Our AGM gives us the opportunity to celebrate our growth and successes from the 2021-2022 financial year, elect new leaders to our volunteer Board of Directors, review the finances from our previous year, and present the budget for 2022-2023.
Our in person meeting is open to staff, board members and stakeholders connected to the Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division, however, voting is only available to current members of CMHA NS Board of Directors.
For those unable to attend the meeting in person and members of the community, we will be Livestreaming our AGM on Facebook starting at 7:00 p.m.
This year we are incredibly grateful to be joined by two guest speakers, Dr. Sam Hickox Chief Officer of the new Office of Mental Health and Addictions and Margaret Eaton, National Chief Executive Officer, CMHA.
The agenda, Annual Report, 2021-2022 Financials will be available closer to the date of the event.
View last year’s Impact Report here
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Guest Speakers include:
- Dr. Sam Hickox Chief Officer, Office of Mental Health and Addictions
- Margaret Eaton, National Chief Executive Officer, CMHA
Meet our Guest Speakers
Dr. Sam Hickox | Chief Officer, Office of Mental Health and Addictions
Dr. Sam Hickcox is the Chief of the Office of Addictions and Mental Health, embedded within Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness.
As a currently practicing family physician and a certified specialist in addiction medicine, his clinical background is varied. Prior to his medical training he worked as a registered massage therapist and taught massage therapy at the community college level.
As a physician, he has worked in general family practice, emergency medicine, hospital-based care of the elderly, and rheumatology. Throughout his medical career he has provided mental health clinical care in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on addiction care provision and working with survivors of military trauma.
Prior to joining the Department of Health and Wellness he was the Physician Lead for Addictions Medicine for Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program. He continues to maintain a psychotherapy practice and provide treatment for patients living with opioid addiction.
Additionally he is the Medical Director of the Atlantic Mentorship Network for Pain and Addictions.
Margaret Eaton | National Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association
Margaret Eaton joined the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as National CEO in January of 2020. Along with a deep compassion for those facing mental health and addiction issues, she brings with her over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector.
A natural problem-solver and connector, Margaret is excited by the opportunity for CMHA to work collaboratively with key partners across Canada to reimagine the mental health system in Canada. A key priority in this effort is to reduce mental health inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples in this country. She models openness about her own anxiety and depression with a firm personal belief in the power of sharing and healthy dialogue.
Prior to joining CMHA, Margaret served for seven years as Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), a multi-stakeholder council that brings leaders together to create and champion solutions to better integrate immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) labour market.
At TRIEC, she was instrumental in increasing the impact and scale of the organization’s work, spearheading key partnerships with LEAP the Centre for Social Impact and supporting other cities to replicate the successful TRIEC model of immigrant integration with partners in Helsinki, Finland and Stirling, Australia.
Previously, she served as President of ABC Life Literacy, a national organization that inspires adult Canadians to increase their literacy and essential skills. She was also active in publishing in leadership roles with the Association of Canadian Publishers and Magazines Canada. She has also held marketing and fundraising roles in leading Canadian arts organizations including the Stratford Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
She has volunteered as a mentor for TRIEC and for the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends where she supported immigrant professionals to find career success.
Margaret has also volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including the Toronto Newcomer Leadership Table, Ontario Office of the Fairness Commissioner Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee for the Ontario government’s first Culture Strategy, Panelist for the federal government’s Report on the Employment Challenges of New Canadians, CERIS, WorkInCulture, Bad Dog Theatre, BookNet Canada and the Canadian Copyright Institute.
In 2012, she was awarded a Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to literacy and culture.
Margaret has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
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