Our Board of Directors:
Chair – Heather Bishop
Heather works in Donor Relations and Stewardship at Western University. Heather has a child who lives with bipolar disorder and is passionate about the services provided in the community.
Heather has been with the CMHA Middlesex Board since inception February 2014, and has been involved in Human Resources, Fund Development and Governance Nominating Committees. Heather became Chair in 2018.
Vice- Chair – Drew Peddie
Drew Peddie is a pharmacist and owner of 2 Shoppers Drug Mart drug stores – one in Strathroy and one in St. Thomas. Although not new to board work having previously sat as a director on the Strathroy-Middlesex General Hospital Board, this is his first appointment to a board for mental health services. As a pharmacist and business owner Drew has an appreciation for and interest in the provision of comprehensive mental health care and services in his communities.
Drew joined the Board in 2016.
Secretary -Treasurer – Lorri Lowe
Lorri is the Director, Administrative Service and Chief Financial Officer at ConnexOntario. Lorri is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) as well as a Fellow and Life Member of CPA Ontario. Lorri has extensive governance experience serving as Chair of CMA Ontario and CMA Canada as well as a member on other community boards and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation. Lorri joined the CMHA Middlesex Board in 2018.
Past Chair – William Chantler
Bill Chantler is a Superintendent with London Police Service. Bill is the primary lead on the mental health portfolio with LPS. He serves on several committees within London and region that focus on matters related to mental health crisis, and he participates in the development of community strategies to help individuals in crisis.
Bill has been with the CMHA Middlesex Board since inception February 2014, and served as Chair from 2016 to 2018.
Nicole Adkin works for ConnexOntario Health Services Information and joined the CMHA Middlesex Board in 2016.
Through her work at ConnexOntario, Nicole works with mental health and addictions organizations and Local Health Integration Networks across the province in various settings from data validation to central intake/coordinated access planning tables.
Amy Cook is an instructor at the Ontario Police College, holding the portfolio for equity, inclusion and mental health. Amy is passionate about breaking down the stigma that often exists for people facing mental health issues, and she is an advocate for appropriate and timely support for timely and adequate services.
Amy joined the CMHA Middlesex Board in 2017.
Dr. Hooman Ganjavi
Dr. Ganjavi operates a healthcare specialist clinic servicing referrals for Psychiatry in the London area. Posted by a client “A psychiatrist with an extremely positive attitude. He is a good mentor and cares truly about his patients”.
Dr. Ganjavi joined the Board in February 2017.
Kathryn Lambert has been a social worker in London since 2000. She has experience working as a social worker and manager within the child protection and the child & youth mental health sectors. Kathryn has previous volunteer experience with community agencies. Kathryn is the co-chair of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of London and Middlesex. Supporting the mental health and resiliency of at risk infants, children, youth and their caregivers has been the focus of her career.
Kathryn joined the Board in 2017.
Patricia bring extensive work and personal volunteer experience in community mental health and seniors programs and services to our Board. Patricia is a strategic thinker who is able to translate vision to action and strategy into operational reality. Patricia is currently at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.
Patricia joined the CMHA Middlesex Board in 2018.
Hardeep obtained her MBA at the University of Windsor and a degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. She has been employed within the community health care setting in the London area initially as an Occupational Therapist followed by various leadership positions.
Hardeep joined the CMHA Middlesex Board in 2017.
Jeff is the Executive Director of Neighbourhood Legal Services (London & Middlesex), a Legal Aid Ontario legal clinic. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Western University and was called to the bar in 1985, practicing civil litigation at Siskinds and Dyer Brown prior to joining the clinic. Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at Western University’s Faculty of Law. He has been named to the Mayor’s Honours List, received the Middlesex Law Association’s Award for Promoting Access to Justice, and the Canada 125 Medal for service to the community.
Jeff joined the Board in 2017.
As a chartered accountant with a background in both the public and private sectors, Tom brings significant, executive level experience in finance and information technology to our Board. Tom is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Mohawk Medbuy Corporation, which is a public sector shared services organization providing procurement, distribution and other shared services to Canada’s health care sector.
Tom joined the CMHA Middlesex Board in 2018.
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