The Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division is pleased to welcome four new members who will bring their valuable perspectives and experiences to help guide the future direction of the organization.
Joining the board are:
- Patrick Fleming – Dr. Fleming is Chief Resident, Division of Dermatology at the University of Toronto. He has been an active advocate for positive mental health throughout his personal, professional and academic career. His observations about the impact of chronic disease on wellness and working with mental health consumers inspired him to enter medicine.
- Marcel Gagnon – Gagnon is a chartered professional accountant and Partner at MNP LLP in Thunder Bay. Gagnon brings his strength in business and governance in the profit and not-for-profit sectors and proven track record of managing the financial bottom line. He has served on various not-for-profit organizations, including CMHA Thunder Bay.
- John Pare – Pare is Chief of the London Police Service. He is also Vice-President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and past chair of its mental health working group and member of its justice committee. In these roles, Pare has been called on to respond to mental health and addiction issues and the impact on policing.
- Nitika Rewari – Rewari is Manager of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Translation of the Workplace Mental Health initiative with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Rewari is a dynamic and compassionate leader with more than 13 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, bringing with her expertise in translating knowledge into effective use and adoption for the target audience.
“The CMHA Ontario Board of Directors is incredibly well served by the appointment of these four talented individuals,” said Tom Walters, Board Chair. “We welcome their compassion, dedication and enthusiasm to the cause of mental health and addiction in Ontario and encourage them to engage in rigorous discussion for the betterment of the organization and the individuals we serve.”
At this time, the Board would also like to sincerely thank outgoing board members for their contributions. Jim Hunt, Michael Lewkin, Shilpi Majumder and Roger Miller are saying good bye to the board after having served distinguished terms.
“These four individuals continually provided their knowledge and expertise, making us a stronger board. We are grateful for their service and generosity,” Walters said.