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Coast Mental Health Board of Directors

Coast Mental Health is governed by a volunteer board of directors whose collective range of experience and expertise guide our strategic direction.

We are deeply grateful to our board and council members for generously sharing their expertise, talents, insight and time to help create a community where people living with mental illness can thrive and contribute.

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Kathleen Kennedy Strath

Chair – CEO, Kinsmen Lodge

Kathleen Kennedy-Strath has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Kinsman Lodge, a care facility home to 157 seniors. Since 1991, she has worked as a senior administrator and financial manager responsible for planning, supervising and managing resources for seniors living in long term care facilities.

Kathleen holds a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the University of British Columbia, is a Certified Management Accountant and completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College.

Elected to the Westminster Savings Credit Union’s Board of Directors in 2007, Kathleen is currently the Chair of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee and is a member of the People Services and Compensation Committee. Kathleen also serves on the Board of Directors of Mercado Capital Corporation and Mercado Financing Ltd. She is the former Chair of both New Westminster Library and Westminster Family Place and also served as Treasurer of the Simon Fraser Mental Health Association. Kathleen was elected to the Coast Foundation Society Board of Directors in September 2012.

Kathleen Kennedy Strath

Chair – CEO, Kinsmen Lodge

Kathleen Kennedy-Strath has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Kinsman Lodge, a care facility home to 157 seniors. Since 1991, she has worked as a senior administrator and financial manager responsible for planning, supervising and managing resources for seniors living in long term care facilities.

Kathleen holds a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the University of British Columbia, is a Certified Management Accountant and completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) Corporate Governance College.

Elected to the Westminster Savings Credit Union’s Board of Directors in 2007, Kathleen is currently the Chair of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee and is a member of the People Services and Compensation Committee. Kathleen also serves on the Board of Directors of Mercado Capital Corporation and Mercado Financing Ltd. She is the former Chair of both New Westminster Library and Westminster Family Place and also served as Treasurer of the Simon Fraser Mental Health Association. Kathleen was elected to the Coast Foundation Society Board of Directors in September 2012.

Peter Gibson

Director- Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Gibson received his B.Sc. degree in medicine from the University of Alberta in 1983 and his M.D. degree in 1985.  Following an internship in internal medicine and a psychiatry residency he received a fellowship of the Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1991.

Dr. Gibson has spent the majority of his career working in Community Mental Health supporting individuals with serious mental health conditions in their recovery journey.  He has been a strong supporter for integrating Psychosocial Rehabilitation principles and a Trauma informed approach to the care of this vulnerable population.  He advocates for a person and family centered model of care.

More recently, Dr. Gibson has been engaged in various leadership positions bringing the Community Psychiatry lens to the greater health system and is active in teaching psychiatry residents the various aspects of Community Mental Health. 

Susanne Haine

Vice-Chair – Independent Human Resources Consultant 

Susanne is a focused, goal-oriented leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, facilitation, change management, leadership development, financial management, board governance, labor relations and progressive people practices. 

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree – Psychology, an advanced certification in negotiation and numerous executive enrichment programs.

Susanne was the Vice President of People Development for the Vancouver Canucks from 1997-2008 and currently consultants on an ad hoc basis. She is presently involved with the Kidsafe Project Society serving as a board member, Chair of the Human Resources Committee and member of the Risk Management Committee.

Her volunteer history also includes eight years as the Chair and Board member of BCIT’s Human Resources Board.  She also served on the Board of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver for 15 years as Co-Chair and board member and and chaired the Human Resources Committee.

With her skills and experience in business, human resources, and board governance, Susanne assists the Board and the Coast Social Enterprise Foundation Council in accomplishing their strategic directives.

Susanne Haine

Vice-Chair – Independent Human Resources Consultant 

Susanne is a focused, goal-oriented leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, facilitation, change management, leadership development, financial management, board governance, labor relations and progressive people practices. 

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree – Psychology, an advanced certification in negotiation and numerous executive enrichment programs.

