Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

September 29, 2010 10:02 ET

CAMH Foundation Celebrates Two Community Champions and AFP Award Winners

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation is proud to celebrate two extraordinary individuals who have been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as champions of the community and the spirit of giving: G. Raymond Chang, a visionary donor to CAMH Foundation, and Susan Mullin, Vice President of Philanthropy for CAMH Foundation.

"CAMH Foundation is fortunate to have two champions like Ray Chang and Susan Mullin who are boldly committed to encouraging people in the community to support advancements in the field of mental illness and addiction," says Darrell Louise Gregersen, President and CEO, CAMH Foundation.

The Greater Toronto Chapter of AFP recently announced that G. Raymond Chang is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious "Outstanding Philanthropist Award". G. Raymond Chang has been a truly visionary philanthropist to many worthy causes - at a local, national and international level - over the years, but it is his efforts to support CAMH and champion innovative and groundbreaking research into mental illness and addiction that continues to inspire others to make giving to mental health initiatives a priority.

G. Raymond Chang was inspired by CAMH's worldwide reputation as a pioneer in leading cutting-edge mental health research and its commitment to developing new knowledge that will improve the lives of people and families dealing with mental illness and addiction. With two visionary gifts totaling $7 million, he helped to launch CAMH's Research Renaissance Project, which will further world-leading work being undertaken by CAMH in the area of brain science.

"The mind is our last frontier," says Mr. Chang. "Unlike a physical ailment, mental health issues are often difficult to see or understand, making it easy to turn away and become afraid. With knowledge and exposure, we become familiar. This is why research and education are so critical," he says.

AFP also announced that Susan Mullin, CAMH Foundation's Vice President of Philanthropy is the 2010 recipient of the "Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award". Ms. Mullin has dedicated her career to serving a wide range of social service, healthcare and educational causes – from small, grassroots organizations to large, complex institutions. Since joining CAMH Foundation in June 2009, she has been an active, innovative and strategic leader in building a solid culture of success in philanthropy at the hospital. Susan has also been a major driving force behind the continued momentum of the ambitious $100 million Transforming Lives Campaign, working with an outstanding cabinet and board to grow results from $70 million to more than $86 million in the last year.

G. Raymond Chang and Susan Mullin are wonderful representatives of an extraordinary group of donors, volunteers, and staff dedicated to improving the lives of those living with mental illness and addiction.

About CAMH

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the top academic health science centres specializing in this field world-wide. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. The CAMH Foundation is fully committed to developing the support the hospital needs to achieve its vision.

Contact Information

  • For further information and to arrange interviews,
    contact Liza Jerome
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation
    (416) 535-8501