The Courage To Come Back Awards celebrate the stories of five British Columbians who have overcome extraordinary adversity to come back and give back to their own communities. 

To nominate someone for the 2023 Awards, click here


First held in Vancouver in 1999, the Courage To Come Back Awards were born out of our firsthand experience of the human spirit’s inspiring capacity to overcome adversity and our wish to celebrate British Columbians who have found the courage to come back.

The Courage To Come Back Awards are given in five categories:

  • Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Medical
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Youth

Courage To Come Back Award recipients are recognized every spring, where their stories are told and accomplishments honoured. Chaired by Lorne Segal, O.B.C., D.Litt. (Hon.), LLD. (Hon.), President of Kingswood Properties Ltd., the Courage To Come Back Awards have become Coast’s most important fundraiser.

Funds raised from the Courage To Come Back Awards ensure Coast Mental Health can continue providing the innovative, client-centered programs that have made Coast a leader in community-based mental health care.

To read the stories of the 2022 Courage To Come Back Awards recipients and nominate someone for 2023, please visit

Lorne R. Segal, O.B.C., D. Litt.(Hon.) LLD. (Hon.),
President, Kingswood Properties Ltd.
Chair, Coast Mental Health – Courage To Come Back Awards
Founding Chair, We Day Vancouver
Isabela Zabava, LL.B.
Executive Director


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