We will keep you posted on this years 100 years in the making celebrations!
A message from Patrick Smith CMHA National CEO
CMHA 100. What will it be? Well, here’s what it’s not likely to be: like us, it won’t be a flash in the pan. It won’t be a celebration for its own sake. It’s not the celebration of a single day, or even of a single year. And it’s not just self-congratulations. Here’s what I think it is: it is a genuinely unique opportunity. The kind that comes once in an organization’s lifetime. It is time to reflect on our heritage, celebrate our here and now and catapult community mental health into its second century — looking to our horizon. CMHA 100 is about celebrating the richness and the cohesion of our vision and our relevance to the communities where we live and work. It is all part of galvanizing the work we all do as CMHA. We are more than the sum of our parts — together, our tiles create a stunning metaphorical mosaic.
Everything we do, we do in the spirit of community. We are the essence of community: community-based, community-led, community-driven, community-building. Our roots are in the communities we serve — all 331 of them. Across Canada, we are synonymous with community mental health.
Let’s emblazon this theme — 100 years of community — on everything we create, and everything we do this coming year. Together, we build and serve community, and together, we will build towards celebrating community throughout this milestone year.
Here are just a few of the key CMHA 100 dates and events, which all build towards our National Mental Health For All Conference in October.
February 26, 2018 – Soft launch of CMHA 100, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Mrs. Dunlap’s Tea.
March 13-14, 2018 – Bottom Line Conference, in Vancouver, BC with supports for CMHA’s across the country to talk, tweet, and post about mental health in the workplace.
April 26, 2018 – Media launch of CMHA 100, coinciding with the inaugural meeting of the original CMHA, held April 26, 1918.
May 6-8, 2018 – Peer Support Conference in Calgary, Alberta
May 7-13, 2018 – CMHA Mental Health Week. This year’s theme 100 years of community mental health.
June 24, 2018 – Ride Don’t Hide in more than 30 communities, and all across the country through “Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere.”
October 22-24, 2018 – CMHA 100 Celebration at Mental Health for All Conference in Montréal, Québec, and the launch of the CMHA 100 Impact Campaign!