Heroes of mental health honoured 0
The local Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) celebrated their annual Heroes of Mental Health awards on Thursday at the local Boston Pizza in Portage.
Several individuals, businesses and other community organizations were honoured for their respective contributions to the CMHA and its programs.
Leisa Miness, executive director of the CMHA, said that she was happy with the turnout and that the community could celebrate the achievements of people in the community and their work with the local organization.
"Today was a great turnout and I'm glad that people were able to make it," said Miness. "These people and business have done a lot for us throughout the years and it's great to have everyone here."
Craig Smart was first up for the CMHA as he was honoured for his work with the board of directors during the last two years. He was described as someone who "is a positive role model with his steady involvement at the clubhouse."
Keith Hutlet, a proctor for the CMHA, was honoured for his helpful and supportive attitude with the clients and the community.
What's more, Jane Feeney was absent from the event but was recognized for her work with the Employment and Income Assistance system (EIA).
Over the last few years, the local CMHA has been stressing the importance of raising awareness amongst the youth in Portage la Prairie.
The Sources of Strength program at Portage Collegiate is one of those program that help to do just that, Miness said.
"The earlier you get the treatment for the illness, the better the chances of recovery so we need to impact the youth and let me know that they can reach out for help to make a difference," said Miness.
Brenda Miller-Adams, who's worked closely with the SOS program, said that while she gives up a lot of time, she receives a lot more than she gives.
"One of things that I'd like to bring to your attention is that from the time that I become involved in with the board of directors, one of the things that I've been interested in is how we can provide knowledge and info to the youth," said Miller-Adams.
"This is a group within our high school and they are doing a lot of what we're doing in the community. They provide a safe inclusive place within the community and I'm really excited to have the group," she added.
Renny Kafka and Christine Langford also took home awards while Rick and Lou Locke received recognition for their hard work and dedication as board members over the last six years.
"If we aren't listening to the needs of people then we aren't doing our jobs very well. This make me happy and it's an honour to be here," said Langford.