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Sep 8, 2023
LONDON, September 8, 2023: The Board of Directors of CMHA Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Tobin as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2023. The Board has been working with an external recruitment firm for the past several months and is thrilled that Pam has accepted the position.
“We are delighted that Pam will be joining CMHA TVAMHS. As our new CEO, she will help guide the organization in its next chapter as an outstanding provider of integrated mental health and addiction care,” says Heather Bishop, Chair of the Board. “Pam’s deep connection to community-based health and wellness and her history of dynamic leadership will fortify and invigorate the ongoing growth of CMHA TVAMHS and its future strategic plan.”
Pam has over 20 years of strategic leadership experience in community health and wellness and program design focusing on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Former CEO of Oneida Nation of the Thames, her 2022 appointment aimed at advancing clean water, public safety, and program delivery. Pam also serves as Vice-Chair on the Pillar Non-Profit Board and on both the Quality & Culture and Strategic Redevelopment committees at London Health Sciences Centre. Previously, as National Director, Indigenous Cancer Strategy, she led reconciliation efforts to address systemic racism in the health system throughout Canada. Pam’s awards include London Leading Women Leading Girls (2023), Change Maker of the Year and Impact Awards (2018). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Project Management. Please find Pam’s full bio below.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead CMHA TVAMHS during this exciting time. Together with the amazing team at CMHA TVAMHS, I look forward to advancing our mandate to ensure the best services and programs for all individuals throughout the region. Thank you to the Board of Directors for having confidence in my leadership,” says Pam Tobin, incoming CEO, CMHA TVAMHS.
The Board extends its sincerest gratitude to departing co-CEOs Beth Mitchell and Linda Sibley for their immeasurable contributions to CMHA TVAMHS. As co-CEOs, they provided steady guidance during integration, compassionate leadership throughout the pandemic, and have been resourceful and collaborative as the communities the organization serves face evolving challenges and changes.
“It has been a privilege to lead this wonderful organization through the integration and to see the successes that have been achieved in a few short years. While it’s not easy to leave the work we love, we are excited to welcome Pam to the CEO role and look forward to the exciting future of CMHA TVAMHS,” says Linda Sibley and Beth Mitchell, departing CEOs.
Beth and Linda’s official end date is September 30, 2023.
Please join Beth, Linda, and Pam at our Year in Review on Thursday October 5, 4:00 pm, where we will reflect on the past year and the future of CMHA TVAMHS. Register or learn more here.
About Canadian Mental Health Association Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services
CMHA Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services (TVAMHS) is an integrated mental health and addiction agency providing community-based supports and services to individuals living in London and the counties of Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, and South Huron. CMHA TVAMHS is one of the largest branches in the national CMHA federation, with more than 650 employees and approximately 300 volunteers. Its continuum of services includes crisis intervention and virtual supports, mobile crisis teams, police partnerships, case management, counselling, community wellness programs for both individuals and their families, housing supports and addiction medicine services. Treatment and service plans are developed based on standardized screening and assessment protocols and procedures.
The organization is guided by its mission of resilience for all through positive mental health and freedom from addiction.
About Pam Tobin:
Pam has over 20 years of strategic leadership experience in community health and wellness and program design focusing on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Prior to joining CMHA TVAMHS, she served as the CEO of Oneida Nation of the Thames. Pam was appointed to this position in 2022 with the goal of developing and implementing a strategic plan to advance community priorities that include clean drinking water, public safety, and enhancing program and service delivery. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Pillar Non-Profit as the Vice-Chair and on the Quality and Culture and Strategic Redevelopment Board committees for the London Health Sciences Centre.
Prior to joining Oneida in 2022, Pam was the National Director, First Nations, Inuit and Metis Cancer Strategy for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an independent organization funded by Heath Canada to accelerate action on cancer control. She was responsible for implementing a reconciliation plan to address inequities and systemic racism in the health system throughout the country. Other roles previously held by Pam include BC Cancer Regional Director of Operations, Centre for the North where she was responsible for ensuring equality of services throughout the north. As Project Manager for the Northern Cancer Control Strategy, she led the integration of clinical services between the regional health authority and the provincial agency. She also ran her own consulting firm specializing in increasing access to care for marginalized populations.
In 2023, Pam was awarded the London Leading Women Leading Girls Award for exceptional leadership that improves the lives of others. Additional awards include Change Maker of the Year and Impact Awards (2018) awarded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer for successfully leading change management in the organization and for developing and implementing cultural awareness training for all staff. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Royal Roads University.
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