CAMH is proud to introduce its new Board Chair, Kelly Meighen.
Kelly is no stranger to CAMH. She has been actively engaged in the CAMH Foundation since 2006 and served as the Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2009 and Chair from 2009 to 2012.
Kelly is a passionate community leader. In addition to her work at CAMH, Kelly is the president of the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation, a charitable foundation established in 1969 that has made donations to many health and social welfare programs in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Jack Project
, an organization that encourages youth in high school and university to care for their own mental health and that of their peers.
She’s been honoured with the Association of Fundraising Professionals ‘Philanthropist of the Year Award’, the University of Western Ontario’s ‘Dr. Ivan Smith Award’, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Along with her husband, the Honourable Michael Meighen, Kelly was the recipient of the Yorktown Family Services 2013 Humanitarian Award for Community Service.
“It can often take a personal experience or knowledge of a personal experience - someone close to you - to understand the devastating effect of serious mental illness on individuals and their families,” says Kelly.
“Everyone has a family member or someone close to them who is struggling with mental illness. But there is now the expectation that breakthroughs are imminent, that there will be new treatments in the future - and I am very proud that CAMH will be part of those future breakthroughs.”
“We're pleased to welcome Kelly as the new chair of the CAMH Board of Trustees,” says CAMH President and CEO Catherine Zahn. “Her passion and support for CAMH's work in mental illness, as well as her experience in governance, will help guide our organization toward the realization of our Strategic Plan Vision 2020."
Kelly is keen to continue supporting the mental health and addictions work being done at CAMH. “Since I became involved at CAMH, the change that has taken place in a relatively short period of time at the hospital and the successes and the reputation that has been earned by the hospital makes me very optimistic about the future.”
“There is much that can be done by the Board in support of the vision of our CEO and her team. We have a wonderful group of dedicated trustees, who are committed to creating further momentum around the issues of mental illness and addictions.”
“I really look forward to the next few years – I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead the Board at this time of great opportunity for the hospital and the mental health sector.”