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Our Team2021-04-01T05:07:49+00:00

Board of Directors

Hazel Meredith, President
British Columbia

Florence Budden, Past President
Newfoundland and Labrador

Gregory Zed
New Brunswick

Gail Maclean
Prince Edward Island

Jeff James
Saskatchewan

Laura Burke
Nova Scotia

Sylvie Marchal
Quebec

Chris Watkins
Alberta

Staff

Chris Summerville, D.Min., LL.D (Honoris Causa)
Chief Executive Officer

As a family member (father and brother with Bi-Polar Disorder, a brother with schizophrenia, siblings living with depression, and two suicides in his family) and a recipient of mental health services himself, Chris Summerville has served as the CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada since 2007. From 1995 to 2020, he was the CEO of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society (now known as Peer Connections Manitoba). With an earned doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary, he is a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Practitioner (CPRRP). As a regional, provincial and national leader and advocate for a transformed, recovery-oriented mental health system (services) he believes that mental health concerns should be addressed from a holistic and person-centred philosophy: bio-psycho-social-spiritual-recovery-empowerment and community perspective. He is an adjunct professor at Brandon University.

Catherine Willinsky
Cannabis and Psychosis Project Leader

Exploring the Link Project Manager – Catherine Willinsky holds a Master of Health Science, and is the former Manager of National Projects for SSC. She has managed all aspects of the previous Cannabis and Psychosis projects. She brings skills in project management, partnership development, facilitation, and youth engagement.

Sarah Roht
Cannabis and Psychosis Project Leader

Exploring the Link Marketing Manager – Sarah has extensive experience in marketing, project management, design and administration. Sarah looks forward to supporting the YAC team and advisors in achieving their goals.

Paola Matheson, Matheson and Associates
Accountant

Jackie Wild, Delight Digital
Web Developer