CMHA evening

The Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association will hold its annual general meeting Sept. 20—and is offering some special events to encourage the public to attend.
“Every few years we try to do something exciting with our AGM,” said Trudy McCormick, vice-chair of the CMHA board.
This year, the evening will feature a live auction for photographs of the region donated by local photographers, as well as a tribute to Cliff McIntosh, a founding member of the Quetico Centre and an avid photographer of the northwest.
“He was a driving force behind Quetico Centre,” McCormick said. “His wife has donated some of his photographs for the auction.”
Members of the CMHA’s local Step Centre also have contributed photos for the auction, as well as members of the general public.
More donations are always welcome, McCormick added.
The local CMHA also has invited CBC radio personality Lisa Laco, host of the morning show “The Great Northwest,” to speak about her experience as both a family member and a consumer of mental health services.
Laco is a spokesperson for the “With an Open Mind” anti-stigma campaign in Thunder Bay.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous with a social, cash bar, and photograph viewing.
Laco will take the podium at 6:30 p.m., followed by the tribute to McIntosh. Telford Advent then will conduct the live auction.
“It should be a lot of fun,” McCormick said.
The cost to attend is $2.
“That’s to get as many people in as we can so no one is excluded because of cost,” McCormick noted. “If people just want to come and look at the pictures, that’s great.”
Pre-registration is appreciated. To register, or to donate a photograph, contact the local CMHA at 274-2347.