Joan Greenwood – Chair
Joan, a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and a Business Administration graduate, has worked on numerous Board committees, Boards, and acted as an officer on several Boards prior to joining Mental Health Services (MHS). “I joined the MHS Board when they were looking for someone with human resources expertise,” Joan explains. “I was part of the Finance/Human Resources Committee and Vice-Chair of MHS and I am very much looking forward to my role as Board member of Addictions and Mental Health Services.”
Joining this Board was a good fit for Joan, not only because she’s a great believer in giving back to your community, but because she has a number of family members and friends experiencing difficulties with mental health and addictions, and finds it gratifying to see positive things happening for people experiencing these problems.
As to the agency’s future, Joan says she sees the agency becoming a premier, single-point of access for addictions and mental health services within Hastings/Prince Edward. “I hope that our agency can provide smooth, professional access to service for all clients and I hope to see all staff happy working in a healthy work environment, with outstanding leadership.”
Dorian Chlopas – Vice Chair
Dorian has a degree in Environmental Science from Queens and runs her own consulting business.
“I became involved with Mental Health Services about 10 years ago when a family member experienced mental health issues and encountered difficulties navigating the system,” says Dorian. “I initially took the NAMI Family to Family course and then joined the Family Support Network and later the Mental Health Services Board. I have always felt it is important to give back to the community and have been involved in a variety of community organizations and boards over the years.”
Dorian stresses that she is committed to improving access to addictions and mental health services, ensuring that the right services are in place and in making the journey a positive experience for clients and family members. “I think the merging of addictions and mental health services will provide a more holistic approach to treatment and services. The Ideal Client Experience provides a platform for moving forward that I believe will benefit people dealing with addictions and mental health issues.”
“I became involved with the Board of the Addictions Center through a colleague at the Belleville Police Service where I work,” explains Nadine Langlois. “They were looking for a secretary and that was a good fit for me at the time. That was fifteen years ago. I became a Board Member about five years ago and have since performed both roles. My career has been predominantly in Human Resources and Administration – in Toronto for nineteen years and in Belleville for twenty-eight years. That tells you a little bit about my age.”
Nadine says she donates her time, energy and talents to the agency because she has come to admire the folks who sit at the table with her. “They are capable, committed people and are an inspiration to me,” she adds. “I’m a proponent of positive psychological health and have family members who have struggled with addictions. I hope, through my support of the agency, we can continue to help others.”
Looking forward the future, Nadine says, “I am confident that the staff will lead us forward in the area of addictions and mental health services in the community.”
Patricia Ward has been a Board Member of Mental Health Services – Hastings Prince Edward since 2010. Within her first year on the Board, she was nominated as the Chair of the Finance/HR Committee.
Patricia says she see her role as a Board Member as an opportunity to help others who need help. “I’m not a clinician and I certainly don’t have any formal healthcare training, but I do have financial and leadership skills,” she says. “Being a volunteer in this capacity for an organization that helps to improve the lives of others is my chance to contribute.”
As to the future of the new agency, Patricia says it is wide open. “What I’d like to see is public awareness of what we offer; smoother transitions for clients as they move through the healthcare system; and new opportunities to assist clients in improving their futures.”
Stella Maschas joined the Mental Health Services Board (MHS) in June 2013. “I sat on the Quality Assurance Committee during my two years with the Board and in September 2014, I joined the Governance Transition Team,” she explains.
Having worked for both the Addiction Centre and Mental Health Services for over twenty-one years and being familiar with all their programs, resources and client needs, Stella believes she has a unique perspective to offer. “I know and care about both agencies. I am familiar with all the programs, resources, and client needs. I have worked with many of the staff of Mental Health Services and the Addiction Centre and I have the utmost respect for them.” In addition, as a professor at Loyalist College in the Justice Studies program, Stella is currently teaching courses in both addictions and mental health and is very familiar with the addictions, mental health and justice fields.
Stella is really excited about sitting on the board of the new entity. “I know that each agency has many strengths. Now they can work together to provide the ideal client experience. I’m particularly excited about the sharing of resources like psychiatry, housing, groups and recreation. I think the clients will benefit enormously. I also think that the staff will have more opportunity to develop personally, and they will be able to assist their clients more than ever before. I think the agency is doing a fantastic job now, but if I were to look into the future, I would love to see the agency grow to address the gaps in such areas as concurrent disorders, housing, and employment,” she says.
“I began my involvement by joining the Mental Health Services Board of Directors in June 2013. Although new to the Board experience, I found myself thoroughly engaged in the people, programming and approach of Mental Health Services. Clients were provided the consistent support they needed in a manner that left them feeling empowered, not judged. I admired and respected the culture within the organization.
Although not able to take part in the Transitional Board I was quite pleased to become a member of the newly amalgamated Addictions and Mental Health Services Board of Directors at the 2015 Annual General meeting. I have had some experience with addictions and mental health within my professional life for the past 19 years in Child Welfare. In this role I have been witness to the impact an addiction or mental health issue can have on the individual, as well as the family unit as a whole. I have also had family members who have struggled with mental health issues and struggled to navigate the systems in place. These experiences have motivated me to become involved and help in any way I can. I believe in the importance of building awareness, breaking down stigma and meeting people where they are at in service delivery.
In our short time as an amalgamated agency I have already had experiences that make me proud to be a member of the team. Staff have managed the change with grace and ensured supports and services offered to their clients have not suffered as a result. The structures and systems in place speak to efficiency and quality service. I look forward to the future knowing there are great things to come from Addictions and Mental Health Services for our community in Hastings and Prince Edward.”
Jennifer Keilty-Friesen joined the Board of AMHS-HPE after moving back to the Belleville area. Because she works with health and human service agencies, Jen understands and strongly believes in the importance of the services AMHS-HPE provides and wanted to be a part of providing top-notch supports to the people in her community. Jen owns a consultancy, People Minded Business, that works with organizations to generate innovative solutions to today’s problems. Jen has worked across Canada and abroad, including studying and working in Sydney, Australia. Jen holds a Masters degree in Public Health and a graduate certificate in Quality and Organizational Excellence and sits on the Governance Committee at Addictions and Mental Health Hastings-Prince Edward County.
“Since joining the Board, my understanding of the need for the services provided by AMHS-HPE has grown immensely. The people who use the services are always at the centre of decision-making, and the team is truly focused on helping people to hope, dream and recover. What an honour to be associated with this organization.”
“I am eager to support AMHS in the vital services that they provide to individuals with mental health and addictions issues, as I have seen the positive impact that AMHS has on clients in my work as a lawyer. I also believe in the importance of ending the stigma of mental health and addictions so that individuals can access treatment and recovery services with confidence and without shame.”
Jaclyn grew up in the Stirling area and presently lives north of Belleville. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Trent University and has also obtained a post-graduate diploma in Behavioural Science Technology from St. Lawrence College. Jaclyn is presently working toward her Master’s degree.
Jaclyn is presently employed by the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre as a case manager and previously worked in the corrections system providing case management services to inmates. She also worked briefly with Youth Hab as an in-school mental health worker.
Jaclyn has expressed an interest in working with the Quality Assurance Committee and has a strong statistical and data management background which would fit well with this committee.