“When you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in” – Author Unknown
The work of CMHA Edmonton would simply not be possible without committed volunteers.
Every year, we recognize volunteers for going above and beyond in three categories. By Stamping Out Stigma, Fostering Excellence and Sharing Hope, those being honored with this years’ awards have been instrumental in moving us forward to realizing our vision of mentally healthy people in caring communities. We are delighted to announce this years’ award recipients.
The Stamping out Stigma Award is presented to someone whose contributions have increased awareness and understanding of mental health and mental illness. This award was presented to Cameron D. Cameron is a Distress Line Listener. The empathy and understanding Cameron provides to those he supports on the Distress Line is truly outstanding. He is consistently non-judgemental, providing genuine support to those experiencing mental illness. Taking the time to truly understand those he talks with, Cameron tirelessly commits to supporting those in need, supporting social justice and providing opportunities for people to empower themselves. With a background in criminology, Cameron brings awareness and understanding of mental health and mental illness in all that he does.
“I believe in the importance of providing hope to those in crisis while empowering them to ultimately self-advocate. I find volunteering with CMHA meaningful because I’m part of a large community of individuals passionate about de-stigmatizing mental illness.” – Cameron D.
The Fostering Excellence Award is presented to someone who’s made an outstanding contribution to maintaining our continued health, efficiency, and sustainability as an organization. This award was presented to Lindsay H. Lindsay has supported the Learning Services program area by providing vital Administrative support as an Administrative Ambassador. Lindsay brings an outstanding communication, consistency, reliability, attention to detail and ability to maintain high degree of organization in her position. Whether she is inputting data to inform reporting, marking assignments from training, or doing other administrative tasks, Lindsay’s excellent work directly contributes to the community’s ability to access mental health support through the Distress Line.
“Volunteering is important to me because it’s a great way to explore your passions, while giving back to your community at the same time. My mother is, and always has been, a very active volunteer, so I have understood how important it is to be involved in various causes at a very young age. I am grateful to be able to give back in any way that I can – big or small!” – Lindsay H.
The Sharing Hope Award is presented to someone who’s made outstanding efforts in supporting the resilience and recovery of individuals affected by mental illness. This award was presented to Tara R. A steady presence in the contact centre as a Distress Line volunteer, Tara is reliable, kind collaborative and always looking for ways to improve. Taking her position very seriously, Tara exudes a commitment to supporting resiliency and recovery of everyone she encounters. Tara is constantly looking for new ways to help and going above and beyond – she has volunteered at events like An Evening To Remember, and the memorial service for the Iran plane crash victims. Tara is compassionate and empathetic, and has been described as a key player in creating a positive, nurturing environment for both callers, volunteers and staff in the program.
“Thank you so much to CMHA-Edmonton for this award!
As someone working in healthcare, I had often shared the Distress Line number with staff, patients, and family members who were going through difficult times and weren’t quite ready to talk to anyone. I always wanted to make sure that whenever that emotional impact landed, they knew they were not alone in their pain and that there was always someone to reach out to.
Being on the other side of those phone calls and chats for three years has been amazing. There are so many people who call who can no longer see a future worth living in. And while we can’t fix anything for them, we can let each person know – 100% – that they matter. It’s a pleasure to be part of the whole DL team, as we all work to help our fellow community members rekindle their hopes.” – Tara R.
We would like to thank Cameron, Lindsay and Tara for their commitment, passion, and excellent work!
We are endlessly appreciative of all of our CMHA Edmonton volunteers, as all members of the team are truly outstanding. Thank you to everyone who volunteers with CMHA Edmonton, all volunteer supervisors, and program area staff for working to ensure our volunteers are supported, recognized, and appreciated.