Toronto, October 29, 2007 – Each year, the Canadian Mental Health Association
(CMHA), National honours individuals and organizations, including the media and
government, for their leadership and contributions to mental health in their communities.
These national awards recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations,
including CMHA volunteers and staff members in communities from coast-to-coast-to
coast throughout Canada, who exemplify the vision and mission of the Association.
“These annual awards represent a unique opportunity for CMHA to celebrate such a
talented and dedicated group of individuals who have a positive impact on the mental
health of Canadians at the community level,” says Dr. Taylor Alexander, CEO, CMHA,
National. “We’ll continue to encourage nominations for such outstanding individuals
across Canada, in the years ahead.”
“As Canada’s largest mental health association, we are very excited about being able to
celebrate these individuals in their work as mental health leaders,” says Judith Watson,
President, Board of Directors, CMHA, National.
CMHA proudly salutes this year’s award winners and applauds their many efforts to
make a difference in mental health in their communities and in Canada. This year’s
*Dr. Austin Mardon, Edmonton, Alberta. The C. M. Hincks Award honours the
founder of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Clarence Meredith Hincks, for his
spirit and social commitment. It is our highest award and it is presented annually to one
outstanding individual or organization which has advanced mental health in Canada
through their work/volunteer activities by working on behalf of people with mental
*Keith Lowe, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
celebrates a volunteer who has given considerable time and effort to many different
services provided by the CMHA, and has had a positive impact across Canada.
*Christina Papadoupolos, Durham, Ontario. The CMHA Staff Award is presented to
any individual CMHA employee or team which has shown significant leadership within
the Association at the local, regional, provincial, territorial or national level.
*Renita Picton, Calgary, Alberta. The Non-Consumer Involvement Award honours
an individual or group for the work they have accomplished in promoting and facilitating
consumer participation within the CMHA and beyond.
*CMHA, Manitoba for their Partnership for Consumer Empowerment’s Program:
Inspiring Communities through Recovery Stories. The Edward Pennington
Innovation Award was created by the CMHA in 2003 to honour Edward J. Pennington,
General Director of the CMHA National Office, for his 15 years of service and to
celebrate innovative mental health programs at the local, regional, provincial or national
level of CMHA. It recognizes significant community development, mental health
promotion projects or programs that exemplify team leadership and innovation in the
mental health field.
*Shawn Wilson, Peterborough, Ontario. The Mental Health in the Workplace Award
was established in 1988 as part of the CMHA’s Mental Health in the Workplace Project.
And it honors leaders in the promotion of mental health in the workplace.
*Monique W. Dull (Scholar and Broadcaster), Vancouver, B.C. The Media Award
for Mood Hygiene, CBC Radio One. Inaugurated in 1991, this award honours those
representatives in the media who have made outstanding contributions to the coverage of
mental health issues in Canada.
*The Freddi Ford Award was presented to Christine Cieslar at the Canadian
Association of Suicide Prevention on October 5, 2007. The Freddi Ford Award is given
by the CMHA, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, each
year to an outstanding volunteer who has been actively involved in supporting survivors
About CMHA, National
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest
voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides direct service to more than
100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and
staff across Canada in over 135 communities. As a nation-wide, voluntary organization,
the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all Canadians and
supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA
accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service delivery.