The Kajouji Family and Mr. Harold Albrecht, MP were jointly recognized by psychiatrists for advancing the cause of suicide prevention.
Minister of Health and Community Services, Mr. Jerome Kennedy, was recognized by psychiatrists for his longstanding advocacy role in improving mental illness and addictions supports and services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Read the media release.
Mr. Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, was honoured with a Presidential Commendation from the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) for his longstanding advocacy role in defending the rights of mentally ill offenders, an often neglected population.
Dr. Donna Stewart was recognized for her substantial and sustained contributions and enduring commitment to the advancement of women’s mental health through research, education, and public advocacy.
Dr. Doug Weir, Dr. Bob Buckingham, Dr. Richard O’Reilly and Dr. Sonu Gaind were recognized as founding members of the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists for their dedication and leadership in developing the Coalition. This group has helped psychiatrists communicate on the policy issues effecting psychiatric care in Ontario. The Coalition has had great success in improving the working conditions for psychiatrists and consequently improving access for patients to psychiatric care.
Dr. Michael Myers for his vision and outstanding pioneering leadership in raising awareness about physician mental health. He first authored the CPA position paper on the treatment of the mentally ill physician and has since helped bring about a significant shift in attitudes. He was founding Chair of the CPA Physician Well-being Section and a driving force behind the Physician Health Centre at the Canadian Medical Association. But most notably his work has resulted in the creation of special health services for physicians now available across the provinces. His work now extends into the international arena.
The Honourable David Hancock for making mental health a priority during his term as Alberta’s Minister of Health and Wellness. He used his not inconsiderable leadership skills to spearhead amendments to the Alberta Mental Health Act. These amendments will introduce community treatment orders and make it possible to treat patients under the Act, not solely for reasons of dangerousness but also if there is evidence of deterioration in their mental and physical health.
Mr. Gary Mar, QC, former Alberta Minister of Health and Wellness, for making mental health a priority during his term. He lead the development of mental health services under the Regional Health Authorities of Alberta leading to significant improvements in mental health service delivery in Alberta.
Dr. Jean-Marie Albert for his lifelong dedication, leadership and exemplary service to our psychiatry in Quebec and Canada. He served on the CPA Board including a year as President, was a founding Board member of the Foundation of the CPA and an inaugural member of the Joint CPA-CFPC Shared Care Working Group.
Dr. Pierre Beauséjour for his outstanding dedication and leadership in the founding of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) and in building consensus among consumer, family, community and professional groups to get mental health onto the national agenda resulting in the establishment of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Mr. Phil Upshall for his outstanding advocacy on behalf of Canadians on the importance of addressing mental illness and for his skillful leadership in securing mental health onto the national agenda resulting in the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Dr. Roger Bland was recognized for his untiring volunteer work on behalf of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) and the psychiatric profession including three double terms as a CPA Board member. He also served as deputy editor of the CJP, Chair of the practice research network and a member of the Shared Mental Health Care Working Group. Throughout a distinguished career, he held many administrative positions outside the CPA including that of Assistant Deputy Minister in Alberta Health.
Dr. John Stanley worked to conceive and develop the first child multidisciplinary team at the Mental Health Clinic in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Dr. Moses Alatishe was recognized for his role in developing New Brunswick's only inpatient child and adolescent unit, which was established at the Moncton Hospital.
Dr. Laurence Kirmayer was recognized for his dedication in advancing cultural psychiatry.
Dr. David Keegan was recognized for his dedication to psychiatry as a leader, administrator, teacher and clinician in Saskatchewan.
Saskatoon Police Chief Joseph Penkala (retired) worked tirelessly with Larson Intervention House, a non-profit addiction rehabilitation service.
Dr. Frédéric Grunberg improved the mental health of Canadians. He is a noted medical expert, humanist, teacher, communicator, decision-maker, defender of the ill, and mentor.
Dr. Judge Sheehan was recognized for his work on suicide.
Dr. Janine O'Kane has spoken openly about being a physician suffering from depression and about her suicide attempt during residency training.
Cyril Greenland was recognized for his leadership and research in the history of psychiatry.
Dr. Alan Weston, Calgary
Dr. AG Catterson, Ontario
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