MDAM Board Members
Pamela Mann, Board Chair
Pam is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and has worked as an investment advisor, helping clients manage investments for over 30 years. She has seen first hand how mental health impacts social and financial well being. She is past president of the Saskatchewan Orchid Society and a board member of the Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada.
She has been a volunteer at MDAM since 2009 when she moved back to Winnipeg from Saskatoon. Pam is a great believer in mental health education and advocacy and has a personal goal to promote the teaching of coping skills, resiliency training, anti-bullying, conflict resolution and healthy decision making skills in schools province-wide. She firmly believes the key to a healthy socio-economic community begins by providing early mental health supports along with confidence building skills for all children.
Jeremy Ruban, Vice-Chair
Jeremy works as an associate investment advisor at Richardson GMP advising clients on a variety of wealth management issues. A board member since 2016, he came to know the organization through the gala and his interest in improving community health and wellness.
Jeremy says it is a privilege to serve on the board and support the great work our staff and volunteers do on a daily basis. He also serves on the board and is actively involved in Grace Point church in Point Douglas. Married to a school psychologist and father of three young girls, which doesn't leave as much time for golf and hockey with friends, but he wouldn't trade it if he could.
Steve Zacharias, Treasurer
Steve grew up in West St. Paul, Manitoba, and currently resides in Winnipeg’s north end. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, and the CPA Western School of Business. He is currently employed as a Senior Associate in the assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Steve aims to add value to the MDAM finance function and to help oversee its continuing growth, and is both passionate and motivated to contribute his skills and experience to the organization.
Lorna Smith is an MBA, a professional chartered accountant and she is employed as a Senior Auditor at the Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba. She was previously employed at PWC in Winnipeg and KPMG in New York. Lorna is passionate about accountability and transparency in not-for-profit organizations. Lorna is a long-time supporter of Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and was previously on the MDAM Board from 2012-2013. Lorna is looking forward to using her expertise to help improve the financial systems at MDAM and to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Walter Wai Tak Chan
Walter was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Canada since the age of seven. He holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. His PhD dissertation was about leadership practices in the psychiatric consumer and survivor movement in Canada.
Walter is a childhood abuse survivor and a current user of psychiatric services, and he learned peer support approaches within the disability movement. Walter would like to practice peer support in mental health and other spheres of life as well. Walter has served on a number of boards and task groups, most recently S.Scope and the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. He is a member of the National Network for Mental Health, the Alberta Network for Mental Health, and the West Coast Mental Health Network. Walter is learning Anishinaabemowin - Ojibwa and hopes one day to become conversationally fluent with guidance from Anishinaabe elders and teachers.
Jim McCarthy, Secretary
Jim resides in the municipality of Springfield with his wife Darlene, is in his third year as a board member and is currently serving as the board secretary with MDAM. Jim's career with Manitoba Hydro spanned 35 , retiring as a manager. Jim was elected as the Reeve for the municipality of Springfield from 2010 - 2014.
As a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Management and Public Sector Management, Jim brings many skills in the area of management and governance. In addition Jim has been a Kinsmen for three decades and has been involved in the Andrew Dunn Walk since its inception 12 years ago. He is very involved in fundraising and risk management. Jim's life has been impacted by friends who have been challenged by mental health issues and he would like to assist where he can in making a difference.
Michelle is a registered nurse with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, postgraduate diploma in Occupational Health Nursing, and certificates in Management Development, Applied Management - Organizational Effectiveness, and Workplace Mental Health Leadership.
Her expertise involves disability case management, and the implementation of successful modified work and wellness programs. She has served on the Quality Assurance Committee as well as in the capacity of Board Director and Chair for SCE Lifeworks, a not-for profit organization that provides individualized community support services for people living with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. She works as Senior Consultant, Health and Wellness, for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. She is looking forward to using her education, experience and daily interactions in supporting individuals living with mental health conditions to assist and serve on the board of the Mood Disorders Association.
Marilyn came to Canada over 30 years ago, was eager to learn the language and culture and volunteer her time to worthy causes. She soon volunteered with the White Guild at the Health Sciences Center as a candy striper and muffin shop clerk. Today Marilyn is a community Pharmacist with over 20 years of experience.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Winnipeg in 1994, and her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba in 1998. That same year, she began her career in retail Pharmacy with Shoppers Drug Mart in the Polo Park Mall. Over the next 7 years, she built her practice, and developed her business skills by taking on the Pharmacy Manager role at the Polo Park location, while volunteering with both the College of Pharmacist's Standards of Practice Committee, and The Manitoba Addictions Awareness Week Committee. In 2005, she switched from retail Pharmacy Practice to the role of Pharmacy Operations Specialist at the Winnipeg Regional Office of Shoppers Drug Mart, where she refined her business, human resources and marketing skills. In 2009, Marilyn returned to community Pharmacy as Associate/Owner of the newly opened location at 2512 Main St. She relocated her Franchise business to the 43 Marion St location in 2011, and most recently has taken on a second store, located at 917 Portage Ave. She is passionate about supporting her community, and has made it her mission to bring awareness and support to organizations devoting their efforts to mental health, especially in support of women's mental health.
Lisa is a partner at the law firm of Myers LLP. She is member of the criminal department practicing primarily in the areas of Criminal Defence and Child Protection. Lisa began her career with Myers LLP in 2004, working in the criminal department as a summer student. She articled with the firm in 2006 and was called to the bar in 2007. Since beginning her practice in 2007 Lisa has appeared and advocated for clients in all levels of court in Manitoba and also the Supreme Court of Canada. Lisa sits on the Board of Directors for the Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba and is a member of the executive of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba.
She also volunteers her time assisting students and lawyers with continuing legal education by speaking at conferences, the University of Manitoba as a guest lecturer and at the Law Society of Manitoba as a small group facilitator.
A native of Killarney Manitoba, Dwight recently retired as Chief of Protocol for the Government of Manitoba. He is the only Manitoban to ever receive the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and has served on numerous boards including the CNIB, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Commonwealth Society. He is past president of the Winnipeg Press Club and has a TED Talk on Protocol.
Dwight spent his early career as a television and radio personality in Brandon and he spent 2 years as Chief of Protocol in South Australia. He has extensive experience within government and the media and he wants to assist MDAM to further their work reducing the stigma of mental health disorders. Dwight is in his first year as a Board Member.