David DeLong (Chair, National Representative)
David is the Director, Human Resources, Base Metals at Teck Resources. Experienced in board governance, policy and strategic planning, he served on the Selkirk College Board of Governors for 6 years as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Chair of the HR Committee. David has a Master of Science – Safety Management, BA, BPE, and diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management and a certificate in Workplace Mental Health Law. With over 30 years of experience in managing employee assistance and health and wellness programs, David has a strong understanding of aboriginal affairs, addictions, corporate relationships, and mental health in the workplace. David has been on the BC Division Board since September 1, 2015 and has been Chair of the Board since December 1, 2018.
Jacki McPherson (Vice-Chair)
Jacki is from the Okanagan Nation. She has worked in Aboriginal health for approximately 30 years. Jacki currently manages all health programs for the Penticton Indian Band, and is part of the Okanagan National Wellness Committee. In her previous role as President of the First National health Directors Association of BC, Jacki was involved with the transfer of health services from Health Canada to the First Nations Health Authority. She has also worked closely with Interior Health Authority in all areas of health.
Errol Olsen (Secretary/Treasurer)
Errol currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Uncommon Purpose Ventures. Errol brings more than 25 years of experience leading the finance and operations functions of companies ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations including Traction on Demand, Absolute Software, Inetco Systems, Pivotal Corporation and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Prior to leaving public practice, Errol was a manager in the audit and advisory services group at KPMG LLP, where he worked with a portfolio of private and public companies. Errol holds a CPA, CA designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He brings to CMHA BC a broad experience in finance, strategy development, operations, technology and governance.
After a 30-year career as an executive in the newspaper industry, Jane followed her passion and studied interior design, recently opening her own firm. Interior design isn’t about making things “pretty” but about solving real problems which in turn can improve mental wellness, especially by introducing natural materials, textures and colours, known as Biophilic Design. Jane has a personal connection to improving mental health as her youngest son suffers from depression. When she saw that there was a gap in the system for 18-19 year-olds as they aged out of children’s services yet didn’t qualify for adult services, Jane joined the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Fraser Branch of the CMHA to see how she could make a difference in the lives of young people and now sits on the provincial board. Jane brings to the board her business acumen and skills in leadership and communication. She now resides in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, where she also serves as Vice-Chair for the North Island College Board of Governors.
Kelli is a lawyer and resident of Vancouver. As a former Legal Counsel with Justice Canada for over a decade, she practiced in the areas of Indian Residential Schools (“IRS”) and Indigenous rights and title claims. Prior to that, she was a Social Worker, including employment at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, and After-Hours Emergency Mental Health Services. Kelli has skills in law, government relations, human resources/hiring, treating people with mental health/addiction issues, and working as a team member and manager. As a previous Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest for five years, and as a current Director of Mago Foundation, she has experience with board governance and fundraising. Kelli lost a brother to suicide.
Judy served as BC’s first Minister of Mental Health and Addictions for three and a half years. Under Judy’s leadership, the BC government introduced new mental health programs particularly for youth, expanded public funding for existing community mental health services, developed Pathway to Hope – a plan for comprehensive mental health and addiction care, built strong partnerships with Indigenous organizations and diverse communities for culturally appropriate care, and spearheaded campaigns to combat stigma. Judy is also an experienced and persistent fundraiser.
Canon is a business owner and a former finance executive with a CPA, CA and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of business, financial, and operational experience in consulting firms, public and private companies, and non-profits. He is the President of Bella Turf and Shift Supplies. Canon has been on the Board of Directors of Canadian Liver Foundation, BC Division including two years as Treasurer. Canon was also on the Board of Canadian Diabetes Association, BC Yukon Division as the VP Finance, a Finance Committee Member at Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club, and a mentor with the Sauder School of Business.
Jenna is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Prince George, BC. Prior to nursing, Jenna held numerous management positions in the hospitality industry. She has lived, personal experience with depression, anxiety, and supporting family through substance use and trauma. Jenna is focused on enhancing evidence-informed practice which includes client opinion and perspective in care and treatment. She has always been passionate about mental health and advocating for those who cannot advocate themselves.
Kevin lives in Vancouver and currently serves as the Vice-President of Marketing for Zennify, a technology development and consulting firm. He has spent the last decade scaling BC-based technology firms (Traction on Demand and Uncommon Purpose Ventures) through global marketing and partnership initiatives. Kevin holds a BA in History from the University of British Columbia as well as a diploma in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he currently serves as the Program Advisory Committee Chair for the Marketing Management Diploma Program. Kevin brings to the CMHA BC extensive experience in all facets of B2B and B2C marketing, strategic planning, partnerships, fundraising and digital and systems transformation. Building and supporting his community stands at the heart of Kevin’s work and passions.
David McCoy is a lifelong public servant and currently the Merit Commissioner for British Columbia. David is a Human Resources specialist with his designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CPHR) in British Columbia and the Yukon, and a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). David has worked for the last 30+years in two provinces at both the municipal and provincial levels of government in operational and Human Resources leadership roles. David holds two bachelor’s degrees and continuously seeks related professional development opportunities including becoming a Mental Health first aider through the CMHA program. As with so many others through personal experiences, David purses avenues to help reduce the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding mental health. Whether it is introducing occupational health and safety mental wellness programs or through creating work teams certified in mental health first aid, David continues his pursuits to advocate and reduce the stigma regarding mental wellbeing and illnesses.
Clayton is currently the Associate Vice President, Student and Enrolment Services and Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Well-being Steering Committee at Vancouver Community College (VCC). He has previously served in a variety of roles in post-secondary education over the past 20+ years including leadership roles in Student Services, Indigenous Initiatives, Registrar and Enrolment Services, and Athletics and Intramurals. With a lengthy track record for championing campus health and community well-being, Clayton has co-lead the development of two pan-institutional Mental Health and Well-being frameworks at both Langara College and VCC. He has lived in British Columbia his entire life and currently resides in Ladner (Delta) with his family. Clayton is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia and enjoys spending time as a volunteer community coach in the sports of basketball and volleyball.
Jessica Drummond brings her experience to the CMHA BC Board of Directors as a dedicated advocate with lived experience in the realm of mental health. Jessica’s personal journey with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder fuels her dedication to improving the lives of individuals facing similar challenges.
A graduate of Okanagan College with an education in finance, Jessica currently operates a digital marketing agency based in Victoria. In her profession, she has developed a strong inclination for fundraising, communications, and public strategy, coupled with event planning and management skills.
Outside her professional life, Jessica extends her dedication to various volunteer roles, including her work with local cat rescues and her participation on the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement) committee with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. In her leisure time, Jessica can be with a book in her hands, writing, learning the piano, or outdoors on a walk with her dog. Her multifaceted skills and commitment to mental health, addiction advocacy, and poverty reduction make her a committed member of the CMHA BC Board of Directors.