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Local Youth Recieves Lieutenant Governor's Circle Award

March 30, 2016

Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, and Former Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell presented the award to Cole Whalley, who is on the path to recovery from a severe crack-cocaine addiction.


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Edmonton Journal

Mental health advocates horrified police want to take mentally ill patients to the remand centre for treatment

November 25, 2015

In a brief to city councillors this week, Edmonton police said they are lobbying the province for the right to take mental health patients to receive treatment at the Edmonton Remand Centre rather than waiting for help in crowded emergency rooms, even though these people have not committed a crime.


Edmonton drug court honoured as it continues coping with cuts

August 25, 2015

The program is the recipient of the 2015 “True Imagination” award from the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.
It was chosen for its contributions creating supports for and advancing understanding of mental illness and addiction.


Press Releases 

Mental health and addiction trailblazers receive Lieutenant Governor’s award

September 26th, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell presented five awards for outstanding work to understand how mental illness and addiction develop, create approaches to help catch problems in early stages, offer supports for those who are suffering and break down stigmas that hold back individuals and society as a whole.


Global Edmonton
Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards

Original Air Date: September 25, 2015

The annual Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people who have faced mental health issues

Circle on Mental Health and Addiction 

Original Air Date: March 24, 2014

Speaker from Betty Ford here thanks to the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.


Metro News
Betty Ford educator speaks in Edmonton about addiction

Alberta’s work hard, play hard lifestyle has ripe potential for fueling addiction issues, said a recovering addict and the director of education at the Betty Ford Centre in California.


Edmonton Sun

October 7, 2016

Airdrie's Mackenzie Murphy continues to bring awareness to teen mental health issues

One year ago, Mackenzie Murphy was — for the ninth time — admitted to hospital battling a debilitating mental illness.

Now, the 17-year-old from Airdrie said she is both humbled and overwhelmed after receiving The Donald S. Ethell Youth Award from Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell for her work as a youth mental health advocate.

September 26, 2015

Mental health awards honour Edmonton innovators

The True Awards, honours chosen by the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction to recognize individuals and groups working to combat mental illness, were handed out recently with four of the five awards going to Edmonton-based people or organizations.


Edmonton Examiner

September 26, 2015

Tait on Eight: End the stigma around addiction

The audience in the main ballroom of the Delta Edmonton Suite Hotel was listening to Jeff’s inspiring story. He proudly shared his tale after being honoured at the True Awards, put on by the Lt.-Gov’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction. But when he stopped talking for that short time, we knew his story was about to change.