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Board of Directors

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Michele Sparling - Chair

Michele Sparling is a parent who continues to navigate the maze of mental health services for her family, as well as a Partner at Innovative HR, a Human Resources consulting firm. A strong advocate for mental health, in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors for PCMH, and the the Board of Directors for CMHA-Halton Region; she is a Parent Representative and trainer for the Family Engagement Training Initiative developed between the Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health and PCMH; and is on the Parent and Youth advisory panel for the MCYS’s system transition for child and youth mental health. Michele is also on the mental health leadership committee of the Halton Catholic District School Board and has worked with her children’s schools in addressing and bringing awareness and action to mental health matters.  As well, Michele is the chief initiator and team member for Shine Out! Shout Out! which raises funds and awareness for child and youth mental health, in particular for the development of peer-to-peer mental health support programs for youth  / young adults. In 2014 Michele was awarded the provincial Leading Women, Building Communities award for outstanding work in her community and the province.

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Janice Matthews- Past Chair

Janice joined PCMH in 2009; she has two children, 16 and 18.  Her daughter was diagnosed with ADD and Learning Disability at the age of 8 years old, she is now 18.  Janice and her family have experienced the highs and lows of managing through the challenges of mental health. Janice has navigated through the educational system with her daughter in grade school, high school and now university; she understands the struggles and the stigma related to raising a child with mental health issues.  Janice is Business Development Manager at the Toronto Congress Centre; the Toronto Congress Centre supports Janice’s commitment to PCMH and the families it supports. The Toronto Congress Centre is committed to making great things happen  and supports many community programs through their Community Engagement programs.  Janice believes in our mission to provide a voice for families who are faced with the challenges of child and youth mental health issues; she understands the struggles of our families and is committed to helping PCMH diminish the stigma of mental health.

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Sven Dedic- Treasurer

Sven's financial career began three years ago upon joining PwC LLP upon graduating in Finance from the University of Western Ontario. In his short time at PwC, he has gained experience leading engagement teams and providing financial analysis services to both small and large companies across the Toronto downtown core. Sven has long since had a passion for volunteering both his time and skills to areas in the community where help is needed. He has acquired a passion for volunteering and aiding children through his years serving a soccer coach for children and as a tutor to children with learning disabilities. Those experiences have left Sven wanting to devote not just his time, but his financial expertise acquired through both his educational and professional history to non for profit organisations whose causes he truly believes in.

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Danette MacIntyre - Board Member

Danette MacIntyre is a parent of a son who has ADHD. It was formally diagnosed at age 7, and he is now 15. She is well aware of the many misconceptions of the general population around this diagnosis and numerous others of children with mental health issues. These misconceptions sadly extend at times not only to the family but to some in the educational system as well. She is committed to creating a more accepting environment for those who fall outside of the mainstream.  As a nurse practitioner who spent almost her entire career in the north, she has seen first-hand the impact that a lack of integrated services for clients with mental health issues has. She has a wealth of nursing and NP experience and has worked for the past 17 years at the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre in Fort Frances , providing care to the Aboriginal and Metis people and their families. She is a strong supporter of family centered care, and an advocate for service delivery and support in the area of mental health for all clients who struggle with mental health issues and their families. 

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Flora Ennis - Board Member

Flora is the Director of Children’s Mental Health for Woodview.   This is not where Flora was introduced to mental health services.   Having anxiety affect her family for years, Flora had to navigate the system and realized early on, she needed to encourage positive change within the system.  Flora knew she had some work to do.
Flora has dedicated her career to removing barriers to service for all clients.   Since Flora started 13 years ago, she is responsible for developing and building teams to execute these programs.  If a program is not available for clients, Flora creates it!  Flora has implemented countless programs throughout Halton, Hamilton and Brantford. With Flora’s visionary skills and big picture thinking, she has never lost sight of what barrier free service should look like and how to preserve the dignity and respect of each person that walks through our Woodview doors. Flora has been married for 32 years and has two beautiful grown daughters.  .

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Michael Dawthorne - Board Member

Michael has a teenage son with a Dual-Diagnosis – Developmental Disability and multiple Mental Health diagnoses .  He has over a decade of experience with Accessibility Services at the Canadian Hearing Society, and is currently the Business Manager for Interpreting and Captioning Services.  He has been sought out by various levels of Government, educational institutions, corporations and international events to advise on Accessibility.  He currently serves as the Chair of: the City of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee; his son’s School’s Parent Council; and the Federal Government’s Translation Bureau Industry Representatives Panel.  He volunteers much of his time to various causes including Scouts, Block Parents, and Amnesty International.

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Sue Britton - Board Member

 Sue is a mother, entrepreneur and business owner, and has spent over 25 years working in a large corporations.  In January 2016, Sue decided to start her own business and founded the Fin+Tech Growth Syndicate, a Canadian Company that accelerates the pace of innovation and partnering through services and products for FinTech companies, Incumbent Financial Institutions and Investors.  Her professional career includes executive roles at D&H, Broadridge Financial, Symcor Service Inc., Xerox Goobal Services, and Four Seasons Hotels.  Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University. On a personal level, Sue has been active in her community serving on the Board of Halton Women’s Place for 2 years, running campaigns for United Way, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and Free the Children. Sue has been married for 25 years and is the mother of 3 boys; Jack 23, Charlie 21 and Joey 15. Support for parents, children and their families who are suffering from a mental illness is an area of passion for Sue, as her family has been learning how to support one another through her son’s illness diagnosed 2 years ago. In the beginning her and her husband were completely at a loss, both for their son and each other, as to how to get the help needed, what the right treatment was, and how to manage through it as a family. Sue is thrilled to be joining the Board. 

 

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John Lawrence - Board Member

John specializes in bottom-line impact for both business and issues facing society. He believes collaboration between business and the social sector will drive change and benefit both. His work has contributed to social agencies supporting health care, disaster relief, hunger relief, poverty alleviation, education, and the environment. Considering 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder, he hopes to drive change in this area as well. John is vice president, operations for 8th and Walton Canada, a senior advisor at Impakt, a Toronto based B-corp which helps corporations become social purpose leaders, and past director, corporate social responsibility for Walmart Canada. John is also on the board of Safeynet Children and Youth Charities. He holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and is an external business advisor for Ryerson University's Ted Rogers Leadership Centre.

 

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Staff
Sarah Cannon - Executive Director

Sarah joined the Board of Directors of Parents for Children's Mental Health in 2008 before becoming the Executive Director.  Since her daughter, Emily's, diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder when Emily was 5, Sarah has been heavily involved in child and youth mental health advocacy.  Sarah and her daughter Emily have spoken to media raising awareness of child and youth mental health having stories featured on Canada AM, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, The Gill Deacon Show, TVO, as well as recently featured in Today’s Parent, Reader’s Digest and Maclean’s.  In 2009 Sarah was awarded the For Kids Sake Award by Today’s Parent, in 2010 the Kinark President's Award and most recently was awarded the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for her work in children’s  mental health and the efforts that she makes to eradicate the stigma that surrounds children, youth and their families.

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Mike Hodges- Web and Social Media Administrator

Mike Hodges joined PCMH in 2016 as the Web and Social Media Administrator. Mike returned to Ontario after spending over a year working in Saskatchewan for The Nipawin Journal. Mike graduated with an advanced diploma in Journalism from Mohawk College in 2010 and since then he has become an accomplished writer, holding experience in print, blogging and radio. With his experience and versatile skill set, Mike creates a stronger online presence for PCMH and its readers.

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