Neil Dunsmore
Power of One Award

Neil Dunsmore

Power of One Award

This annual award recognizes an individual in Wellington County whose actions have made a significant contribution to promoting life and preventing suicide. The award is presented each year on Sept 10th World Suicide Prevention Day.

Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide and the goal of Here4Hope is to engage as many individuals and organizations as possible in this important work.

This award has been inspired by Neil Dunsmore’s Steps to Stop the Silence 500 km walk from Elora to Ottawa in the fall of 2020. Neil made the walk to send a message to everyone that we must not stay silent about mental illness and suicide.

Recipients of this award demonstrate the same qualities that Neil exemplified as he inspired us with each step.

Neil Dunsmore walking

Commitment

A demonstrated commitment to making an impact in promoting life and preventing suicide in Wellington County.

Leadership

Providing leadership or critical support to an initiative that supports the work of the Here4hope project.

Compassion

Demonstrates compassion for those impacted by suicide.

Nominations for this annual award will be accepted from members of the Wellington community.

2021 Power of One Award recipient

Myrna Hutchinson and Neil Dunsmore, Award Receipients
2021 Award Recipient Myrna Hutchinson with Neil Dunsmore

In 2013 Myrna’s son Steven died by suicide. In an effort to ensure other families be spared from such a loss the Hutchison family created #GetInTouchForHutch a project focused on reducing stigma and encouraging young people to talk about and seek help for mental health challenges.  “Although Steven couldn’t find the strength to reach out for help before it was too late, we know that he would want the rest of us to make sure we do that moving forward – for ourselves, for each other and for anyone else that we know (or may not know) that is struggling.” (www.getintouchforhutch.com)

Myrna leads a team of volunteers raising money that supports local suicide awareness training, youth conferences, buddy benches at schools, mental health awareness for local teams and so much more.

Myrna and her family turned their pain into an act of love and support for others in the community.

Commitment

Myrna is committed to local rural youth who often struggle to get access to services. She partners with CMHAWW on numerous youth engagement projects and regularly connects personally with youth.

Leadership

Myrna’s leadership resulted not only in raisining money but in connecting community and professionals that have shared goals in preventing suicide. She leads by example and demonstrates clearly the power of one person working to make a difference.

Compassion

Myrna understands first hand the pain of suicide and she uses that lived experience to create a safe space for others to get involved in this important work.

Here is what the community says about Myrna:

“Myrna’s ongoing passion and determination to better support youth mental health and wellbeing has been an inspiration to all those who she connects and collaborates with.”

“Myrna’s strength and grace fills me with hope.”

“To me Myrna was a breath of fresh air, she radiates kindness everywhere she goes.”