The 9th annual Hope Award Gala will take place on Friday, June 1st at Fallsview Casino Resort. This year we mark 50 years of addressing the needs of children’s mental health in Niagara.
We are pleased to announce this year’s Signature Guest Speaker is Steven Page. A witty, articulate and mesmerizing speaker, singer/songwriter. As one of Canada’s most recognized artists, Page enjoyed two decades of success as the co-founder and lead singer of The Barenaked Ladies. He will soon add another accolade to his list resume when he and his former band are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this March.
In 2011, Page publicly acknowledged his own struggles with depression and other forms of mental illness. He will share his personal stories intertwined with original songs in what will be an intelligent, honest and candid conversation about mental health.
Following his keynote address, Page will take questions, sign autographs and take photos with guests.
This year’s Hope Award recipient is the late Dianne Sheppard. At a time when it was not spoken of publicly, Dianne and a team of educators and citizens came together to meet the needs of children’s mental health with the creation of NCDC and NCYC, which eventually merged and became what we now know as Pathstone Mental Health. Her innovative thinking and downright grit was the driving force behind these successful organizations. Dianne was always in the background, never wanting to be acknowledged for her efforts, insisting she did what she felt was right. As we mark 50 years of addressing the needs of children’s mental health in Niagara, our committee could not think of a more deserving recipient of the 2018 Hope Award than Dianne Sheppard.
Reception 6 pm
Steven Page 8:30 pm
Event to close 10 pm
$155 per person or $1,550 per table of 10