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Steve Lurie, Executive Director, CMHA Toronto, Appointed to Order of Canada

July 5, 2016

steve_0-245x300Steve Lurie, Executive Director of the CMHA Toronto Branch, has just been named a Member of the Order of Canada, one of this country’s highest honours.

For more than 40 years, Steve has been a tireless advocate, fighting to improve the mental health system and serving as a voice for people who are often marginalized because of mental health stigma and discrimination.

Lurie was among 113 new appointees named to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.Lurie has been recognized for his “contributions as a leading advocate and administrator in the field of mental health care.”

Dr. Patrick Smith, National CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, congratulated Steve Lurie on behalf of the organization. “The significance of this honour is fully matched by Steve’s contribution. The extent to which he has improved mental health services in Canada cannot be overstated.”

While humbled by the honour, Lurie used the recognition as an opportunity to do what he does best: make the call for further system support for individuals living with a mental illness.

“An injection of just $120 per person over the next 10 years would give provinces the funds to implement their mental health plans and boost access to services, thereby reducing the burden of mental illness,” he said. “This will help change the statistic that although 20 per cent of Canadians live with a mental illness every year, only one in three get care.”

The Order of Canada was established in 1967to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 49 years, more than 6,500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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