OKOTOKS YOUTH LEADER RECEIVES FIRST ETHELL AWARD FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

Since 2014, Cole Walley has been a mentor, tutor, and a sounding board for students when it comes to mental health.

Walley was nominated for the Ethel Award for the strength he has shown in his own recovery from addiction, as well as the time he’s spent volunteering with youth who are at risk of addiction.

Former lieutenant governor Donald Ethell and current lieutenant governor Lois Mitchell were in Okotoks today to present the award, at Foothills Composite High School.

47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually, and for many the urge to dive into substance abuse comes not only from peer pressure, but from mental health issues.

Walley is planning to focus his efforts on diversifying mental health supports throughout Alberta.

Written by: Hilary Alexander

Published by: Jolaine Tansowny

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