Above and Beyond: Mental Health Heroes

The Community Services Department of the City of St. Albert invites you to nominate the people who have positively influenced your life and improved your wellness and mental health throughout the past year.  

In May 2022, Mental Health Hero stories will be featured in the St. Albert Gazette and through the City’s social media channels and City Highlights newsletter to showcase the positive impacts these heroes have had in their community. Although not all nominees will be featured, the City will be sharing other nominees’ stories throughout the year to celebrate St. Albertans coming together as a community.

Heroes Selected - May 2022

Four Heroes were selected this year to be highlighted as examples of how all of us can make the little things go a long way!

  • Family lawyer Michelle Roe of Valour Law was nominated as the hero in her client's life, for going above and beyond for them in court: “I have extreme anxiety and Michelle has gone above and beyond to be not only my lawyer through a family law situation but my support person in court. She keeps me calm in a very stressful situation and always knows what to say to calm my nerves. I am forever grateful to her in so many ways.”
  • Tony Robinson was nominated by a stranger after he went out of his way to support her in her time of grief: “I met Tony on St. Albert Chat Facebook page last December. He makes beautiful, welded pieces of art using utensils and other metal objects. I mentioned a moment when my Mom passed away. My daughter was relaxing outside, drawing a hummingbird for her and as she got word of her Grandmother’s passing, a hummingbird hovered in front of her for about 15 seconds, then flew away. Since then, we associate her Grandmother and the hummingbird as a sign she’s nearby. After hearing this, Tony took it upon himself to weld a hummingbird and flower in an outdoor lantern. He delivered it to my doorstep and left before I could thank him personally. I can’t wait to hang it in my yard to enjoy with memories of my Mom and the wonderful angel who stepped up to help honour her memory. Forever thankful Tony!”
  • Teacher Syndey Taylor was nominated for being the constant support children needed as they navigated attending school during a pandemic: “Mme Taylor has taught two of my children since the pandemic has started and has continued to inspire her students and encourage their love of learning. She has discussed current events with them in a considerate and age-appropriate manner. We are very grateful for the work she has done the last two years to make school feel like a safe space for the kids.”
  • Mustafa Bekheet is the pharmacist who owns and operates Remedy X drugstore in the Summit Centre. This is his second year being nominated and recognized as a Mental Health Hero. “Mustafa gives us very professional care, greeting us by name and knowing our needs and prescriptions at all times. When we tested positive for COVID, he delivered some current prescriptions to our home without our having to ask, something he has also done in the past when we were ill with the flu. We rely on his advice regarding all aspects of our health.”

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Last edited: November 1, 2022