The 2017 Courage to Come Back Awards Gala May 16 (West Building)
On Coast Mental Health presents the annual Courage To Come Back Awards to recognize abilities,
celebrate differences, and give centre stage to six British Columbians who have overcome tremendous
challenges yet reach out to help others. The recipients are our loved ones, neighbours and friends. They
have all faced seemingly-insurmountable odds and have come through with courage, strength and a
drive to help others.
Each year, one recipient is selected in each of these categories: Addiction, Medical, Mental Health,
Physical Rehabilitation, Social Adversity and Youth. Panels of volunteers read through and shortlist the
hundreds of nominations received, and a Final Selection volunteer panel chooses the recipients.
Recipient stories are told on television, radio and in print. The season culminates in a gala event
honouring the recipients in front of their families, friends and more than 1,000 special guests.
By recognizing the highest and best in humankind through The Courage To Come Back Awards, Coast
hopes to inspire others to greater compassion, kindness and respect to all who struggle.