Kindness and compassion are ageless and secular. That’s what Island Health’s Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU) Advisory Committee discovered when considering nominations for its awards program. Both of this year’s recipients responded with dignity and fairness to the people who lived at Tent City.

A group of students and church members put others ahead of themselves and spent quality time investing in people who are living with mental illness. From simple gestures of welcoming new neighbours to a holiday feast for hundreds – the acts small and large made a significant difference in the lives of many. Their efforts are being rewarded as part of Mental Health Week.

Recipients of the second annual Recognition of Distinction in Community Service Award are École Central Middle School and Christ Church Cathedral.

“We are inspired by community groups of caring people who demonstrate the support, respect and inclusion that fosters the growth of healthy communities,” says Sharlene Law, chair of the MHSU Advisory Committee. The Committee includes people living with mental illness, family members and community service organizations.

Awards Presentations
9 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017
École Central Middle School Gymnasium