OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award

This award is supported by the Council of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. The OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award recognizes contributions to the profession of psychiatry and to the public by a community psychiatrist engaging in grassroots advocacy in their local area.  It is expected that candidates have not previously had provincial or national level recognition for their advocacy work.  The successful candidate must spend a majority of her/his time engaged in delivery of clinical services.  The award is open to OPA members who have been engaged in advocacy work through one or more of the following areas: clinical care, education, and administration.

Examples include:

  • Advocacy and mental health policy work
  • Outstanding teaching around advocacy
  • Clinical care that empowers patients towards self-advocacy
  • Leadership in advocacy
  • Charitable work in local communities

Nomination Process:

Nominations are invited from OPA members and the public and must be submitted to the OPA office. Each year, nominations will be solicited 60 days before the application deadline. For 2018, the nomination process will open February 1st, 2018 and close February 23, 2018. The application deadline may be extended at the discretion of the OPA Manager and/or the OPA President.

Nomination packages require: 2 letters of support and the applicant's curriculum vitae (CV). One of the letters must be from an OPA member in good standing. Nominations will be adjudicated by the OPA Membership and Communications Committee, which will score the nominations according the eligibility criteria described above. The committee will bring forward a name for approval by the OPA Council. The winner will be notified in advance of the OPA Annual Conference and formally recognized during the program at the conference.

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