It’s not often that non-profit organizations are recognized for contributions to the local business scene, but that’s what’s happening east of Toronto as CMHA Durham is up for a prestigious award. The Whitby Chamber of Commerce has announced that the branch is a finalist for its Business Achievement Award in the category of business achievement for organizations of more than 50 employees.
Now in its 60th anniversary, the local business awards will be handed out at a gala on Nov. 19.
“I’m so proud of our Durham Branch and their recent nomination by the Whitby Chamber of Commerce for the Business Achievement Award,” said Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario. “This is extraordinary for a non-profit to be recognized in this way.”
CMHA Durham has been providing mental health services to Durham Region for 55 years. The region, now with more than 600,000 residents, has seen incredible growth and change over recent decades.
CMHA Durham, meanwhile, has also evolved to provide a broad range of services to individuals and their families experiencing mental health challenges, from information and education to case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, housing and primary healthcare.
Services are provided through inter-professional teams focused on providing clinically-based services that, in addition to dealing with client mental health issues, address social determinants of health using the recovery model.