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New records were achieved at the 18th annual Courage To Come Back Awards on May 5th with over 1,500 attendees at the Vancouver Convention Centre and over $1.43 million raised to support Coast Mental Health.

Each year, Coast Mental Health hosts this coveted awards gala, an inspirational evening to recognize six truly remarkable British Columbians - their courage to overcome serious adversity, change their lives for the better, and move forward to help others do the same.

Funds raised will go directly to Coast Mental Health to support those dealing with mental illness. The event was chaired by Lorne Segal, O.B.C. and attended by The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. A key highlight during the evening was Minister of Health Terry Lake donating $100,000 from the Province on behalf of Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong.

During the evening, the following recipients were presented with spectacular glass sculptures designed by Susan Point:

  • Tom Teranishi, Vancouver, BC – Medical Category
  • Meredith Graham, New Westminster, BC – Social Adversity Category
  • Jemal Damtawe, Coquitlam, BC – Addiction Category
  • Christy Campbell, North Vancouver, BC – Physical Rehabilitation Category
  • Dr. Barbara Harris, Vancouver BC – Mental Health Category
  • Coltyn Liu, Vancouver, BC – Youth Category


In the words of Courage Recipient Meredith Graham - “People can and do change in remarkable ways. There is extraordinary potential in genuine kindness. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, has the power to heal.”

To learn more about the recipients - please visit the Courage website at>

The Courage To Come Back Awards is a province-wide annual campaign that pays tribute to BC residents who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in their recovery from illness or adversity. The awards are presented to one individual in each category: Addiction, Medical, Mental Health, Physical Rehabilitation, Social Adversity and Youth.

 What people say about The Courage To Come Back Awards:

"Courage is amazing! It is a life-affirming event."

"It was a very emotional evening."

"You inspired people."

"Everyone should attend The Courage To Come Back Awards as a requirement of being human."


As a corporate or community partner of The Courage To Come Back Awards, your organization will become part of an extremely successful and socially significant event. The Courage Awards gala has been recognized as Best Special Event in Vancouver in the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Spirit of Vancouver Awards.

Partners receive:

  • Province-wide reach and exposure
  • Exposure to 1300+ guests attending, including influential business leaders and philanthropists

To learn more about 2017 Courage To Come Back Awards partnership opportunities, contact Alyssa Goad at 604-675-2366.