Mississauga, ON – David Goldbloom, Chair, is pleased to announce the election of Debbie DeLancey to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Board of Directors.
Ms DeLancey, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services for the Government of the North West Territories, is well respected for her executive leadership. Her impressive credentials include leading a series of critical portfolios, such as Human Resources and Municipal and Community Affairs. She was nominated by the governments of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut to occupy the Territorial Seat on MHCC’s Board.
“It’s an honour to sit on the Board of an organization committed to making meaningful changes in the lives of Canadians living with a mental health problem or illness,” says DeLancey. “I look forward to working with the other Directors, and the MHCC Leadership, in our shared quest to improve systems related to mental health care and to break down barriers to treatment – like stigma.”
In addition to her extensive experience in public administration, DeLancey has worked for a number of organizations, including the Dene Nation, the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, and the Fort Good Hope Band Council. In Fort Good Hope, she spent several seasons on the land in traditional harvesting camps. She was actively involved in supporting social-economic assessment of resource development projects.
“Debbie brings with her a depth of understanding around the health care challenges and opportunities unique to Canada’s North,” says Goldbloom. “Her hands-on work, in combination with her sweeping grasp of policy development and implementation, make her a wonderful addition to the MHCC Board.”
Ms DeLancey holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton University, and a Master of Assessment and Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, and is a recipient of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Public Sector Award.
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The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together we create change. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.
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