Yorktown Family Services

Yorktown Family Services

April 06, 2010 08:30 ET

Yorktown Family Services to Honour Valerie Pringle’s Contributions to Mental Health Awareness

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - In recognition of Valerie Pringle's many contributions to various non profit organizations and in celebration of her determination to make a difference in the lives of countless Canadian children, youth and families living with mental health problems, Valerie will receive the Yorktown Family Services Humanitarian Award for Community Service. This prestigious award will be celebrated by over 300 guests at the 11th annual Yorktown Family Services Tribute Dinner taking place on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at Toronto's Acadian Court.

This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership and has made a significant impact in improving the lives of children, youth, women and families in Canada. It brings together many of Ontario's political, corporate and community leaders committed to making positive change. Past Award recipients include Fergy Brown, June Callwood, Charles S. Coffey, The Honorable David Crombie, P.C., Margot Franssen, Barbara Hall, The Honourable Michael Kirby, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, Dr. Charles Pascal, The Honourable Bob Rae and Arlene Perly Rae.

Valerie Pringle is being recognized by Yorktown Family Services for bringing the issue of mental health in Canada out of the shadows and into the forefront of public attention. Ms Pringle has worked closely with organizations such as The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Canada Post Foundation for Mental Illness and Mental Health. 

"Valerie shares our agency's determination to overcome the stigma attached to mental illness and to improve the lives of those struggling with mental health issues within our community." said Karen Engel, Executive Director of Yorktown Family Services. 

Valerie explains "The time has more than passed to eradicate stigma and shame from mental illness and addiction. It is most urgent for children and adolescents who are affected more than any other age group."

Andy Barrie, CBC radio icon, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening which will include a silent auction and a musical tribute by Natalie MacMaster. The evening is sponsored by RBC Canada, Cineplex Media, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, Scotiabank Group, TD Financial Group, Indigo Books and Music Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Shields O'Donnell MacKillop LLP.

About Yorktown Family Services

Yorktown Family Services consists of two community-based non-profit agencies that uniquely combine a children's mental health centre and a shelter for abused women - serving thousands of children, youth, women and families annually. Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner will support innovative, evidence-based programs and services in Toronto's priority neighbourhood of Weston Mount-Dennis.

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