Bio – Dr Kim Hollihan

Dr Kim Hollihan is Deputy CEO of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) where she is responsible for advocacy, government relations, media relations, and strategic partnerships. She also acts as the CCPA representative on national coalitions such as the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) and the Organizations for Health Action (HEAL). Prior to joining CCPA in 2013, Kim worked for 15 years with the Province of New Brunswick on policies, programs and services aimed at enhancing the employability and quality of life of individuals receiving income assistance. She holds a Doctor of Education (Counselling Psychology) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Kim is particularly interested in supporting military and veteran families in Canada and abroad. She was a member of the inaugural National Military Family Council who advised the Chief of Defence and the Armed Forces Council on systemic issues facing military families including access to mental health services and supports. Kim continues her work in this area as an active member of the Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle. She is the 2017 co-recipient of the Mirabelli-Glossop Award from the Vanier Institute of the Family for significant contribution to advancing the national understanding of families in Canada.  This award was in recognition of her work on the resource School Counsellors Working With Military and Veteran Families.

Kim resides in Ottawa with her husband, a proud serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and their two teenage sons.