We have been there
Mental Illness can be incredibly isolating. For the individual suffering, and for their entire network of loved ones. The cultural stigma around Mental Illness keeps us from speaking up and being honest about our struggles.
We have been there. Our board is made up of individuals who are actively caring for individuals with mental health, or who have walked that road in their life. Our lived experience gives us unique perspective to lead, envision, and steward and organization for others.
Cynthia has served as president of MHRP-CI since 2022, stepping up from previous board roles. She has lived experience as a spouse, and currently facilitates our bi-weekly support group.
Pat moved to BC in 2019 with her two sons. She has lived experience as a mother of two adult boys with mental illness. A graduate of our Family-to-Family program, she brings a wealth of knowledge in caring for family members.
Nicola is part of Nanaimo’s arts and culture scene, as a talented saxophonist, performing and teaching. She serves in a multitude of capacities behind the scenes at MHRP-CI.
Yoram has served MHRP-CI since 2020 in various capacities, helping to lead the organization through the COVID-19 Pandemic. He has lived experience through his ex-wife.
Don has lived in British Columbia his entire life, and has lived experience with Schizophrenia. His deep ties into the Mental Health Community and unique perspective brings a wealth of wisdom to MHRP-CI.
Michele Marko, a recent transplant from the Lower Mainland, is a veteran lifestyle journalist who has written for a variety of print and digital publications. She believes supporting the mental wellness of those who have a loved one struggling with mental illness leads to healthier families and the community at large.
Stephen has served in education, faith-based, and international development leadership capacities for over 20 years. He is grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside individuals and families in the long journey of mental illness. Together with the board, Stephen believes in building a strong network of relationships between individuals and organizations to support individuals and families in their moments of crisis.