The Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health annually recognizes an individual, organization, or group of individuals that has made outstanding contributions in raising awareness, addressing stigma, and supporting agricultural mental health in their local community. Created in partnership with the Do More Agriculture Foundation, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Farm Management Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, this annual award includes a $2,000 donation to any mental health initiative of the recipient’s choice, along with an invitation to attend the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) Annual General Meeting in February with all expenses paid.
The recipient will also be profiled by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture through a written profile highlighting their work in the community and sharing the best practices they have employed. This profile will be published on the CFA and Do More Agriculture Foundation websites, as well as other publications.
CFA will be accepting Expressions of Interest throughout the year.
If you’re interested in nominating yourself or another initiative, please complete and submit the Expression of Interest Form here.
Find your provincial farm organization’s contact details on our Members Page.
Who is Brigid Rivoire?
Brigid Rivoire was the Executive Director at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) from 2001-2015. During her time at CFA she was always known to help others in need, and was always a very caring and giving person. Those who worked with her said that she would “give her last dime to help someone else.”
Brigid passed away in late 2017, just as CFA was developing a program to help spread awareness of and address mental health issues in agriculture. We felt that this program was very much in the spirit of Brigid’s supportive and generous personality, and wanted to honor her memory by creating this award in her name.
Who can be nominated?
The award will be available to individuals, organizations or groups that have contributed to the support of mental health for Canadian farmers and the broader agricultural community. The award is available to anyone involved with agriculture either directly or indirectly, including (but not limited to):
- Primary producers
- Service providers
- Community organizations
Basic eligibility criteria is listed below, for a more in-depth look of how nominees will be evaluated, download the criteria here.
- Ongoing activities have been running for at least 12 months from the date of the nomination submission deadline.
- Activities that have concluded, with a defined end date, will have taken place within two years of the nomination submission deadline.
- The initiative or activity is focused on agriculture and based in Canada.
- The nomination form is signed by the nominee endorsing the accuracy of the information provided.
- The nomination form is submitted by a provincial farm organization, signifying their endorsement.
- Each provincial farm organization can only submit one nomination during each annual nomination period.
In 2018 we had nominations from a variety of wonderful initiatives from across Canada. Click below to view profiles on our two finalists, Pierrette Derosiers and Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton and the winner of the Brigid Rivoire 2018 award, the UPA’s Sentinel Program.
Spread the word
Want to let everyone know about the award? Use the following resources for social media posts. There are also printable flyers to bring to events, meetings and to post in your office.
- Social media graphic 1
- Social media graphic 2
- Social media graphic 3
- Printable poster 1
- Printable poster 2
- Messaging guide
- Pre-written tweets
Mental Health Resources
The Do More Agriculture Foundation works to change the culture of Agriculture to one where all producers are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.
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