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.
Nominations are invited from OPA members and the public and must be submitted to the OPA office, by mail or e-mail. For 2021, the nomination process will open February 24th, 2021 and close March 31, 2021. The application deadline may be extended at the discretion of the OPA Manager and/or the OPA President.
Nomination packages require: two 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 at least 30 days in advance of the OPA Annual General Meeting.
OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award Winner (2020)
Dr Paula Walsh-Bergin
- 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