CMHA Ontario would like to congratulate its Director of Policy and Planning, Uppala Chandrasekera, on her appointment as Vice Chair for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). As a long time social justice advocate and MHCC board member since September 2012, Uppala brings expertise in the areas of health inequities and the social determinants of health to her new role as Vice Chair. Her dedication and knowledge will continue to help the Mental Health Commission of Canada improve the mental health care system across the country.
“Promoting mental health and wellbeing in communities all across Canada is vitally important because every person in every walk of life, regardless of socio-economic status, race, gender or age, is vulnerable to the negative effects of mental health issues or illnesses,” Uppala said in a release from the MHCC. “I’m proud to be appointed as the newest Vice Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an organization committed to the critical task of reducing stigma and addressing the discrimination associated with mental illness.”
“Everyone at CMHA Ontario is so pleased for Uppala and we know that her experience and insight will be valuable for the Commission in this enhanced capacity,” said Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario. “Our organization shares the Commission’s commitment to changing Canadians’ attitudes and behaviours around mental health issues, which are important steps to achieving mental health for all.”
Read the complete release on the MHCC website.