Awards & Recognition
Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award
The Canadian Mental Health Association selected Moms Like Us as the recipients of this award in 2014. We were recognized for engaging policy makers in Victoria and beyond for our vision to develop an accredited Clubhouse International for the Greater Victoria Area. This award “honours the spirit of the late Dr. Nancy Hall”
We were recognized for our:
- grassroots organizing, passionate presentations and for making connections to advocate for people living with mental illness to have access to this world recognized evidence based program that gets people ‘back into life’
- Generating important dialogue and planning in Victoria to ensure that psychosocial rehabilitation receives funding for adults aged 18 and over.
- 'Pumping up the volume’ in our formidable advocacy to make Victoria a place where people living with mental illness can experience respect, hope and opportunities to live a full and successful life.
Mental Health Advocate
Dr. Nancy Hall (BC’s lone mental health advocate from 1998 – 2001) unfortunately passed away in 2011. She was a passionate advocate for those with mental illness.
"If mental health reform only attends to symptoms, diagnoses and medications, nothing will change. Mental health system leaders must reach out to challenge community institutions to address the needs of people with mental disabilities that prevent full participation in community life. This means specific strategies to address discrimination, peer advocacy, housing, income supports or education and employment."
- Dr. Nancy Hall, Growing the Problem
Conrad N. Hilton Hilton Humanitarian Prize
Fountain House, the original Clubhouse, received this award in 2014. It is the highest humanitarian award in the world. By Fountain House receiving this award it reflects on all 330 Clubhouses worldwide.
The Prize is awarded not to an individual, but to an organization—to recognize its extraordinary contributions and to highlight the need for greater humanitarian aid in the world.
“The problem is staggering in its global impact and scale, with significant repercussions that adversely affect millions of families and society as a whole,” said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “Mental illness is an issue that touches significant areas the Hilton Foundation has been working on for many years, such as chronic homelessness and substance use. The Fountain House/Clubhouse International program of social relationships and meaningful work has literally saved thousands of lives over the past 66 years. Its program is a beacon of hope for those living with mental illness who are too often consigned to lives of homelessness, imprisonment, social stigma and isolation.”
John Fear Family Leadership Award
At the Annual General Meeting of the BC Schizophrenia Society (Victoria Division) on September 8th, Jackie Powell received the 'John Fear Family Leadership Award'.
It is a great honour for Moms Like Us to be recognized for our advocacy work and our goal to have an accredited, evidence-based International Clubhouse here in Greater Victoria as soon as possible. This cannot happen without the support and belief from all the Moms, Dads, supportive individuals and organizations out there helping our goal become a reality. Thank you to both BCSS and Canadian Mental Health Association for this recognition - it means a great deal.