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Health Activist

Rick Green is an award-winning producer, director, writer and comedic performer who has made hundreds of innovative television, radio and stage shows including: “History Bites”, “The Red Green Show”, “Prisoners of Gravity” and “The Frantics”. Like many adults with ADD, Rick first suspected he might have it when one of his children was being diagnosed. Rick realized he scored higher on the tests than his child. This appealed to his competitive streak. For a long time, Rick managed his ADD in a, well, ADD kind of way—sporadically, when it reached a crisis. (God bless television deadlines!) He also unknowingly demonstrated most of the symptoms of ADHD through his disarmingly destructive character, “Bill”, on “The Red Green Show”. The more roles Rick took on—producer, director, actor, writer, teacher, father– the more he took on his ADD. And the more surprised he was at the amount of stigma, misinformation and vitriolic opinion masquerading as fact. Knowing the power that understanding makes in addressing ADHD, Rick created the one-hour documentary “ADD and Loving It?!”. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation honoured Rick with their 2009 Celebrity Transforming Lives Award for producing “ADD & Loving It?!”, and his nomination said, “… this will, in one hour, transform how this country views this disorder.” While it may seem odd for a comedian to be doing something quasi-educational, Rick actually has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, which he barely earned in his three years at the University of Waterloo. (That didn’t stop the University from naming Rick one of their Top 50 Graduates Of The First 50 Years!) Rick’s first job was teaching at the Ontario Science Centre where he ran demonstrations, wrote and produced science-themed plays, developed exhibits and set his hand on fire with a 40-foot-long, 1000-Watt Laser. (Ever see a flame come out of your thumb?) Luckily, he stopped doing science demonstrations and found his calling here on Totally ADD.

Location

Toronto,

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Facebook Best in Show: Blog

Finalist

Hilarious Health Activist

The Totally ADD community is awesome. The forum is full of very helpful information and friendly advice. It is a welcoming, non-judgemental community where adults with ADHD can socialize without fear.  — Lady

Rick Green has dedicated his writing and comedic talents to creating a website that helps adults with ADHD accept and embrace their neurological differences. He provides humour to allow those who are suffering a bit of respite from their troubles. He educates them using humour to help them feel that they are not lazy, crazy or stupid.  — Cherri

Rick & TotallyADD are using humour to help educate & enlighten the world about ADHD. And the memes on their Facebook page are a big part of that. In fact, lots of people come to the page because of those memes. Quick little bites of humour, just when we need them! First we laugh, then we learn. (Works for me!)  — P

The TotallyADD Facebook page has a fantastic bunch of memes! They're priceless bits of humour that help us to laugh at our ADHD foibles, instead of cursing at them.  — P

Rick Green's videos are funny, inspiring and educational. They bring the subject alive. Easily the best set of videos on the subject of ADHD that are freely available to anyone. His humour brings the subject to life.  — Helen

Rick Green makes me laugh. Rick Green slays dragons. He taught me to laugh at my own dragons. Rick has been able to meld his numerous talents, his intellect and wonderful sense of humor to bring a solid positive effect to thousands of people who have ADD/ADHD. He has brought these qualities to make his website, TotallyADD.com, a place where we can freely laugh, cry and learn. He's enlightened our families and friends and is dedicated to spreading awareness by educating the public with his entertaining and sincere presentations. He makes our lives much easier. Rick Green is my favorite Hilarious Health Activist.  — Mimi

When it comes to the potential adverse affects posed by unrecognized ADHD, there's nothing funny about it. But when it comes to reaching through the public's wide-ranging defenses about this surprisingly common condition, the humorous situations and stories employed by Rick Green have created a groundswell of new interest and engagement. He is hilarious alright, but he is also cleverly strategic in the solid information he imparts via his entertaining sketches, videos, and articles. Kudos, Rick and all the folks at TotallyADD.com!  — gina

There is no one funnier than Rick and he brings education about ADHD with his Ha Has

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