CMHA Ontario’s board of directors recognized two deserving journalists today for excellence in the coverage of mental health and addictions issues.
Rob Seguin, program director for Corus Entertainment in Peterborough, was honoured with the 2017-18 CMHA Ontario Local Media Award. Rob accepted the award on behalf of Global Peterborough, 101.5 The Wolf, and 100.5 Fresh Radio.
Seguin told attendees at CMHA Ontario’s annual general meeting in Toronto about his personal connection to the issue of mental health and addictions, adding that it’s been easy to convince his colleagues to support the cause and the work of CMHA Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.
Randy Richmond, reporter with the London Free Press, was recognized as the recipient of CMHA Ontario’s Provincial Media Award for 2017-18.
A Michener award winner and self-professed journalist-advocate, Richmond noted that the individuals he writes about – those struggling with mental health and addictions issues – and the challenges they face are among the most important stories to be told. He encouraged CMHAs to reach out to journalists in their communities to share positive stories about recovery and the mental health and addictions system.
CMHA Ontario’s board of directors hands out the local and provincial media awards annually, selecting individuals or organizations that best exemplify the spirit of CMHA through the outstanding coverage of mental health and addictions issues.