TORONTO, May 1, 2017 - Like many Canadians, Sandi Treliving knows first-hand what it is like to be impacted by mental illness. When she was 10-years old, her older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Today, Sandi is a leader in the conversation about mental health.
As she recently shared with the Torontoist, “the more that we talk about it, the more people who aren’t recognizing what’s happening in their homes become aware of it.”
It is a belief that lies at the centre of her and her husband Jim’s decision to become Co-Chairs of CAMH’s new Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health initiative.
Jim and Sandi Treliving
“We’re asking Canada to tell us about a difference maker in their local community or network,” Sandi told the Torontoist. “We know there are people that are so passionate and so giving when it comes to mental health. We hope they’re the ones that will direct the process for our committee.”
Led by CAMH and driven by a National Committee made up of mental health advocates and experts from across Canada, CAMH Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health is a national campaign to nominate and celebrate Canadians making an impact in the mental health space, whether through research, philanthropy, advocacy, social change, or inspiration.
In addition to acting as a Co-Chair for this initiative, Sandi has been a Director with the CAMH Foundation since 2014.
Since joining the board, Sandi has headed various initiatives, including co-chairing CAMH's signature event UnMasked in 2015 and 2017, contributing as a committee member for the Transforming Lives Awards, and in an ongoing capacity as Campaign Advisor for CAMH's $200-million Breakthrough Campaign, Canada’s largest hospital fundraising campaign for mental health.
Do you know a Difference Maker? Join Sandi in her passion for talking more openly about mental illness by nominating and celebrating Canadians who are changing the course of mental health.
Visit www.camhdifferencemakers.ca and click “Start Your Nomination” today!
Click here to read Sandi and Jim’s full profile in the Torontoist.