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CAMH Foundation celebrates the strength of the human spirit at Transforming Lives Awards

1,000 guests gather to mark 20th anniversary of awards

TORONTO, May 26, 2016 – On May 25, 2016, 1,000 of CAMH’s closest friends and supporters gathered on the lawn of its Queen Street campus to honour the extraordinary people who face mental illness and addiction with perseverance and dignity. It marked a remarkable milestone: the 20th anniversary of a beloved event that celebrates the people who turn to us for care, the Transforming Lives Awards. The night also marked the final year the awards will be held on the grounds, as CAMH prepares to begin construction on its new Complex Care and Recovery and Crisis and Critical Care buildings in 2017.

Dr. David Goldbloom, Sheldon Kennedy and Valerie Pringle
2016 Transforming Lives Award Co-Chairs Dr. David Goldbloom (left) and Valerie Pringle present a 2016 Transforming Lives Award to Sheldon Kennedy. Credit Tom Sandler.

Set under a spectacular tent, the evening brought the CAMH community together to listen to stories of triumph and inspiration. By sharing their stories, award recipients help break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness, as well as inspire courage and commitment to recovery.

The evening was hosted by co-chairs Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor at CAMH and co-author of the book How Can I help, and broadcast journalism icon Valerie Pringle. Together, guests and supporters raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the life-saving work of Canada’s leading mental health hospital.

Meet the 2016 Transforming Lives recipients:

 

 

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information about the CAMH Foundation visit www.supportcamh.ca

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