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CMHA announces its 2014 – 2015 National Board and Executive and its new Board Chair

November 19, 2014

Photo CMHA National Board 2014-15Toronto, November 19, 2014 – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is pleased to announce the Directors of its National Board for 2014 – 2015 and its new Board Chair, Irene Merie.

Irene is the Business Development Executive in the Winnipeg office of EY Canada. She has served on CMHA’s national and provincial boards for four years and currently sits on the boards of The Manitoba Chartered Accountants Foundation Inc. (public representative) and the Manitoba Executive of The Institute of Corporate Directors.

Her past board experience includes: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (public representative); The Winnipeg Airports Authority; The Grace Hospital Foundation; and past-Chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Irene’s appointment, the following Directors comprise the CMHA National Board:

Cal Crocker Vice Chair, Director-at-Large (Ontario)
John Abbott Treasurer, Director-at-Large (Newfoundland & Labrador)
Jeanette MacAulay Secretary, CMHA Prince Edward Island
Peter Csiszar CMHA British Columbia
Sandra Anderson CMHA Alberta
Joy Bacon CMHA New Brunswick
Tom McCarthy Director-at-Large (Ontario)
Debbie McCormack Director-at-Large (New Brunswick)
Susan Grohn CMHA Saskatchewan
Roger Miller CMHA Ontario
Aileen McGinty CMHA Nova Scotia
Mark Gruchy CMHA Newfoundland & Labrador
Theresa Claxton Past Chair, National Council for People with Lived Experience 
Peter Coleridge National Chief Executive Officer (ex-officio)

CMHA relies on volunteer leadership to help advance its goals of promoting positive mental health of all Canadians and supporting the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

Participation of people with lived experience – one of CMHA’s key values – is integral to CMHA’s work. The National Council for People with Lived Experience ensures that this perspective is represented in all aspects of its work.

“We are indebted to CMHA’s national board members for the work they do – and will continue to do in the year ahead – to bring our five-year strategic plan to life and help create a more coordinated organization with a stronger voice that can better support the mental health and mental illness needs of all Canadians,” says Peter Coleridge, CMHA National CEO.


 About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Founded in 1918, CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness.

Visit the CMHA website at today.


For further information, please contact:

Carolyn Lovas
Senior Communications and Media Advisor, CMHA, National
(416) 979-7948

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