MHCC Opens Doors to Mental Health Community

(Left to right) Patrick Dion, Vice Chair, MHCC Board of Directors; Rob Thomas, MHCC Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO; Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO; Ed Mantler, MHCC Vice President, Programs and Priorities; Paul Skanks, Mohawk Elder; Paul Glover, Associate Deputy Minister, Health Canada; and Michel Rodrigue, MHCC Vice President, Organizational Performance and Public Affairs at the open house.

On February 1, the MHCC welcomed community members and mental health stakeholders to an open house at the new Ottawa office. The event drew more than 50 guests, including a number of government officials.

MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley shared reflections on the organization’s journey.

“We haven’t just collaborated together over these many years. We’ve shed tears together.”

The bright and open concept space, which features the MHCC’s trademark blues and greens, was highly praised by attendees — as was the MHCC’s track record of excellent work.

Paul Glover, Associate Deputy Minister of Health Canada, brought greetings from the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, and spoke on behalf of the department.

“The MHCC has been a catalyst for improving the mental health system…since 2007. It continues to do important work on many fronts, including facilitating the exchange of knowledge and tackling stigma.”

Wrapping up the speeches, Patrick Dion, Vice Chair of the MHCC Board of Directors, alluded to the symbolic nature of the new office — which now houses all employees together on one floor.

Michel Rodrigue, MHCC Vice President, Organizational Performance and Public Affairs, invited guests to tour the space, admire the artwork painted by people with lived experience of mental illness, and encouraged guests to sample fare from Krackers Catering, a social enterprise that employs individuals living with mental health problems and illnesses.

“In everything we do at the MHCC, we are reminded of the people we are entrusted to serve,” concluded Rodrigue.