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Champions of Mental Health Nomination 2022

Champions of Mental Health Nomination 2022

In 2021, CIPSRT began its Champions of Mental Health awards program with a call for nominations. That call generated a significant response, with over 200 nominations coming in from public safety sectors across Canada. The team at CIPSRT was amazed by the dedication of so many individuals toward actively improving the mental health of people in their organizations. Though it was a difficult task, we managed to select our inaugural Champions, Public Safety Personnel (PSP) who represented every public safety sector across Canada.  To learn more about these Champions visit our 2021 Champions page.

This year to kick off our nomination period, we asked a couple of last year’s Champions to share what receiving the award meant to them.

Sharon Bak- Emergency Management Ontario

My experience being a Champion has been both gratifying and humbling. While I see myself as no one special and the advocacy, public speaking, and writing I do comes from a place that just feels natural to me, the acknowledgement of my passion was something I never expected but am so grateful for. Not only was it an award, it was a chance to engage with peers from across the country who are doing so many amazing things. Being given this distinction has provided me with more drive and energy to keep going and to truly believe that what I am doing is making a difference. The PSP Champion community, and CIPSRT in particular, have provided a place for us to engage, learn, share, and grow and for that I am most grateful. I will continue to speak, to write, to share my story with whoever will listen. And I will pay this honour forward by working hard to build other Champions; because when we raise our voices and share our pain and successes, there is an incredible opportunity to touch others and save lives. Becoming a Champion has been a gift I will nurture and honour for the rest of my life.

Captain Greg “Scully” Schaalje- Rocky Mountain Fire Department

To be part of the inaugural group of amazing mental health advocates was a true honor and blessing. Over the past year, I have had the extreme pleasure to participate and be in such an amazing group of inspiring individuals who all value mental health and who just want to do better for all PSPs. This past year has gone by in a flash and I have learned so much from all the others in our group of mental health champions who have their own special ways of doing amazing aspects to promote and educate in the ever-evolving world of mental health and first response.

Personally, I have never had so much fun being part of a group of like-minded individuals who all care for their brothers and sisters in public safety. To be able to say I was part of the team of Champions has humbled me. I love to listen to the stories and ways in which we all function and work within our groups and lives to help make examples of what true mental health really looks like. This group of amazing humans is so very cool and I could not have had more fun and enjoyed my time this past year. I have learned great skills and techniques to help me out in the future. I just wanted to say “thank you” to everyone in this group and thank you for allowing me to learn.

At CIPSRT we know that there are more incredible Champions of Mental Health out there, and we want to hear about them. If you know someone who is making a difference toward the mental health and well-being of people in their PSP organizations, please nominate them.

To be considered a Champion, a nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Impact on the mental health of their organization and community (i.e. changes or improvements they have been able to make)
  • Number of people positively affected by their mental health efforts
  • Willingness to speak about their mental health journey
  • Creation of innovative mental health resource and initiatives
  • Creation of new training resources
  • Commitment to decreasing mental health stigma
  • Activities as a peer supporter or member of a reintegration team

Mental Health Champions are passionate and genuine, and they ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to supporting the mental health and well-being of everyone in the organization. 

Anyone within a public safety organization, sworn or civilian, can be nominated for recognition by CIPSRT as a Champion of Mental Health. To be considered, a nominee must work for one of CIPSRT’s recognized Canadian public safety sectors:

  • Border Services
  • Corrections
  • Public Safety Communicators (911, dispatch)
  • Firefighters (including volunteer)
  • Emergency Managers
  • Operational Intelligence personnel
  • Police
  • Paramedics
  • Search and Rescue personnel (including volunteer)

This year, the nomination period will run from August 2- Sept 10, 2022. All nomination forms will be reviewed by CIPSRT operations staff and those that are shortlisted will be shared with a selection committee comprised of CIPSRT staff, PSP leadership, and previous Champions. The award recipients will be announced in November of 2022. To give your nominee the best chance for this recognition, please provide detailed responses on the nomination form (incomplete forms will not be reviewed.)

Mental Health Champions will receive:

  • A limited-edition CIPSRT gold challenge coin
  • A certificate of recognition
  • CIPSRT swag
  • National recognition for their efforts on CIPSRT’s website and social media
  • Invitation to CIPSRT’s Champions of Mental Health virtual forums.

Nominate a Champion today by completing the nomination form below.

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