Today Mental Health Week wraps up with the perfect closing event – a veritable cherry on the cake.
In a special ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, three CAMH leaders were invested into the Order of Canada: Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO; Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor; and Lisa Brown, Executive Artistic Director of Workman Arts. This honour reflects the passion and commitment of each recipient but also emphasizes the importance of moving mental health into the spotlight.
Dr. Catherine Zahn, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for “her contributions as a neurologist, health care administrator and advocate on behalf of those living with mental health and addiction issues.”
Dr. David Goldbloom (left) has been named an Officer for helping to “build a national mental health strategy and is playing a central role in changing public attitudes about mental health issues.”
Lisa Brown, a member of the CAMH community for over 30 years, has been named a Member for "her contributions to both the arts community and to mental health advocacy as the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Workman Arts," a CAMH Partner.
Another mental health advocate and longtime CAMH supporter has also been named a Member of the Order of Canada. George Cope, CEO of BCE and Bell Canada will be recognized for his leadership in demonstrating, through initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk Day, “how corporations can take a leading role in addressing social issues and has championed the importance of being good corporate citizens.”
The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
A heartfelt congratulations to each recipient, this is a proud day for CAMH!