Barb Keith (Chair)
Barb has a Masters degree in social work and is a past President of the BC Association of Social Workers; she is also registered with the BC College of Social Workers. She has over 20 years of experience in the addiction field, having worked in residential treatment, outpatient and support recovery in Prince George and Vancouver.
Joan Hill (Vice-Chair)
Joan is a CPA, CA who for the past 14 years worked in the not-for-profit sector. She was most recently the Director of Finance, Facilities and IT for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice where she was responsible for strategic financial issues, construction and development of a second hospice and all matters related to IT. While there she won the 2015 BC CFO Award in the not-for-profit category. She also has experience in quality improvement initiatives. She is currently on the board of The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation.
Tom Morton (Treasurer)
Tom joined the CMHA BC board in 2011. He is a Tax Partner at Smythe CPA who works closely with private and family-owned businesses as chair of the firm’s Business Transitions Industry, co-chair of the Business Transitions niche group and member of the firm’s Charity Committee. He specializes in corporate and personal tax planning to owner-managed businesses in a variety of industries.
Liz White (Secretary)
Liz was the Director, Group Underwriting at Pacific Blue Cross responsible for risk evaluation and pricing, strategic planning and execution, and has significant experience with change management activities. She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials program, and the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s Get on Board Education Program (Introductory Series). She was a member of Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation board, the board for Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association, and previously served on the board for the Canadian Association for Relief of Pain and Disability.
Judith Moore (Past Chair)
Judith is a retired Deputy Minister of Education (Yukon) and Social Services (Saskatchewan). She has served on numerous Boards, including the Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium and Convention Centre, the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri Food Fund and Ag Infrastructure Program, and the Regina Volunteer Centre (Chair). She is active in the volunteer community in the Comox Valley.
Omar is currently the Pharmacist-Owner of two Shoppers Drug Mart franchises, the Pharmacy Manager for one of his pharmacies and also the Vice-Chair of the Injection Drug Administration Committee for the College of Pharmacists of BC. As the BC Peers Chair for Shoppers Drug Mart, Omar serves as Chair of the Board for all elected Pharmacist-Owner Representatives in BC and as one of six Pharmacist-Owners on the National Pharmacist-Owner Board representing over 1,100 Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist-Owners in Canada. As a pharmacy student at UBC, Omar’s internship focused on the treatment of mental health patients.
Peter A. Csiszar
Peter is a founder and partner of Harris Workplace Law. He advises and represents employers on human rights matters, collective agreement interpretation, discipline and collective bargaining strategy. He has clients in numerous sectors, including health care, food, broadcasting and education. He has won several awards, including Best Lawyers in Canada for labour and employment law. Peter has been a guest lecturer at UBC on labour and employment topics and is a member of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.
David is the Director, Human Resources, Zinc Business Unit at Teck. Experienced in board governance, policy and strategic planning, he is currently on the Selkirk College Board of Governors as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and member of the HR Committee. David has a Master of Science – Safety Management, BA, BPE, and diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management. With over 20 years of experience in managing employee assistance and health and wellness programs, David has a strong understanding of aboriginal affairs, corporate relationships, and mental health in the workplace.
Alexa Geddes has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and is completing her Doctor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She currently volunteers at the REACH Community Health Centre, and acts as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions. Alexa’s past community involvement includes founding UBC Okanagan’s Peer Support Network as well as roles in research, fundraising, and leadership. She spent one year as an elected Senator with the UBC Okanagan Senate, and has previously served as Secretary and Director-at-Large for CMHA Kelowna.
Joan Hill is the Director of Finance, Facilities and IT at the Canuck Children’s Hospice, where she works with the CEO on strategic financial issues and monitors the day-to-day activities of the finance team. She is heavily involved with the construction and development of a second hospice, and oversees all matters related to budgeting, construction and IT. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, and earned a Silver Medalist distinction on her Chartered Accountant Designation.
Jacki is from the Okanagan Nation. She has worked in Aboriginal health for approximately 30 years. Jacki currently manages all health programs for the Osoyoos Indian Band, and is part of the Okanagan National Wellness Committee. In her previous role as President of the First National health Directors Association of BC, Jacki was involved with the transfer of health services from Health Canada to the First Nations Health Authority. She has also worked closely with Interior Health Authority in all areas of health.
Jesse McDonald is enrolled in the Rural Pre-Medicine Program at Selkirk College. She has spent a time in South Africa as a Project Assistant with the Sinovuyo Teen Project, which aims to develop an evidence-based parenting and teen program for HIV/AIDS-affected youth and their families. Jesse is a current member of the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses initiative, and is involved with facilitating campus discussions around mental health and substance use.
Fred is the Regional Director at Great-West Life and has been an active Steering Committee member of CMHA’s Bottom Line Conference providing valuable input and helped sign on several organizations as sponsors to our yearly Bottom Line Conference. As Regional Director for Great-West Life in BC, Fred is directly responsible for Group Benefit Revenue and Marketing. With 40 years of experience at Great-West Life along with his Master’s Degree in Business, Fred is well equipped to bring with him valuable skills and expertise in finance and governance to the CMHA BC Division Board.