Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia presents Outstanding Achievement award to Pictou County residents

DARTMOUTH, NS – The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to present Pictou County residents Lily DeYoung and Shawna Coleman with an award for Outstanding Achievement.

The pair of community volunteers wanted to change the way people think about mental illness in Pictou County. Together, they organized “Models for Mental Health,” a consignment fashion show.  All proceeds raised by the event are allocated to Pictou County as per Lily and Shawna’s request to make a difference where they live.

Models for Mental Health is an annual event that features models from across Pictou County sporting consignment fashions which are sold following the show in order to raise funds and awareness for mental health. 

In November 2014, Lily and Shawna launched the first Models for Mental Health fundraiser, bringing together community members and raising over $7,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.  Last year, nearly $20,000 was raised and granted back to the county. 

The event is hosted by Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President and Pictou County native, Starr Dobson and features live local entertainment and door prizes.

“As active volunteers in their community, Lily and Shawna wanted to raise funds for mental health programs in Pictou County in a creative and fun way,” says Dobson.  “We are incredibly lucky to have such strong community role models who are committed to helping us change the way people think about mental illness and addiction in Nova Scotia.”

The award will be presented at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 6th at 10:00am in the Hugh Bell Library at the Nova Scotia Hospital.  Awards will also be presented to friends of the Foundation in the following categories: Partners in our Vision (Bell Aliant and “He is Me, She is Me” video partners; RPM Productions, Dr. Rod Wilson and Jonathan Lewis) and Outstanding Volunteers (Linda Townsend, Trail N’ Tails and Chris Sperdakes and Andrew Bartlett, JSMT Fundraising).

The Foundation looks forward to a successful 2017-2018 year. The Foundation’s 2016-2017 Community Report can be downloaded at mentalhealthns.ca. 

 About the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

 The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  The Foundation raises funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.

 www.mentalhealthns.ca

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 Media Contact:

Jennifer Lewandowski, Communications Lead
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
T: 902.464.3210
E: jennifer.lewandowski@nshealth.ca