November 20, 2008
For Immediate Release
Toronto – Today Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director of Peel Children’s Centre, received the prestigious Elizabeth Manson Award for community service in mental health from the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
The award presentation, held at the annual conference of Children’s Mental Health Ontario in Toronto, enabled Mitchell’s nominators – the Senior Management Team at Peel Children’s Centre – to recognize Mitchell’s innovative leadership in the presence of colleagues from across Ontario. Mitchell will also be honoured at a reception at SickKids tonight.
Established in 2005, the award is named for Elizabeth Manson, Director of Telepsychiatry at SickKids, as a tribute to her longstanding, exemplary dedication to children’s mental health.
In a letter informing Mitchell that he was the 2008 recipient of the Elizabeth Manson Award, Dr. Abel Ickowicz, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at SickKids, wrote, “Annually, an outstanding person like yourself is recognized for being instrumental in the development of new treatment approaches, creative program designs, administrative innovations, and providing superior quality care to children affected by mental health problems.”
In their nomination, the Senior Management Team at Peel Children’s Centre said, “For well over 25 years, Humphrey has been broadly recognized for his steadfast commitment to the field of children’s mental health, fuelled by his passion for achieving better outcomes for children and families who struggle with mental health challenges. He is a leader among leaders, and the benefits that have accrued to the field of children’s mental health and to the children and families served by Peel Children’s Centre are undeniable.”
Valerie Stove, President of Peel Children’s Centre, congratulated Mitchell on behalf of the Centre’s Board of Directors. “You are a most deserving recipient and we are delighted that your many contributions to the field of children’s mental health are being publicly acknowledged and recognized in this way,” Stove said.
‘I am touched and honoured that my Senior Team colleagues nominated me for this recognition,” Mitchell said. “Our achievements at Peel Children’s Centre are the result of the dedication, creativity, and talent of a great many people, including our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, funders, community partners, and most importantly, the children, youth and families we serve. Together, we have made Peel Children’s Centre a leader in our field.”
Peel Children’s Centre is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, charitable organization that has provided a range of high quality mental health services for children, youth and their families since 1985. The Centre serves 3,700 children/youth annually with a budget exceeding $18 million. Detailed information about the Centre and its services is available at www.peelcc.org.
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Mora Thompson, Manager, Corporate Communications and Development