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CAMIMH Opens Nominations for the 2018 Champions Awards

January 15, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has opened
its online portal for nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards. The Champions Awards is an
annual gala devoted to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to mental
This year, nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
1. 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
2. Media – Any media personality or outlet who has contributed to public awareness of mental health
or mental illness awareness
3. Workplace Mental Health – Any employer or employee who has contributed to creating a mentally
healthy workplace for staff
4. Community Organization – Any organization that has provided great public service to community
members experiencing mental illness
5. Community Individual – Any person, who through personal commitment, has increased awareness
about mental illness or reduced stigma in his or her community
6. Parliamentarian – Any provincial or federal Parliamentarian who has advanced the mental health
agenda in Canada
7. Innovation- Researcher or Clinician – An innovative person or organization that through their work
has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
“We are always so impressed by the amount and quality of nominee applications we receive each year,” said
Fred Phelps, CAMIMH Campaign Chair. “The Champions Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the
achievements of exceptional thought leaders in the mental health community. We are very excited to see what
kinds of projects Canadians have taken on this past year and we look forward to reading all the nominations.”
CAMIMH encourages Canadians to nominate their peers by completing the online nomination form. To
nominate a Champion, please visit Submissions will be accepted until February 23, 2018. The awards
will be held on May 8, 2018 at Shaw Centre in Ottawa.
CAMIMH would like to recognize its sponsors who make the Champions Awards a success each year: Bell Let’s
Talk (Presenting Sponsor), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Gold Sponsor), Lundbeck Canada Inc.
(Silver Sponsor), Innovative Medicines Canada (Bronze Sponsor) and Impact Public Affairs (Silver Sponsor). We
thank all that apply and will contact the winners in early March.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is leading a national consultation process on the Government of Canada’s proposed federal accessibility legislation. This legislation promises to make Canada more accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities. CHHA, with the help of 18 Canadian disability organizations (, including ARCH, wants to hear how the proposed federal accessibility legislation can achieve improved accessibility and inclusion of Canadians with disabilities. Continue reading

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In fact, Canada is known for its generosity. In 2015, we ranked sixth in the World Giving Index which provides insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.

Many people and organizations have an important role in sustaining the well-being of communities. They share a common goal with many us: to make a difference. Continue reading

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CMHA is sending you a special invitation to participate in the Mental Health For All Conference, September 29 & 30 in Toronto.

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By Ryan Paulsen, Daily Observer

For the second year in a row, the Pembroke Shores Golf Club was jam-packed with revellers looking for a good time in support of a great cause as the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre’s annual Unmask the Night party took a turn into country and western territory, a gear change from last year’s masquerade ball theme.

“The title is ‘unmask the night’,” explains Monique Yashinskie, the centre’s founding director, “because having mental health issues is like wearing a mask.”
Last year’s elaborate masks, feathered boas and formal wear were swapped out for the 2016 incarnation of the party in favour of Stetsons, six-shooters and shiny buckles in keeping with the “goes country” theme, for which organizers had roped in Canadian country music star Julian Austin to help the headlining Ghost Town Cryers keep the house rockin’ well into the night. Continue reading


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TranQool, a Toronto-based startup that connects its users with certified therapists remotely, is doing its part to help fellow startup teams manage their emotional wellbeing with a Startup Mental Health workshop in Toronto. Continue reading