CALGARY, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - David Goldbloom, MD, Chair of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is pleased to announce the
appointment of Uppala Chandrasekera, MSW, RSW, as Vice Chair of the
Board of Directors.
Ms. Chandrasekera, a MHCC board member since September 2012, is a
Toronto-based social worker with experience in anti-oppression,
anti-racism, and social justice work, focusing on the areas of health
inequities and the social determinants of health. She is currently
Director, Policy and Planning, at Canadian Mental Health Association
"Promoting mental health and wellbeing in communities all across Canada
is vitally important because every person in every walk of life,
regardless of socio-economic status, race, gender or age, is vulnerable
to the negative effects of mental health issues or illnesses," says Ms.
Chandrasekera. "I'm proud to be appointed as the newest Vice Chair of
the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an organization committed to
the critical task of reducing stigma and addressing the discrimination
associated with mental illness," she says.
Ms. Chandrasekera brings a wide perspective on health care from her
previous experiences working in human rights and social justice, health
promotion, and health and social policy. As Managing Partner at
Authentiq Consulting, Ms. Chandrasekera also provides education,
training, and consultation services in the area of human rights,
anti-racism, and health equity. Her research and publications examine
the impact of discrimination on the health and wellbeing of
marginalized individuals and communities.
Ms. Chandrasekera is an active member of the Toronto community and
previously held the position of President of the Board of Directors at
Parkdale Community Health Centre, where she has volunteered for the
past five years. In 2011, she was recognized by the Association of
Ontario Health Centres as a New Emerging Leader.
"Uppala's valuable insights have helped guide the Commission as we have
presented the national mental health strategy to policy makers, service
providers, and other partners across the country this past year," says
MHCC Chair David Goldbloom, MD. "I am pleased to have Uppala expand her
efforts in this enhanced capacity in the years ahead."
Ms. Chandrasekera joins Patrick Dion in the role of Vice Chair on the
MHCC Board of Directors. Her appointment took effect earlier this
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