CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Mark Henick, a former President and CEO
of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) New Brunswick, and
founder of the A-Major Mental Health Society, which is dedicated to
eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness, has been
appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Board of
Henick became the youngest person ever to lead a provincial division of
the CMHA when he took over as President and CEO of the CMHA New
Brunswick in 2009 at age 22. He also served as a member of the New
Brunswick Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee, established in
2008 by the government to develop the province's first mental health
Henick, 24, becomes the youngest director on the Mental Health
Commission of Canada board.
"With a great work ethic and passion for mental health, Mark has quickly
become a leader in the field in New Brunswick. Mark has a proven track
record of innovative ideas related to addressing the stigma of mental
health and we are looking forward to his contributions to the board,"
said Michael Kirby, MHCC Chair.
Henick is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where he lived until
moving to Fredericton, New Brunswick to obtain a Bachelor of Arts at
St. Thomas University. Henick is currently pursuing a Master of Science
in Child Development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL, where
he was also a research assistant for a study of early childhood
education in Chicago's public school system.
In 2003, Henick founded the A-Major Mental Health Society, a group
dedicated to eliminating the stigma around mental illness. The group,
which still operates today, accomplishes this through large-scale
fundraisers, university lectures and public speaking events. Henick has
authored material advocating for mental health awareness which has been
published in major daily newspapers across the country.
The MHCC Board is made up of non-government directors and
government-appointed directors from across Canada. It is assisted by
eight Advisory Committee Chairs who provide advice to the Board and
support to the Commission.
About the Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for transformative
change. Our mission is to work with stakeholders to change the
attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve
services and support. Our goal is to promote mental health and help
people who live with mental health problems lead meaningful and
productive lives. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by
Health Canada. For more, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.
The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada.
Production of this document is made possible through a financial
contribution from Health Canada.
SOURCE Mental Health Commission of Canada
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Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
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