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London author among recipients for Champions of Mental Health Awards

Photo of Kristin Legault-Donkers.
Photo of Kristin Legault-Donkers. Kristin Legault-Donkers / Facebook

Recipient names for the 2018 Champions of Mental Health Awards are out, including one Londoner who is making strides in improving mental health among youth.

This is the 16th annual awards put on by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).

Kristin Legault-Donkers, a 21-year-old from London, will receive the Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth, for publishing four books called the Children’s Mental Health Series and adapting them into educational packages for schools to use.

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“We had so many incredible nominations this year; inspirational stories from all across the country,” said CAMIMH Campaign chair, Fred Phelps.

“It was a challenging process, and we are thrilled to announce these Champions, all of whom are change-makers in their community, working to create a safe space for discussions surrounding mental health and for those living with mental illness.”

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Other notable recipients include senior etalk correspondent Traci Melchor, Richmond Hill MP Majid Jowhari, The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, and Dr. Stanley Kutcher of Dalhousie University.

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“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support CAMIMH and the 16th Champions of Mental Health Awards as they commend these outstanding individuals and organizations for increasing awareness and helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness,” said Bell Let’s Talk Chair, Mary Deacon.

The Champions of Mental Health Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on May 8 in Ottawa, which will take place during National Mental Health Week.