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Organization recognized for efforts to improve mental health services for Black community

The Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition received a United Way Community Builder Award on Monday, Oct. 3, at Ottawa City Hall.
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An organization dedicated to improving mental health services for Ottawa's African, Caribbean and Black communities is being recognized for their work. 
 
The Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition received a United Way Community Builder Award on Monday, Oct. 3, at Ottawa City Hall.
 
Michelle James, coordinator of the organization, told The Sam Laprade Show that they're grateful and honoured to receive the award for the mental health and counselling services they've been providing to black residents in the community. 

"It's been a really special day for us," Jame said, explaining that what makes the group unique is its black lead and everyone involved has a vested interest in improving access to mental health and culturally appropriate services for Ottawa residents.

When James found out about the award, she said there was a lot of jumping up and down in excitement. 

"Sharing this information with our partners and knowing that the work that we're doing is being recognized… it's such an important and validating part of the work that we do," she said. 

Listen to the full interview with Michelle James below:

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