The Mental Health Commission of Canada welcomes Kim Calsaferri to its Board of Directors

CALGARY, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the election of Kim Calsaferri to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Calsaferri brings to the Board more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experience working with people with lived experience of mental illness, their family members, staff and not-for-profit agencies.

An occupational therapist based in Vancouver, Ms. Calsaferri is also a manager with Vancouver Coastal Health and a clinical assistant professor with the School of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy at UBC.

"I am honoured to join the Board and to contribute to the important work the MHCC is doing to improve mental health in our country," says Ms. Calsaferri. "Moving forward, we must ensure mental health services address the determinants of health, functioning and illness. This requires recovery-oriented practice that blends and considers all the above while being client-centered and inclusive of families."

The MHCC Board is made up of non-government directors and government-appointed directors from across Canada. Ms. Calsaferri is one of four new members named to the MHCC Board this week.

"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," 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 mental illness."

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.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.

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
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: (403) 385‐4050
Cell: (587) 226-8782


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