2020 Winners

This years Spirit of Hope winners are Emerson Edwards in the Youth category, Rebecca Taube in the Individual category and Donna Jenkins/Zacharys Paws for Healing in the Group category! Congratulations to all of our winners! You can watch their videos below to learn a little bit more about each of them!

Emerson Edwards, Youth Category
Rebecca Taube, Individual Category
Donna Jenkins/Zacharys Paws, Group Category

The Spirit of Hope Awards

Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open! Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 12:00 (Noon)

The Award

This award is presented annually at “A Mental Health Morning” breakfast event and is administered by
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. This award honours and celebrates those that have overcome mental health or addiction challenges or made impactful contributions to the mental health care or addiction field.

Three Award Categories  ̶  One award will be presented for each of the categories:

• Individual
• Youth or Youth Group/Organization (Under 19 or provides programs/services for under 19)
• Group/Organization

Selection Criteria

The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations in the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, and Brant
communities who have made a significant contribution in one or more of the following areas:

1. Building awareness of mental health and addiction issues in our region
2. Reducing the stigma associated with mental health and addiction
3. Advancing knowledge in the area of mental health or addiction research
4. Advocating for positive change relating to mental health and addiction issues
5. Providing support or treatment to people with mental illnesses and/or addictions, their families, and/or