The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of four new directors to our board. These leaders will work to ensure good governance and the implementation of the MHCC’s 10-year strategic plan, Answering the Call.
Sonia Isaac-Mann is the vice-president of community health and wellness programs and services at the First Nations Health Authority in the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
“I look forward to advancing the MHCC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to inform culturally appropriate and trauma-informed mental health and wellness approaches.”
Katherine Hay is the president and CEO of Kids Help Phone. Kathy brings significant mental health and health-care leadership to the MHCC board.
“The mental health landscape in Canada needs major shifting — repair — redevelopment. People are falling through cracks and facing barriers in their journey toward mental health and well-being. I am excited and humbled to join the MHCC’s board. The only way to fill the gaps of this landscape is through a pan-Canadian vision with ALL of us working together. The MHCC can be the catalyst.”
Beth Tyndall is the chief people officer for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan with over 25 years of experience as a human resources executive.
“Working in human resources, I’ve always been passionate about mental health and well-being. Now more than ever, there is a growing need to ensure that everyone has equal access to mental health services and support. I look forward to this opportunity to help accelerate change, improve the system, and make a positive impact.”
Susannah Crabtree is an human resources consulting executive with Mercer Canada and has significant governance experience with a variety of organizations, including the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.
“It is a significant time for mental health. The ongoing advancements in research and new ideas and solutions for care are exciting and extraordinary. I look forward to being part of a team focused on greater access to mental health care.”
“We are at a critical time in this country. Our collective mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must not lose sight of another looming parallel pandemic of mental health and substance use concerns. I am confident that, with the incredible leadership and empathy demonstrated by our four new directors, we will answer the call for all those who live in Canada.” — Chuck Bruce, MHCC Board Chair
Mental Health Commission of Canada