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2017 Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala

May 1, 2017

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to Attend
Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala 

OTTAWA—As part of Mental Health Week (May 1 to 7), Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will attend the 15th Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Shaw Centre (Canada Hall I), in Ottawa. 

During the gala dinner, Her Excellency will deliver a speech and present the Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth to Ms. Lauren Whiteway from Moncton, New Brunswick. This young woman has become a vocal advocate for her severe form of anxiety that causes her to be unable to speak in certain situations. 

About the Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth
This award is presented to a Canadian who is 21 years old or younger and who has shown leadership in his or her community by promoting mental health or mental illness awareness. The award may also be given to an organization dedicated to providing services to youth. This award was renamed in 2015 in honour of Her Excellency for her work in supporting and helping Canadians living with mental illness.

About the Champions of Mental Health Awards
The annual Champions of Mental Health Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada. Organized by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), this event brings together decision makers, business leaders, national media members, sponsors and other stakeholders. For more information on the 2017 award recipients, visit


Photo opportunity with Her Excellency and the 2017 Champions of Mental Health at 6:15 p.m. in Room 105.

Media wishing to cover the event must confirm their attendance with Impact Public Affairs.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell) 

Emily Gale
Impact Public Affairs
902-599-2059 (cell)


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