January 27, 2016


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 accounting, legal issues or advocacy.

Role of the Board of Directors:

  • Provide leadership on issues of concern involving serious mental illness
  • Set strategy priorities for the organization
  • Provide financial stewardship
  • Monitor organizational performance


  • Two-year term
  • Minimum of nine evening meetings annually plus one all day planning session
  • Chair or member of at least one board committee
  • Attendance at NSSS functions as required

As a peer-led volunteer organization NSSS needs your active involvement to ensure we are helping families in need through education, support and advocacy. If you would like to get involved please email nancy@northshoreschizophrenia.org  with a brief description of why you would make a great Board member and what skills you would bring to the team. Or nominate someone you know!

All names will be kept in strictest confidence. Submissions will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and you or your nominee may be contacted for more information. Confirmed names will be put forward to the membership at the AGM in March 2017. Please contact nancy@northshoreschizophrenia.org  for more information.


Nominating Committee, NSSS Board of Directors


Current Board (2016-2017)

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.


Lisa StringleLisa Stringle – Vice President, 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.  “Every time I teach the course I learn something new that has helped our family. My brother is currently doing extremely well, living on his own in Ontario.”


Gillian SantoGillian Santo  – Secretary, Events Committee Chair

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.  In 2011, she was elected to the Board and is currently in her third and last term in that role.


Adel BellemlihAdel Bellemlih –  Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Co-Chair

Adel is a professional with 18 years of successful experience, most recently in the executive management of commercial, financial, legal and technical aspects of a wide range of projects 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 as well as a business degree.  Adel also has greatly benefited from the Society’s Family to Family 12 week course on mental illness.


Don PavlovichDon Pavlovich – Member-At-Large, Outreach Committee Chair

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


Kim ThomasKim Thomas – Member-At-Large, Support Committee Co-Chair

Kimberly, along with her husband, enrolled in the Family to Family course in the fall of 2014 “in search of answers to better understand what their young son was dealing with and to learn ways to help the family deal with mental illness.” Kimberly went on to teach the Family to Family course In Port Coquitlam, in the spring and fall of 2015 and continues to be a facilitator of the support group that was created from the fall class of 2014. 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.” She resides in Coquitlam with her husband and children and is looking forward to helping change society’s perception of mental illness.


Pat MurrayPatricia Murray – Member-At-Large, Support Committee Co-Chair

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. For the first time since my son’s original diagnosis in Kindergarten I did not feel alone in my struggle to help him. He is 20 now and I know that there will be more struggles but it will be eased knowing the NSSS is  there to support us.  Janice asked if I wanted to help and so, of course, I said yes.”


Joe Gormley

Joe Gormley – Member-At-Large

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.