The Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award is presented annually at the MAD About Margaret’s gala dinner. The Award was created to recognize individuals who has dedicated their lives to reducing the stigma and improving the dialogue about mental illness with compassion and empathy. Each year, communities across Canada nominate individuals who has the first-hand experience of living with mental illness, uses that experience to advocate for better mental health care, and have proven that one person can make a difference.
Margaret Trudeau inaugurated the first award during the 5th annual Mad About Margaret’s Gala Dinner held in Oct 2016. The first recipient of the award was the Host and producer of CBC Radio One’s, The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers.