Area mental health advocate wins Local Humanitarian Award

Jackie Ralph was recognized by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for her work promoting strong mental health with kids


An area educator’s commitment to mental health earned her the 2022 Local Humanitarian Award from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Jackie Ralph, supervisor of the CMHA’s Youth Mental Health Awareness and Education, was given the honour recently. The award recognizes an individual who does not hold ETFO membership, but who has given outstanding service to supporting children in the local community.

Ralph was recognized for her work with the Bluewater District School Board (BDSB) promoting strong mental health by providing tips through a “Wellness Wednesdays” segment on a local radio station.

She is well-known by students for her high energy and infectious positivity.

“Jackie’s commitment to improving the mental health of children in the Bluewater community is greatly appreciated,” said ETFO President Karen Brown in a release. “By devoting her time and energy to mental health, she is contributing to a better, safer, more inclusive space for all students. Her tireless advocacy for strong mental health, passion for supporting the community, and efforts to reduce stigma are appreciated.”

The BDSB also says Ralph’s honour is well-deserved.