External Awards Facilitation

National Awards for Excellence

Description

The Kaiser Foundation’s National Awards for Excellence Program in mental health and addictions initiatives is a national program which honours the outstanding work being done by the thousands of Canadian organizations, communities and individuals who are engaged in the fields of mental health and addictions. The Awards are dedicated to recognizing the people who spend their lives helping others get well, often with little or no public acknowledgment or compensation.

There are seven award categories:

  • Excellence in Public Policy
  • Excellence in Community Programming
  • Excellence in Aboriginal Programming
  • Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use Programming
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Excellence in Youth Leadership
  • Excellence in Media Reporting

Eligibility

Excellence in Public Policy

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This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use through the advancement of effective public policy which was applied at any level (national, provincial, territorial, municipal or First Nations).

The judging criteria include:

  • Evidence that the individual or group has had an impact on public policy within stated jurisdiction(s)
  • Evidence that the policy has been effective
  • Evidence that the policy recognises broad social values and respects diversity and human rights

Excellence in Community Programming

Excellence in Community Programming

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This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use through the development or implementation of effective and innovative community programming. This award is not limited to alcohol and other drug specific interventions; it includes broad based health promotion, prevention, and treatment programs aimed at addressing risk and protective factors; building resilience; or assisting in management or recovery which can be demonstrated to reduce the impact and negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use.

The judging criteria include:

  • Evidence that the program is based in good practice, is appropriately targeted and is sustainable.
  • Evidence that the program is effective and innovative (extends current practice in order to address gaps or meet demonstrated challenges)
  • Evidence that the program was developed with the participation of the target audience and other key stakeholders
  • Evidence that the individual or group provided significant leadership in developing or implementing the program

Excellence in Aboriginal Programming

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This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use in Aboriginal communities or among Aboriginal Peoples through the development or implementation of effective and innovative community programming.

The judging criteria include:

  • Evidence that the program is based in good practice, is appropriately targeted and is sustainable.
  • Evidence that the program is effective and innovative (extends current practice in order to address gaps or meet demonstrated challenges)
  • Evidence that the program was developed with the participation of the target audience and other key stakeholders and that the relevant cultural contexts of the participating Aboriginal community is taken into account.
  • Evidence that the individual or group provided significant leadership in developing or implementing the program.

Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use Programming

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This award recognizes an individual or program that has made a significant contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use through the development or implementation of programming for individuals with concurrent mental health and substance use concerns.

The judging criteria include:

  • Evidence that the program is effective in meeting the needs of individuals with concurrent mental health and substance use concerns
  • Evidence that the program was developed with the participation of the target audience and other key stakeholders
  • Evidence that the program is well connected to both drug and alcohol services and mental health services in the community/region in which it operates
  • Evidence that the individual or group provided significant leadership in developing or implementing the program

Excellence in Leadership

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This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant leadership within their community or sector (physical health, mental health, education, enforcement, social services, private sector, labour, etc.) to address the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use. Leadership in building collaboration between sectors will be given special recognition.

The judging criteria include:

  • Demonstrated recognition within the community or sector of the individual’s contribution
  • Evidence that the contribution of the individual advances good practice in the substance use field
  • Evidence that the contribution of the individual has encouraged cooperation and integration between programs, approaches, systems or sectors

Excellence in Youth Leadership

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This award recognizes a young person (25 years or younger) as having demonstrated significant initiative and leadership within their school or community to address the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use.

The judging criteria include:

  • Demonstrated recognition within the community or sector of the individual’s contribution
  • Demonstrated recognition of the individual’s positive role model and impact on peers.
  • Evidence that the contribution of the individual encourages cooperation and integration.

Excellence in Media Reporting

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This award recognizes an individual who has, through media reporting or commentary, made a major contribution to the public understanding of substance use, the related harms, and the range of appropriate responses. The individual’s contributions are characterized by thoughtfulness and sensitivity in commenting on current issues related to substance use and related public policies and services. They draw on the best available evidence to create context and to promote understanding.

The judging criteria include:

  • Evidence of the significance of the individual’s contribution in addressing substance use issues.
  • Evidence of the individual’s awareness of the complexities involved and of the available evidence.
  • Degree to which the contributions promote a clearer understanding of substance use issues within the community.

For further information

Kaiser Foundation

Deadline

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST November 13, 2009

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