Susanne was the Vice President of People Development for the Vancouver Canucks from 1997-2008 and currently consultants on an ad hoc basis. She is presently involved with the Kidsafe Project Society serving as a board member, Chair of the Human Resources Committee and member of the Risk Management Committee.

Her volunteer history also includes eight years as the Chair and Board member of BCIT’s Human Resources Board.  She also served on the Board of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver for 15 years as Co-Chair and board member and and chaired the Human Resources Committee.

With her skills and experience in business, human resources, and board governance, Susanne assists the Board and the Coast Social Enterprise Foundation Council in accomplishing their strategic directives.

Krista Blaikie

Treasurer – Partner, Ernst &Young

Krista has over 25 years of experience servicing Canadian and U.S. public, government and private clients.

She is Ernst and Young`s BC Assurance Real Estate Leader with key responsibilities coordinating the firm`s resources in serving clients including responsibilities as engagement partner on government entities.

Krista has served as the coordinating partner on a number of government and listed entities including Ornge, bcIMC, Morguard Corporation, Morguard REIT, Gazit America Inc., MI Developments Inc. and others.  Krista has advised on risk assessment and shared services initiatives with a variety of clients.

Krista has significant experience with public reporting issues including reporting under PSAB and holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration and is a Chartered Public Accountant.

Byron Thom

Secretary – Associate Director, IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital

As Associate Director of the IT Venture Fund at BDC Capital, Byron guides entrepreneurs in building their technology companies. A former entrepreneur with a background in law and engineering, he co-founded Optigo Networks Inc. – a venture that revolutionizes connectivity in intelligent buildings.

Previously, Byron served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing subsidized and supportive housing to persons affected by mental health issues and the trauma associated with homelessness.

Byron Thom

Secretary – Associate Director, IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital

As Associate Director of the IT Venture Fund at BDC Capital, Byron guides entrepreneurs in building their technology companies. A former entrepreneur with a background in law and engineering, he co-founded Optigo Networks Inc. – a venture that revolutionizes connectivity in intelligent buildings.

Previously, Byron served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing subsidized and supportive housing to persons affected by mental health issues and the trauma associated with homelessness.

Christopher Bettencourt

Director – Partner, McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Christopher Bettencourt’s legal practice includes the following areas: land development, real estate and conveyancing, commercial leasing, and corporate commercial law.

He graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in 2008 and worked as a Research Assistant with the BC Law Institute for a year prior to joining McQuarrie Hunter as an articled student.  Christopher was called to the British Columbia Bar in May 2010.

Christopher was a mentor for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, a volunteer for its Speaker’s Bureau and the 2009 winner of the Cecil S. Walker Award for outstanding support to the organization from Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.  It is through this experience that Christopher became aware of how supported individuals can flourish and is why he is passionate to help through his volunteer activities with Coast Foundation Society.

Stephen Butz

Director – President & Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Vancouver; Chief Executive Officer, Canada West YMCA Regional Development  Centre

Over his 36-year career, Stephen Butz has been working to strengthen the foundations of community through the YMCA. Holding leadership positions with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the Canada West YMCA Regional Development Centre, Stephen leads the largest and most diverse social charity in British Columbia. The YMCA mission reaches out to more than 130,000 people through a network of over 200 program sites and facilities.

Stephen accepted his first association leadership role in the mid-1980s as the CEO of the YMCA of Cambridge, Ontario, and moved on to senior leadership opportunities in St. Catharines, Hamilton and Niagara.

Stephen holds undergraduate degrees in physical education and business and a master’s degree in management sciences from Springfield College in the United States. Among his many community affiliations, Stephen has served as the vice-chair of the board for the Niagara Health System, a board member for the Niagara Community Foundation and the Meridian Credit Union, a member of the Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Cabinet, and an advisor for the Business Council of BC.

Stephen Butz

Director – President & Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Vancouver; Chief Executive Officer, Canada West YMCA Regional Development  Centre

Over his 36-year career, Stephen Butz has been working to strengthen the foundations of community through the YMCA. Holding leadership positions with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the Canada West YMCA Regional Development Centre, Stephen leads the largest and most diverse social charity in British Columbia. The YMCA mission reaches out to more than 130,000 people through a network of over 200 program sites and facilities.

