Belleville, Ontario – November 23, 2017
The National Executive Director of MDSC, Dave Gallson, today announced the appointment of Bill Gartland to the role of Associate National Executive Director for the national mental health organization. “Considering the knowledge and leadership experience that he has achieved over the years, particularly within education and mental health, Bill will be a strong addition to our national team. Bill’s dedication to effective program development and service improvements will fit perfectly with our organizational mandate and approach and we look forward to having Bill join our organization.” says Gallson.
Gartland, retires as the Director of Education, of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) on December 31, 2017. In his role, he strategically positioned and placed mental health resources and supports for staff and students within the organization. Says Gartland: “I believe it is our moral responsibility to be focused on mental health and wellness of those we teach, those we serve, and those we employ. MDSC was very helpful as we embarked on developing supports for students, parents and staff.”
In 2014, MDSC recognized Gartland for bringing mental health into the Board’s strategic plan by awarding him the Marg Starzynski Mental Health Leadership Award. It was through his guidance that the Elephant in the Room anti-stigma campaign and the Defeat Depression fundraising campaigns were successfully implemented board-wide. Since that time, the board has developed resources that can be used at the school, board and community level, and MDSC was proud to provide assistance through this process.
Bill is part of the organizing group for the Canadian Educators Conference on Mental Health (CECMH.ca). He saw this as a great opportunity to get hundreds of stakeholders into one room addressing mental health for school staff and students. His focus was ensuring that delegates left the two-day national conference with concrete strategies and tools that could be implemented upon their return to work.
In his new post, Gartland brings with him the passion, experience and commitment to build upon MDSC programs and services and to grow their presence. He will focus nationally on MDSC programs, resources and advocacy work. Gartland, said, “I am delighted to be joining a national organization with committed individuals wanting to make a difference.”
About the Mood Disorders Society of Canada:
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada was launched in 2001 to provide people with mood disorders, their families and caregivers a strong, cohesive voice at the national level on issues relating to mental health and mental illness. With particular regard to depression, bipolar disorder and other associated mood disorders, the MDSC aims to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development and government policy to improve the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders. MDSC has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada.
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