Ottawa  ̶  The Mayor of Ottawa and Ward Councillor Gloucester-South Nepean Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Nihmey at City Council today in recognition of his mental health advocacy.

For two decades, Chris Nihmey has battled serious mental health disorders. Through therapy, medication and behaviour strategies, Mr. Nihmey has recovered from his illnesses and dedicated his life to mental health advocacy.

Mr. Nihmey has authored five books, three of which deal specifically with mental illness. He speaks regularly, sharing his story with schools, parent groups, community organizations and businesses, to reduce the stigma of mental illness. In the last three years, he has spoken at more than 100 events.

In 2017, Mr. Nihmey was chosen as one of five Faces of Mental Illness and Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and acts as an ambassador for mental health across Canada.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.