Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 23, 2006 08:00 ET

CMA Honours MADD Canada for Excellence in Health Promotion

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2006) - The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) Award for Excellence in Health Promotion recognizes individuals and organizations, from outside of the health sector, who have made a significant contribution toward a healthy population and a healthy community.

"The CMA's vision of a healthy population can only be achieved through the actions of all Canadians," said CMA President, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai. "We are therefore delighted to present the 2006 Award for Excellence in Health Promotion to MADD Canada, Mothers Against Drunk Driving™."

Founded in 1990 by concerned citizens, MADD Canada's initiatives and activities have promoted health and safety by increasing public awareness of the devastating consequences of drunk and impaired driving. With over 7,500 volunteers and 70 chapters across Canada, MADD Canada's innovation and creativity in its fight to stop impaired driving has inspired Canadians from coast to coast.

"MADD Canada is very pleased and honoured to be recognized by the CMA for its role in reducing the number of Canadians killed or injured in impaired driving crashes," stated its National President, Karen Dunham. "Our community chapters work very hard to get out the message to all Canadians that drinking and driving is not a safe combination."

"The outstanding efforts of MADD Canada can be translated directly into lives saved," said Dr. Guido Van Rosendaal, Chair of the CMA Council on Health Care and Promotion. "Their success is a testament to the power of grassroots community action."

The CMA Award for Excellence in Health Promotion will be presented this evening at the Stratford Town Hall during the CMA's 139th annual general meeting held in Charlottetown, PEI.

The CMA's Award for Excellence in Health Promotion was introduced in 2003. For consideration for this award, nominees must have contributed to the improvement of health through health promotion actions, initiatives or increased public awareness. Past winners of the award include the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of those municipalities that have enacted bylaws to ban indoor smoking in public places, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce for their HealthAction initiative in support of healthy workplaces and healthy communities and The Blue Nose International Marathon in Halifax Nova Scotia.

Additional information on the CMA Award for Excellence in Health Promotion including nomination forms can be found at

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