Join us on May 8, 2018

The Let’s Keep Talking Awards honour outstanding Nova Scotians living with mental illness or addiction and those who work to provide support in the mental health community.

Launched in 2014 with Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s fourth annual Let’s KeepTalking event will highlight and recognize the achievements of Nova Scotians who have inspired others as they face their own challenges living with or supporting others facing mental illness or addiction.

The event encourages open conversation among Nova Scotians regarding mental health and mental illness, and will feature a keynote speaker who has displayed strong advocacy and leadership in the mental health field.


Nominate an outstanding Nova Scotian now

Award recipients are selected through a province-wide nomination process. A selection committee of past award recipients, health care professionals, community stakeholders, and Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia representatives will review nominations and determine the annual recipients.

There are awards in the following categories: Outstanding Individual, Outstanding Youth, Outstanding Senior, Outstanding Healthcare Provider, Outstanding Caregiver.

Nominations must be received by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia no later than 4:00pm on Friday, February 9th, 2018.

Group nominations and/or late submissions will not be considered.

All award recipients will be honoured at the 5th annual Let’s Keep Talking event. Recipients' attendance is mandatory.


2017 VIDEO


After the success of its “Let’s Keep Talking for Clara’s Big Ride” event in 2014 as a Bell Aliant Community Champion, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has continued the tradition with this legacy event, calling on notable Canadian mental health advocates to keep the conversation going.

Past Keynote Speakers
2017: Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire
2016: Margaret Trudeau
2015: Michael Landsberg
2014: Clara Hughes

Past Award Recipients

2017: Sheila Morrison (Outstanding Caregiver), Nicole Robinson (Outstanding Healthcare Provider), Amanda Higgins (Outstanding Youth), Jim Malone (Outstanding Senior), Stephanie Reidy (Outstanding Individual).

2016: Linden Gray (Outstanding Caregiver), Dr. Emmanuel Aquino (Outstanding Healthcare Provider), Brandon Highmore (Outstanding Youth), Laurel Walker (Outstanding Individual), Trudie Helmke (Outstanding Senior).

2015: Heather Dempsey (Outstanding Caregiver), Kristi Kempton (Outstanding Healthcare Provider), Shawntay Rose Dann (Outstanding Youth), Bob Ransom (Outstanding Individual).


As long as we put one foot in front of the other and never give up, I think we’re kind of going somewhere right now.
— Clara Hughes