The Early Edition on CBC Radio with Rick Cluff

On April 26th, I received a call that an Associate Producer of CBC Radio was trying to track me down via different sources. I called her that afternoon and she asked me if I was interested in speaking on the radio about the annual family conference for mental health which was held April 28th. She thought it would be insightful to hear from a mental health consumer who was to speak at the conference.

She asked me quite a few questions focussing on the conference and my views on what is good in the mental health system and what things need to improve. The problem wasn't what to talk about but I had so much to say, we had to limit some of the questions.

So on Friday morning, April 27th, I set my alarm for 5 a.m. and arrived at CBC Radio on Hamilton Street at 6 a.m. True to form, I was early but soon it was time for my interview. I walked into the radio booth and there was Rick Cluff. He waved hello as he spoke into the microphone to another interviewee. At 6:40 a.m., it was my turn. He introduced me as the recipient of the Courage to Come Back Award and mentioned my memoir, however, these bits were later cut from the broadcast. My radio interview was quick but we covered a lot of information. He gave me the thumbs up when I left, signalling I had done a good job.

 Here's the podcast of my interview on Early Edition on CBC Radio with Rick Cluff about the annual family conference if you'd like to hear it. If you fast forward to 7:54 the interview runs until 14:21. Click here.

I posted this late but I think the content is still valuable.

Courage to Come Back winners feted at gala dinner

I was enthused to receive the Courage to Come Back Award with five others. The May 17th evening gala had over a thousand guests and was held at the Trade and Convention Centre West in Vancouver. They raised $939,340 for the Coast Mental Health Foundation. I was happy to share the experience with friends and family and made new friends too. This photo appeared in The Province along with an article.

The Courage to Come Back Award recipients for 2012 (from left): Rebecka Hill, Angie Lohr, Michael Coss, Margaret Benson, Kamal Dhillon and Sandra MacKay pose at the Vancovuer Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday night.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann, PNG

Sandra's story on Global TV BC

Deborra Hope interviewed me on Global BC's News Hour for the Courage to Come Back Awards but the video has since been taken off their website.

It was very exciting to appear on television which images of my art and tell my story. Deborra put me at ease. The same day I met the other recipients of the awards.

Thank you Deborra and the organizers at Coast Mental Health.

Schizophrenia Awareness Day - May 24th

The Schizophrenia Societies across Canada have come together in a collaborative venture to raise awareness of schizophrenia and psychosis.
Every year on the 24th of May we want to paint the country purple!  We ask that you wear purple to show unity in bringing awareness to schizophrenia, and to show support  for those affected by the illness.
Joining in the show of support in 2011 was one of Toronto’s most important monuments!  On the evening of May 24th, theCN Tower was lit purple in support of the 1 in 100 people in Canada who are living with schizophrenia.


1. BC Place in downtown Vancouver will light the exterior of their building in purple on May 24 to support Schizophrenia Awareness Day.
2. Canada Place will be recognizing Schizophrenia Awareness Day by running a scrolling ticker message on their outdoor HD Screen on the front of the facility from May 15th to May 24th.
3.  Teams of volunteers will be handing out purple tote bags to morning commuters at various skytrain stations with literature and swag. Stay tuned to our Facebook and twitter to find out the locations.
4.  To donate to the BC Schizophrenia Society, click here.