Letter from the Board Chair
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Mitchell, Ph.D., C.Psych., as CEO.
Beth began her part-time position with the agency in July 2017, and will remain with us, up to and during the recruitment process for a full-time CEO. This process will likely begin late Fall.
Originally from Mississippi, Dr. Mitchell completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology at Ohio State University. She has pursued further learning through the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program, University of Toronto, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Dr. Mitchell recently retired from London Health Sciences Centre after an impressive 30 year career. She started her work at the hospital as a clinical psychologist and later transitioned into various management roles, including Director of Psychology, Director of the Mental Health Care Program, and Director of Organizational Effectiveness.
A passionate advocate for mental health and psychological well-being, Dr. Mitchell has served on a number of local, provincial and international planning bodies, often with a specific focus on systems change and development. She currently holds appointments as Associate Professor at Western University in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and an adjunct faculty appointment in psychology, engaging in research, as well as teaching and supervision of students, particularly in the area of leadership and management.
Partnerships are key in the mental health care sector, and Beth will focus on strengthening the partnerships CMHA Middlesex has with stakeholders across the local health care system.
On behalf of CMHA Middlesex, we ask you to join us in giving Beth a warm welcome to our organization. We look forward to our work with her.
Bill Chantler, Chair
CMHA Middlesex Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on Monday May 8, 2017. Twelve Board Directors and two staff were in attendance for parts of the meeting.
May Meeting Highlights:
- The May meeting will be the last for Board member Diane Chick. Diane was thanked for her service dedication over the past 10 years.
- The Board reviewed the MOHLTC mandate letter to the SW LHIN. The letter spoke specifically to mental health and collaboration.
- The Board received an update on Emergency Department diversion with local Emergency Medical Services.
- Lack of sustainable funding for My Sisters’ Place continues to be a concern; options for sustainability of the program will be investigated.
- A business case for enhanced funding will be submitted to the funder in support of the Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre which experienced higher volumes than expected.
- Audit for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 has begun, draft statements will be available next month; the year will likely end with a small deficit.
- Finance Audit – working with PricewaterhouseCoopers on the 2016/17 audit.
- Fund Development Committee – promotional packages for Ride Don’t Hide distributed.
- Human Resources – requested a closed session.
- Nominating Governance – no update.
- Quality Assurance Risk Management – no update.
CMHA Middlesex will holds its annual meeting on June 19, 2017