November 23, 2018 -- Alison Caird, President of the Board of Crisis Services Canada (CSC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie MacKendrick as Chief Executive Officer.
“Stephanie brings to CSC a wealth of experience in not-for-profit leadership and organizational capacity building,” said Ms. Caird. “Under her leadership, we look forward to expanding the positive impact of Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), Canada’s only national suicide prevention helpline.” CSC is the mental health umbrella organization that runs the Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS)
“I am honoured to be leading such an important mission,” Ms. MacKendrick said. “Through CSPS, we are providing an essential service to support our country’s mental health and well-being across all regions and sectors of the population,” she said. “Taking a collaborative and strategic approach will enable us to provide the robust and responsive suicide prevention help line that individuals living in Canada need and deserve.”
Ms. MacKendrick was most recently President of Canadian Women in Communications for 16 years, following a career in journalism and corporate communications. She has extensive volunteer not-for-profit experience, currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Samara Centre for Democracy. Prior to that, she was on the Board of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) serving as President of its board from 2006 to 2007 and co-founding in 2008 the TIAW World of Difference Awards. In 2014 she was the founding co-chair of the 30% Club Canada steering committee, a global initiative to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. She has won numerous awards, including twice being named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 and in 2010 she was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London (UK).
CSC is the parent organization of Canada Suicide Prevention Service, which links distress centres across Canada to provide a national helpline. For support with suicide-related concerns phone 833 456-4566 24 hours a day or text 45645 from 4pm to midnight Eastern time.
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