Steven is from Toronto. Steven has served on the Board of Directors for the Empowerment Council at CAMH, and at the Consumer/Survivor Information Resource Centre of Toronto. As an advocate, Steven is also an active member of Access One’s Consumer Reference Group as well as the ODSP Action Coalition’s Policy Committee, sharing his personal knowledge and perspective in order to make substantial improvements in affordable housing and for people living on ODSP, respectively.
Clarence W Grear (CJ)
Clarence W Grear, Cpl, CD, retired served with Canadian Armed Forces for 16 years, as a member of in the Communications and Electronic Branch. He joined the military right out of high school in 1987 and was discharged in 2003 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After participating in the Wounded Warriors Weekend in Nipawin, SK in 2013, he discovered a passion for fishing giving him the opportunity to be with others having similar experiences. They enjoyed fishing and relaxing enjoying the company of other veterans for a few days.
After receiving a thoughtful gift of the equipment to tie his own lures, CJ has been using this hobby as part of his wellness and for personal enjoyment. Making the lures he decided that he would like to give back to the Wounded Warrior Weekend Foundation as a thank you for this life changing event.
Now CJ has formed Lures for Vets selling hand tied lures, engaging other veterans he has met along the way. Ten percent of all sales go the Wounded Warrior Weekend Foundation to help give our soldiers & veterans a break from dealing with the trauma experienced during their military career.
Representing Indigenous Communities
May is the Healing and Wellness Coordinator at the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre. A trained facilitator in traditional healing and wellness May has strong roots in the community. She is actively involved in teaching others and continually learning the traditional ways of the community to share her knowledge. Providing the experience of life on the reserve and who work in the city at the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre.
Mays insight into healing and wellness provides a rounded perspective from her years growing up as an aboriginal child within the foster care system. May has worked through many issues relating to her mental health and manages the challenges of her physical condition with grace. May recognizes the connection between mental health and her physical condition and is grateful for the traditions that she shares with others. May is a graduate from Nipissing University with her degree in Social Welfare and Sociology Honors Degree.
Representing Manitoba and a Youth Perspective
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.
William (Bill) Pringle
Bill lives in Saskatoon is currently Chairman of the National Council of People with Lived Experience (mental health) of CMHA National. . He is past president of CMHAs Saskatoon Branch and was 2nd Vice President of CMHAs Saskatchewan Division. Bill also serves as a Patient Adviser to two provincial health care committees and is a member of the patient and family advisory council for the Dube Center for Mental Health. In a previous life Bill was Manager of the Public Relations for The City of`
Representing the North West Territories
Marilyn McGurran from the North West Territories is a self-employed entrepreneur. She operates a small bookkeeping business and is also co-owner of a quilting business as instructor an artisan and enthusiast. She has been living in Yellowknife for the past four years. In addition to her personal experience Marilyn will bring her skills in finance and small business management to the NNMH board of directors.
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 started as a mental health advocate in 2014 and volunteers and is ambassador for Partners for Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada, SickNotWeak, NNMH, Healthy Minds Canada, Born This Way Foundation (Lady Gaga). Anita is also a mental health blogger for Healthy Minds Canada, The Mighty, KMA Therapy (Toronto), Defying Shadows, Stigma Magazine (BC). Anita is a Change Agent for CAMH and has participated in the One Brave Night for the last 2 years and has been involved with the Bell Let’s Talk campaign for the last 4 years.
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.