Champions of Mental Health
Each year the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) recognizes 7 Canadians whose work has helped to advance the mental health agenda across the country. These remarkable people are recognized at our annual Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala.
This year, nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
- The Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth – Any Canadian 21 and younger who has shown leadership in his or her community in promoting mental health and/or mental illness awareness, or any organization dedicated to providing services for youth
- Media – Any media personality or outlet who has contributed to public awareness of mental health or mental illness awareness
- Workplace Mental Health – Any employer or employee who has contributed to creating a mentally healthy workplace for staff
- Community Organization – Any organization that has provided great public service to community members experiencing mental illness
- Community Individual – Any person, who through personal commitment, has increased awareness about mental illness or reduced stigma in his or her community
- Parliamentarian – Any provincial or federal Parliamentarian who has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
- Innovation – Researcher or Clinician – An innovative person or organization that through their work has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
Nominations will open mid-January and will be accepted until late February. To stay up to date with CAMIMH and the Champions of Mental Health, you can sign up for our e-newsletter.
Current Champions of Mental HealthThe Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth
Armed with an intimate knowledge of the confusion and frustrations that come from growing up with mental health challenges, Kristin Legault-Donkers wrote and published four books, the Children’s Mental Health Series. Kristin then adapted the series into an educational package that has been used at schools in London, Ontario.Media
Traci Melchor is a true trailblazer in Canadian broadcasting, a single mother of twins, and cancer survivor. With her personal mantra “stay fabulous,” Traci has always been able to boldly articulate her ongoing struggle with mental illness and, through her work with Bell Media, brings her message and narrative “it’s okay to not be okay” to life for people across the country.Community (Individual)
Josée Parent set out to address transitional housing for young people between 18 and 35 who live with mental illness, when she created the Mon Shack…Mes Choix…Mon Avenir! organization in 2013. The first organization of its kind in the Eastern Townships where there is a lack of access to resources, Mon Shack provides bilingual services and will open a new building in June 2018.
Much more than supervised housing, Mon Shack is a real bilingual living environment open to the community to facilitate the integration and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.Community (Organization)
The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, (BCANDS) is a cross disability organization that routinely works with individuals and families living with mental illness. This work includes the ongoing effects of residential schools, racial discrimination, addictions, PTSD and other forms of mental illness. BCANDS strives to reduce barriers and bring awareness to the value and contributions that persons living with disabilities, including those living with mental illness, bring to their communities.Innovation - Researcher or Clinician
Dr. Stanley Kutcher’s work has had a significant impact on improving mental health care for youth and families. His initiatives include the development and implementation of the Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide, the first resource of its kind in Canada, which has now been implemented in schools across the country. He also produced Transitions: Making the Most of your Campus Experience, the first of its kind to address the transition into post-secondary education, which was rolled out in the Atlantic Provinces in 2017.Parliamentarian
Majid Jowhari is the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill and a staunch advocate for mental health in Canada. He drafted and introduced legislation to change the criminal code to taking mental health information into account, and founded and chaired the Liberal Mental Health Caucus, and later, the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus, reaching across party lines to bring mental health to the forefront of discussion on the Hill.Workplace Mental Health
A long-time supporter of workplace safety and mental health, Linda Corkum recognized the need to provide mental health education and training through her role as Executive Director at the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association. There, she brought in The Working Mind Program making it the first trucking association in Canada to implement the program.
2019 Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Champions of Mental Health Awards – Nomination Guidelines
What are the Champions of Mental Health Awards? The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to invite nominations for its 2019 Champions of Mental Health Awards. The annual Champions awards brings together members of the CAMIMH network, political decision makers, business leaders, members of the national media, sponsors and other stakeholders to celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada.
Some or all of the following award categories may be awarded in a given year:
- The Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth
(Any Canadian 21 and younger who has shown leadership in his or her community in promoting mental health and or mental illness awareness, or any organizations dedicated to providing services for youth.)
(Any media personality or outlet who has contributed to public awareness of mental health or mental illness awareness.)
- Workplace Mental Health
(Any employer or employee who has contributed to creating a mentally healthy workplace for staff.)
- Community Organization
(Any organization that has provided great public service to community members experiencing mental illness.)
- Community Individual
(Any person, who through personal commitment has increased awareness about mental illness or reduced stigma in his or her community.)
(Any provincial or federal Parliamentarian who has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada.)
- Innovation – Researcher or Clinician
(An innovative person or organization that through their work has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada.)
How to nominate a Champion for 2019? Please review the guidelines, then complete the nomination form at the bottom of the page.
How are the Champions selected? A selection committee of CAMIMH member organizations will review and select the award recipients according to the categories described above. Consideration will be given not just to the contributions of individuals and organizations within the designated categories but also to ensuring that as a group, the 2019 recipients represent a range of significant contributions to mental health from across Canada.
Nominees will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
i. commitment and/or longevity of commitment to mental health and illness
ii. significance of contribution
iii. uniqueness of contribution
iv. by word or example, brings mental health and illness to the attention of the public
Notes: Nominations will be accepted until February 22nd, 2019. Successful nominees will be notified in the weeks following.
Champions will participate in CAMIMH’s Champion’s Gala, held this year in Ottawa on May 7th at the National Arts Centre. Awards will be conferred at this event, attended by CAMIMH’s network, politicians, business leaders, sponsors and other stakeholders.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CAMIMH at 613-233-8906 or at email@example.com.
- The Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth
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