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GBF Newsletter 6.6
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Dear readers,

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. We hope that 2021 will bring better news on COVID-19 along with reduced stress and more positive mental health for everyone.

Last year, the Foundation’s work advanced significantly. Several important milestones were achieved in Integrated Youth Services (IYS), including the announcement of the Manitoba IYS initiative, further investment in Ontario, the scale-up of Foundry in British Columbia and Aire Ouverte in Quebec, as well as the recent launch of the Alberta IYS brand (Kickstand). In addition, the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders (IAMHRF), led by the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), released the global report “The Inequities of Mental Health Research Funding”. This study received much attention and is catalyzing discussions on how mental health research funding can be made more equitable. 

This newsletter highlights the appointment of Ray Dana Boeckh as Honorary Board member of GBF in recognition of her many years of service to the Foundation. We also recognize GBF Board member Guy Rouleau’s appointment to the Order of Canada. Finally, we are including a recent article from the Hill Times written by GBF President, Ian Boeckh, that sets out three policy priorities for the development of IYS.

Best wishes,
The GBF Team
 
In this issue:
Ray Dana Boeckh Appointed Honorary Board Member of the Foundation
 
GBF Board Member Dr. Guy Rouleau Appointed to the Order of Canada
 
GBF President's Article Sets Out Policy Priorities for Integrated Youth Services (IYS)
 
Ray Dana Boeckh Appointed Honorary Board Member of the Foundation

The GBF Board of Directors is appointing Ray Dana Boeckh as Honorary Director of the Foundation in recognition of her important role in and contributions to the Foundation over many years.
 
Ray was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation 30 years ago and its first initiative, the establishment of the Chair in Schizophrenia Research at McGill University. She was also a key contributor to the development of the Foundation’s principal areas of focus, namely the advancement of IYS in Canada and the creation of IAMHRF. Moreover, Ray served for many years on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, including several years as Co-Chair.
 
On behalf of the GBF Board of Directors, Board Chair Tony Boeckh said ‘We are delighted to recognize Ray’s devotion and critical role in the Foundation since it was created 30 years ago. She has been instrumental to its successes and achievements.’
 
 
GBF Board Member Dr. Guy Rouleau Appointed to the Order of Canada
 
Dr. Guy Rouleau, GBF Board member, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Guy is a clinician/scientist who has made important discoveries related to the genetic causes and mechanisms underlying many psychiatric and neurological disorders. Guy is Director of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery of McGill University, Director of the Department of Neuroscience of McGill University Health Centre, and co-founder of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute.
He has been widely recognized for his scientific research and leadership, including in the area of open science, as well as his leadership in healthcare. Guy has won several prestigious awards in addition to his Order of Canada appointment, including the 2020 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award from the Gairdner Foundation and the Order of Quebec.
 
Guy has had a long association with the Foundation, including as the inaugural holder of the Graham Boeckh Chair in Schizophrenia Research at McGill University, as well as serving on the GBF Board of Directors over many years. Board Chair Tony Boeckh said ‘On behalf of the Foundation, I congratulate Guy on his appointment to the Order of Canada and on his many other important awards and contributions to society. We also thank him for his support and guidance to the Foundation over many years.’
 
GBF President's Article Sets Out Policy Priorities for Integrated Youth Services (IYS)

GBF President, Ian Boeckh, recently wrote an article on IYS that was published in the Hill Times. The article provides a brief description of IYS and the associated projects underway across Canada. It also sets out the following three policy priorities for IYS:

•    Development of integrated models of care for youth mental health and substance use services in every province and territory to ensure that all Canadian youth can benefit from these types of services.

•    Recognition that IYS creates an ideal platform for delivering access to a wider range of psychological services, including early intervention services across the full spectrum of need.

•    More support for First Nations, Inuit and Métis to develop culturally appropriate, holistic, and integrated systems of care for Indigenous youth.

The article can be accessed here .

 
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