As a group that’s built on a foundation of giving, we meet and work with so many amazing people. Those who volunteer for us, work for us, and donate to us all help to push us toward the goal of bettering the lives of the millions of people who suffer each day from mental illness. Every so often, however, we are fortunate enough to come across someone truly special—a person who, through their attitude and daily actions, inspires us to work even harder to make the world around us a better place. It is this type of inspiration that keeps the CMHA going. With every act of kindness and generosity, we learn something: that hope is thriving within our community. And that even though today might be difficult for many of us, there is always that shining possibility that tomorrow could be brighter. Each year, Family Community Support Services (FCSS) holds a luncheon to honour a select few people that fall into the category of “truly special” and to give them an award for their outstanding contributions to the community. With that, let us congratulate our good friends Penny Newhook and Sherilee Crawley for their receipt of the 2019 Passionate Heart Award!
Penny and Sherilee: your dedication is a source of inspiration to all of us. You both go above and beyond, giving your all to help those in need through the CMHA Outreach program. Your caring attitudes, commitment, and compassion for those in need is a site to behold, and it goes without saying that things would be different if the two of you weren’t around to help! At the end of the day, we feel like we’re the ones that are being awarded by being able to work with you. So once again congratulations, but more importantly, THANK YOU!