Mardon receives Order of Canada
(EDMONTON, Alberta) – Austin Mardon, who was most recently profiled in a My Voice feature in the Summer 2007 issue of Schizophrenia Digest, has received the Order of Canada in recognition of his lifetime achievements.
Mardon’s list of personal and academic achievements is extensive; despite his diagnosis in 1992, he has made remarkable strides in academic study, scientific exploration, published research, and public service. Through the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, he has also been a strong advocate for the more than 30,000 Albertans affected by schizophrenia.
“My life took a major detour when I became ill with schizophrenia at the age of 30,” Mardon said. “I changed course and pursued a life of service and advocacy for those who fight to overcome barriers including social stigma.”
Mardon also serves on several community boards and committees, including the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
“It is my hope that those with schizophrenia see my appointment to the Order of Canada as motivation to accept treatment and try to make a contribution to our great nation in whatever manner they are capable of,” Mardon said.