100 years of community, of hope, of progress, of togetherness, of strength. This year, we celebrate CMHA’s 100th anniversary, and with it, we celebrate the mental health change-makers of our hundredth year.
These individuals and organizations embody leadership and excellence in the mental health field, making innovative changes to the mental health landscape in Canada.
As part of CMHA’s 3rd annual Mental Health for All Conference, we honoured the achievements of these mental health leaders. Two were presented with a CMHA award and the other three with a Century Award – to mark CMHA’s 100th year.
The award recipients are as follows:
Persons with Lived Experience Involvement Award.
William (Bill) Pringle, President of the CMHA Saskatoon Board of Directors, VP of the CMHA Saskatchewan Division Board, Saskatchewan representative for the National Council of People with Lived Experience (NCPLE).
Bill has served CMHA for more than 15 years, advocating for human rights and breaking down barriers and stigma related to mental illness.
Strengthening CMHA Award:
Julie Flatt, National Committee Staff at CMHA National.
Julie Flatt has played a pivotal role in CMHA showing incredible leadership as both a volunteer and an employee for the past 30 years. Serving staff for the NCPLE since 2004, Julie has transformed the involvement of people with lived experience in CMHA.
Game Changer Award:
Bell Let’s Talk is the largest ever corporate mental health initiative in Canada and has quite literally changed the mental health landscape in Canada. Having donated more than $93 million towards Canadian mental health initiatives, including CMHA programs, Bell Let’s Talk has made incredible strides in smashing stigma across the nation.
Workplace Mental Health Award:
Great West Life is an industry leader in psychological health and safety in the workplace. Created in 2007, the Great West Life Centre for Mental Health offers free and evidence-based workplace mental health tools and resources to help employers and employees make a difference in their workplaces.
Award for Transformation
Carol Hopkins of The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Carol Hopkins is Executive Director of The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. She has been a leader in advancing Indigenous knowledge on addictions and mental health in Canada for two decades. Carol’s work will have a lasting impact on healthcare for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
In Recognition of His Authenticity
In addition to these five awards, we recognized Ryan Martin, Lead on Youth Advocacy and Philanthropy at CMHA National, for his authenticity and sheer will to end the stigma around mental illness.
This past summer, Ryan Martin spent four months cycling across Canada, from Tofino to St. John’s, raising awareness about mental health and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Thousands of Canadians followed closely, cheering him on. Ryan’s raw honesty and passion will surely transform Canadian views on mental illness.
On behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Canadian mental health community, we congratulate these individuals and organizations for their leadership, innovation, excellence and inspiration to all.
Their acts of dedication and passion for mental health bring us closer to the CMHA vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society.