Our Team2023-05-23T16:05:56+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

Laura Burke
Nova Scotia

Richard Beachey

Chris Watkins


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
Past Project Manager

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 and Cannabis and Mental Health projects. She brings skills in project management, partnership development, facilitation, and youth engagement.

Sarah Roht
Operations Manager

Exploring the Link Marketing Manager – Sarah helped manage the Cannabis and Psychosis- Exploring the Link and Cannabis and Mental Health Course and Mentor Guide projects. She is proud of the work the team created and incredibly thankful to have been able to support our brilliant Youth Action Committee. In between projects, Sarah assists the SSC in day-to-day operations.

Paola Matheson, Matheson and Associates

Impact Public Affairs

Fran Schellenberg,