Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala – May 6 ( Ottawa, Can )



Their Excellencies to Attend
Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala

OTTAWA — Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala, on Monday, May 6, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Fairmont Château Laurier (Ballroom), in Ottawa.

“On the occasion of Mental Health Week, let’s come together as Canadians to break down the stigmas associated with this widespread health issue and to stand shoulder to shoulder with those burdened by mental illness,” said Her Excellency. “David and I are adding our voices to all those who already work so hard to make a difference.”

awardDuring the Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala dinner, Her Excellency will deliver remarks on the importance of raising awareness about mental health. Later in the evening, Their Excellencies will assist in presenting the award to the first Champion.

About the Champions of Mental Health Awards

The annual Champions of Mental Health Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada. Organized by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), this event brings together political decision makers, business leaders, members of the national media, sponsors and other stakeholders. More information on the 2013 award winners is available online at For more information on the CAMIMH, visit

The winners of the 2013 Champions of Mental Health Awards are:

  • Community Individual: Eric Windeler, Founder and Lead Volunteer, The Jack Project from Ontario
  • Community Organization: mindyourmind, A non-profit organization with programs for youth mental health engagement
  • Parliamentarian: The Honourable Bob Rae, Liberal Leader and Member of Parliament for Toronto – Centre
  • Private Sector Individual: Emily Doer, Creator Tea for E|D – A tea party fundraiser for eating disorders, from Manitoba
  • Public Sector Individual: Candice Waddell, A Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has dedicated herself to providing leadership and community advocacy projects in Nunavut
  • Research: Dr. Tina Montreuil, A psychologist researcher in treatment of first episode psychosis at the PEPP Clinic of the Douglas Institute, McGill University

New this year, the gala will include a cake auction to raise funds in support of the Reunite Program of Operation Come Home. It is CAMIMH’s hope that the auction will become a standing event enabling the gala to both celebrate and support a national mental health program or initiative. Tickets and tables are on sale now. To purchase tickets for the awards please visit

Media wishing to cover the event must confirm their attendance with the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

Mental Health Week takes place from May 6 to 12, 2013.

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

Kalene DeBaeremaeker
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
613-857-1758 (cell.)

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