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Team Awards

Team Awards

Recognizing outstanding employees and volunteers across our organization

The Beacon of Light Awards are an annual recognition program that highlights achievements, performance and commitment to the community and those we serve.

Walter holding his award with Canadian mental health association

Beacon of Character- Sajidsha Diwan

The Beacon of Character Award recognizes and rewards team members who actively and consistently demonstrate our team values of respect, trust, communication and teamwork. These individuals enhance CMHA’s culture and inspire those around them.

Sajid lives the CMHA values every day and remains respectful and calm, even in tense situations. Along with providing support to his colleagues, Sajid also seeks out resources in the community for clients in challenging situations and maintains partnerships with other organizations, encouraging their staff to make referrals.

Erm holding her trophy with Lisa Wood and Rebecca Shields

Volunteer Beacon of Character- Erm Lombardi

The Beacon of Character Award recognizes and rewards team members who actively and consistently demonstrate our team values of respect, trust, communication and teamwork. These individuals enhance CMHA’s culture and inspire those around them.

Erm’s passion to work with youth in the Choices program was evident from the very beginning. Erm continually shares her many experiences with youth, in both her personal and professional life, while also living and breathing the CMHA values of respect, trust, communication and teamwork. She inspires her team members and enhances the Choices Program through her contributions, performance and extraordinary levels of team spirit.

Lisa Wood, Rebecca Shields and Glen Gifford

Beacon of Excellence- Lisa Wood

The Beacon of Excellence Award recognizes and rewards team members who have gone above and beyond their job description to support the mission of CMHA. These individuals show an unwavering commitment to quality, excellence and the goals of the organization.

Lisa has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to service at CMHA. She doesn’t stop when her targets are reached – she is driven by a thirst to reach new people through the Choices program and get involved in other areas across the organization. To do more is often a chance for her to learn more, to have fun, to enjoy connecting and providing something to others that brings value and purpose.

abbey dunning headshot holding her team award

Volunteer Beacon of Excellence- Abbey Dunning

The Beacon of Excellence Award recognizes and rewards team members who have gone above and beyond their job description to support the mission of CMHA. These individuals show an unwavering commitment to quality, excellence and the goals of the organization.

Abbey worked tirelessly to create a new and engaging platform for our volunteers.  In creating this new learning module, Abbey has allowed the organization to provide amazing online training for volunteers across the agency, leading to better service for our clients and families.

Vanessa receiving her award from Rebecca

Beacon of Inclusion- Vanessa Newhook

The Beacon of Inclusion Award recognizes team members who lead by example and take action to facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices at CMHA. These individuals embrace, respect and celebrate the diversity of the CMHA team and the communities we serve.

Vanessa joined the CMHA York Region/South Simcoe family, during the beginning of the pandemic and also at the very beginning of the development of the Newcomer’s Health and Wellbeing Program. While Vanessa’s role is primarily to deliver training and education to direct service workers in the settlement sector, she immediately stepped up to grow this new program from the ground up in all aspects of client service.

Devon, Jennifer and Rebecca with award

Beacon of Mentorship- Jennifer Morawetz 

The Beacon of Mentorship Award recognizes and rewards team members who foster a culture of innovation, character, excellence and inclusion within their teams and CMHA. These individuals are exceptional leaders who provide extraordinary knowledge-sharing, coaching and career development to members of their team.

Jennifer undoubtedly enhances CMHA’s culture, fosters innovation and inspires those around her. Her influence spans far outside our her position and positively impacts CMHA as a whole. Jennifer is always the first to offer a hand on any project, even if it is outside of her wheelhouse and is an amazing lead to the volunteer and student team here at CMHA.

Marilu Holding Her Award with Kelly and Rebecca

Beacon of Innovation-Marilu Matar

The Beacon of Innovation Award recognizes team members who introduce new ideas, services or practices to improve the quality of service, financial management, human resource management, administration, safety or overall functioning of CMHA. These individuals contribute innovative solutions or make major improvements to operations or services provided.

Marilu is new to CMHA but has jumped in with both feet in our new Community Homes for Opportunity program. She offers a lot of support to her team members, is creative in her approach to dealing with difficult situations, and offers wisdom to the team. Marilu is such a bright asset within CMHA and within a brand new team – where new processes are being created every day. She’s also a great friend and co-worker.

Edna Holding the Team Trophy with Devon and Rebecca

Team Beacon of Light- The COVID-19 Action Team

The Team Beacon of Light Award recognizes the achievements of an entire team who implemented an innovative program or project that generated exceptional results for CMHA, our clients and/or the communities we serve. Teams may include client programs, administrative/management teams, departments, committees, task forces, special projects, Affinity Groups and other groups at CMHA.

To date, CMHA has not had a single COVID-19 outbreak attributed to contact at CMHA, and every program continues to deliver service.  In all my career, I have never worked with  such a dedicated group of people. Their commitment to the health and safety of staff, clients, and community has been unwavering, and it has been my privilege to serve alongside them.

Representative from Staples Holding Award with Catherine and Rebecca

Community Beacon of Light-Staples Canada

The Community Beacon of Light Award recognizes and rewards businesses who support CMHA York Region and South Simcoe who exemplify the spirit of respect, inclusion and mental health for all.

Staples Canada is Mental Health in Motion’s first Presenting Sponsor. As part of their commitment to MHIM 2021, not only have they provided sponsorship dollars that help off set the costs associated with running an event (and even virtual events have costs associated with them), but they have also encouraged their associates throughout our catchment area and across Ontario to get involved as participants.

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