The Lieutenant Governor's Circle

on Mental Health and Addiction

Tom Shand (Acting Chair) is currently the Executive Director of the Alberta Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as Chair of the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. In these capacities, he advocates for improved mental health services for Albertans as well as building strong linkages for mental health between government, community and professional organizations. For the past five years, he has participated in a great number of committees and consultations relating to mental health and mental illness.


Sol Rolingher (Chair), KStJ, QC, Pet. Eng. J.D., graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a law degree from the University of Colorado and is a senior partner with Duncan & Craig, LLP. He has chaired the River Valley Alliance, Phoenix Multi-Faith Society, St. John Ambulance Alberta, Edmonton Space and Science Foundation, the Citadel Theatre Board of Directors, Telus World of Science - Edmonton Board of Directors and Beth Shalom Synagogue Board of Trustees. He has sat on the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, the University of Alberta Senate and the Capital Health Authority. He currently chairs the Manning Awards – Northern Alberta, John V. Decor eCentre for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Law School, University of Alberta, Edmonton Space and Science Foundation Council of Governors. He also sits on the Citadel Theatre Board of Governors as Secretary, Corps of Commissionaires as Vice Chair, Edmonton Salutes Committee and the Discipline Committee of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists, the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions Foundation as Chair and as Treasurer of its Board of Governors. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Lieutenant Governor Leadership Award,inducted into the City of Edmonton Community Service Hall of Fame, the Beth Shalom 2009 Gala Honouree, the SAGE Award for Community Building and the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Alberta Distinguished Service Award. He recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was Knighted in the Order of St. John and was appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1 Military Police Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is married to Marilyn and has three grown children.


Jeff Sych (Vice Chair) is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Alberta, and has over 10 years of clinical experience in the addiction and mental health fields. Jeff has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in a variety of settings, including: in-inpatient and out-patient psychiatric, community addiction and mental health, as well as in private practice. Jeff is Manager of the Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Operational Stress Injury Clinic, and is an active member of the Veterans Affairs Canada, National Network of Operational Stress Injury Clinics.


Beverley Kissinger, QC (Treasurer) (Bio to come)


Germaine M. Dechant is the Chief Executive Officer of CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health, an organization devoted to advancing the mental health of infants, children and adolescents through family-centered clinical services, education, research and advocacy. Germaine brings forty years of experience in health care services, twenty of those years in senior administrative and executive roles. She holds a Masters of Health Services Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as Governance certification from the Rotman School of Business in Toronto. She is a leader and strong advocate for children who need mental health services and their families.


Scott McKeen is a long-time Edmonton journalist who continues to write and speak publicly about his experience with depression. Scott joined the Edmonton Journal in 1985. Over the years, he reported in a number of news beats before being appointed as the newspaper's civic affairs columnist. Scott has been honoured with a number of awards and citations over his career, including a prize from the Canadian Mental Health Association for his Brainstorms series on mental illness. Scott is now a communications consultant and writer.


M. Joan Metz, QC is an Albertan by choice since 1959. A former nurse & mother, with the encouragement and assistance of friends and family she returned to university to study psychology and then law. Joan was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1980 then practiced law. She specialized in guardianship & trusteeship, estates and Administrative law. She served as the Chair for the Southern Alberta Dependent Adults Appeal Panel for more than 20 years and was Chair of the Southern Alberta Mental Health Appeal Panel from 1984 to 2012.


Dr. Alice Mohr is a psychologist and the clinical leader of the Operational Trauma and Stress Support Center Program at the Edmonton Garrison, Mental Health Services. She has worked for many years in the field of trauma in Southern Alberta and exclusively in combat trauma for the last ten years. She has had the opportunity to work with soldiers in many phases of their deployment including preparation,decompression, and post deployment assessment and treatment. She serves on the National Committee for the Standardization of the Assessment and Treatment of Operational Stress Injuries in the Canadian Forces. She has a great interest in ensuring that families of injured soldiers receive support and has developed workshops for families attempting to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Dr. Gordon Mowat is a psychiatrist who has lived and worked in Edmonton for the past thirty years. Much of his practice is with people with severe and persistent mental illness, both at Alberta Hospital and the 108th Street clinic. For the past twenty years he has made brief monthly visits to Inuvik Regional Hospital, and the communities of the Western Arctic, as their consulting psychiatrist. He is on the board of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and a clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta.


Fay Orr has been a member of the Alberta Public Service for 23 years. Her current duties as Alberta's fourth Mental Health Patient Advocate include providing information and assistance to patients, investigating complaints, advising policy makers, and promoting awareness of rights related to issues in mental health. Fay has also served Albertans as deputy minister of numerous Government of Alberta ministries including Children and Youth Services; Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture; Community Development; and Government Services. Prior to becoming a Deputy Minister, Fay was Managing Director of the Public Affairs Bureau and Communications Director for the Office of the Premier.


Micheal Pietrus Under Micheal’s leadership as Director of Opening Minds, the Commission launched its 10-year anti-stigma / anti-discrimination initiative designed to change the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians towards people living with mental illness. Opening Minds is the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history. Opening Minds is an important priority for the Commission because many people living with mental health issues say that the stigma associated with mental illness is often worse than the illness itself. It is a significant barrier keeping individuals dealing with mental health issues from seeking help. Micheal has also worked for the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB), and as an award-winning news director, television producer and journalist with the CBC, CTV and CityTV.


Janet Resta is a longstanding member of the Alberta Public Service. Prior to taking on her current duties as Communications Officer to the Lieutenant Governor, she worked for many years in the Alberta Public Affairs Bureau. Janet has also served as a French instructor at the University of Alberta and as a writing instructor in the Public Relations Program at Grant MacEwan University.







The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction

PO Box 62072, Westmount

Edmonton, AB  T5M 4B5


General Phone Number: 780.453.2201

Fax Number: 780.454-0022

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Executive Director: 780.850.0533