Kaiser Foundation

Kaiser Foundation

December 06, 2011 06:00 ET

Kaiser Foundation Calls for Nominees for Annual Mental Health and Addictions Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2011) - If you or someone you know has made an exceptional contribution to the mental health and addictions field, we want to hear from you.

The Kaiser Foundation launched its 2012 National Awards for Excellence Program today, welcoming nominations Canada-wide from community organizations, individuals and the media demonstrating excellence and evidence-based best practices in the field of mental health and addictions.

The Kaiser Foundation started the awards program six years ago to shine a light on the heroic leadership efforts of those who otherwise receive little or no recognition for their work.

"Our hope is that by sharing the success stories we can also help raise awareness of mental health and addictions locally and nationally and decrease the stigma associated with them," said Edgar F. Kaiser Jr., Kaiser Foundation founder and chairman.

The program includes eight award categories: Excellence in Indigenous Programming - Excellence in Community Programming - Excellence in Leadership - Excellence in Media Reporting - Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use Programming - Excellence in Public Policy - Excellence in Youth Leadership - Excellence in RCMP Leadership.

Winners are honored at a special ceremony together with local and national dignitaries and the media. Each receives a $10,000 grant for a recognized charity of their choice. Recipients also become part of a unique and continually growing Alumni of allied professionals in the field.

The deadline for award submissions is February 28th 2012. Complete details on the National Awards for Excellence Program and nomination forms can be found on the Foundation's website at: www.kaiserfoundation.ca.

"We are so grateful to our national partners and all those who support the Foundation's work and this program. Without their help we could not do the work we do," said Kaiser.

The Kaiser Foundation was founded over 25 years ago by businessman and philanthropist, Edgar F. Kaiser Jr. As a national organization, the Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and addiction issues as a public health challenge and promoting evidenced-based sustainable "best practices" within the field.

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