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National Mental Health Week: CAMIMH Hosts 16th Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards in Ottawa
OTTAWA, May 8, 2018 – Today, as part of Mental Health Week, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) hosts the 16th annual Champions of Mental Health Awards in Ottawa. Each year, CAMIMH selects individuals and organizations through a national nomination campaign that have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in Canada.
The Awards include a keynote address by the Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Minister of Health and remarks by Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. The emcee for the evening is comedian, author, and mental health advocate, Jessica Holmes. The Champions of Mental Health Awards are a key component of CAMIMH’s annual awareness campaigns and are made possible through the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Bell Let’s Talk.
“The Champions of Mental Health Awards is one of the premier events of Mental Health Week, attended by Parliamentarians, business and community leaders, and many in the mental health community itself,” said Fred Phelps CAMIMH Campaign Chair. “It’s a time to celebrate some of Canada’s leading mental health advocates and to learn about the amazing work they are doing in their communities and across the country.”
Congratulations to the 2018 Champions of Mental Health who are being recognized this evening:
- THE SHARON JOHNSTON CHAMPION OF MENTAL HEALTH AWARD FOR YOUTH: Kristin Legault-Donkers (London, ON)
- MEDIA: Traci Melchor (Toronto, ON)
- COMMUNITY (INDIVIDUAL): Josée Parent (Sherbrooke, QC)
- COMMUNITY (ORGANIZATION): The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (Victoria, BC)
- INNOVATION – RESEARCHER OR CLINICIAN: Stanley Kutcher (Halifax, NS)
- PARLIAMENTARIAN: Majid Jowhari, MP (Richmond Hill, ON)
- WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH: Linda Corkum (Halifax, NS)
The Awards will be held in Ottawa at the Shaw Centre from 6pm – 9pm. To learn more about the Champions of Mental Health Awards, please visit: 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.
Phone: 819-744-7100 (cell)