Tana Nash awarded the CASP President’s Award for outstanding service to the people of Canada for advancing the work of suicide prevention.
Earlier today, this service award was given by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) President Renee Ouimet virtually from Ottawa to Tana Nash. The awards rest in the middle of a full week of activities including the first ever suicide prevention virtual conference (#SPVC), the Annual General Meeting and a evening which engaged key stakeholders, members of parliament and senators to discuss the vibrant future of CASP and need for further support. Although Tana was unable to attend in person, the Survivor Chair for CASP, Jenn Ward, was able to present the award to Tana personally whiles both speaking at a #308 Conversation in Guelph last week.
The award is granted to an individual for outstanding leadership in suicide prevention, intervention or postvention at the community, regional or national level in Canada. CASP President Renee Ouimet said “Tana was selected for her outstanding contribution to partnership building, development of educational tools and networking to enhance suicide prevention regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Tana’s boundless energy and commitment inspires collaboration and as such, she is an unequaled positive force for change.”
MP Harold Albrecht added “She’s not just an expert in suicide prevention, Tana’s also exceptional at helping others understand the need for investments in suicide prevention, whether corporations or Government. In fact, it was conversations with Tana that led me to pursue a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention – her work has already made an impact right across Canada.”
Several awards are granted each year to recognize individuals and organizations advancing suicide prevention efforts across Canada. These include awards for outstanding contributions in research, media, volunteers and those advancing work for our aboriginal population.