Charlotte Hjorth
Given the Aalykke Award
by the Danish ADHD Association

Last month Charlotte Hjorth was recognized at the by the Danish ADHD Association for her work with ADHD. She was invited to the Danish ADHD Association’s annual national conference in order to receive the prestigious Aalykke Award for 2013. As she explains:

This award is called the Aalykkeprisen (Aalykke Award). The award is named after Morten Aalykke who worked at Odense Steel Shipyard, the largest shipbuilding company in Denmark, until it closed in January of 2012. When it closed, Aalykke suggested the workers grant the Danish ADHD Association an amount of DKK 1,000,000 (approx. US$ 176,000) from the liquidation of the assets of the Joint Club at the Shipyard, which is why the association created and named the award after him. The Danish ADHD Association makes this award once a year to a person who has done something extraordinary for the ADHD cause in Denmark, and I must admit that I’m extremely proud and humble to have received it. This is like my Academy Award!

Our very sincere congratulations go out to Charlotte, who is a tireless advocate and activist for those affected by ADHD both in Denmark and around the world. She is also an energetic volunteer at the ACO and has been a mainstay on the ACO’s ADHD Awareness Team since 2010.

Thank you Charlotte, for all you do!

Pete Quily, Advocate, Activist, and Educator

Another tireless advocate and activist, Pete Quily, got some ink. He was quoted in the British Columbia Business Magazine in an article titled Mental Health: Entrepreneurs Living on the Edge by Danny Bradbury.

Here are some highlights:

Many self-starters will understand the symptoms of ADHD. Sufferers are in effect allergic to boredom, says Peter Quily. A former ESL teacher, Quily was diagnosed with ADHD, and in 2003 learned how to coach others with the condition. He has been helping business executives deal with ADHD ever since. “We’re under-stimulated,” he says. “We don’t do well with boredom, and the hyperactivity is a way to self-medicate. We’re trying to get stimulated so that we pay attention.” This boredom causes people to switch between tasks that excite them. It can bind them up in procrastination and time-management issues.

“Growing up, you have a problem but no one tells you what it is or how to deal with it. They just judge you,” he says. If it happens often enough, young people will develop a pronounced resistance to authority. “If you channel it properly, you can use someone telling you that you can’t do something as a fuel,” says Quily.

Pete has done amazing things to educate the public about ADHD. Last year Pete and his Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group members got ADHD book displays in 24 libraries and 5 bookstores in 8 cities in British Columbia during ADHD Awareness Week. This year they have over 50 events going on in 18 cities, and the number of awareness activities keeps climbing.

Pete, you rock!

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