The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) congratulates Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon on her appointment as the first Indigenous Governor General. As a dedicated public servant, mental health and wellness champion, and former MHCC board member, we are thrilled to see her become the first Inuk woman to hold this post.
In her time on the MHCC’s board of directors in 2010, Ms. Simon offered an invaluable perspective on supporting the mental wellness of northern communities. She has since continued to be a vocal mental health advocate, spreading the message that mental illness is treatable, so long as we are willing to talk about it. Through her commitment to combating stigma, she has encouraged many important conversations about mental health, both within Indigenous communities and more broadly.
We look forward to watching Ms. Simon infuse a fresh outlook into this well-deserved role.
President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada