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VANCOUVER, April 8 – The Kaiser Foundation is pleased to honour the seven Canadians and organizations selected for this year’s National Awards for Excellence (NAE) in reducing harm from substance use. The awards recognize the outstanding work being undertaken by organizations, communities and individuals throughout Canada in reducing the physical and mental harms associated with substance use and mental health issues. They will be given out at the annual NAE dinner on April 24th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary.
Nominated by their peers, winners are selected by an independent National Secretariat and National Advisory Board, based on demonstrated results, leadership, new ideas, research and education. Each award recipient receives a $10,000 grant directed to a recognized charity of their choosing.
“The Kaiser Foundation and National Advisory Board congratulate the 2008 award recipients and nominees,” said Edgar F. Kaiser Jr., Chairman and CEO of the Kaiser Foundation. “Each winner embodies a steadfast commitment to helping people adversely affected by substance use and mental health issues and encouraging them and assisting them to live healthier, happier, and safer lives. Their efforts are truly exemplary. We do this to recognize people who spend their lives helping others get well, usually with little or no public acknowledgment or compensation.”
Launched in 2006 by The Kaiser Foundation, in partnership with a growing roster of governments, foundations, corporate and private national partners across the country, the National Awards for Excellence highlight the tireless efforts of field leaders promoting healthier lifestyles and raises awareness of drug/alcohol abuse and mental health issues and their impact on our society.
The annual National Awards for Excellence event is hosted in a different city in the spring of each year, to ensure recognition, across the country, of the individuals and organizations working in the fields of substance use and mental health. The 2009 National Awards for Excellence will be held in Montreal.
About the Kaiser Foundation: Founded in 1985 by Edgar F. Kaiser Jr., OBC, LLD (Hon.) Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Resources Ltd. The Kaiser Foundation is a registered charitable organization dedicated to helping individuals and communities live healthier and more productive lives by reducing the physical and mental harm associated with substance abuse. The Kaiser Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors representing a wide spectrum of the community, with each Director bringing unique talents to the organization.
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