New Award for Next Generation of Mental Health Leaders

The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction is searching for up-and-coming Alberta youth who are committed to fostering positive change in their communities.

The Donald S. Ethell Youth Award, named for the founding patron of the Circle, celebrates Albertans age 25 or under who are taking a leading role in building compassion, understanding and supports for people living with mental health and addiction concerns. Two Youth Awards will be presented each year, one in February and one in May. Public nominations are now being accepted for the inaugural presentation scheduled for February 2016.

The award is open to youth who are making Alberta communities safe places to talk about mental health through their efforts in any or all of the following areas:

  • Creating or contributing to programs that promote understanding and compassion;
  • Demonstrating creativity in efforts to educate others and change attitudes for the better;
  • Making a meaningful contribution to related fundraising efforts;
  • Using their own lived experience to inspire others;
  • Serving as a positive example by modeling caring and compassionate attitudes.

Nomination forms and award criteria are at The nomination deadline is Monday, January 4, 2016 to be considered for the inaugural presentation ceremony.

About the Award’s Namesake

The Circle is proud to introduce this new award in honour of Colonel [Ret’d] the Hon. Donald S. Ethell, who recently retired following distinguished service as Alberta’s 17th Lieutenant Governor. Colonel Ethell’s dedication to mental health comes from his own experiences with post traumatic stress disorder as well as his belief that no one should ever have to suffer in silence.