Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post. An award-winning journalist with three decades of experience, she spent the bulk of her career at Maclean’s, primarily known for her work on higher education. A former vice-principal of McGill University, Ann is an advocate for social change around mental health and addiction issues, with a primary focus on concurrent disorders. She is co-founder of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, and a director of Faces and Voices of Recovery. Winner of the CAMH Transforming Lives Award, the American Research Society on Addiction’s Media Award, plus many others, she is a seasoned speaker with an international profile in policy circles.
Dr. Patrick Smith becomes CMHA’s National CEO in April 2016. With a PhD in Clinical Psychology, he comes to CMHA from Renascent – one of Canada’s leading providers of abstinence-based, residential addictions treatment – where he was also CEO.
Prior to this, he was the Vice President, Research, Networks and Academic Development at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia from 2005 to 2010, and was founding Head of UBC’s Addiction Psychiatry Program. From 1997 to 2005, Patrick was the Vice President of Clinical Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and was Head of the Addiction Psychiatry Division at the University of Toronto.
He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of Nebraska and did his internship and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine from 1990-1992. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
In addition to his clinical and research background, Patrick’s primary focus for much of his work has been mental health and addictions recovery and health systems planning and development.
As a founding member of the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, Patrick represented Canada as a delegate to the United Nations Committee on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND) in both 2004 and 2009 and co-chaired the development of Canada’s National Addictions Treatment Strategy.
Meaghen is a social worker with over 15 years of experience providing counselling services to individuals, couples, and children experiencing challenges related to life transitions, identity, family illness, and grief and loss. She is a strengths based clinician who focuses on resiliency and growth opportunities within the struggles that are a part of the human experience. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) and fierce believer in building the skills to live each day from a place of courage, connection, and compassion.
Marion Cooper is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association for Manitoba and Winnipeg. She has worked in the mental health and addictions sector for over 20 years. She previously worked at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority leading mental health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention programs and services. She is the past president of the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention. She is also the past chair of the Pan-Canadian Committee for Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention. Marion is passionate about recovery, system transformation and innovation to advance mental health for the entire population. She is thrilled to be a part of the CMHA federation and believes in the organization’s strength to champion system transformation across Canada!
Chief Executive Officer of Addictions Foundation of Manitoba,
Recently completed my Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University
Previous roles included Director of Community Mental Health for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Executive Director of Canadian Mental Health Association Swan Valley Branch
Have 3 kids and favourite past time watching hockey
Terra Johnston joined CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg in July, 2016. Prior to joining the CMHA family, Terra worked for twelve years with the Government of Manitoba as a senior policy analyst and research coordinator in children’s developmental health. Terra is a registered social worker with the Manitoba College of Social Work. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration through the Faculty of Social Work, and she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Manitoba. In addition to her professional background, Terra is a passionate advocate for supporting first responders through PTSD awareness, prevention and early intervention. Terra shares her lived experience in supporting her husband, Tony, a Winnipeg firefighter, in his journey of recovery from PTSD.
Erica Gray has a BSW and MSW from the University of Regina. She is a Clinical Supervisor with Ranch Ehrlo’s Family Programs, focusing on preservation and reunification supports to high risk families. This type of work includes assessment along with therapeutic intervention within the family system regarding substance abuse, mental health, family violence, family of origin, trauma and child behavioural issues to enhance and strengthen the family unit. Erica leads the recovery support programs within the Family Programs and utilizes clinical frameworks of Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Reality Therapy to support change in the journey of recovery. She has a passion for using creative arts based modalities as therapeutic interventions, specifically dance and movement with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Sean Miller is an engaging leader with a penchant for working with health and public systems to create conditions that support mental health recovery and equip people to live meaningful, purpose-filled lives. A long-time drummer and singer, Sean’s early adulthood pursuit of a promising music career was interrupted by a debilitating 15 year struggle with mental illness. Despite receiving a dismal prognosis with no hope of recovery, Sean, with the help of his wife, Doris, found a holistic, nutritional approach to well-being that completely restored Sean’s health.
Since his recovery, Sean has focused his efforts on mental health promotion, education, and advocacy through his work as the Partnership for Recovery Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association and co-founder of Thrive Mental Health. Determined to share a message of hope and resiliency, Sean and Doris have created a documentary that chronicles Sean’s recovery journey entitled, “When the Voices Fell Silent.” Sean knows that supporting the discovery, development, and expression of personal strengths is vital to recovery and the creation of healthy thriving communities.
