Case Study: Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex Branch

Don Seymour
Community Health Ontario, May 21, 2015

In February 2014, following a two-year process, three organizations — Search Community Mental Health Services, CMHA London-Middlesex, and WOTCH Community Mental Health Services — officially amalgamated into a new corporation under the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) banner: CMHA Middlesex.

This presentation was part of a webinar series on Integration Case Studies from the Community Health Sector, hosted by Community Health Ontario.

Don Seymour the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex Branch, an organization that provides community-based services to persons with serious mental illness in Southwestern Ontario. Prior to this, Don spent 11 years as the Executive Director of Lambton County Developmental Services based in Petrolia, Ontario. Don’s community involvement includes a term as Town Councillor for the Town of Petrolia, sitting as a board member for Bluewater Health and being involved in various advocacy committees and provincial organizations such as Ontario Agencies Serving Individuals with Special Needs. In 2003 Don was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work and advocacy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Don is also a volunteer Co-Director of Camp Wendake, a one-week summer program for persons with HIV/AIDS. Don has a BA from the University of Guelph and a MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria BC. Don and his family reside in London, Ontario.

See also: Centre for Organizational Effectiveness, Mental Health Amalgamation, London/Middlesex: Lessons Learned, Final Report, August 2014, included in the South West LHIN Board Minutes, October 21, 2014 (report starts on page 107).

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