PSR/RPS Directors of the Board

 

Executive

Dr. John Higenbottam–President - British Columbia
Gord Hill–Treasurer / Board Member / Ontario
Dorothy Edem–Secretary / Board Member / Nova Scotia



Board Members


Dr. Pierre Beausjour–Quebec
Reid Burke–Prince Edward Island
Laurence Caron (interim)–Association Quebec Réadaptation Psychosociale, Quebec
Dr. Regina Casey–British Columbia
Jean LaForge–Ontario
Karyn Mathewson–Ontario
Ann Marie McIntyre–Manitoba
Hazel Meredith–British Columbia
Katherine Stewart–Ontario President


Chief Executive Officer - Vicky Huehn. See her bio HERE. 

Interested in joining the PSR/RPS Canada Board or in connecting with a board member? Contact our CEO: Vicky Huehn vhuehn@psrrpscanada.ca

 
 

Executive

 
 
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Dr. John Higenbottam–British Columbia

Dr. John Higenbottam is a clinical psychologist who has held senior clinical management positions in British Columbia   including Vice President, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, and Vice President, Riverview Hospital.

John currently is a health care consultant as well as Manager, PSR Advanced Practice and Coordinator, Graduate Diploma Program in PSR, Douglas College, New Westminster, BC as well as  Clinical Associate Professor, in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC.

John is a Director and Treasurer, PSR/RPS Canada and Co-Chair, Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) which is Canada’s major alliance of 18 mental health professional and stakeholder organizations. 

John’s major clinical and research interests are in developing, implementing and evaluating effective; recovery orientated mental health systems and services.

 
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Gordon Hill–Ontario

Gordon Hill is an accredited finance and accounting professional with extensive
management experience in financial administration and corporate services
operations. A collaborative leader of high functioning teams in complex
environments who has worked to fulfill the mission, vision, values and strategic
direction of the organizations.

 
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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.

 

Board Members

 
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Dr. Pierre Beausjour–Quebec

Dr Pierre Beausejour is Currently Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sherbrooke. He has had a long and distinguished career in clinical and senior leadership roles including, Chief of Staff and Director of Provincial Programs of the Alberta Mental Health Board and President, Canadian Psychiatric Association.

Pierre was also the Founding Chair of Mental Illness Awareness Week and a founding member of the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).

Click HERE for French bio. 

 
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Reid Burke–Prince Edward Island

Reid is currently the Executive Director of the PEI Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He has been with CMHA for 31 years.

 One of Reid's career highlights was when he was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada where served on the Service System Advisory Committee for 4 years assisting in the development of Canada’s first mental health strategy “Changing Directions Changing Lives”. 

Reid was recently appointed by the Minister of Community and Family services to serve on the provinces AccessAbility Advisory Council for a three year term. 

From a work perspective, believes mental health is a dimension of our overall health whose time has come.  

 
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Laurence Caron–Quebec

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.”

He recently joined the PSR Canada Board, taking over for Rosalie Bérubé on a maternity leave, as the AQRP representative.

Click HERE for French Bio. 

 
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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. 

 
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Jean LaForge–Ontario

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.

 
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Karyn Mathewson–Ontario

Karyn Mathewson, MS RSW, CPRP – Currently the Clinical Manager at Monarch Recovery Services in Sudbury, ON. She is a Boston University graduate with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation. She has 25 years experience in community addiction and mental health.

 
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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. 

 
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Hazel meredith–British Columbia

Hazel Meredith has 20 years of experience working in mental health in both non-profit and health authority sectors. With a clinical and administrative background, she champions a recovery-oriented approach as Executive Director for BCSS Victoria. Her academic background includes psychology, conflict resolution studies, business and leadership. She is currently working on her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with aims to blend business, mental health and leadership studies for improved mental health and recovery outcomes for youth and adults. She is very committed to the work and vision of PSR/RPS Canada.

 
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Katherine Stewart–Ontario

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.