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Special Meeting of the Membership

Friday March 10, 2017

2 pm eastern

Call in Number

Call in: 1-866-218-3342, Participant Code: 241397



1. Role Call

2. Ratifying the slate of interim board members,

3. Approval of the 2014/2015 meeting minutes

4. approval of the 2015/2016 audit,

5. approval to retain the accounting firm Partridge Iggulden CPA.

6. National Coordinator Update

Meeting called to order at 2:10

In attendance: CJ Grear, Jayne Whyte, Julie Flatt, Bill Pringle, Lise Giroux Beattie, Walter Chan, Carmella Hutcheson, Steven Torresan, Marilyn McGurran, Tasha Rich, Shawna Lagassie, Ellen Cohen

Regrets: May Recollet – Goulais, Sarah Bell, Kenneth Matoush

Welcome and opening remarks from Clarence Grear

Question about the terms of board members.

  • National Coordinator (NC) advised that board members positions are two year positions to a maximum of three consecutive terms according to by-laws ratified 2015 under the Certificate of Continuance of the new NFP act .

Bio’s for new members will be posted on the website – Bill and Marilyn McGurran spoke to their qualifications. May Recollet –Goulais.

Motion: to ratify interim and new board members by Jayne, second by Walter, no abstentions, all in favour

*Approval of AGM 2014-2015 minutes

Corrections needed on the location from Alberta to Saskatchewan, and spelling of Julie Flatt and Jayne Whyte

Motion: to accept the with amendments by Julie second by Carmella, Walter abstains, all else in favour.

*Approval of 2015/2016 audit financial statement and the audit the eight page document circulated prior with agenda

Motion to approve financial statement by Carmella second by Steven, Walter abstains, all else in favour

*Approval to retain accounting firm Partridge Iggulden CPA Members praised the work of the firm and advised that they have been the accounting firm with the NNMH for a number of years.

Motion: made by Carmella to retain Partridge Iggulden CPA Second: by Julie, no abstentions, all in favour.

*Updates from members:

The Alliance Collaborative Project

Ellen provided an update on work with the Alliance, phase 1 report is currently being drafted, and will be forward once the report is approved phase 2 of consultations will begin in the weeks to come. Members were reminded go on line to the Alliance website to participate in the Accessibility and Inclusion survey of the on line survey advised of survey on website and to encourage everyone to fill out.

Ellen advised that she attended both CRPD meetings held in Ottawa. In December and in February the final draft is being completed and will be ready for presentation the end of March with the delegation. Ellen will forward the Draft of the CRPD Shadow report as well as the government’s report.

Carmella updated on DAWN’s work on the CRPD shadow report and the report would be released soon.

Ellen presented a list of issues that are on the radar;

MAID – issue is not forgotten and will require some advocacy discussions about vulnerable people mental health and decisions made by mature adolescence.

CAMHI – Gala fundraiser in addition to membership fees there is an expectation that the member organizations contribute to the gala by purchasing a table and that as a member organizations we are required to attend.

Members reiterated the importance of working together and sharing information about events and issues occurring in your communities and across the country.

CJ called for a motion adjournment the meeting.

Motion: to adjourn by Carmella

25th AGM Slate of Board Members to be Ratified for 2017-2018


Anita Levesque – First term

Representing Media & Communication Director from Ontario

Anita resides in Stoney Creek (Hamilton), Ontario. She is self-employed as a web and graphic designer, since 2005. Anita provides the following services: web design, graphic design, internet marketing, social media marketing and hosting. She is also a photographer, from a hobby to now professional.

Anita is very knowledgeable with mental health based on her lived experience. Her father lived with manic depression (Bipolar) all his life. Because of witnessing violent domestic abuse from her father, her brother now lives with C-PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, her mother lives with C-PTSD and Depression and Anita lives with C-PTSD. Anita’s boyfriend also lives with severe OCD, Clinical Depression, GAD and several personality disorders.

Anita is taking a diploma program in Psychology/Social Work and another diploma program in Counseling Skills. This heightened Anita’s knowledge of mental illness and wanting to help enhance the mental health awareness to everyone.

Sarah Bell – Running for second term

Representing Youth Director from Manitoba

Sarah is a graduate of the Social Service Worker Program from Canadore College in North Bay of which she is very proud. She is completing her second year at university in Winnipeg to obtain her Bachelor degree in Social Work

Sarah has been coping with mental health illness most of her life. She is excited to be on the board bringing a new perspective, new ideas and ways of reaching out to the young people across the country.

By sharing her story Sarah hopes to enlighten other young people who suffer with mental health issues, to understand and gain control of their individual situations. So that they can step out of the dark knowing that there is hope and help for them to achieve their goals.

“We are Still Standing”


Celebrating NNMH’s 25th AGM Meeting


Wednesday December 13th 2017

Call in number: 1-866-218-3342, Participant Code: 241397


Welcome: Role Call

1. Acceptance of the Special Members Meeting March 10, 2017 – (AGM 2015-2016)

2. Report from the National Coordinator

3. Treasurer’s Report

4. Acceptance of Audited Report for 2016/2017

5. Appointment of Auditing Firm for 2017/2018

6. Call to accept the slate of new and standing board members to the board of directors for 2017-2018

7. Introduction to the NNMH Board of Directors

8. Other Business

  • a. National Meetings and Updates
  • b. List of Issues
  • c. Updates from Members

9. . Adjournment

Notice of Annual General Meeting

NNMH is Celebrating our 25th Anniversary


Via teleconference

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017


Board of Directors and the Staff invite you to attend The National Network for Mental Health’s Annual General Meeting. Celebrating 25 years as the only national non-diagnostic consumer driven mental health organization in Canada.


The National Network for Mental Health plays a pivotal role in bridging the Mental Health Community to the larger Consumer Disability Movement. We are committed to networking and capacity building to cultivate, strong leadership, effective networks, strong partnerships, and inclusive collaborations. It is only through strong leadership, commitment and membership, that we can affect change for the mental health and disability community and Canadians across the Pan Canadian landscape.


CALL FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS:  In accordance with our bylaws, NNMH is looking for board members to represent each of the following provinces and territories: British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island. Nomination for any of the above positions must be received by December 1, 2017 by 11:59 pm Pacific time and can be forwarded by email to;   [email protected]  or regular mail to;


National Network for Mental Health

PO Box 1539 Station Main St.

Catharines, ON. L2R 7J9


Individuals seeking nomination as Directors must supply the following:

A paragraph why you seek  election to the board of directors?

A biography outlining your personal experience or a resume.

A photograph (optional).


The agenda, for the AGM and other related document will be sent via email and posted  on line by December 4, 2017 at [email protected]


Hope you can join us !



Special Meeting of the Membership

Friday March 10, 2017

At the Annual General Membership Meeting on December 7, 2016 the business of the National Network for Mental Health could not be accomplished because quorum could not be established. At the board meeting held  January  22, 2017 a motion was made to convene a Special Meeting of the Membership. Continue reading

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The National Network for Mental Health will be holding a Special Meeting of the Membership

At the Annual General Membership Meeting quorum was not established and the board agreed at the AGM they would convene a Special Meeting of the Membership this meeting will be to vote on the NNMH business that could not be ratified at the AGM because of the lack of quorum. Continue reading