Stephen accepted his first association leadership role in the mid-1980s as the CEO of the YMCA of Cambridge, Ontario, and moved on to senior leadership opportunities in St. Catharines, Hamilton and Niagara.

Stephen holds undergraduate degrees in physical education and business and a master’s degree in management sciences from Springfield College in the United States. Among his many community affiliations, Stephen has served as the vice-chair of the board for the Niagara Health System, a board member for the Niagara Community Foundation and the Meridian Credit Union, a member of the Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Cabinet, and an advisor for the Business Council of BC.

Shurli Channe

Director – Support Staff Member, University of British Columbia (retired); Coast client

Shurli is a retired University of British Columbia support staff member with 32 years of tenure serving in higher education, having worked the last 15 within undergraduate medical and postgraduate surgical programs. She has a varied and eclectic education, and has practiced mindful meditation for over 30 years and received authorization to teach meditation through a practicum at Coast’s Resource Centre.

 

Shurli would like to help dispel the stigma and myths of mental illness, follow, advocate, and advance the current trends of providing consumer-oriented support services and wellness programs.  She wishes to give back what has been gifted to her, especially by Coast Mental Health, by serving on the Board of Directors.

Loree Gray

Director – President and CEO, Vehicle Sales Authority of BC

Loree has over 25 years of industry experience in financial services senior leadership roles across retail banking, wealth management, insurance and operations.   Currently, as the President and CEO of the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC, Loree is responsible for the regulatory body that administers and enforces the legislation governing personal vehicle sales in the province of BC.  A visionary leader focussed on driving transformative change to achieve financial performance and growth objectives, Loree is passionate about building highly engaged, productive teams, partnerships and networks.   

Loree has a proven track record of executive leadership with Boards of Directors.  She has served as BC Chair for the Loran Scholarship Foundation since 2012 and as assessor/interviewer since 2006.    Loree has a BA from the University of British Columbia and has since done certifications with the Institute of Canadian Bankers, the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning, Canadian Securities institute and Lean Sensei International. 

A personal and professional interest in mental health has inspired Loree to contribute to Coast’s success by serving on the Board of Directors.

Loree Gray

Director – President and CEO, Vehicle Sales Authority of BC

Loree has over 25 years of industry experience in financial services senior leadership roles across retail banking, wealth management, insurance and operations.   Currently, as the President and CEO of the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC, Loree is responsible for the regulatory body that administers and enforces the legislation governing personal vehicle sales in the province of BC.  A visionary leader focussed on driving transformative change to achieve financial performance and growth objectives, Loree is passionate about building highly engaged, productive teams, partnerships and networks.   

Loree has a proven track record of executive leadership with Boards of Directors.  She has served as BC Chair for the Loran Scholarship Foundation since 2012 and as assessor/interviewer since 2006.    Loree has a BA from the University of British Columbia and has since done certifications with the Institute of Canadian Bankers, the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning, Canadian Securities institute and Lean Sensei International. 

A personal and professional interest in mental health has inspired Loree to contribute to Coast’s success by serving on the Board of Directors.

Anil Singh

Director – Sergeant, Vancouver Police Department

Anil’s interest to serve on the board was inspired from meeting and working with the passionate team members of Coast Mental Health and hearing first hand from clients their success stories.  He brings expertise, built on almost four decades of experience, in the business, community, government and law enforcement sectors.  Anil believes his diverse background will support the board in its goal to shape the strategic direction of the organization.

His education includes earning a Master of Science from Middlesex University in which his research focussed on the neuroscience of leadership.  Anil’s previous service includes community, government and volunteer boards.  He sits as a director of a private charitable foundation and a member of the Appeals Committee of the Canadian Kennel Club.

Warren Todd Trippel

Director – Lead Peer Support Worker, Coast Mental Health

In spite of living with a bi-polar mental diagnosis, Todd has overcome many obstacles and challenges in life to provide an excellent example for those suffering from mental illness. 

