CALGARY, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
is pleased to announce the election of Mike DeGagné to its Board of
Mr. DeGagné, PhD, is the executive director of the Aboriginal Healing
Foundation, a national Aboriginal organization dedicated to addressing
the legacy of Canada's residential school system.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the addiction and mental
health field and is a national and international lecturer on issues of
Aboriginal health, residential schools, reconciliation and governance.
Mr. DeGagné was formerly the Chair of the MHCC's Advisory Committee on
First Nations, Inuit and Métis. He is also the Chair of the Child
Welfare League of Canada, and past Chair of Ottawa's Queensway Carleton
"The recently released Mental Health Strategy for Canada talks about the
need to work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis and consider their
special needs when looking at ways to improve the mental health system.
I'm hoping to work closely with the Board to reach more Canadians with
this message, and to ensure that we continue to focus on services that
consider this reality," says Mr. DeGagné.
The MHCC Board is made up of non-government directors and
government-appointed directors from across Canada. Mr. DeGagné, who is
from Ontario, is one of four new members named to the MHCC Board this
"The experiences and expertise of our new board members will be
tremendously beneficial in guiding the Commission as we continue to
present the national mental health strategy to policy makers, service
providers and others across the country," says MHCC Board Chair David
Goldbloom, MD. "They will play an important role, directing the MHCC in
its mission to make mental health a higher priority for our country and
to achieve change for people living with a mental health problem or
ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are
collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of
Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and
support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health
problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together
we spark change.
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Health Commission of Canada.
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SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: (403) 385‐4050
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