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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

Board of Directors Conference Call

Meeting Minutes

Date: Friday October 27th 2017

  1. Welcome & roll call

Bill P, Steven T, CJ Grear, Sarah B.

Regrets: Marilyn McGurran, May R

Meeting started at 4:12 eastern

Steven offered to chair the meeting and welcomed everyone                    .

  1. Approval of the agenda
  • Steven motioned for approval of the agenda – Bill seconded
  1. Approval of the minutes for August 16, 2017
  • CJ motioned to approve the minutes and seconded by Steven
  1. Budget and finances review – Marilyn McGurran
  • Marilyn Melanson, Marilyn McGurran, and Ellen met on October 17th to discuss the audit and go over the balance sheets. The audit will be downloaded on line this coming week. Finance meetings will be held the third week of the month, Ellen advised the meeting is open to any board member interested.
  1. Changes to the Executive Committee positions:
  • Board member participation: Ellen reminded the board that members are required to attend board meetings and once an structure is in place participate on committees. To send regrets and respond to requests via email.
  • Request to make changes to the optional positions: After review of the information our by-laws state that the three board positions are appointed based on expertise and does not require a by-law change.
  1. Date for the 25th Annual General Meeting
  • The date for the AGM will be December 13, 2017 at 3pm eastern
  • Our official launch of our website will be at the AGM call
  1. NNMH Moving forward
  • We are part of a collaborative with the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies, & DAWN Canada. The proposal was approved and the proposal and the obligation for all the partners is outlined.
  • Letter to Kenneth: Ellen spoke to Kenneth who advised that he is resigning from the board of directors. Ellen requested that he forward the resignation in writing. To date he has not sent his resignation by email. At this point the board will accept the verbal resignation. Bill made a motion to accept Kenneth’s verbal resignation CJ seconded
  1. Updates
  • New Minister for Sports and Disability and Minister of Health
    Kent Heir is the new minister of Sports and Disabilities.
    James Vanraltee has been moved to head up another area working with the new legislation being developed.
  • Alliance – Accessibility and Inclusion Consultations and report: Ellen advised that we have received the final payment for the Alliance project and it was extended be finalized by November.Ellen was required to work on restructuring and formatting the report. She advised that she would put hours in for the work she has done on the report given the hours worked the report.
  • CAMIMH – Faces Meeting in Ottawa went well it was a day of lobbying and Ellen had the opportunity to meet the Kent Heir and spoke with other MPs and Senators and Ministers
  • CRPD meeting – Ottawa in December: Ellen’s expenses will be covered by CCD because she is on the executive of the CCD.
  • AGM for Addiction and Mental Health Ontario is being held November 6th and 7th 2017
  1. Other Business:
  • Spoke with eAccessibility regarding testing and corrections for our website in order to launch the website the provided a quote of 500 per month to monitor provide ongoing testing checking. Anita’s Web Design for testing and correcting the site for a total of $1000. Ellen advised that work needs to be done. As for the ongoing testing Ellen advised that there are people with in the CCD community who would be happy to help out with the testing for the NNMH. CJ made a motion to accept the quote from Anita’s Web Design seconded by Sarah.
  1. Next Meeting November 24th 2017 at 4pm eastern

Next finance meeting is November 14, 2017 at 4 pm eastern

  1. Adjournment 5:20 Motion to adjourn CJ

We are pleased to announce that Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada will be hosting public consultations in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories. We ask you to please share this information with your networks and encourage people to come out to a consultation and help to shape Canada’s new accessibility law.

Alberta Consultations:
June 8 – Grande Prairie
Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre
11633 100 Street
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Manitoba Consultations:
June 22 – Thompson
Juniper Centre
108 Nelson Road
6:00 to 8:00 PM

British Columbia Consultations:
June 14 – Kelowna
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
2170 Harvey Ave.
6:00 – 8:00 PM

June 16 – Victoria
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road (Cadboro Commons Building)
6:00 to 8:00 PM

June 21 – Vancouver
Location: TBD
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Yukon Consultations:
June 12 – Whitehorse
Best Western Gold Rush Inn
411 Main Street
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Northwest Territories Consultations:
June 14 – Yellowknife
Explorer Hotel
4825 49th Ave.
9:00 – 5:00 PM

Registration information can be found online at or can be taken over the phone by calling 343-291-1117.

All Abilities Together – The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada

The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada (the Alliance) is a group of disability organizations that is consulting Canadians about the proposed federal accessibility law. We are made up of 12 member organizations and four partner organizations from Canada’s disability community.


  1. Welcome
  2. Role call
  3. Acceptance of AGM Minutes of 2013-2014
  4. New staffing
  5. Report from the board
  6. Acceptance of the Board’s Report as presented
  7. Finance Report
  8. Acceptance of the Finance Report as presented
  9. Acceptance of Audited Report for 2013/2014
  10. Appointment of Auditing Firm Partridge Igguldlen Chartered Accountants for 2014/2015
  11. MadCanada CRPD Shadow Report Project Summary
  12. Certificate of continuance under the not for profit act
  13. Special Members meeting

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Writing this on first day of spring has me thinking about rebirth and new hope. Spring has always represented hope to me. I think it’s because I’d somehow made it through some long, dark winters praying for the spring because at least then I could feel a bit of a lift. Although there was still a lot of guck to face, I could see the birds come out from hiding, and the grass coming through the blanketing snow. Somehow I could feel the “glimpses” of hope that are all-to-often absent for some of us. The NNMH Board, staff and volunteers hope that your lives are full of those “glimpses.” Continue reading