Having completed a peer support course through Coast Mental Health he has provided volunteer support work at Coast’s Highlands Community Home for eight years and is a lead peer support worker at Coasts Recovery and Rehabilitation Program and Forensic Cottages.  Todd facilitates group sessions and promotes the services of Coast.

Todd brings his experience as a consumer and his perspective from his work experiences at Coast as well as his strong communication and problem-solving skills to the Board of Coast.

Warren Todd Trippel

Director – Lead Peer Support Worker, Coast Mental Health

In spite of living with a bi-polar mental diagnosis, Todd has overcome many obstacles and challenges in life to provide an excellent example for those suffering from mental illness. 

Having completed a peer support course through Coast Mental Health he has provided volunteer support work at Coast’s Highlands Community Home for eight years and is a lead peer support worker at Coasts Recovery and Rehabilitation Program and Forensic Cottages.  Todd facilitates group sessions and promotes the services of Coast.

Todd brings his experience as a consumer and his perspective from his work experiences at Coast as well as his strong communication and problem-solving skills to the Board of Coast.

Sandra Yuen Mackay

Director – Design Development Team Member, Vancouver Coastal Health.

As a teenager, Sandra was diagnosed with a mental illness. Despite adversity, she completed a Fine Arts Diploma at Langara College and a BA in art history at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her memoir My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness to give others hope, build awareness and reduce stigma. She has shared her story in classrooms, at conferences, and in the media and video documentaries. Currently, she is a committee member for the Consumer Initiative Fund.

In 2012, Sandra received the Courage to Come Back Award in the mental health category, and was chosen for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming great obstacles and becoming an artist, writer, advocate and speaker on mental health issues. Sandra hopes her lived experience and skills may add another perspective to the Coast Foundation Society Board.

Coast Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors

Coast’s work would not be possible without the philanthropic funding provided by the Coast Mental Health Foundation. Coast’s foundation is governed by a dedicated board of directors.

Leonard Schein

Chair – Retired, former president, Festival Cinemas

A retired Registered Psychologist, Leonard is also the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas.

He is also currently an active volunteer on the Board of Directors of Ecojustice, Pembina Institute, Canadian Cancer Prevention Centre Foundation, Inspire Health, and Food Stash Foundation. He has received numerous national and local awards for his philanthropy and community achievements.

Leonard Schein

Chair – Retired, former president, Festival Cinemas

A retired Registered Psychologist, Leonard is also the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas.

He is also currently an active volunteer on the Board of Directors of Ecojustice, Pembina Institute, Canadian Cancer Prevention Centre Foundation, Inspire Health, and Food Stash Foundation. He has received numerous national and local awards for his philanthropy and community achievements.

Elaine Reynolds

Vice-chair – Principal, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers 

Elaine was a founding principal of Legacy Tax and Trust Lawyers and is now of counsel to the firm. She was awarded the PEAK award for Knowledge and Leadership by the Association of Women in Finance and received the Leaders in Learning Award from CLE for her contribution to legal education.  

Elaine is passionate about Coast’s mission and devotes her time to governance, the trust program and planned giving.   

Susan Mueller

Treasurer

Biography to come.

Susan Mueller

Treasurer

Biography to come.

Andrea Scott

Secretary – CEO, skoah Franchising Inc., chief kulture officer, skoah Inc.

Andrea is the co-owner of skoah Inc and CEO of skoah Franchising Inc., a Vancouver-based company with 15 locations across Canada and the USA.

A mother of four, Andrea is a former elementary school teacher who went on to run her own sales and marketing company and PR and communications consultancy company. She is also a mentor of women in business and volunteer with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. She received the Veuve Clicquot Canadian Business Woman Award (2016) and has twice been a YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominee.

Willson Cross

Director

Biography to come.

Willson Cross

Director

Biography to come.

Laura Edwards

Director

Biography to come.

Roger Lee

Director – Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Roger practices civil litigation with a focus on estate matters. He has developed a keen interest in the charitable sector which led to his involvement with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

That has led to serving on several not-for-profit boards, including Coast Mental Health Foundation. He hopes to help maintain and strengthen the Foundation’s already robust governance structure and help raise more funds to assist Coast’s mission.

