Donna Methot (President 2013-15, 2015-17) continues as Past President and will mentor the new Board President and Directors as we move into the future for the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia. Donna has made a tremendous difference to the Society, tireless years spent organizing and managing the Road to Recovery Walk, is an active committee member within the NSHA, with Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program, Mental Health Coalition of Nova Scotia, End Poverty Society, HRM Chapter President (now SSNS HRM Family Support Group as facilitator), trained through Families Matter Program to train others, facilitates Families Matter in HRM with clinicians and so much more. Thankfully Donna will continue her work though she will begin to have more time to spend with her husband and family and look forward to whatever the future holds!
Rémi Lefebvre is the President (Director 2016-17) and has a passion for making a difference in the community and in the field of mental health. Rémi learned about the Society and the work we do through working closely with the organization on the National Conference hosted in Halifax. He is the President & Lead Event Manager of eSource Event - an award-winning online registration and event management company based in Halifax. Rémi is regularly called on for all matters of efficient work practices, systems development, and of course, events. Rémi married this past year and lives with his husband Zach, in Halifax.
Linden Gray (Vice President-Director 2016-18) is head of prep at Halifax Grammar School and a family member with a passion for the cause. Linden is the Founder of Caldy Grange Supported Housing, without Linden there would not be two apartments in HRM supporting 6 people recovering from mental illness. She will continue with Caldy through her role on the Board of SSNS and a volunteer mentor for the program. Linden facilitates Family Matters and groups in Acute Care in NSHA.
Mike Casey (Director and Secretary 2016-17 Interim Treasurer) continues in his role on the Board as Secretary. Mike has spent the past 40 years working as a CA in public practice advising businesses, individuals and NGO’s. He has many years’ experience on Boards, Past President at the Waegwoltic Club, Vice Commodore at Armdale Yacht Club and Officer and Treasurer of the PC party of NS. Mike has an interest in mental health and helping community organizations, he is an active volunteer as a tutor at the Dartmouth Learning Network.
Dani Himmelman (Director-Term 2017-18) is a family member with 2 daughters who both experienced major mental health challenges during their teenage and early adult years, one who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and the other with a severe anxiety disorder. One daughter was lost to suicide at age 23 and the other is now pursuing a career in social work in the area of addictions and mental health. Since her daughters’ death Dani has endeavoured to facilitate meaningful change in mental health services and to support families in the role as carers. She served on the board of the Healthy Minds Cooperative and SSNS Family Support Group, has facilitated the Laing House Family Support Group and serves on committees in the Mental Health Program. Dani is a family facilitator for the Families Matter in Mental Health Program, and a Mental Health Program trainer for Families Matter and Family Work.
Kelly Delorey (Director Term 2017-18) originally from Antigonish, but has been living in Halifax for the last two years. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University in Criminology and Sociology with a minor in Human Rights. She worked as a residential/rehabilitation counsellor for three years with clients living with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health challenges; and currently works part time doing the same. Kelly is a soon-to-be graduate of the Dalhousie School of Social Work and currently is completing my student placement at the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.