From seasoned entrepreneurs to today’s youth, why it’s important to keep the conversation around mental health going.
Written by Jim Treliving
Illustration by Valentyn Babiiets
When Sandi Treliving was 10 years old, her older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She knows first-hand the impact that mental illness can have on a family.
It’s been an experience that has defined Sandi as one of Canada’s leading mental health advocates alongside her husband Jim, an investor on Dragon’s Den and owner of the Boston Pizza chain. The Trelivings have been partners with CAMH for the last eight years, serving as board members for the last five and working on campaigns to raise awareness, end stigma, fundraise, and improve treatment. Now, they are calling on Canadians to nominate someone in their lives who is working for the same kind of positive change for CAMH’s 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health—a new initiative that celebrates those who are making a difference in mental health...
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In this historic year for our country, help nominate and celebrate the Canadians who are changing the course of mental health. Nominations are now open!
CAMH Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health, is a national initiative to nominate and celebrate Canadians making an impact through research, philanthropy, advocacy, social change or inspiration.
As a National Committee member, I invite you to nominate a difference maker in mental health, in any capacity, local or national. Tell us about the community leaders, teachers, physicians, people with lived experience, caregivers, mental health workers and advocates where you live.
Learn more about the 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health National Committee or nomination process by visiting www.camhdifferencemakers.ca
National Chair, 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
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