Making A Difference!
Woman of Excellence Award goes to SSA Provincial Executive Director, Rubyann Rice
On June 10,2014, Rubyann Rice, Provincial Executive Director ,was honored and with the 2014 Women of Excellence award in the field of Human Services- sponsored by the Honourable Mary Anne Jablonski, Minister of Seniors and Supports, Red Deer South. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Red Deer District Community Foundation.
Rubyann was recognized for her relentless passion in providing quality services to improve the lives of people living with severe and persistant mental illness. With her expertise and knowledge she has developed and standardized all SSA core programs, was instrumental in the purchase and operations of Kentwood Place and lovella Manor in Red Deer Alberta. In 2013 Rubyann’s persistence paid off with the purchase and operation of a new housing program in Edmonton, Iris Court, a housing program for 21 people living with persistent mental illness who are at risk of homelessness.
Rubyann also broke new ground when she recognized the importance of providing peer support to those affected by mental illness. She developed SSA programs to become the industry leader in peer support proving that important element of support that provides our clients with a better understanding of their illness, a better sense of acceptance, understanding that recovery is possible. Most importantly through the peer support programs clients understand they are not alone in their journey and understand there is such thing as recovery and hope in building a happy and fulfilling life.
"Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research."