Roger Lee

Director – Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Roger practices civil litigation with a focus on estate matters. He has developed a keen interest in the charitable sector which led to his involvement with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

That has led to serving on several not-for-profit boards, including Coast Mental Health Foundation. He hopes to help maintain and strengthen the Foundation’s already robust governance structure and help raise more funds to assist Coast’s mission.

Pamela Martin

Director

For over 30 years as an award-winning news anchor and journalist, Pamela was a trusted voice bringing news and critical issues into the homes of millions of British Columbians. Pamela’s accomplishments are too many to mention and notably she has been an agent for change in the province engaging with various stakeholders and helping to advance the issues of the BC economy for families.

In addition to her new role with the Coast Mental Health Foundation Board, Pamela is also on the boards of the Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Council of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade; Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation; and Face The World Foundation.

Susan Rhodes

Director – Health Management Consultant

Susan has worked in the health care administrative field for the past 25 years which includes consulting for various health authorities and other non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program development and facilities planning.  

She is passionate about Coast’s work and the need to raise funds to allow this work to expand, bringing her management knowledge and experience in the health care field to her work on the Board.

Susan Rhodes

Director – Health Management Consultant

Susan has worked in the health care administrative field for the past 25 years which includes consulting for various health authorities and other non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program development and facilities planning.  

She is passionate about Coast’s work and the need to raise funds to allow this work to expand, bringing her management knowledge and experience in the health care field to her work on the Board.

Andrew Rigg

Director – Regional Director, Western Canada, Scotia Wealth Management, Private Investment Counsel

With experience as a lawyer before entering the world of finance and wealth management in 1997. Since that time he has held a number of positions both as an advisor and in progressively senior management. 

Andrew joined the Coast Mental Health Foundation Board in 2016 in order to help raise both awareness and funding for services for those suffering from both mental health and addiction issues.

Gail Shimoda-Klassen

Director – Director, Western Canada, Citi Private Bank

With an MBA from Dalhousie University, Gail brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry where she has held a number of senior management positions.

She has also held various positions with not-for-profit causes from chairing fundraising activities to leading a team to help refurbish a schoolhouse for underprivileged children.

Gail Shimoda-Klassen

Director – Director, Western Canada, Citi Private Bank

With an MBA from Dalhousie University, Gail brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry where she has held a number of senior management positions.

She has also held various positions with not-for-profit causes from chairing fundraising activities to leading a team to help refurbish a schoolhouse for underprivileged children.

Susan Thom

Director – Principal, Thom Communications

Susan is an award-winning communicator with over 40 years of experience in strategic communications. She retired in 2012 after 36 years in senior corporate communications positions with both the federal and provincial governments to begin her “next chapter”.

During her 19 years with BC Housing, she worked closely with Coast and joined the Foundation Board as Governor and Chair of the Coast Communications Committee (2012-16).

Tracey Wade

Director – Communications & Fundraising

Tracey has an extensive TV news, media, and writing background and, in addition to her work at Coast Mental Health, devotes herself full-time to charitable causes such as BC Children’s Hospital, the BC SPCA, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, and Whistler Animal Galore. 

Tracey has been involved with the Courage to Come Back Awards for over ten years.  Her goals are to end the stigma around mental illness and foster meaningful development of programs at Coast while continuing to apply her talents in fundraising and event management.

Tracey Wade

Director – Communications & Fundraising

Tracey has an extensive TV news, media, and writing background and, in addition to her work at Coast Mental Health, devotes herself full-time to charitable causes such as BC Children’s Hospital, the BC SPCA, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, and Whistler Animal Galore. 

Tracey has been involved with the Courage to Come Back Awards for over ten years.  Her goals are to end the stigma around mental illness and foster meaningful development of programs at Coast while continuing to apply her talents in fundraising and event management.

YOUR SUPPORT SAVES LIVES

Your donation to Coast Mental Health Foundation provides essential housing, support, and employment services for people with mental illness so they can find their meaningful place in our community – a place to live, a place to connect, and a place to work.