We are very flattered to announce that the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has awarded Art For Awareness the designation of "Champion of Mental Health." Kerri Davies of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge branch of CMHA has always been a big supporter of our efforts at AFA (her energy and enthusiasm were largely responsible for our participation in Clara Hughes' Big Bike Ride for Mental Health Awareness, and the remount of Erasing the Stigma at Showplace), and when she contacted us about this award, we were humbled and grateful to accept. The presentation ceremony is on June 26th in Lindsay.
We'd like to share this honour with our community partners, everyone who came to see either Next to Normal or Erasing the Stigma, and everyone who carried on the conversation about mental health afterwards. The description of a Champion of Mental Heath is one who supports the ideals of Knowledge, Hope, & Belonging. Just by letting people know that you're there for them when they're having their own struggles with mental health, everyone can be a champion.
Thank you again, CMHA. We are very moved by this honour.