TRU researcher McCormick, former Blazer Hirsch honoured for mental health work

By James Peters
October 19, 2017 - 10:05am

KAMLOOPS — A Thompson Rivers University researcher and a former Kamloops Blazer are among 150 Canadians who have been recognized for their work promoting mental health causes.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health launched its 'Difference Makers' campaign in January, seeking nominations for people who have made a difference "through research, philanthropy, advocacy, social change or inspiration."

Dr. Rod McCormick, a TRU professor and research chair in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, was one of 21 British Columbians who made the final list of 150.

McCormick specializes in Indigenous health research, and is in the process of setting up a new centre at TRU that is intended to act as a research and training centre for Indigenous family and community health.

Another of the honorees is former Blazers and NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch.

Hirsch has been candid in sharing his own mental health journey, encouraging athletes to support and encourage teammates who may be struggling.

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