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Anna Silgardo, founder of Artists In Momentum (AIM) and a mental health advocate was presented the prestigious Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award. Anna was recognized for her contributions in improving the mental wellness of women and youth in her community and beyond, through her therapeutic artwork and creativity.

The award is presented to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader who best exemplifies Toastmasters International's values. Toastmasters District 86 director Jocelyne Vezina acknowledged Silgardo for winning this award: "We recognize your passion for addressing mental health issues in our community using your artwork and leadership." Anna gracefully accepted the award - "I am deeply humbled and thankful to District 86 Toastmasters for recognizing and validating the work that I do." she said. "This award is for the many who gave up the fight and for those many more we can save together." AIM continues to build networks with art groups and community partners, including the Mississauga Arts Council, to develop and implement social well-being of the community through self-expression.

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Art Showcase at the Mississauga Library for G.I.F.T. & Under the Shade Participants. Mayor Crombie speaks on AIM's programming & initiatives. Click on image above to watch video!

Promoting mental well-being through creative self-expression

Artists in Momentum (AIM), is an organization committed to empowering, nurturing and sustaining the spirit of the individual. AIM believes in the therapeutic value of the arts, and uses it as the foundation to promote mental well being, one life at a time. Working on a project by project basis, at a corporate and community level, AIM encourages self-reflection, stimulates the imagination while building self-esteem through creative self expression.