The Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health

See the finalists and winners of the 2018 award here!

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.

For more details on the award and nomination process, read an overview of the award program here and our FAQ here.

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):

Eligibility Criteria

Basic eligibility criteria is listed below, for a more in-depth look of how nominees will be evaluated, download the criteria here.

2018 Finalists and Winner

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.

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.

Click here to view their list of mental health resources across Canada.

Read further for articles on mental health issues in the agriculture community:

Nearly half Canada’s farmers are highly stressed, survey finds

Agriculture Workers More Likely to Just “Man up” when It Comes to Tackling Depression and Anxiety

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Mental health issues in agriculture receive higher profile

Awareness slowly growing of mental health needs for farmers

‘They need us right now’: New mental-health foundation aims to help struggling farmers

Farmers should ditch ‘cowboy mentality,’ talk mental illness, Alberta student says

Let’s Talk About Farming and Mental Health