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Courage to Come Back Awards 2017

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 — 10:39am PDT
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Do you know someone who has faced seemingly insurmountable odds yet come through with courage, strength and a drive to help? Maybe this is you? Nominations are now open for the Coast Mental Health Courage to Come Back Awards presented by Silver Wheaton, a program that celebrates extraordinary people who have overcome significant challenges in their lives, and emerged with a passion to give back.

Nominate Today

There are six different categories; each recognizes people who have overcome social adversity, medical, physical, mental health and addiction issues. There is also a youth category. From now until February 8th you can nominate someone (including yourself) by completing this nomination form.

Yes, it does take time to make a nomination. However, these are stories we all want and need to hear! Celebrating the remarkable individuals in our lives not only honours their achievements but reminds us that we can survive whatever challenges we’re facing.

In the words of last year’s Courage Recipient Meredith Graham – “People can and do change in remarkable ways. There is extraordinary potential in genuine kindness. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, has the power to heal.”

The Coast Mental Health Courage To Come Back Awards are presented annually to celebrate British Columbians who have overcome illness or adversity and have ‘come back to give back’ to their communities, and to inspire others to do the same. For over 40 years, Coast Mental Health has been providing innovative programs that address the three essential pillars of sustained recovery for those facing mental health challenges: Housing, Employment and Support Services. They walk with people to support long term recovery and success.

Courage to Come Back Awards 2017

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
Tickets: Available online now

Last year a sold out event saw 1,500 people come together to celebrate six remarkable British Columbians who overcame adversity against incredible odds.

Win Tickets to the Awards Dinner

I have two tickets to give away to the Courage to Come Back Awards dinner and fundraiser on May 16th (value $600). Please help me spread the word about the call for nominations, and enter to win tickets! Here’s how:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, January 27, 2017. Follow the awards on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

Update The winner is Rae!

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  1. Kristy says:

    This will be an inspiring evening!

  2. Jason B says:

    Great dinner and event.

  3. Janet Y.J. Kong says:

    A great way to congratulate those who have had to overcome insurmountable odds and being an inspiration to many!

  4. Bonnie Y. says:

    This is a great event. Wonderful stories of people who have overcome tremendous challenges.

  5. Ariel C says:

    yes please!

  6. Adam says:

    Sounds like a great event

  7. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  8. Shelley Butcher says:

    Truly inspirational!

  9. Pauline says:

    My “boyfriend” just entered a recovery program at 52 years…broke, but ready to change. I never imagined to be involved with a person like this, but seeing such beautiful potential in him I truly believe that people do have the ability to beat adversity…traumas they’ve experiened in their life. I hope and pray to see a new and beautiful person after 3 months in treatment..with limited outide communication. “Courage to come back”

  10. Ann says:

    Life is beautiful

  11. Stella Panagiotidis says:

    Inspiring roles models need to be celebrated and what better way! This will be a night of magic and soulfulness for all those who attend!

  12. Albert N. says:

    Truly a great way to honour those who have overcome so much adversity!

  13. Jason says:

    Such an inspiring event!

  14. Lindsay says:

    Sounds inspriing

  15. Rae says:


  16. Ron says:

    What a great event!

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