10th Annual In the Mood Gala

On February 23rd 2019 the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba hosted the 10th Annual In the Mood Gala at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Over $45,000 was raised with funds going towards expanding MDAM addictions and mood disorders programming, investing in technology required to launch a texting support service and expanding programming for Indigenous youth. The evening also celebrated those who have positively contributed to the field of mental health. Award winners included Olympic rower Silken Laumann, Tina Holland and Dr. Mandana Modirrousta. Thank you to the Hotel Fort Garry and Ron Paley for such a beautiful night.

In the Mood Gala Recap Video

This video gives you a snapshot of the event, including exerts of our award recipient speeches. You can also visit our Facebook page to view all of the photo's from the evening. 

2019 Helping Hands Award Recipients 


Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a best-selling author, a child and mental health advocate and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete.

Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational.  As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident, to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Silken is authentic and honest about her life journey.

In her memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered—and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving and successful life today.

Most recently, Silken is working on the launch of her new social impact project called Unsinkable. Unsinkable is a multi-media platform sharing the stories of Canadians with the vision of inspiring people on their journey to physical, mental and spiritual health.

Dr. Modirrousta completed her medical school in Tehran, Iran, and then earned her PhD in neuroscience from McGill University. In 2012, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Manitoba and then pursued a fellowship in clinical neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 2010, Dr. Modirrousta received two important awards: the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry in Canada research award; and the American Psychiatric Association award (Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators). Dr. Modirrousta has initiated ground breaking work through the St. Boniface rTMS machine which stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and is helping those with depression by offering an important alternative therapy.

Tina Holland had a successful 29 year carrier in Real Estate. Upon retiring, Tina began her second career as a peer support worker and educator in the mental health field for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. She presented over 120 workshops a year teaching about recovery, mental illness and addictions. She wrote a Cognitive Behaviour Course from a lived experience and self-help perspective.  Mrs. Holland developed over 43 topics to all age groups about mental illness, always with a positive perspective. She is a life coach and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

THANK YOU to all of our 2019 In the Mood Gala Sponsors and Supporters

Major Sponsors

Hope Sponsor

Gift of Flight Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Audiovisual Sponsor

Wine and Reception Sponsor

Print Sponsor

Silent Auction Donations