Inspiration Award Nominations

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Nominations are now closed!

Do you know someone who has:

  • Educated and inspired others as a result of their own personal experience with mental illness and/or addiction or the experiences of family members, colleagues or others?
  • Demonstrated extraordinary commitment and inspiration by personally overcoming or supporting others to conquer the challenges of living with mental illness and/or addiction?
  • Contributed to the understanding of addiction and/or mental illness?
  • Dedicated tireless effort to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and/or addiction?
  • Served as a model of hope and inspiration to others?

Do you know someone who deserves an Inspiration Award?

The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health is currently accepting nominations in four categories to celebrate deserving individuals at the 18th annual virtual Inspiration Awards on March 4, 2021.

Nomination and selection process

A selection committee comprised of health professionals, community leaders, client advocates and staff will select individuals to be honoured with an Inspiration Award at the Royal Ottawa Foundation's Virtual Inspiration Awards on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

The recipients of the 2021 Inspiration Awards will be notified by the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in mid-December.

Subsequently, a video will be produced featuring award recipients and shown on the evening of the award presentations. A photo shoot will also be organized.

Award recipients will be provided with complimentary tickets to watch The Royal’s Virtual Inspiration Awards where they will be recognized on March 4, 2021. Proceeds from the event benefit mental health research, programs and patient care at The Royal.

Award categories

Community Leader for Mental Health
An individual, group or organization who has made significant contributions towards inspiring and educating a community about mental illness and has helped, on a local level, elevate mental health priorities and eliminate stigma with an emphasis on community-building. 

Personal Leader for Mental Health
An individual or family having personal experience with mental illness and, through their story of recovery, have inspired others with their actions to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Youth Leader for Mental Health
A young (age of 21 or younger on March 4, 2021), individual or team who has shown great spirit and determination in highlighting the importance of mental health promotion and demonstrated leadership to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Young Researcher
A young researcher (early career researcher — up to 10 years following completion of the appropriate degree) whose work is having a considerable impact in the area of mental health research. A young mind whose work is aimed at impacting the quality of life of those living with mental illness and has the potential to improve mental wellness in our communities, and beyond.

Submission deadline: December 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST

For additional information about the nomination and selection process, please call 613-552-0953.