Gay Sanders – President
Gay was born in 1944 during the second world war, raised in London until she was 25 years old the moved to Canada. She lived in Vancouver for two years, then Fernie for eight. In 1979 she moved to Williams Lake when she Married her late husband Richard. She worked for the federal government for 16 years, and after was a travel agent for 10 years. Gay joined the board of Jubilee Care House in 1993, remained on the board until joined CMHA. She became Chair of CMHA in 2008 where she has remained, and feels that mental health of everyone is very important in their lives.
Bob McNie – Vice President
Bob and his family moved from Vancouver to the Cairboo in 1992. Bob worked at Jubilee Care House for a couple of years at which time he sat on their board as a director and later served as President. Bob has served on the CMHA-CCB board for over thirteen years. He has held the seat of director and vice president. For over thirty years Bob has worked within Mental Health. Fifteen years at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital as a Healthcare Worker. After obtaining his RN Diploma, he worked for seventeen years at Gateway Crisis Stabilization Unit until he retired in 2014. Bob continues to advocate for people with mental illness. It is especially important for Bob to continue working toward destigmatizing mental illness.
John Stace-Smith – Secretary/Treasurer
Born 1956, raised in Vancouver, graduated from UBC and have practiced professional forestry since 1979 in Williams Lake, working both for local sawmills and consulting. I have three children, all have grown up and moved south to pursue their careers, and four grandchildren. I have been part of the CMHA Board of Directors since the organization was Jubilee Care Society, so at least 2 decades. My present position with the board is secretary/treasurer and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the staff and other directors over the years. For me, working with CMHA has been so useful in my understanding of mental health issues, funding and access to resources and programs that support individuals locally. I’ve always been impressed by the provincial and national advocacy and support that helps our branch deliver at the community level.
Linda Goodrich – Director
I’ve been on the Board for 19 years. Presently, I am a director. I am a retired nurse. I spent a few years working in Paediatrics but most of my time was working with the elderly and otherwise fragile people. I worked in Deni House, Cariboo Lodge and Wms. Lake Seniors Village.I’m married to Brian and we have 3 grown children. 2 grandchildren and a few others that nearly are. As most people, we have mental illness in our family: Schizophrenia and depression being the two majors. It is important to all of us to maintain our own mental health and realize how fragile that sometimes is. Being on the CMHA Board is enjoyable and we have a good team. I appreciate Ian and all of you and realize how important you are to the community.
Alan Giddens – Director
I moved to Williams Lake in 1981 from Vernon where I had lived for 4 years. Before that I lived in various places in Ontario having been born in a small town in Northern Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior. The town of Wawa….where the winters are cold and the summers laden with black flies and mosquitoes. My interests lie in fishing, hiking, music and now that I am retired travelling. I came to Williams Lake to work in a mill as a machinist and later worked as a planner, millwright, supervisor and eventually a maintenance superintendent. I retired in 2013. I guess I consider myself a musician and have done a few gigs around mostly playing a folky, bluesy type of music with some original music. I have played to help out various charities in the area. I originally “signed up” as a director of the CMHA in order to educate myself as to the activities the group has and to help out the community. I am still involved for those reasons and it never ceases to amaze me how much need there is for the CMHA in this area and how much work it accomplishes.
David Hodder – Director
My name is David Hodder and I am grateful to be an ordinary member of the CMHA Board which I joined in December 2015. I am an Immigrant who came to Williams Lake from the United Kingdom in the summer of 2007 on a work permit and gained my Canadian citizenship in 2013. I have worked in a customer service role in one capacity or another for over 20 years. I currently work as a Case Manager for the WorkBC Centre in Williams Lake which operates under the Employment Program of BC. I work closely with the CMHA’s Employment Program Coordinator, Codie Thompson, to ensure that all persons in BC are given the tools and abilities necessary to get back into employment. I volunteered for the CMHA board as I wanted to give back to the community that has treated me so well since arriving here. I have always taken my mental health for granted, but working here at WorkBC has made me realise just how important community organizations such as the CMHA are for those who need extra support and I am proud to part of such a caring association.