Nominate a true hero for inaugural mental health awards

The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction is welcoming nominations for the True Awards. 

This new awards program celebrates those among us who are fostering stronger and healthier lives for Albertans living with mental illness and addiction.

“The True Awards are a way to thank Albertans who are making a difference in their efforts to improve mental health and addiction services, to break down stigmas associated with mental illness and to provide powerful examples for others to follow,” said His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell. “By sharing the stories of those who are building success we hope to inspire others to do the same.”

Anyone can submit a nomination for a True Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 25 and the inaugural awards ceremony will take place in Edmonton on October 4, 2012. Award criteria, nomination forms and other information is available at mhpa.ab.ca/LGCircle.

The five True Award categories are:

True Grit: presented to an individual who has made use of mental health and/or addiction services and has inspired others in their own recoveries or dedicated her/himself to furthering mental health and addiction programs.

True Compassion: presented to an individual who has provided extraordinary guidance in effecting the improvement of mental heath and addiction programs or treatments.

True Leadership: presented to a non-governmental organization, non profit, business or private enterprise for providing exceptional leadership in improving mental health and addiction programs or treatment.

True Service: presented to a public body that has shown itself to be of excellent service to the improvement of mental health and/or addiction reduction.

True Imagination: presented to an individual, group, or public, private or non-governmental organization that has initiated imaginative approaches to the improvement of mental health and reduction of addiction through treatment or programs.

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For more information, contact:

Janet Resta, Communications Officer, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
780-427-922

Robert Campbell, Lethbridge Member, Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health Addiction
403-317-1629

Jodi Cohen, Calgary Member, Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health Addiction
403-268-5462