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.
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.