Host Rick Campanelli celebrates five community leaders, including the president of Carleton University.
On March 4, more than 450 people came together virtually with host Rick Campanelli to honour individuals for their contributions to mental health advocacy and awareness. This event celebrates the passion of people committed to making the world better, the determination to triumph through hardships, the courage to speak up, and the resolve to help break down the stigma often associated with mental illness.
The Royal was proud to highlight:
- Transformational category: Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon
- Community category: Michael Dixon
- Personal category: Charlotte Smith
- Youth category: Samantha Nadon
- Young researcher: Dr. Jennifer Phillips
These award recipients show strength in the face of adversity, give hope to those living with a mental illness, and help change the narrative around mental health, wellness, and stigma.
The Inspiration Awards are made possible thanks to many generous sponsors, including presenting sponsor TD.
"At TD, we have been a proud partner of The Royal Ottawa for the last seven years and are thrilled to continue our work with the Foundation through the Inspiration Awards this year," said Tara-Lynn Hughes, Senior Vice President, Greater Ontario Region, TD Bank. "Support for mental health is needed now more than ever, and the work being done to recognize and celebrate people committed to breaking down the stigma around it is so important."
Over the past 18 years, the Royal Ottawa Foundation has recognized more than 90 individuals and groups who celebrate those who are breaking down barriers, being community builders, and increasing awareness of mental health.
When asked about the ceremony, interim President of the Royal Ottawa Foundation, Cynthia Little stated that, “Annually, the Inspiration Awards recognize some incredible people in our community who are working to make life better for those living with mental illness. Every year, we come away inspired and proud of the support for The Royal and the cause of mental health. This message of community expresses that no one has to be alone in their mental health journey.”
This year’s 18th annual Inspiration Awards, presented by TD, raised over $420,000 in support of patient care, comfort, and much needed research at The Royal.