International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated in many countries around the world on March 8th, honouring the achievements and milestones in women’s history.

MARGARET’S  launched the 2017 Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award Nomination on March 8th - International Women's Day (IWD) this year; calling on Canadians to be #BoldforChange by nominating women who have committed their lives to improving the dialogue around mental health issues.   A leader whose motivation was born out of a challenging past, overcame stigma and societal biases, and changed the way people think about mental health concerns.  They are the Sheroes who have given hope to others and proved that one person can make a world of difference.


The Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy 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.  We encourage communities across Canada to 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 October of 2016.  The first recipient of the award was the Host and producer of CBC Radio One’s, The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers.