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February 6, 2018
To: Staff and Community Partners,
On behalf of our board of directors, I am pleased to announce that Taryn O’Flanagan has been promoted to the position of executive director.
Taryn brings with her over 10 years’ experience with non-profit management, senior management positions, and clinical work in the mental health and addictions field.
Taryn has worked with VIMHS since 2016 where she was the point person for the opening of the Boundary Supportive Housing initiative and Campbell River Sobering and Assessment Centre. Taryn took on the role of interim executive director several months ago and was able to provide support to the very important work done in the Gateway and SIL Program. Taryn has also contributed to community education across Vancouver Island by facilitating Mental Health First Aid workshops.
Taryn has demonstrated her commitment to the Society’s vision of valuing and supporting all people, including those experiencing psychiatric, addiction, and cognitive challenges. Congratulations, Taryn, and best wishes in your new role.
Valerie Fulford, VIMHS Board of Directors
Image: VIMHS board chair Valerie Fulford, new executive director Taryn O’Flanagan, and VIMHS board vice chair Tiffany Riche
We’re working to revise and replace the current Vancouver Island Mental Health Society website…the one you’re visiting right now.
The faithful WordPress theme we’ve used for years is no longer being updated and must be replaced with a newer model! We’ll be working on this during February and March 2018.
Please be advised that some of the older links (e.g. audio files, images) are no longer functioning at this time.
And in the meantime, stay tuned for our new and improved Vancouver Island Mental Health Society website.
The $100-million donation to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from an anonymous benefactor is an extraordinary gift to the people of this city and beyond. It is also a symbol of a welcome cultural shift in how we approach a defining public health challenge that we have for too long ignored. Read the rest of this article at The Toronto Star…
Image of CAMH CEO Catherine Zahn by Vince Talotta, Toronto Star
David Gratzer is a psychiatrist at CAMH. David Goldbloom is a psychiatrist, senior medical adviser at CAMH, and past chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
It may be the biggest change to mental-health-care services in five decades. Earlier this month, Quebec Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette announced that his province would publicly fund psychotherapy for people with depression and anxiety provided by psychologists, nurses and social workers. Ontario made a similar, if smaller, promise earlier this year and other provinces are considering similar initiatives. But how can we turn these big promises into big help for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who could benefit? Two words of advice: go British.