PSR/RPS Directors of the Board
Dr. John Higenbottam - Vice-President - British Columbia
Heather Boyes–Treasurer–British Columbia
Dorothy Edem–Secretary–Nova Scotia
Laurence Caron – Association Quebec Réadaptation Psychosociale, Quebec
Dr. Regina Casey–British Columbia
Dr. John Higenbottam–British Columbia
Ann Marie McIntyre–Manitoba
Sheila Wignes-Paton -Saskatchewan
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James Price is a Community Mental Health Worker with Prairie Mountain Health in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Employment Development. He is also a Therapist who works with First Nations Youth from a Traditional perspective. He is a registered Social Worker in both Manitoba (MCSW) and New Brunswick (NBASW). He is also a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Practitioner (CPRRP) with PSR/RPS Canada. Additionally, he is also a Certified WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) Facilitator
James has a Bachelor of Social Work degree; a Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology; a Post Graduate diploma in PSR. He is about to commence a year long graduate level training in Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Mate.
James proffers that hope and recovery are the essential building blocks of happiness and resiliency. He is an advocate for social justice and equality for all and he wishes to remind us that none of us have dominion over the earth. Rather, we are an integral part of the greater collective and that only through collaboration and consultation can we create a better world characterized by mutuality and conviviality. Together we are stronger; together we are better; together we are complete.
Heather is an Occupational Therapist with a Master's Degree in Leadership and Training. She has a passion for rehabilitation and recovery and has worked in mental health for 30 years. Heather has supported initiatives and participated on projects, committees and boards for CAOT, BSCOT, COTBC and UBC School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Heather has been a member of PSR Canada since establishment and is currently employed by Interior Health Authority of British Columbia in a leadership role. Throughout her career Heather has embraced opportunities to promote empowerment and recovery with individuals, teams, and organizations.
Dorothy Edem–Nova Scotia
Dorothy Edem is a registered occupational therapist in Nova Scotia. She graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University, NS in 1997 and a Master's degree in Health Services Administration in 2004.
Dorothy has extensive experience in Mental Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation, including teaching, design, implementation and evaluation of Recovery-Oriented Services. She is currently working as Program Leader with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)Central Zone Mental Health and Addictions Program.
In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor and with the School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She is a member of PSR/RPS Canada Board and one of the founding members and president of PSR Nova Scotia Chapter.
Dr. Regina Casey–British Columbia
Dr. Regina Casey coordinates the psychosocial rehabilitation graduate program at Douglas College and manages the BC Advanced Practice website for mental health practice knowledge decimation (psyrehab.ca). She is a Clinical Assoc. prof at UBC in the school of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and has worked in MH practice for over 2 decades. Her current research Interests include- understanding how to implement Recovery-oriented PSR practice in Canada and how to integrate Social Business and recovery-oriented self-directed care approaches in low and middle-income settings.
Jean Laforge has been the Executive Director of Mental Health Connections in Windsor, Ontario since its inception in 2004. Mental Health Connections provides Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Services (Recovery Strategies) to clients with mental health issues.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor. Jean has worked in mental health for more than 20 years, previously being an Ombudsman at Canadian Mental Health Association. She participates on many Boards and Committees to advocate for persons with mental health issues. She has been a member of PSR Canada since 2007. Jean has served on the Board of Directors of PSR/RPS Canada since July 2016 and recently became certified in CPRRP. Her goal is to empower vulnerable persons experiencing mental health issues and their families to have a more meaningful life.
Dr. John Higenbottam
Dr. John Higenbottam is a neuropsychologist who has held senior clinical leadership positions through most of his career. His appointments have included Vice President, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre responsible for Vancouver’s acute care and community mental health, rehabilitation and continuing care services. Vice President, BC Rehab and Vice President, Riverview Hospital.
John currently holds an appointment as Clinical Professor, in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC. He is also a Faculty Emeritus at Douglas College where he teaches in the Graduate Diploma Program in PSR. John is also Editor-In-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health.
John is a former Chair and current Director of PSR/RPS Canada. He also served two terms as Co-Chair, Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), Canada’s major alliance of mental health organizations.
John’s major interests are in PSR education as well as developing, implementing and evaluating effective, recovery oriented mental health services.
Ann Marie MacIntyre–Manitoba
Ann Marie lives in Manitoba with her five children, three grandchildren, and horses, dogs, cats and a pony named Coconut Strawberry Sugar Lightning Dazzle Buzz (named by her granddaughter).
She is an Intensive Case Manger in Portage District General Hospital specializing in PSR. Ann Marie volunteers for many organizations both locally and provincially. She sits on the Recovery Champions Committee, and she is actively working to reform the mental health system in Manitoba.
Ann Marie has been involved with PSR Manitoba since 2008. Her involvement over the years has ranged from member to co-chair. She currently serves as the Manitoba representative to PSR Canada.
Katherine lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She currentlyworks for St. Joseph’s Care Group at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital site.
She is the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Coordinator within the Addictions and Mental Health portfolio. She has been involved with PSR Ontario since 2010 and became the representative to the PSR Canada board of directions a few years later.
Katherine is optimistic that PSR Canada can lead the mental health workforce in becoming recovery focused as well as PSR practice-based. She believes that PSR Canada can provide a forum for users and supporters of the mental health care system to have a voice in creating responsive and person-focused programs and services across the country.
Laurence is Project Manager and Knowledge Broker (on stigma and disclosing) for Quebec's provincial group on stigma (Groupe provincial sur la stigmatisation et la discrimination en santé mentale) at the Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP). Professionaly trained to be a Social Worker, he now uses his lived experience to enrich his work as a professional carer and through knowledge transferring activities throughout Quebec and Canada.
Laurence only recently began publicly disclosing his personal experiences with mental health problems, recovery, and with health care services after hearing an inspiring sentence, that said, “If only those in crisis disclose against their will and those who get better stop talking about it, we give the world a false message on what it is to be human, to have difficulties, and on the hope to overcome it and have a full and meaningful life.”
Click HERE for French Bio. Laurence Caron–Quebec
Sheila Wignes-Paton - Saskatchewan
Sheila is the Executive Director for Phoenix Residential Society in Regina, Saskatchewan. She has worked at Phoenix for over 25 years and had been was the Manager of Mental Health and Acquired Brain Injury Services prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2018. In 1996 Sheila became the Supervisor of the Acquired Brain Injury Program, and was responsible for creating the program from its inception.
Sheila has a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing and a Bachelor of Adult Education and Training (BAET) from the University of Regina. She received her CPRP designation in 2007 and currently holds her CPRRP. She is also a Reality Therapy Instructor for William Glasser Institute. Sheila has worked in the mental health and disability fields her entire career.