Josée Parent, the President and Founder of the “My Shack, My Choices, My Future” project that is building a bilingual mental health residence for youth in Lennoxville, was named as one of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health’s (CAMIMH) Champions of Mental Health for 2018 on Wednesday. Now in its 16th year, the Champions of Mental Health awards individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to mental health in Canada on an annual basis. “We’re really happy, the more people who hear about “My Shack” the better,” Parent said, noting that that although she is the one named in the honour, she feels that this is really more of a recognition of the project as a whole and of the community’s support for it. “There is no way that we could have won this kind of national award without people in the community spreading the word.” Parent was named in the Community (Individual) category of the awards, which also have recognitions for community organizations, youth, a researcher or clinician, media, a parliamentarian, and a workplace mental health initiative. All of the champions are to be honoured at a gala in Ottawa on May 8. See full story in the Friday, April 6th edition of The Record.