CALL FOR CANDIDATES – Dear NSSS Members and Partners,

Have you ever thought that you – or someone you know – would be a great addition to the Board of a non-profit organization?  We are accepting expressions of interest to join the NSSS Board of Directors.  The Board has ten positions in total and we are looking for qualified individuals.  In particular, we are looking for individuals who have experience with support, legal issues or advocacy.  Please contact Nancy Ford, nancy@northshoreschizophrenia.org  for more information.

Sincerely,  Nominating Committee, NSSS Board of Directors

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North Shore Schizophrenia Board (2017-2018)

Janice Lilley

Janice Lilley – President

Janice was first introduced to the NSSS eight years ago when looking for help for her ill sister. “Through the Family to Family course I gained the knowledge, understanding, and strength to change the downward trajectory of events,” Janice says. “The darkest days are behind us now . Our lives have improved and my sister’s life was saved.”  An architect by profession, she enjoys the creativity, complexities, and teamwork, and delivering successful results.

 

Don PavlovichDon Pavlovich – Vice President

Don, now retired, has 28 years experience in securing capital for companies, specifically mining. He served as president & executive director on several junior mining companies.  As a lover of arts and  culture,  he’s  ventured  into  the  film  industry (A Last Train Picture Production) and now as an Executive Producer, co-produces  projects  he  believes  in.  As a graduate of the family to family education course, Don firmly believes in what this society represents.  “I now understand how important it is that we reach other families in similar situations

 

Gerard DarnelGerard Darnel – Treasurer

As a semi retired Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) with over 25 years of progressive Accounting, Controller and Financial Management experience mostly in the residential and commercial real estate sectors, I am always looking for ways to give back to my community.  I have recently stepped back after volunteering with the Easter Seals 24 Hour relay for over 20 years as a fundraiser and as a team captain and now look forward to contributing to the NSSS as a board member and treasurer.

Adel BellemlihAdel Bellemlih – Fundraising Committee Chair

Adel is a professional with 18 years of successful experience, most recently in the executive management of commercial, financial, legal and technical aspects with a particular focus on P3 and real estate. He played an active role in the Canadian PPP Market from 2007 to 2015 and, over the course of his career, developed an extensive business network in Canada, the US, Europe and Latin America. Adel has a Masters in Civil engineering and a business degree.  Adel greatly benefited from the Society’s Family to Family 12 week course on mental illness.

Lisa Stringle

Lisa Stringle – Retired Vice President and Education Committee Co-Chair

The Family to Family course provided Lisa and her family with critical information and support when her brother went through a relapse. Going into her 4th year on the Board, Lisa started volunteering with NSSS as a Family to Family teacher right after taking the course. Last year, Lisa represented NSSS at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) training program in Washington DC and is now certified to train the teachers for our signature course.

 Cheryl ZipperCheryl Zipper, Past President and Co-Chair Education Committee

“Cheryl will always be grateful for the Family-to-Family course she attended in 2008, which empowered her to move forward with her son on the journey of mental illness. Since then she has been involved in teaching and coordinating both the Partnership program and the Family-to-Family course, trained by NAMI as a Family-to Family teacher trainer, and a member of the board as President, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and co-chair of the Education Committee. Being involved in NSSS has been both a very rewarding and humbling experience.”

Kim Thomas

Kim Thomas –  Support Committee Co-Chair

Kimberly, along with her husband, enrolled in the Family to Family course in the fall of 2014.  Kimberly went on to teach the Family to Family course In Port Coquitlam, in the spring and fall of 2015 and continues to teach.  She is an advocate for better support to both people dealing with mental illness and their families. She joined the NSSS board in 2016 “as a way of giving back and helping others that are facing the challenges of mental illness within a family.”

Pat MurrayPatricia Murray – Chair – Advocacy Committee

Patricia first came in contact with the NSSS when she noticed a brochure for the Family Support Centre while taking her son to an appointment at the Kitsilano Mental Health Team in late 2014.  She had heard of the society but wrongly assumed she was not eligible for our services, as she did not live on the North Shore, and her son did not have schizophrenia. “I telephoned and found out they were having Family to Family classes in Vancouver so I signed up for the January 2015 sessions that were expertly taught by members Janice Lilley and Arlene Kennedy. I learned so much and felt such comfort being in a room full of people who were going through similar experiences and sharing them”. Tragically Patricia lost her son to suicide this past year.  This terrible loss has fueled her desire to advocate for others, hopeful for a better future for their loved ones.

Joe Gormley

Joe Gormley – Chair – Events and Membership Committee

Joe was first introduced to the NSSS through the Family to Family course.  The Family to Family course provided me with the knowledge and tools to better understand and help my family members with this illness.  The value of the program provided by the NSSS inspired me to contribute by offering to serve on the board.  Joe Gormley has served on the board of directors of several other organizations, including Nelson and District Credit Union, Northern BC Crisis Centre, Point Roberts Yacht Club, and Surrey Trekkers Volkssport Club.  Professionally Joe has worked for Public Works and Government Services Canada for over 30 years in real estate specializing in Aboriginal consultation.

Christine KellyChristine Kelly, Support Committee Co-Chair

Christine spent 30 yrs. in the medical field and became aware of and took the Family-to-Family course in 2012, followed by the teacher training  in 2013,  She is grateful to give back to the society and  provide others with the hope she herself  has received.  Another privilege has been to participate in the high school Partnership Presentations in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.   Currently she is providing one to one support and co-hosting the local monthly support group.

Gillian SantoGillian Santo – Honourary Board Member for 2017

In the fall of 2008, following her daughter’s quite lengthy depression, Gillian enrolled in the Family to Family course.  “I was so grateful for the comfort which came from becoming educated in some of the mysteries of mental illness that when the course ended, I felt a great desire to give something back.” In the spring of 2009, she became a member of the NSSS Fundraising Committee and helped the Society launch its first Circle of Strength luncheon in North Vancouver.

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 Special Advisers to the Board – 2017-2018

Steve WattSteve Watt – Retired Police Officer

Steve Watt past president of the North Shore Schizophrenia Society, has an extensive background in police work and a personal understanding of how mental illness can impact families.  Steve has 35 years of experience in policing, 25 of which have been dedicated to the training, development, and education of police officers in British Columbia and internationally, including the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean. He now provides consulting services to government on police related issues.As a 2014 graduate of the Family-to-Family education course, Steve believes it changed the way he communicates with his adult son with bipolar disorder. “There is less stress for the whole family,” says Steve. “There is a focus on the future, in healing, and in finding solutions. I believe the unique education we receive from the Family-to-Family course helps us understand the past, deal with the present, and prepare for the future.”