Kaiser Foundation

Kaiser Foundation

April 27, 2011 09:30 ET

Kaiser Foundation Announces 2011 National Mental Health and Addictions Awards for Excellence Winners

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - A reporter from Fort Erie, Ont.; an RCMP staff sergeant from North Regina, Sask.; a young woman from Vancouver, BC: three individuals who don't appear to have anything in common.

But what they share goes deeper than age or occupation. Each is dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians who suffer from mental illness or addiction. And each will be recognized for their work, along with five others, at the Kaiser Foundation's 6th annual National Awards for Excellence Program Event.

Today one of the most respected national organizations dealing with mental health issues and addictions, the Kaiser Foundation was created more than 25 years ago to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and addictions and to decrease the stigma often associated with them. "Mental health and addictions are health issues, not moral ones," said the Foundation's Founder and Chairman Edgar Kaiser Jr.

"The recipients always amaze me," continued Kaiser. "One of the main reasons we established this Awards Program was to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary work being done in this field by individuals, community groups and the media. These people often get little or no recognition for their efforts and we hope that shining a light on their work will help raise awareness of mental health and addictions locally and nationally."

This year's ceremony, to take place in Regina on Thursday, April 28, from noon to 2 p.m., is hosted by the RCMP, one of the Kaiser Foundation's newest national partners.

"Our national partners are vital to what we do," said Kaiser. "Without their support, this Awards Program and the Foundation's other initiatives would not be possible."

"RCMP "Depot" Division is honoured to host the Kaiser Foundation's Sixth Annual National Excellence Awards," commented Assistant Commissioner Roger L. Brown, Commanding Officer, "Depot" Division. "We congratulate the nominees who are leaders in their communities in the fields of mental health and addictions. The RCMP is committed to building strong community relationships. We applaud the efforts of the Kaiser Foundation in recognizing the tremendous work of these exceptional individuals."

A new category was added this year to reflect the RCMP's important work in the area of mental health and addictions issues, bringing the number of awards to eight. The winners also receive $10,000 for a recognized charity of their choice.

The 2011 Awards for Excellence recipients are:

Excellence in Community Programming: Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users; Vancouver, B.C.

Excellence in Indigenous Programming: Peter Menzies, Clinical Head, Aboriginal Services, Addictions Program, Centre of Addiction and Mental Health; Toronto, Ont.

Excellence in Leadership: Sherry Mumford, PhD (candidate), Director of Clinical Programs for Addictions Services, Maple Ridge Treatment Centre; Maple Ridge, B.C.

Excellence in Reporting: William J. MacPhee; Fort Erie, Ont.

Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use Programming: McGill University Health Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Addictions Unit; Montreal, Que.

Excellence in Public Policy: Eugene Oscapella, Oscapella and Associates Consulting Ltd.; Ottawa, Ont.

Excellence in RCMP Leadership: RCMP Staff Sgt. Rich Wychreschuk, Member Employee Assistance Program Coordinator; North Regina, Sask.

Excellence in Youth Leadership: Vanessa Campbell; Vancouver, B.C.

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