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November 23, 2022

CIPSRT announces recipients of the 2022 Champions of Mental Health Award

On November 23, 2022, the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) unveiled the 20 recipients of the 2022 CIPSRT Champions of Mental Health Award. With a recipient list comprised of Public Safety Personnel (PSP) from across the country, the Champions award recognizes PSP who are passionate and committed – they walk the talk when it comes to supporting the mental health and well-being of everyone in their organizations.
When the nomination period closed on September 18, 2022, PSP colleagues from around the country had nominated over 160 dedicated people for the award.
To be considered a Champion, nominees were 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; and
  • Activities as a peer supporter or member of a reintegration team.

This year’s recipients came from different sectors, provinces and communities.

The 2022 Champions of Mental Health are:

Mackenzie Albus Steve Beck  David Bohdal
Mike Brundritt Shauna Burns-Thomson Ian Clavelle
Natalie Steve Farina Rhonda Harte-Pittman
Judy Hollett Katharine Jackson Adib Kaddoura
Chad Kennedy Martin Léveillé Matthew McKeage
Nathalie Ménard Jeff Reeder Michael Sears
Sachin Verma     Asher Yaqoob


“When we began this award program last year, there was a strong desire to recognize PSP that are making a difference in their organizations in an attempt to help bring awareness to the importance of addressing mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in PSP organizations,” said CIPSRT Executive Director Dr. Nick Jones, “We are proud to be able to continue the program this year, recognizing 20 amazing Champions of mental health.”
To learn more about these incredible award recipients,  explore our recipient profiles.
Each recipient has made a positive impact in their organization and has inspired us at CIPSRT. We hope their stories will also encourage others to become Champions of Mental Health.
For more information, please contact
CIPSRT (Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment), located at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan,  serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub to help current public safety personnel, their leaders and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and wellbeing.


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