Let’s Keep Talking


The Let’s Keep Talking Awards honour outstanding Nova Scotians living with mental illness or addiction and those who 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 Let’s Keep Talking event highlights and recognizes the achievements of Nova Scotians who’ve inspired others while facing their own challenges living with or supporting others with mental illness or addiction.

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No matter how far down you go, it is never too late to come back.
— Theoren Fleury.

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EVENT EMCEE - CTV’s Paul Hollingsworth


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Video by RPM Productions 




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
2019: Theo Fleury 2018: Steven Page 2017: Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire
2016: Margaret Trudeau
2015: Michael Landsberg
2014: Clara Hughes

Past Award Recipients

2018: Bev Fletcher (Outstanding Caregiver), Dr. Linda Courey (Outstanding Healthcare Provider), Juanna Ricketts (Outstanding Individual Award), Clark Paul (Outstanding Senior Award), Christene Southwell (Outstanding Youth Award).

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