Cheryl Clock, The Standard

Cheryl Clock is a feature writer at The Standard in St. Catharines, Ontario.


George Kurzawa is retiring as executive director of the Niagara branch of Canadian Mental Health Association. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network)

NIAGARA CLOSEUP: A life devoted to mental health

Years ago, a 20-something George Kurzawa worked in the asylum by the lake. A psychiatric hospital bordered by Lake Ontario on one side and lots of green space distancing it from the rest of the world. It sat on the edge of nowhere. Separated, and isolated. Us and them.