Change-Maker Awards

Dystonia Advocate receives 2017 Change-Maker Award

Casey Kidson, founder of Dyfying Dystonia, has been recognized as the 2017 recipient of the individual Change-Maker Award by Neurological Health Charities Canada. See more details about Casey and dystonia here.

About the Change-Maker Awards

Since 2011, NHCC has recognized outstanding contributions and leadership in inclusion, innovation and integration for the benefit of Canadians living with brain conditions.  The initial awards presented in 2011 were focussed at organizations.  In 2013, NHCC expanded the criteria to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to benefit people living with brain conditions in Canada.

Change-Maker Awards have been presented to:


  • Baycrest Health Sciences – organization award
  • Bell Canada Mental Health Initiative – organization award
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – organization award
  • The Globe and Mail – organization award (special mention to André Picard)


  • Jim Mann, Surrey, BC – individual award
  • Ontario Brain Institute – organization award


Award categories

Individuals: Up to two awards in total may be given to individuals in any given year drawn from two categories :

  • Future Champions – youth 24 years and under who are either individuals living with brain conditions or caregivers of persons living with brain conditions.
  •  Change-Makers –  adults (over 24 years) who are either living with brain conditions or adult caregivers of persons living with brain conditions.

Organizations: Up to three awards may be given to organizations in any given year.  The organizations cannot be members of NHCC since this is an opportunity to recognize and encourage external organizations that have demonstrated  principles and actions exemplified in the NHCC mandate, mission and vision.

For more information about the Change-Maker Awards contact