Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Non-Visible Disability Award Winner Announcement
The Duncan Mayor’s Advisory on Disability Issues in partnership with The Cowichan Valley Mood Clinic is pleased to be able to announce the winner of the Essay Competition, “The Challenges of Living with a Non-visible Disability.”
The winner of a $1000 bursary is Claire Crowfoot of Cowichan Bay. Her essay touched on many of the challenges faced by those living with a non-visible disability. She noted that one in five Canadians is directly affected by poor mental health during his or her lifetime.
“According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, four thousand people commit suicide each year in Canada. For each suicide, there are at least twenty attempts,” stated Ms. Crowfoot.
“In her essay she linked non-visible disabilities and mental health to homelessness,” said Committee Chair, Councillor Sharon Jackson. “But in reality, these challenges touch people at every socio-economic level; your doctor, your brother, your pastor, your neighbour. There are more members of our community who are meeting the challenges of non-visible disabilities than there are those who are visibly disabled.“
The Advisory Committee normally sponsors a bi-yearly Wheelabout or Walkabout to bring attention to disability issues, but this year, chose the essay competition. It is our fervent hope that dialogue and awareness will begin to create a more inclusive and respectful society for all.