Board of Directors

DAVE WHEELER, Brooklin, Ontario – Chair

Dave is currently a Senior Manager of Sales and Operations for a leading financial institution in Toronto. In this leadership role Dave is a highly accountable and approachable business leader consistently leading high performing teams to exceed targets and establishing strategic partnerships at all levels and on delivering superior customer service.

Dave possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from York University and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University.  Dave Lives in Brooklin (Whitby), Ontario with his wife Kathleen and their 11 yr. old Labrador named Gracie.  Dave enjoys travelling, golf, hockey, baseball, running and sport coaching.

ROLAND MERBIS, Pickering, Ontario – Vice Chair

Roland is currently Director of Customer Insights at one of Canada’s leading financial institutions, having previously consulted for some of Canada’s most senior government, business, and association leaders when he was Vice President of Public Affairs for a major Canadian polling firm. He has extensive experience working with various provincial and federal government ministries and agencies (including the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), providing his clients with strategic advice and insights on the implementation of corporate and public policy initiatives.

Roland has most recently served on the Board of the Toronto Branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC), where he helped to promote a deeper public understanding of international issues that affect all Canadians.  Roland has a varied background living abroad, including in Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History.

Cindy Malachowski, CMHA Board MemberCINDY MALACHOWSKI, Oshawa, Ontario – Treasurer

Cindy is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Waterloo. She is an occupational therapist and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner with over ten years of clinical experience working with individuals living with mental health issues. Her interests include workplace mental health and her current research aims to better understand the social organization of stigma towards mental illness in the workplace. Cindy is a long-term resident of Oshawa, and is proud to raise her three daughters in such a vibrant and diverse community.


GORDON GLIBBERY, Ajax, Ontario – Past Chair

Gordon’s career focused on psychiatric client wellness and paramedicine, progressing through frontline, supervisory and management roles in municipal and private health care sectors. He has previous not-for-profit Board experience and provided many years of volunteer service to various organizations. His desire to serve stems from his experiences supporting aging parents and other extended family members coping with addictive and depressive disorders. He was also motivated by seeing, first-hand, the ongoing mental health needs that exist within communities across Ontario. He gained invaluable insights from his wife, Elizabeth, who has travelled the globe on numerous humanitarian aid missions; providing a significant context to his Board work.

Jim Hunt, Past CMHA ChairJIM HUNT- Director

Jim has retired from a challenging career in management in the metals manufacturing and distribution sector. He has participated on the board of directors of a professional organization at all levels (including International Vice President) and, for a short while, on an advisory committee at Sir Sanford Fleming College. He and his wife, Barbara, have spent their working lives in the Thornhill/Richmond Hill area and their time off at the cottage on Lake Scugog, which is now their home. Jim has a personal interest in mental health, having close family members diagnosed with manic depression, schizophrenia and developmental handicaps. He intends to help in the community any way he can.

CHRISTINE BROWN, Ajax, Ontario – Board Member

Christine has lived in Ajax for 22 years, with her husband, four children and, more recently, a golden lab. Her professional experience includes working at IBM Canada’s Head Office, and at Ryerson University as a Professor and academic program manager for the Business Systems Analyst program. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University, and is involved in research projects related to gaming in educational settings, and the effects of teaching girls advanced computer concepts on their career choices. Christine has a Ph.D. in educational technology from York University.


SARAH MOORE, Ajax, Ontario – Board Member

Sarah is an accessibility advocate with a passion for cultivating inclusion, standing up to stigma and breaking down barriers alongside people with visible and invisible disabilities. She is an accredited municipal professional with more than a decade of local government experience. Her portfolio includes specialities in public administration, accessibility compliance, diversity, equity & inclusion, and volunteer management.

Sarah is an Honours graduate of the University of Toronto and obtained a certificate in Accessibility Practices from Ryerson University. She is a member of Toastmasters International and speaks English, French and Spanish. Her hobbies and interests include film studies, baking, poetry, and spoiling Riley, her 3-year-old Shih Apso puppy.

With both a personal and professional connection to mental health, supporting family members, friends and colleagues with mood disorders, Sarah is eager to contribute to the promotion and enhancement of positive mental health with the Region as a member of the CMHA Durham – Board of Directors.

CARRIE HARDY, Ajax, Ontario – Board Member

Carrie obtained an Honours B.A. in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. Her practice focused primarily on commercial real estate law. Carrie has been involved in volunteer work most of her life in a variety of capacities and for many different local organizations. Aside from her time away at law school, Carrie has resided in Ajax all of her life and feels fortunate to be able to raise her family in the same amazing community in which she grew up.

PATRICK GILLESPIE, Oshawa, Ontario – Board Secretary 

Patrick brings his 20 years experience as a senior manager in the Long Term Care sector; working extensively in municipal, not-for-profit and for-profit Homes. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from McMaster University, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Mary’s University, and most recently obtained his Project Management Professional certification (PMP).

As Director of Corporate Services for the Canadian Mental Health Association Durham, Patrick’s portfolio includes: finance, human resources, administration, information technology & data management, facilities management, risk management, continuous quality improvement, accreditation and project management.

SHERYL WEDDERBURN, Courtice, Ontario – Officer of the Board

Sheryl is known by collaborative partners in the Durham region where she has lived and served for over 20 years. In addition to her role as Interim CEO of CMHA Durham, she chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee for the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, Board of Directors. She is the Founding President for the Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses, where she leads the Board of Directors to carry out their activities and purposes. Her previous Board experience includes Member-at-Large Nursing Practice, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario; Vice President, TAIBU Community Heath Centre and President of the Scarborough Hospital Credit Union.

In her recent role as CEO and Principal Consultant for Bernard Consultancy, she worked dutifully with Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers with the responsibility of inspiring them to cultivate inventive strategic plans, conduct quality-driven operational reviews and to advance the development and growth of their leadership teams.

Sheryl is a life-long learner, who has earned a Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Health Science and Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She was cross-appointed as an Adjunct Faculty for the Nursing Degree Program at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and University of Toronto.