honoring behavioral Health innovation & advancement
Presented annually, the HOPE Awards honor people and organizations who are making strides and influencing change to advance behavioral health right here in Stark County. In 2015, StarkMHAR introduced the HOPE Awards to recognize community members and outstanding work in prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, innovation and reducing social stigma. The HOPE Awards honor people and organizations within the five following categories. Honorees are recognized at the annual Leadership Breakfast.
Nominee organizations for this award are dedicated, persuasive and compassionate advocates for Stark County adults, youth and families in recovery, and exceed expectations to advance the welfare of their clients. Nominees can be from partner System of Care organizations in Stark County including clinical, nonprofit, education, justice and law enforcement, government, funding organizations and grassroots organizations.
Advocate of the Year
The nominee for this award is a community volunteer who has made a significant positive impact in Stark County in helping in amplifying our community’s efforts in prevention, intervention, treatment or recovery from mental illness or substance abuse, and decreasing social stigma in seeking help.
Young Advocate of the Year
The youth or young adult award nominee is a community volunteer, ages 13-25, who has made a significant positive impact in Stark County in amplifying our community’s efforts in prevention, intervention, treatment or recovery from mental illness or substance abuse, and decreasing social stigma in seeking help.
Professional of the Year
Nominees for this award are not only exceptional professionals who have excelled in their areas of expertise, they exemplify compassion, kindness, and inspire hope for those in recovery. Nominees are to be affiliated with the StarkMHAR Care Network »
For this award, nominees are to stand out for their creativity and innovation in managing obstacles and change for people and families in recovery. Nominees should be recognized for the breakthrough efforts and willingness to take the road less traveled to make lives better here in Stark County.
Nominations closed on Wednesday, March 4. View the 2020 winners below.
NAMI Stark County Community Champion
David Thomas, Comprehensive Behavioral Health Associates, Inc. Advocate of the Year
Katie Doll Young Advocate of the Year
Hannah Tapyrik Young Advocate of the Year
Abigail Harding, CommQuest Services Professional of the Year
Interdenominational Ministerial Association of Stark County & Vicinity Innovation Award
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Perry High School Speak Life Resiliency Team Community Champion
Kara Weldon Vogt, F.A.T.H.E.R.S. Advocate of the Year
Simple Starters, Junior Achievement Company, North Canton High School Young Advocate of the Year
Diane Mang, Coleman Professional Services Professional of the Year
Kelly Williams, HOLY-wood Music Academy Innovation Award
Kristin Hooten, YWCA of Canton Workforce Development Scholarship Honoree
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Amanda L. Archer, BS, MPH & Diane Thompson, RN, MSN, Canton City Health Department Community Champion
Gary Rivers, The Gary Rivers Show Advocate of the Year
Jonathan Reolfi Young Advocate of the Year
Michelle Garrett, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Coleman Behavioral Health Professional of the Year
Georgene Voros, MA, LPCC-S, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Professional of the Year
Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center, Mobile Response Youth Program & Mobile Response Adult Program Innovation Award
Erik Davies Workforce Development Scholarship Honoree
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Judge Mary A. Falvey & Judge Curt Werren, Canton Municipal Court Community Champion
Shannon Ortiz Advocate of the Year
Tae’Lor A. Windham Young Advocate of the Year
Christa McCabe, RN Professional of the Year
Lisa Jackson Wood, LPC, ATR Innovation Award
Jason DeWalt, PPI Graphics Community Vision Award
Katie Evans Recovery Scholarship Honoree
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Canton Police Department Community Champion
Lynette Blasiman Advocate of the Year
Max Doll Young Advocate of the Year
Dr. Jamesetta Lewis, Major John Oliver, Shonda Haymaker Professionals of the Year
Sandy Valley Drug Awareness Initiative Innovation Award
Carla Stonecipher Recovery Scholarship Honoree
Learn more about the 2016 honorees »
Questions? Please email us at Info@StarkMHAR.org.