Board and Staff

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is governed by a national Board of Directors:

Mr. John Starzynski (President), Kitchener, ON (Bio)
Dr. Tracey Trudeau, Edmonton, AB (Bio)
Dr. Vicki Smye, London ON (Bio)
Dr. Bill Mussell, Chilliwack, BC (Bio)
Ms. Cynthia Black, Belleville, ON (Bio)
Dr Kim Hollihan , Ottawa, ON (Bio)
Denise McCuaig, Kamloops, BC (Bio)

The Board is supported by:

National Executive Director: Dave Gallson ( Bio)
Senior Policy Advisor: Phil Upshall (Bio)
Lead Researcher: Barbara Everett, Ph.D. (Bio)
Senior Project Manager: Richard Chenier ( Bio)
Program Manager: Deb Turner, PMP, Cert. APM (Bio)
Program Manager: Ken Porter (Bio)

Transitions to Communities Staff:

Calgary
Site Coordinator: Amanda Osborne (Bio)
Participant Support Worker: Janet  Desautels B.A., B.A., LL.B (Bio)
Clerical Support Worker: Mary DeCruyenaere (Bio)

Montreal
Site Coordinator: Nadine Van Elslande (Bio)
Participant Support Worker: Alirio Ferreira (Bio)
Clerical Support Worker: Amy Briand (Bio)

Toronto
Site Coordinator: Cristina Lopes (Bio)
Participant Support Worker: Allison Kearnan (Bio)
Clerical Support Worker: Christina Peruzzi (Bio)

Project Trauma Support

MDSC special Consultant: Dr. Manuela Joannou BSc. (Hons) M.D. CCFP (EM) (Bio)
MDSC Special Advisor PTSD: LCol Alexandra Heber, MD FRCPC CCPE (Bio)

Peer Support Special Advisors:

Our Professional Mental Health Advisors

Dr. Barbara Anschuetz, EdD, RP, CTS, Registered Psychotherapist (Bio)
Dr. Jeff Morley, Registered Psychologist (Bio)
Dr. Isabelle Gamache (Bio)
Linda Antoniazzi, BA, MSW, RSW, CTS, CTR (Bio)

Our Lived Experience Facilitators of the Peer Support Workshops.

Staff Seargent (Ret’d) Sylvio (Syd) A. Gravel, M.O.M (Bio)
Staff Sergeant (Ret’d) Brad McKay, CTSS (Bio)
Deanna Lennox, War Horse Awareness Foundation ( Bio)
Joddie Walker, MS, RP, CTC, D.A.A.E.T.S., Registered Psychotherapist (Bio)
K. Paul MacKenzie, CADC, CTR, CTSS ( Bio)
Neil Orr (Ret’d) York Regional Police (Bio)
Staff Sergeant Ron Campbell, RCMP “K” Division (Bio)
Rae-Lynne Dicks, BA-Criminology, MA-Criminal Justice (Bio)
Alirio Ferreira (Bio)

Our Mental Health Worker Facilitators of the Peer Support Workshops.

Joddie Walker, MS, RP, CTS, D.A.A.E.T.S. Registered Psychotherapist
Careen Condrotte
Nadine Van Elslande (Bio)
Hilary Anne Murray, MSW, RSW, MPTh

Additional support provided by:

Director Emeritus: Bill Ashdown (Bio)