Aaron Mannella – President
Aaron is the CEO of the Williams Lake Indian Band. Joined by his wife Hope and daughter Lia, Aaron relocated from Prince George, BC to the Cariboo in 2016 and together they fell in love with the local lifestyle. Aaron is passionate about creating awareness for mental health in the workplace and is proud to celebrate the on-going addiction recovery of a member of his own immediate family. He feels privileged to work collaboratively on the board for CMHA-CCB and enjoys providing a professional perspective to CMHA-CCB strategy. Aaron previously acted as a director with the Kiwanis Club of Prince George, was co-founder of the annual Prince George Kiwanis Alefest, and is actively engaged in the Williams Lake community at large.
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.
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.
Gay Sanders – Past 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.
My name is Peter James and I am very pleased to have been asked to join the CMHA Board. I attended my first Board meeting in August of 2018.I was born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1947. My parents and I moved to Victoria in 1952, where I graduated from Victoria High School in 1965. I enrolled at the University of Victoria in 1965 and completed my PhD in Nuclear Physics in 1975. I was awarded an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to do research at AECL in Chalk River, Ontario from 1975 to 1977.In 1977 I began my career with the BC Systems Corporation. From 1993 to 1996 I was the Director of Systems Integration and Northern BC Initiatives in Prince George.I have been married to my wife Elizabeth for fifty-two years and we have two sons and two grandsons. In May of 1998 Elizabeth and I moved to Williams Lake where I worked as a consultant, certified financial planner and investment advisor. I also served on the Board of the Child Development Centre from 2003 to 2010.In the spring of 2010, I was diagnosed with severe depression and was hospitalized for six weeks. Because of my mental illness, I was unemployed and had to file for bankruptcy.In 2011 I was hired by Walmart as a customer service specialist. I am grateful to Walmart for the opportunity to return to the workforce. I retired from Walmart in 2016.I volunteered for the CMHA board to give back to my community.