David DeLong (Chair)
David is the Director, Human Resources, Base Metals at Teck Resources. Experienced in board governance, policy and strategic planning, he served on the Selkirk College Board of Governors for 6 years as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Chair of the HR Committee. David has a Master of Science – Safety Management, BA, BPE, and diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management and a certificate in Workplace Mental Health Law. With over 20 years of experience in managing employee assistance and health and wellness programs, David has a strong understanding of aboriginal affairs, addictions, corporate relationships, and mental health in the workplace.
Jacki McPherson (Vice-Chair)
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.
Tom Morton (Treasurer)
Tom joined the CMHA BC board in 2011. Tom is a CPA, CA with over 30 years’ experience as an accountant in public practice and has been a Tax Partner at Smythe LLP for over 15 years before retiring in January 2020. Tom works with private and family-owned businesses in a variety of industries with a focus in business succession planning as well as trust and estate planning. Tom also provided tax advice to charities, union and not- for-profit clients of Smythe LLP. Tom has been an author of two papers for the Canadian Tax Foundation and has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker addressing current tax topics.
Jesse McDonald (Secretary)
Jesse holds a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Biomedical Studies from UNBC and an advanced diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine from Selkirk College, which she pursued after her snowboard career ended due to injury. Her education focused on Rural and Indigenous health and healing and more, particularly, how teachings from the Indigenous paradigm can be incorporated into the biomedical model for a more inclusive approach to health care. Jesse has worked at the Skookum Jim Friendship Center in Whitehorse and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society in Kelowna, specializing in Aboriginal supported child development and youth emergency shelter services. She has experience in youth facilitation around mental health and healing with Northern Indigenous youth and has hosted circles at the Jackson Lake Healing Camp in the Yukon Territory. She has spent time in Rural South Africa as a Project Assistant with the Sinovuyo Teens Project, which aims to develop an evidence-based parenting and teen program for youth and their families who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Jesse currently works for the Interior Health Authority as the Coordinator of the Aboriginal Health Program.
Peter A. Csiszar (National Representative)
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.
Omar is a Pharmacist-Owner of three Shoppers Drug Mart franchises. He has been recognized by his peers at Shoppers Drug Mart as being a pharmacy and business leader and he was elected as the BC Peers Chair for Shoppers Drug Mart where he serves as Chair of the Board for all elected Pharmacist-Owner Representatives in BC and also serves as one of seven Pharmacist-Owners on the National Pharmacist-Owner Board representing over 1,100 Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist-Owners in Canada. Omar was awarded the prestigious British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) Pharmacy Leadership Award and has also been awarded several other national and regional pharmacy awards. As a pharmacy student at UBC, Omar’s internship focused on the treatment of mental health patients.
Jane has 25 years in marketing and sales for the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers. She has also served as Publisher of 24hrs newspaper. Jane has been on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver-Fraser Branch for the past five years, including two years as President. Jane brings to the board her skills in leadership, communication and having lived experience of supporting family members with depression and substance use. Jane has recently moved to Courtenay and is making Vancouver Island her new home.
Canon is a business owner and a former finance executive with a CPA, CA and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of business, financial, and operational experience in consulting firms, public and private companies, and non-profits. He is the President of Bella Turf and Shift Supplies. Canon has been on the Board of Directors of Canadian Liver Foundation, BC Division including two years as Treasurer. Canon was also on the Board of Canadian Diabetes Association, BC Yukon Division as the VP Finance, a Finance Committee Member at Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club, and a mentor with the Sauder School of Business.
Sophia is a registered nurse and she is a graduate from the UBC Master of Health Administration program. Sophia is working in Quebec as a chief of service for mental health external clinics and the day hospital. She previously worked for Vancouver Costal Health Early Psychosis Prevention program. Her practice experience includes mental health programs in hospital departments and outpatient clinics. In Quebec, Sophia helped create training for health professionals, health workers and managers to understand and eliminate mental health stigma
Errol currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at Traction on Demand, one of North America’s largest salesforce consulting and application development firms. Errol brings more than 25 years of experience managing the finance and operations functions of companies ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations including Absolute Software, Inetco Systems, Pivotal Corporation and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Prior to leaving public practice, Errol was a manager in the audit and advisory services group at KPMG LLP, where he worked with a portfolio of private and public companies. Errol holds a CPA, CA designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He brings to CMHA BC a broad experience in finance, strategy development, operations, technology and governance.
Raegan is based in Langley BC and works with TELUS Health as a Senior Program Manager leading operational improvement initiatives. He has 15 years of cross industry and international experience in strategic planning and business analysis and holds an MBA and Telecommunications Engineering degree. His passion for community wellness and mental health and experience in IT sector motivated him to develop a mental health app. Through this experience he learnt more about the mission and community work of the organization and felt encouraged to serve on the board.
Navi is a physician who works in rural communities, emergency departments and with aboriginal peoples. He is the older brother to a victim of suicide. His younger brother died by suicide 9 years ago. Navi has helped start youth mentorship groups, organized youth gang violence forums and has volunteered at numerous organizations including Big Brothers. Additionally, he has worked within the government. He is experienced in the areas of academic research, clinical research and addiction medicine. Navi’s professional and personal goals are to bring awareness to mental health and suicide.