Advisory Board

The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Advisory Board members from consumer organizations and community organizations provide advice and input in the development of resources.

Ella Amir Ella Amir is the Executive Director of ami Québec – Action on mental illness (formerly the Alliance for the Mentally Ill), Montreal. amiQuébec is an important resources in Quebec for families struggling to cope with mental illness. amiQuébec promotes recovery-based care by working actively with hospitals, local community service centres, and communities. Ella Amir also serves as the Family Caregivers Chair at the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


Raymond Chung
Raymond C.Y. Chung, MSW, RSW, is the former Executive Director of Hong Fook Mental Health Association, Toronto. The Hong Fook Mental Health Association works with the Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese immigrant communities, helping them gain access to mental health services.

Marie DesMeules, MSc, is the Director of the Health Determinants and Global Initiatives Division, Strategic Initiatives and Innovations Directorate, of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa.


John DochertyJohn Docherty, MA, is the Program Coordinator of the Intervention Network for Persons Affected by Organized Violence (RIVO), Montreal, a network of therapists and community workers concerned with the well-being of survivors of torture and other forms of political violence. He is also the Canadian representative to the governing body of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.


Christopher FriesenChristopher S. Friesen is the Director of Settlement Services at the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSBC). ISSBC is the largest, multicultural, immigrant-serving agency in western Canada serving over 23,000 clients per year in and around Vancouver.

Isabelle Hemlin, MA, is an Advisor to linguistic and ethnocultural communities at the Agency for Health and Social Services, Montreal.


Daniel LaiDaniel W.L. Lai, PhD, RSW, is a Professor, Associate Dean Research & Partnerships at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. He works to develop new and improved health-care services that target immigrant and culturally diverse Canadians.


Kelly NgKelly Ng is the Acting Chief Operating Officer at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Vancouver. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia. Its mission is to promote the well-being of Canadians and immigrants by providing a wide variety of personal and community services.


Linda Shohet copyLinda Shohet is the founder and director of the Centre for Literacy, an independent charitable organization in Montreal that houses a public resource collection on all aspects of literacy, and offers seminars and conferences for teachers, tutors, and workplace educators.


Sadeqa Siddiqui is the project coordinator of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre, an organization that helps Asian women to assimilate into Canadian society.


Purnima SundarPurnima Sundar is a Research and Knowledge Exchange Consultant at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, Ottawa, an organization that works to strengthen Ontario’s mental health programs and services for all children.


Adina_UngureanuAdina Ungureanu is the Communication Agent of the Alliance of Cultural Communities for Equality in Health and Social Services (ACCÉSSS), a federation devoted to improving accessibility to, and the adaptation of, healthcare and social services to persons stemming from ethnocultural communities.