Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of Calgary Counselling Centre, announced as recipient of the 2016 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award

We are pleased to share that Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of Calgary Counselling Centre, is the recipient of the 2016 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2016 Calgary Awards.

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The Calgary Awards is The City’s citizen recognition program celebrating Calgarians and local organizations for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Calgary. Mayor Nenshi and members of City Council will recognize the recipients at a special ceremony on June 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award is part of the Community Achievement Awards section of the Calgary Awards which recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in community life and provide an opportunity to honour Calgary’s exceptional citizens.

About the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award:

Awarded to an individual Calgarian who, over the past 25 years or more, has made significant contributions to the community and has improved the quality of life for citizens or whose accomplishments brought recognition to Calgary. This award is named in honour of the lifetime achievements of Calgarian Dr. Grant MacEwan–writer, environmentalist and politician. City Council created this award to commemorate Dr. MacEwan’s 90th birthday in 1992.

About Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner:

Over the course of her 35-year career, Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, PhD, RSW, has transformed the way Albertans receive, perceive and deliver mental health services. With her outstanding leadership as CEO of Calgary Counselling Centre, she has been leading the industry and the province in best practices in the areas of mental health services, stigma reduction, research and training. An entrepreneur and innovator in the field of mental health, Robbie has worked to ensure that Albertans have access to effective and affordable mental health programs. Since 1986, her extensive contributions have led to fundamental changes within the mental health sector.

With a PhD in social work from the University of Calgary, a Masters of social work from Carlton University and Bachelor degrees in social work and psychology – both from McGill University, Robbie has dedicated her life and her career to helping others.

Among her many awards and accolades, Robbie has received a True Leadership Award from the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction (2015); an Arch Award from the University of Calgary’s Alumni Association (2015), Sessional Instructor Nominee at the University of Calgary (2015) and a Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary (2014). She was named Local Honoree by the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) (2014) and received the Westbury Legacy Award from the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (2011). In 2006, she was named one of Calgary’s new pioneers by the Calgary Herald – one of 13 people who would shape the City’s future.

Nick Heer