Mood Disorders of Ottawa (MDO) has much to celebrate. From the first Church meeting in 1986, to our first board, our first support group, our first family support group, our first guest speaker, the first donation to continue research in the area of Mood Disorders to The Royal Ottawa Hospital, the first Sound Mind broadcast, the first organized recreational activities and those members who have been trained to facilitate our recovery programs.
MDO will continue to offer peer support, recreational and social programs, recovery programs and information and community education as these activities are the foundation of our organization and we look forward to offering new recovery initiatives in the coming year.
The longevity and success of MDO has been a direct result of the many hours of dedicated work and support from our volunteers. Like many Consumer Survivor Groups, the future holds the very hard reality of funding and finding and keeping volunteers. MDO can keep the position of status quo, but I believe that MDO has the capacity to offer more through expanding our recovery programs, expanding our mutual support groups by reaching out to families and addressing the need that better family and caregiver support systems benefit all .The success of MDO over the past 25 years is a testament to the energy, focus and creativity of those volunteers who have come before us and no doubt will come after us.
From the beginning The Canadian Mental Health Association (Ottawa) has supported our organization and has played such an important role in allowing MDO to pursue its Mission and continue to reach out to as many people as we can through our Recovery Programs, Peer Support Meetings and Newsletter. I hope that this relationship will continue and have meaning for both our organizations for another 25 years and beyond.
I would like to thank the members of MDO for your support and encouragement over the past five years. If you are not already, I encourage all of you to be active and strong supporters of our wonderful organization.
(excerpt from our 25-Year Celebration Book)