CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Peter Ralph, a highly-respected
Newfoundland criminal lawyer with extensive experience in mental health
law, has been appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada's
Board of Directors.
"Peter Ralph has a distinguished record practicing law in Newfoundland
for nearly 20 years. In that time he has also been very active within a
number of mental health advisory groups, advocating on behalf of those
living with a mental illness," said Michael Kirby, MHCC Chair. "His
expertise and unique perspective will benefit the Commission greatly as
we pursue our mandate to improve the mental health system in Canada."
A litigator with Simmonds and Partners Defence since 2008, Ralph's
responsibilities include representing clients with mental illness who
are charged with crimes or involuntarily admitted to hospital. His
previous work experience includes being the first lawyer to work in the
province's Mental Health Office of Legal Aid, which led the
establishment of the Mental Health Court in the Newfoundland Provincial
A strong advocate for improved mental health services, Ralph is
currently the President of the Board at the Consumer Health Awareness
Network of Newfoundland (CHANNAL) and an appointed member of the
Provincial Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addictions. He was
also appointed to the province's Mental Health Care and Treatment Act
Review Board earlier this year.
Ralph graduated from Memorial University with a degree in political
science in 1986 and obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie
University's Schulich School of Law in 1992.
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
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Office: (403) 385-4050