MHCC welcomes new president and CEO Michel Rodrigue
Change is never easy, conceded Louise Bradley, C.M., outgoing president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
“But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary,” she said from her home office in Newfoundland, where she’s been working throughout the pandemic.
“I spent a lot of time reflecting as I went on early morning hikes. Moving on from the MHCC wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly . . . but once it was made, it did feel like a weight had lifted.”
Bradley has been championing the advancement of mental health for her entire career, beginning with her earliest days as a nurse on a psychiatric unit. “People expressed sympathy, implying that I wasn’t up to snuff for a real nursing job,” she said, laughing. “I can see the humour in it now, but at the time it was cutting.”
For over a decade, Bradley has brought her expertise on direct health care provision and administration to the MHCC leadership table, and that effort has borne fruit.
“I look at where we are today, and my heart really does swell with pride at our collective achievements. Truth be told, that’s when I knew it was time to step aside. I never wanted to leave a job undone, and with a new strategic plan in hand, deeply committed leaders and staff, and exemplary partnerships, it’s time to pass the baton to someone who is ready to tackle the next ten years.”