Legion Founders Award Announced

Jun 13, 2016
Rick Mercer honoured for helping to remove the stigma associated with mental illness

RickMerceralleyST. John’s, NL, June 13th 2016 – Mr. Rick Mercer, an acclaimed Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author is The Royal Canadian Legion’s third recipient of the Legion’s Founders Award, announced today at the Legion’s 46th biennial Dominion Convention in St. John’s.

Rick Mercer, a native of St. John’s, NL, has been steadfast in his support for Canada’s Armed Forces and Veterans alike through various media. His recent involvement with the military’s “Stigma” project and how we must counter the misconceptions of mental illness has been well received by the Veteran community. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy show The Rick Mercer Report and as an original cast member on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.He is the author of three books, based on content from the television shows. Mercer has received more than 25 Gemini Awards for his work on television.

Background:

The biennial award, introduced in 2012, is given to an individual or an organization for extraordinary achievement in an area that exemplifies and advances the purposes and objects of the Legion in the spirit and vision of the Legion’s founders. Past recipients include:

  • 2012: Paul Gross, actor, co-producer and director; and
  • 2014: Joseph Boyden, lecturer and author of: Three Day Road.

The award can be presented any time it is determined that an achievement warrants such recognition.  The Legion chose this Dominion Convention for the announcement of this year’s award recipient but it can be bestowed at another significant Legion event or gathering.

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For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca.