President – Patricia Summers
Pat, currently a director in the BC Public Service, has served in a variety of senior management roles throughout her career. Before joining the BC government, Pat spent 16 years managing international development projects at the University of Victoria.
It was through her international work that Pat developed a passion for supporting community-based organizations that truly make a difference in the lives of others. While her family has not personally been touched by mental illness, she has a keen understanding of the important role that Island Community Mental Health plays in supporting recovery.
Pat, who lives in Saanich, spends her downtime working on her old house, puttering in her garden and tending to the needs of her resident “princess”, a rough collie named Sadie.
Vice President – Robert Clark
Bob is a retired health care executive who has spent over 30 years in health care here on Vancouver Island.
Bob’s personal interest in joining the Board stems from the help and support his daughter Chelsea received from Island Community Mental Health. He and Chelsea describe the services as critical in helping her to navigate educational options while coping with a severe anxiety disorder in her teen years.
Bob is also a Board member of Aids Vancouver Island and is a volunteer at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Bob and his wife Linda live in View Royal. They have two daughters, Tessah who lives in Edmonton, and Chelsea who is doing well and living in Victoria.
Treasurer – Gary Leibel
Gary is the Chief Financial Officer for the Ralmax Group of Companies based in Victoria, BC. He has been in finance in the private and public sectors for over 25 years and has been an accredited Certified Professional Accountant since 2004.
He is born and raised in Victoria but moved to Vancouver for university and work opportunities. With the plan to start a family he returned to Victoria in 1992 where he, his wife, daughter and son enjoy all the benefits this special community has to offer.
Gary joined the ICMH board in 2015 with the goal to work collaboratively with others who are committed to an inclusive community. He is inspired by ICMH’s commitment to providing needed housing and programs for individuals and families coping with mental health and substance use issues and enjoys working with his colleagues on the board to ensure ICMH is an effective and sustainable organization.
Members at Large
Tony is currently Branch Operations Advisor for the BC Yukon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Before joining Legion Command, Tony was President of A.L. Rushworth Ltd. Group of Companies, operating Hotel’s, Pubs, Shopping Centre, Construction, Commercial Real Estate and Retail Businesses.
Tony has served on the boards of the Neighbourhood Pub Owners Association, Credit Union, Southwestern BC Tourist Association, and as a Municipal Councillor.
Tony’s involvement with I.C.M.H. and other Non-Profits has made him aware of the importance of NPO’s in stretching limited funding dollars to serve communities better.
Eileen is a retired health care professional who has worked in a variety of leadership roles on Vancouver Island. She has been a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2007and has had the opportunity to survey across Canada as well as internationally.
Eileen joined the ICMH board, as she wanted to give back to the community. She believed in the board’s vision and goal of improving services to those in need.
Eileen lives in Victoria, loves cats and travel and is fanatical about golf.
Jennifer is an associate at Cook Roberts LLP practising in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning and administration. She has a particular interest in resolving disputes concerning estates and powers of attorney.
Jennifer moved to Victoria in 2009 to study law after having bounced around a number of cities in Canada and across the globe during her childhood and as a young adult. She fell in love with the city during her studies and she and her partner now consider Victoria their home.
Some of Jennifer’s closest friends have had personal struggles with depression and anxiety. She joined the ICMH board in 2015 because she understands how deeply these struggles can affect people and their families and wanted to be part of the effort to provide community supports for people struggling with mental illness and to reduce social stigma concerning mental health issues.
Tim is a general contractor who has been involved in residential and commercial construction for over 25 years.
Tim was interested in volunteering his support to the Board because of his past experience with an individual who suffered from a mental health disorder and his recognition of the many services and support options available through Island Community Mental Health. He had a strong desire to invest his time to help in some way.
Tim has been a member of the Board of the Victoria Residential Builders Association for five years, and is currently serving as Past President. Tim was born and raised in Victoria, but recently moved to the Cowichan Valley with his wife, Gayle.
Sonya is a learning and organization development consultant who has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors in Ontario and BC. She joined the Board after learning about the valuable programs and services ICMH provides for the greater Victoria community. She is inspired to support ICMH by a family member’s struggle with anxiety and depression.
Sonya lives in Esquimalt, enjoys yoga, cycling and puttering in her garden, studies transpersonal psychology and mindfulness, and loves being mom to daughter Katie.