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Community Builders Awards: Champion for mental health Noah Irvine is this year’s Young Leader

Noah has inspired positive change in the community of Guelph and beyond

In 2017, while in high school, Noah Irvine launched a campaign to improve mental health support across the country. 

His motivation stemmed from the tragic loss of both his parents to mental illness at a young age.

He wrote 1,500 letters to politicians and others who could have an impact on improving the landscape for those suffering from mental health and addictions issues.

He arranged meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal health minister to advocate for increased assistance for those grappling with mental health and addiction challenges.

Noah's contributions were acknowledged in the Ontario legislature with the introduction of Bill 149, which proposed the establishment of a dedicated ministry for mental health and addictions.

Despite the formation of a ministry for mental health and addictions, Noah remains committed to advocating for more substantial action.

Noah has also authored a book that not only shares his life experiences, but also furthers his cause, as a portion of the funds from each book sold goes directly back to the recently-established Lesley Irvine and Kent Martin Scholarship, named in memory of his mother and father.

He is very active in lobbying various levels of government and working with grassroots organizations and the University of Guelph to educate and advocate for change to our current healthcare system when it comes to mental health.

He is wise beyond his years and has taken unimaginable loss and hardship and turned it into something progressive to create meaningful change in our community.

The Young Leader award goes to an individual or group under 25 years of age actively involved in worthwhile community service, in any one of the Community Builders categories. Recipients are young leaders who show a commitment in making their community better for others.

Congratulations, Noah!

This award is proudly sponsored by Dettmer Tires.


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Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

About the Author: Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

Riley is a Communications Specialist and member of the Village Media Cares Team, whose mission is to create meaningful, long-lasting and positive change in the communities we serve.
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