PSR Canada Team
Vicky was the CEO/President of Frontenac Community Mental Health and Addiction Services (FCMHAS) from 1982 - 2015.
She developed the agency from a single service of supportive affordable housing as its sole volunteer to a complex, multifarious organization which includes a variety of intensive services with over two hundred staff members serving 3,000 clients. Under her guidance, FCMHAS received the Service of Excellence in 2007 from the Ontario Non-profit Housing Association.
She holds an honours degree in psychology, a Master of Public Administration and is a Certified Health Executive. She is involved in federal, provincial and local initiatives of service development and planning including the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She sat on the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care's Advisory Committee for the development of the ten-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. She was the co-lead of the national study on housing with supports - Turning the Key - a report of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). She spent five years on the Service Systems Advisory Committee of the MHCC. She is a board member of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
She has been given the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by the City of Kingston and the Rotary Cub Paul Harris Fellow award for her work.
Sue was an original member of the board of PSR RPS Canada and co-chairs the International committee, a group comprised of members of various national PSR organizations.
She also volunteers as a board member for the Ontario Chapter. For seven years, she served as a Commissioner on the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners for the CPRP credential, and held the position of Chair of the Commission for two years.
She has over 20 years work experience in community mental health, in both direct service and senior management. She is currently self employed as a consultant focusing on supporting a sustainable and qualified workforce in health and social services.
Email Sue about CPRRP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenn Cusick–Communications Support
Jenn has been working in mental health for the last twenty years. During that time she managed a peer support program in her community beginning in 1999. During a work trip to Arizona she first learned about the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program, and decided that Western Canada needed WRAP! In 2002 she introduced the Mary Ellen Copeland’s revolutionary Wellness Recovery and Action Plan to British Columbia, advocating for agency support until the model was integrated into all health authorities in the Lower Mainland of BC.
In November 2014 she created a new company called Luminate Wellness in order to satisfy her itchy visionary spirit, and share what she has learned from her time on the front lines of wellness and recovery with an even broader community.
She also works with PSR Advanced Practice out of Douglas College in BC. Jenn developed the new PSR Canada website and is supporting communication and education initiatives.