2021 Winners

This year's Spirit of Hope winners are Paulina Szczepanski in the Youth category, Jennifer Bonner in the Individual category and Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice (DBKH) Grief Text and Online Chat Support 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!

Paulina Szczepanski, Youth Category
Jennifer Bonner, Individual Category
DBKH Grief Text and Online Chat Support, Group Category

The Spirit of Hope Awards

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
caregiver