The Canadian Mental Health Association Durham’s Board of Directors announce Sheryl Wedderburn as Chief Executive Officer

The Canadian Mental Health Association Durham’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Wedderburn to Chief Executive Officer, effective October 26, 2021.  Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Durham is an integrated community mental health and primary care hub that has been providing mental health services to Durham Region for over 60 years. 

Sheryl joined CMHA Durham as the Interim Chief Executive Officer in April 2021. Within that time, she has led the organization through several key milestones. The transformation and modernization from Homes for Special Care to Community Homes for Opportunity, a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness; an organizational realignment, enabling seamless succession of CMHA Durham leaders and staff; preparing for operational growth through strategic planning; and most recently, attaining accreditation with exemplary standing. In January 2019, through consultancy work, Sheryl supported the remodeling of the Community Wellness Services at CMHA Durham to a co-designed client-focused Recovery College Wellness Centre and spear-headed the commencement of a community of practice for individuals in Durham Region who identify as transgender.

Recognized for her collaborative leadership style in developing high functioning teams and proven history of leveraging service innovation, Sheryl has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in health services management. Her unwavering focus on improving systems and processes that facilitate and optimize client-centered care for the most vulnerable and under-served populations is acknowledged. 

Sheryl has a proven track record in removing barriers between providers and building systems of quality care. At Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, she championed the expansion of the traditional catchment area for specialized mental health services resulting in enhanced access to care and a higher volume of patients being served. She has gained a reputation as a dynamic and caring mentor and is credited by those she mentors for helping them advance and thrive in their chosen career path. As the former Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant for Bernard Consultancy, Sheryl worked dutifully with Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers with the responsibility of inspiring them to cultivate inventive strategic plans, conducting quality-driven operational reviews and advancing the development and growth of their leadership teams.  

Sheryl is the founding President for the Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses, a registered charitable organization and chairs the governance and nominations committee for the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, Board of Directors. A life-long learner, Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Sciences and Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Past cross-appointments include Adjunct Faculty for the Nursing Degree Program at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and University of Toronto.  

In the role of Chief Executive Officer, with the backing of the Board of Directors, Sheryl will continue to strengthen and develop community-based strategic initiatives that will revitalize and sustain the mandate of CMHA Durham within the evolving healthcare landscape.