Hundreds of volunteers and staff members across Alberta make the Canadian Mental Health Association work. Without their dedicated efforts CMHA would be missing the leadership, direction and resources essential to a community-based organization.The Division Awards Program provides the opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievement of its volunteers, as well as individuals and organizations in the community who best exemplify the spirit of the CMHA in Alberta.
For a complete list of past award recipients, download Divisional Awards for All Years.
If you are looking for information about the Canadian Mental Health Association’s national awards, please visit CMHA National.
Nadine Stirling Memorial Award
For more than two decades CMHA has been working to increase the involvement of consumers in the Association. CMHA uses the term “consumer to refer to people with direct experience of mental health problems who have used the resources available from the mental health system.
The Award, originally the Consumer Award, was renamed in 1991 in memory of Nadine Stirling the first director of the Alberta Consumer Network. It is awarded to a consumer or immediate family member in recognition of their effort to attack stigma and / or support the development of self-help initiatives or facilitate consumer participation.
Bettie Hewes Memorial Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service
Named in remembrance of Bettie Hewes, former CMHA Alberta Division President, Regional Director, and MLA. Bettie’s lifelong interest in mental health issues and her commitment to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness is an example to all. The Award honours a volunteer or volunteers who have given much time and effort in direct service or management or have promoted the goals of the Association throughout the community.
Created to honour those representatives in the media who have made outstanding contributions to the coverage of mental health issues and/or have made regularly and continuously promoted the Association’s goals and objectives and/or given special assistance in promotion of special events such as Mental Health Week.
Professional Care Award
Awarded to a professional mental care worker or organization that has exhibited special creativity and effectiveness in the provision of mental health care.
Special Service Award
Awarded to a service club, group or business which has aided the Association through financial or special service. More than one award may be given in any one year.
Workplace Wellness Award
Awarded to any organization from the public, private or voluntary sector, union or employee association which has demonstrated the promotion of mental health in the workplace and cooperation between employers, employees and community agencies within the workplace.
Awarded to a member of the Association, a service club, group business or association that has had an outstanding contribution in the opinion of the Provincial President. The award is at the complete discretion of the Alberta Division President.