C.M. Hincks Award
Honouring the spirit and social commitment of CMHA’s founder Clarence Meredith Hincks, this most prestigious award of the CMHA is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of the mental health system across Canada while working or volunteering on behalf of people with mental illness.
Consumer Involvement Award
The Consumer Involvement Award recognizes a consumer whose efforts honour the spirit of the late Nadine Stirling and her efforts to mobilize consumer participation in the evolution of Canada’s mental health system. Nadine was the first director of the Alberta Consumer Network out of CMHA, Edmonton in the early 1990s. The award is presented to a consumer of mental health services who best reflects Nadine’s qualities of self-determination and a strong sense of advocacy, and who has contributed to the promotion and involvement of other consumers within the CMHA and their community.
(CMHA uses the term ‘consumer’ to refer to people with direct experience of mental health issues who have used the resources available from the mental health system.)
Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Volunteers are essential to the ongoing success of the CMHA. The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award was created to commend one hard-working volunteer who has given considerable time and effort to many different services provided by the CMHA, and has had a positive impact across Canada.
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.
Mental Health in the Workplace Award
This award was established in 1988 as part of the CMHA’s Mental Health in the Workplace Project. It honors leaders in the promotion of mental health in the workplace.
Aleck Trawick, Q.C. Award
Each year the Aleck Trawick Q.C. Award is presented to a legal counsel or law firm, which has provided extraordinary leadership in advocacy before the courts and legislatures. This Award was created to highlight the importance of legal advocacy as part of overall mental health advocacy. Named in honour of Mr. Aleck Trawick, Q.C., the 1994 C.M. Hincks Award recipient, the award commemorates Mr. Trawick’s exemplary legal advocacy and his ongoing commitment to social justice.
CMHA Staff Award
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.
Edward J. Pennington Innovation Award
The Pennington Innovation Award honours Edward J. Pennington, a General Director of CMHA National Office, for his15 years of service and to celebrate innovative mental health programs at the local, regional, provincial or national level of the CMHA. This award recognizes innovation within the CMHA, which demonstrates significant community development, mental health promotion or other programs that exemplify team leadership and innovation in the mental health field.
Marjorie Hiscott Keyes Award
This Award is presented annually to recognize a local health provider’s achievements that mirror those of Marjorie Hiscott Keyes. Ms. Keyes was the first psychiatric nurse employed in Canada’s first psychiatric clinic.
National Distinguished Service Award
The National Distinguished Service Award is among the Association’s first awards. It was created to commend one exemplary volunteer in each of the Association’s Divisions. This Award honours the dedicated efforts of volunteers who have given much time and effort to many different services provided by CMHA in the field of mental health.
Consumer Promotion and Inclusion Award
The Consumer Promotion and Inclusion Award honours an individual or group for the work they have accomplished in promoting and facilitating consumer participation within the CMHA and beyond. CMHA uses the term “consumer” to refer to people with direct experience of significant mental health problems who have used the resources available from the mental health system.
Freddi Ford Award (for Suicide Survivor Support)
As part of a family’s legacy to an individual committed to providing support and information to survivors of suicide, CMHA established an endowment fund, called the Freddi Ford Fund.
Alfreda “Freddi” Ford was an active volunteer for many years with the CMHA Peterborough Branch and was committed to finding ways to respond to the needs of survivors of suicide, being a survivor herself. The Award is a tribute to a remarkable leader who dedicated much of her life to providing support to survivors of suicide, as a trainer, facilitator and caregiver in suicide prevention and intervention.
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 of suicide.