Raymond F. Currie, PhD., LL.D. is a Dean Emeritus, University of Manitoba. Graduating from Fordham University, New York (1973) in sociology, he returned to Winnipeg where served as department head (1979-84) and dean of Arts at the University of Manitoba (1991-99). He was Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (2002-10). Awards include; 2010 Lise Manchester award, The Statistical Society of Canada. (“for excellence in statistical research …which is potentially useful for formation of Canadian public policy”); 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award; 1999 The Peter D. Curry Chancellor’s Award (“for distinct contributions to University governance”); 1994 CAUBO “Innovation in Management” Award; Honorary Doctor of Laws, McMaster University (2012) and Governor General’ “Caring Canadian Award” (2013). Published his autobiography Secure and Uncertain: A Father’s Story, Winnipeg, Anderson Press, 2008. Following the release of the TRC report, he has taken a lead in developing “Circles for Reconciliation,” with the goal of creating 100 discussion groups in Winnipeg in the next two years.
Doris Miller has worked in health care for more than 20 years. Her experiences as a registered nurse and registered massage therapist have given her a broad scope of knowledge in both mainstream and alternative health care. She joins her husband Sean in providing resources and support for those struggling with debilitating mental illness. Her passion is to see people recover and lead purpose-filled lives. Doris is currently enjoying her role as a nurse educator in which she facilitates the learning of students in both clinical and classroom settings.
President – ROGERS Leadership Consulting
Former senior executive with many years of experience in operations and organization leadership at both the CEO and Board President levels in Canada. Current governance specialist, educator and coach to a wide variety of boards in all sectors. Over the past 15 years has worked with more than 600 boards and their CEOs of local, national and international organizations in several countries. Consultant and facilitator who has completed Policy Governance® Academies in North America and the United Kingdom. Director of the UK Policy Governance Association.
Debbie Wiebe has worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association – (CMHA) Calgary Region for over 20 years. She is leading peer support projects to enhance and support peer lead recovery through growing evidenced based peer support practices in Alberta. She works with Peer Support and Accreditation Canada [PSACC] as a Peer Mentor and Certification Committee Member and is the head of the CMHA Peer School’s faculty of education.
Greg Kyllo is the National Director of Program Innovation at the Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office. Greg comes to CMHA from Renascent, an accredited, publicly-funded, non-profit, residential addiction treatment centre based in Toronto. There he worked as a front-line Addiction Counsellor before becoming Clinical Manager of Client Care.Greg worked previously in the business world and has 15 years of experience in progressive leadership roles with three Fortune 50 industry leading companies. This experience enabled him to build national teams as well as develop innovative chronic disease management programs to support Canada’s health care professionals. Greg has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree with a double major in marketing and business policy. His time in competitive business environments, coupled with his clinical public health experience, gives him a unique combination of expertise and perspective which have informed his passion for peer and patient-centered recovery supports. Greg is a strong advocate for increased access to bio-psycho-social community-based mental health and addiction programs in Canada. He grew up in Winnipeg, attended University of Manitoba and McGill University, and has lived in Toronto for the past 20 years.
Catherine MacAllister works with the Canadian Mental Health Association-Calgary Region. She is one of the first employed Peer Support Workers within the agency, connecting through lived experience and promoting hope and empowerment. She reaches out to her community to increase awareness and understanding, giving peers the assurance they aren’t alone and instilling hope that recovery is possible.
Kelly is a Registered Social Worker with a BSW from the University of Manitoba and an MSW from Dalhousie University in Halifax. She practiced for 13 years as a Clinical Social Worker, specializing in co-occurring substance use and mental health issues, working in rural and remote communities in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Kelly returned home to Manitoba 18 years ago because she longed for the wide-open skies of the prairie. She has been working in Winnipeg since, first with Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, and currently with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Adult Mental Health Program. Her focus has been recovery-oriented practice development, quality improvement, and public engagement. Kelly is a member of the Manitoba Provincial Recovery Champions Committee, and the Winnipeg Recovery Network.
Stacey Shule Krueger has been working with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg Region for 15 years. She started in direct service working with individuals who have lived experience or struggle with a mental illness. In 2006, Stacey started her position as community educator with the CMHA. In this role she does a variety of presentations ranging from mental illness awareness to mental well-being. Stacey is a CMHA certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She is a licenced instructor with Mental Health First Aid Canada / Mental Health Commission of Canada, as well as a licenced instructor with Living Life to the Full. Stacey is very passionate about mental health promotion and increasing awareness about mental health and mental well-being.