Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is my housemate, Paul Cumming, with his Advocate of the Year Award, presented at a luncheon at the NAMI CA conference held yesterday in Torrance.
Paul has been a tireless advocate for years, working quietly behind the scenes, a champion of people with fresh ideas, a defender of those with no voice, and an unrelenting thorn in the side of those who wish we would all go away.
Significantly, three of the featured speakers at the conference - Tom Wootton (author of The Bipolar Advantage), Kathi Stringer (quality improvement innovator), and Gene Johnson (founder of Recovery Innovations) - owe a lot to Paul.
Paul is the frequent flyer point man for Network of Care, an innovative mental health web resource that is helping millions improve their lives.