health Awards Ceremony can be viewed here.
CAMIMH would like to thank its generous sponsors who make this campaign possible: Bell Let’s Talk, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Lundbeck Canada Inc., Innovative Medicines Canada and Impact Public Affairs.
To learn more about CAMIMH and the Champions of Mental Health, please visit www.camimh.ca.
Established in 1998, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is an alliance of mental health organizations comprised of health care providers and organizations representing persons with mental illness and their families and caregivers. CAMIMH’s mandate is to ensure that mental health is placed on the national agenda so that persons with a lived experience of mental illness and their families receive appropriate access to care and support.
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