Erin Emiru, nee Hawkes, grew up in New Brunswick but moved to Vancouver to complete her MSc in Neuroscience (UBC). During her studies, Erin was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was hospitalized repeatedly. Since then, Erin has written a memoir (“When Quietness Came”) and now works as a Peer Support Worker on one of Vancouver’s ACT mental health and addictions teams.
When Quietness Came is the true story of a young woman studying neuroscience who, in her final undergraduate year, has a psychotic break, attempts suicide and ends up in hospital. Her struggles to get well and to pursue her PhD are described in her book. Her story is geared to people from a variety of backgrounds.
As a neuroscientist, Erin reaches out to the medical community who need to hear this side of the patient. As a schizophrenic, she reaches out to others struggling with this disorder, hoping to draw alongside and offer empathy and hope. Finally, she wants the general public, family and friends of people with schizophrenia to be better able to understand and sympathize with those afflicted.
Carma Rogers Awards will be presented to one client from each Coast program at this year’s Annual General Meeting. The Carma Rogers Award recognizes Coast clients for their ‘spirit of passion and creativity, service to others and contribution to Coast community, perseverance and self-determination, thoughtfulness and caring for other Coast members’.
To become a member of Coast Foundation Society (Coast Mental Health) or to renew your membership, download, complete and submit the following form to our main office OR register/renew in-person at the AGM on July 11: CFS Membership Form 2018-2019
Jul 11th 2018
Creekside Community Recreation Centre: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver BC; MEETING - 4 pm (Registration: 3:30 pm)