CALGARY, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
(MHCC) is pleased to announce the election of Uppala Chandrasekera to
its Board of Directors.
Ms. Chandrasekera is a Toronto-based social worker with expertise in
anti-oppression, anti-racism and social justice work, focusing on the
areas of health inequities and the social determinants of health. Her
writings examine the impact of the lived experience of discrimination
on the health and well-being of marginalized individuals and
communities, and her advocacy efforts are focused on reducing health
disparities and promoting human rights.
She 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. She is currently a Planning
and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario
and provides policy support to the Provincial Human Services and
Justice Coordinating Committee. She is the President of the Board of
Directors at Parkdale Community Health Centre and Co-Chair for the
Mental Health Police Records Check Coalition. 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. In 2011, she was recognized by the
Association of Ontario Health Centres as their New Emerging Leader.
"Mental health affects us all, regardless of our socio-economic status,
our race, our gender, or any other factors," says Ms.
Chandrasekera. "The MHCC has been doing great work to increase
awareness about mental health, and the development of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for
Canada is a significant milestone. I am delighted to be joining the MHCC Board
to support this important work."
The MHCC Board is made up of non-government directors and
government-appointed directors from across Canada. Ms. Chandrasekera 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," 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.
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