This award, established in 2001, recognizes a public figure that has made a significant and sustained contribution toward the provision of services for persons with mental illness, and who has fought stigma by speaking out and supporting psychiatric care and treatment. The award also seeks to encourage advocacy for persons with mental illness. It is established in honor of Eleanor Slater, a long-time friend to persons with psychiatric disorders.
Any public figure living or working in Rhode Island who fulfills the above criteria.
Barbara Morse Silva, Health Check 10 Anchor/Reporter, WJAR
Reverend David Shire, Retired Full-time Volunteer Chaplain, Butler Hospital since 1991
Senior Minister Emeritus of the Newman Congregational Church in East Providence
Board Member, Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island
Recently Appointed to the Rhode Island Health Services Council by Governor Lincoln Almond
James P. McNulty, President Emeritus of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Nicki Sahlin, PhD
Honorable Charles J. Fogarty, Lieutenant Governor, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Charles E. Maynard
Associate Judge of the District Court Stephen P. Erickson
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, Representative to US Congress
Honorable J. Clement Cicilline, RI State Senator
Honorable Steven M. Costantino, RI State Representative