The CMHA has launched the Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award. It is in recognition of the powerful and positive effect on mental health issues in British Columbia.
Dr. Nancy Hall, the former provincial mental health advocate in British Columbia. Hall was valued friend of the CMHA and many of her ideas provided light and inspiration to many members of the CMHA.
In response to Dr. Hall’s contributions to mental health advocacy the CMHA established the ‘Speaking Up, Speaking Out,’ fund. The board launched fund with a $50 000 contribution with goal of raising a $1 000 000 endowment.
Dr. Hall was a powerful voice for people who had experienced the mental health system. In 2010 she received the BC Division Leadership Award and the 2010 Clarence Hincks Award.
Nancy put a powerful definition forward of her life’s work, “Advocacy is the act of speaking in the support of human concerns or need. Where people have their own voice, advocacy means making sure they are heard; where they have difficulty speaking it means providing help; where they have no voice it means speaking for them.”
The first recipient of the Dr. Nancy Hall award is Michael Schratter. Michael has travelled 32,000 km around the world by bike to battle the stigma of mental health, one pedal at a time. Michael’s journey will end in November in Vancouver after he has completed 40,000 km across 30 countries and six continents.
Michael has built awareness about mental health around the world.
Find Michael’s story at www.ridedonthide.com