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the reality: that good people can get sick,” said Ms. Johnston, who earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in rehabilitation sciences while raising five daughters. “The stigma relating to depression or anxiety is on the wane. “However, there is still an elephant in the room, which is the fear that continues to exist toward those with serious mental illness. This association, which views people with mental illness as potentially violent or dangerous, has at least two Sharon Johnston negative effects: One, it makes people afraid to get to know someone with FUNDRAISER mental illness, or admit that it exists in Above, Daniel Alfredsson, Barbara Crook and their family and, two, it makes those with Dan Greenberg; top right, Teresa Marques and mental illness less likely to come forward Mariette MacIsaac; right, Sherry Romanado and to get help because they don’t want to be Christopher Morgan labelled as potentially dangerous. “Yet, mental illness rarely leads to violence. Very few of those with serious mental illness pose any threat to others.” Her excellency made a plea for all Canadians to get to know someone with serious mental illness as part of the 150th anniversary of our country. They have “families, hobbies, talents, quirks and passions, just like you and me,” she said. “Let us all get to know each other, and that harmful and counterproductive Honorary award recipient Sharon fear will go away.” Johnston and her husband, Governor Mr. Alfredsson, a long-time community General David Johnston, put the Royal ambassador for The Royal, did a great job in Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care and presenting the Leader for Mental Health Research by attending its 14th Annual Award to his friends, Mr. Greenberg Inspiration Awards Gala, presented by TD and Ms. Crook. The couple have been at the Delta Ottawa City Centre on March 3. advocates of mental health causes and Above, Sean McGee, Stephanie Lewis and Rob The vice-regal couple was part of have donated their time, resources and Notman; above right, Henry Burris and Carolyn an illustrious group that included local money to help patients receive better Waldo; right, Nancy Stanton and Jason Bellaire. hockey hero Daniel Alfredsson and care. community pillars Dan Greenberg and Mr. Greenberg, president of Ferguslea Barbara Crook, all of whom are helping not just for me but for the many like from the hip-hop group Culture Shock. Properties, which owns Accora Village, to destigmatize mental illness. Legendary me who are suffering,” said Rachel The $310-a-ticket event raised $429,000 wore beneath his suit jacket a purple Do Grey Cup champion quarterback Henry Scott-Mignon, who lives with bipolar for mental health. It For Daron hockey jersey. The Burris was the evening’s energetic disorder, before presenting the award While accepting her award, Ms. Sens fan also donned a scarf featuring emcee along with double-gold Olympian to Ms. Johnston, one of her “biggest Johnston touched on both the progress Mr. Alfredsson’s retired number, 11. Carolyn Waldo. supporters,” in front of a sold-out crowd made on mental health education “Every team wishes to have franchise Ms. Johnston is a member of The of nearly 600 people. and one of the major areas in need of players, pillars to build their team around, Royal Ottawa Foundation Women for The glamorous evening, once again improvement. that they know are going to show up Mental Health campaign. She has twice chaired by designer Jason Bellaire of “When it comes to the big picture of every night,” said Mr. Alfredsson. hosted the group at Rideau Hall and has StyleHaus Interiors, saw the business mental health awareness and stigma, the FOR MORE ON THE GALA, CHECK donated partial proceeds from her novel community come together for cocktails overall good news is that our military OUT CAROLINE PHILLIPS’ VIDEO Matrons and Madams to its cause. and dinner, coupled with inspiring mental public, public service and non-public AT OBJ.CA She’s been “a light in a dark place, health stories and an exhilarating show workplaces are honestly addressing

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