Michael Schratter, a Vancouver school teacher who is cycling solo around the world to fight the stigma associated with mental illness, is the first recipient of an award named for revered mental health advocate Dr. Nancy Hall, the Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award.
The award was presented Thursday, September 15 on behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), B.C. Division at the National Conference on Mental Health in Kelowna. David Hall, Nancy’s brother, presented the award to Michael.
Schratter is a unique choice for an award which recognizes individuals who have influenced mental health policy. It might otherwise go to an academic or a health policy expert. He’s not an academic in the usual sense—although he is a Grade Five Teacher at a Vancouver elementary school. But he is aiming for a world-wide impact on public policy.| | | Next → |