Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National proudly announces Dr. Taylor Alexander as new Chief Executive Officer



    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA),
National proudly announces Dr. Taylor Alexander as Chief Executive Officer,
replacing interim CEO Glenn Thompson, effective August 13, 2007.
    Dr. Alexander brings a very distinguished career to this position, with
both professional and volunteer experience in health care, as well as
extensive experience in academia and research. He has been deeply involved in
mental health-related activities, spanning roles as a psychotherapist,
manager, university teacher, researcher, board member and policy advocate.
    Dr. Alexander is recognized for his national leadership and advocacy on a
wide range of policy issues related to health and social services and the
determinants of health. His transformational leadership style, record of
effective revenue generation, skills in partnership development, and
credibility with the federal government and peers will serve CMHA, National
well. Functionally bilingual, Dr. Alexander will be able to converse with
consumers, members, division, branches and regions in both official languages.
    "I am delighted to be welcoming Dr. Alexander to CMHA, National. He
brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the issues surrounding mental
health today. Taylor is uniquely positioned to build on the stable foundation
we as an organization have established in Canada," says Judith Watson,
President, Board of Directors, CMHA, National. "I am confident that CMHA,
National will benefit greatly from his appointment. I also want to thank Glenn
Thompson for his leadership of CMHA, National over the past year and wish him
well on his future endeavours."
    "CMHA, National is an organization in Canada that I greatly admire," says
Dr. Taylor Alexander. "I'm really looking forward to working with Judith and
CMHA, National's board on all of the exciting new challenges and opportunities
in the years ahead."
    Dr. Alexander's previous employment includes nearly seven years as
President & CEO of the Canadian Association for Community Care (CACC). Dr.
Alexander has held academic appointments in graduate programs at five
universities, as well as middle and senior management positions related to
institutional and community-based health and social services. He has also been
a Special Advisor to Canada's Association for the Fifty-Plus (CARP), and a
consultant in health care research and management. He has provided leadership
in a volunteer capacity on boards of many not-for-profit, health-related
organizations and professional groups.
    Dr. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Work
degree with a specialization in Community Organization and Development from
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. He obtained a Doctor of
Philosophy degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science,
Department of Social Policy and Administration, University of London, U.K.
    In his new capacity as CEO, CMHA, National, Dr. Alexander will be based
in Ottawa, Ontario.

    About CMHA, National

    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of
the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides direct
service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more
than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 135 communities. As a
nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association
promotes the mental health of all Canadians and supports the resilience and
recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this
mission through advocacy, education, research and service delivery.





For further information:

For further information: and/or photo please contact: Glenn Thompson,
Interim CEO, CMHA, National, Toronto, (416) 484-7750, ext. 232, cell: (905)
301-7914, gthompson@cmha.ca

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