Our Board

Board of Directors

David Lee, Board Chair

David Lee, has been the Financial Director of the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre since 2004.  He has many years of experience working within his current Not-for-Profit organization.  David is a chartered accountant and a member is good standing with the Chartered Professional Accountants Association (CGA/CPA) since 1992.  David brings strong financial and business experience.

 

David has come to our Board with the wish to contribute to the organization that assists youth with their mental health needs.  He sees this as an important role within the community that he can contribute to.

Kristen Parks, Vice Chair
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Kristen Parks is a mother of four kids with a huge passion for supporting and advocating for mental health services for children and youth.  Mental Health support for children is one of the reasons Kristen is a Trustee with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.   

On the School Board, Kristen is on the Special Education Advisory Committee, the Equity and Inclusivity committee, the Mental Health Leadership Team, and the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee.  Kristen is proud to be a woman in STEM and a Civil Engineering Technologist, she is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Monument Geomatics & Estimating Inc. in Quinte West. 

Kristen focuses a lot of her energy toward advocating for adequate mental health supports and is excited to be on the Board of Directors and contribute in a meaningful way as the new Vice Chair. 

Steve Goetz, Treasurer

Steve Goetz, Director of Performance Optimization at the South East LHIN, works closely with health service providers within the South East region. This includes managing, monitoring and evaluating the health service providers’ performance to ensure organizations are meeting standards set out within accountability agreements and reaching the goals defined by the Ministry of Health and the LHIN.

Steve holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Information Systems, as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Institute of Management Accountants.

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Andy Coxhead, Secretary

Andrew (Andy Coxhead) is a retired Army officer with experience in military operations as well as Public Relations. He started a second Career in 2006 in Post Secondary Education working with Sheridan College, Algonquin College and now Loyalist as the Chair of Health, Human and Justice Studies. Andy is a caring community member who is excited to share his experience with CMHS.

Andy is enthusiastic about sitting on the CMHS Board of Directors and hopes that he can make a meaningful contribution.

Shelley Hill, Director

Shelley Hill, is a parent who has sadly been affected by the loss of a child to suicide.  Shelley and Jayme Hill, parents of Cassidy and Evan, were devastated when Evan, aged 17, took his life on June 21, 2015. Evan was outgoing and often the centre of attention within his peer group.  Those who really knew Evan, also knew how much he struggled with depression.

The Hills were not aware of the services available to them through CMHS, despite asking for help for their son, for many years within this community.  

The Hills have been active in their pursuit of system change.  Since their son’s death, they, their daughter Cassidy and Evan’s best friend, Dawson Whyte, have  been raising awareness and funds, supporting CMHS in hopes that other youth realize….You’re Never Alone.

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Peter Wright, Director

The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Jeffrey Wright was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2002.  Peter has experience as an Official Guardian Representative, assisting children in conflict with the law.

Peter has demonstrated a commitment to public service both professionally and personally within our community. He is the recipient of 10 and 15 yr volunteer achievement awards from the Premier of Ontario for service to the community. 

 

He has joined our board to help make life better for the youth within our community who need understanding and care.

Jayme Hill, Director

Jayme Hill, is a parent who has sadly been affected by the loss of a child to suicide.  Shelley and Jayme Hill, parents of Cassidy and Evan, were devastated when Evan, aged 17, took his life on June 21, 2015. Evan was outgoing and often the centre of attention within his peer group.  Those who really knew Evan, also knew how much he struggled with depression.

The Hills were not aware of the services available to them through CMHS, despite asking for help for their son, for many years within this community.  

The Hills have been active in their pursuit of system change.  Since their son’s death, they, their daughter Cassidy and Evan’s best friend, Dawson Whyte, have  been raising awareness and funds, supporting CMHS in hopes that other youth realize….You’re Never Alone.

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Lesley Lavender, Director

Lesley Lavender is the Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce. She is the key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in the community. Providing leadership and direction to the achievement of the PEC Chamber’s mission and objectives, she acts as a liaison among members, the board of directors, staff, volunteers, government, and partners.

Lesley is a dedicated volunteer, giving her time to various special interest groups and organizations. She enjoys a good Crave TV binge, but most often spends her time attending her children’s athletic and academic commitments.

Jill McAuley, Director

Jill McAuley is a 24 year member as an officer with the Belleville Police Service. A graduate of Loyalist College’s Law and Security Program, a large segment of Jill’s career has been dedicated to fulfilling the role of a sexual assault/offences against children investigator, in the Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Branch.

She is a strong mental health wellness advocate and has derived her career’s greatest intrinsic rewards from providing support and referral to victims and their families experiencing crisis. Jill is passionate about protecting the vulnerable and supporting their mental health needs.

Having been raised in an active home, Jill recognizes the importance of physical activity in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Where she was once active on the basketball courts and hockey rinks, she transitioned her role to the sideline, as either a coach or enthusiastic supporter, after having children of her own.

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Davin Hanninen, Director
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Davin Hanninen works as an Insurance Broker for Mackay Insurance.  Davin’s skills have allowed him to connect with and help protect his clients in the community. Davin has volunteered for many organizations including youth athletics and other not-for-profit organizations.

 

Davin joined the CMHS Board of Directors in the fall of 2020 and is excited to work to help achieve the organizational goals of helping youth and their families. Davin understands the importance of proper care for mental health and knows how mental health treatments can help.

 

When Davin is not running around for his kids extracurricular activities, he enjoys reading about history and anything sports related. In his downtime, Davin, and his wife Aamanda, enjoy binge-watching shows on Netflix together.

Children’s Mental Health Services (CMHS) is seeking new Board Members with a passion for children and youth and who care about their mental health and wellness, within our communities.

 

We are looking for people with skills that can contribute to the organization and to the vision of building a better system of service for children and youth across Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPE).

Our Board supports the vision of collaboration with other not for profit Boards to help improve the overall system for children and youth within HPE.

If you are interested in joining our Board please complete the following Board Application Form and submit it to thanley@cmhs-hpe.on.ca 

Meet the CEO

Susan Sweetman, CEO

Susan has been the Chief Executive Officer at CMHS since 2015.

Susan came to CMHS with vast Human Service experience, spanning across the country and various field. 

 

Susan’s initial background with children was as an Early Childhood Educator, studying at Loyalist College. She then shifted to the field of Child Protection, completing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Regina in 1997. Susan held various progressive positions in Regina, North Bay and Ottawa, throughout her fifteen year career within Child Protection.   She was also a trainer with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, teaching forensic interviewing skills to police and social workers across the province.

Susan was also called upon to be an Expert Member of the Senate of Canada’s Roundtable on Sexually Exploited Youth in Conflict with the Law. As a result, amendments were made to Criminal Code sections related to the Age of Consent, Sexual Exploitation and a new section created related to Internet Luring of children.

Susan completed a Master of Public Administration at Queens University in 2004, pursuing her love of policy and leadership.

Returning to the Quinte area in 2005, Susan initially assisted the courts as a Family Court Clinic Assessor, then accepted the position as Executive Director at the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre and was seconded to DND to develop National Accreditation standards for all MFRCs. In 2013, Susan completed a Masters of Laws at York University.

In 2015, Susan joined the team at CMHS, wanting to return to her clinical roots in social work. Seeing the great need within the community and the challenge ahead for the Mental Health sector, Susan assumed the challenge of seeking Lead Agency status for CMHS within the first three months on the job. In 2017, Susan continued her education, completing the Public Sector Executive Leadership program at the Rotman School of Business.

As a lifelong learner, Susan is committed to always improving the work she does with children and youth because “kids deserve better!”

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