G. David Richardson
Chair – Board Director
Dave Richardson is the President and CEO of Octaform Systems Inc. and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Zone initiative.
Mr. Richardson is a Director of Richardson International Limited. He is a Director Emeritus of Ducks Unlimited Canada following 20 years on that board and remains dedicated to several other charities and philanthropic activities.
He was a founding member and Director of The Asia Pacific Foundation and a leader on various government trade missions to Asia. In addition he was a Director of the Canada China Trade Council and Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.
Mr. Richardson has served on a number of public and private boards throughout his career and continues to hold several other directorship positions.
Treasurer – Board Director
Anne-Marie Butler is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has held a variety of senior finance positions; currently as the Director of Finance and Operations for Stratford Hall School in Vancouver, B.C.
Anne-Marie is well recognized as a business transformation leader and innovator who has leveraged her core competencies of Accounting, Finance and Technology to deliver significant and immediate business value to a number of organizations. Under Anne-Marie’s leadership BC Egg became a highly profiled and recognized industry leader. IBM recognized Anne-Marie’s dedication presenting her with the IBM Business Analytics Champion Award for multiple years.
Anne-Marie has a personal interest in changing the conversation around mental health and well-being. She wants to see a safe place in society where there is reduced social stigma and discrimination allowing individuals to get the support and help they need to grow and flourish.
Anne-Marie enjoys walking with her husband and three dogs in many of the beautiful natural settings in South Surrey. She is a mom of five young adults and loves spending time with them. She is also an avid yoga practitioner which helps keep her grounded.
David Robertson, M.A.(Hons), P.G.C.E.
David Robertson was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. After completing his M.A.(Hons) at the University of Aberdeen and his teaching degree (P.G.C.E.) from Loughborough University, in England, he began his teaching career in 1978. Heavily involved in sports all his life, David was a member of the Scottish National rugby squad for a year and a half before injury cut short his playing career. After 11 years of coaching, and teaching English and French in Scotland, David and his family moved to Vancouver Island in 1986 at Brentwood. In 1993, he moved over to Shawnigan Lake School, working as Deputy Head before accepting the position of Headmaster in 2000. He brought his 25-year stint of leadership at the school to a close at the end of June 2018. Recently, David returned to school leadership and is excited to be the new Head of School at Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan, B.C.
A passionate advocate of character education, David led Shawnigan through a period of unprecedented growth and development which saw the investment of more than $70 million into the campus. He has never lost his passion for helping young people to be their best and for education in general hence his return into the world of schools. His guiding light has always been kindness and his aims have always been to help develop first-class human beings.
Dana Wasserman, Psy.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Dana Wasserman is a registered psychologist in Vancouver, BC who currently does work seeing clients for the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. In the past Dr. Wasserman has had her own private practice, worked with clients who are on disability, worked with the severely and chronically mentally ill, and had her post-doctoral fellowship working in a child mental health clinic. Aside from her clinical work, Dr. Wasserman reached out to the Stigma-Free-Society when she was diagnosed with her own mental illness and felt the stigma that so many of her clients had experienced. Dr. Wasserman is very excited to volunteer on projects for the Stigma-Free Society and putting her knowledge to use. She enjoys her husband and children, spending time going on walks on the sea wall, and trying to finish every book she starts.
Carol Henriquez is the Co-founder of Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella, a thriving visual and performing arts centre for children, ages 2 to 19, which operates as a non-profit organization and registered charity. Its outreach programs go free of charge to over 17,000 students at schools where children could not afford access to the programs. Carol is a motivator, leader and innovator. She has developed programs in conjunction with other arts organizations and Arts Umbrella itself has become a model for other institutions around North America.
Upon graduating with a BA from the University of Manitoba, Carol was employed as a children’s social worker and taught art classes in disadvantaged areas of Winnipeg. She then received diplomas in Fine Arts at both Langara College and the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design) and worked as a practicing ceramic sculptor.
Carol received Canada’s highest distinction for lifetime achievement – the Order of Canada – among other numerous accolades and awards that speak to her impact in the community.
Dr. Chris Richardson
Dr. Chris G Richardson is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. His program of research is focused on examining the relationships between aspects of biopsychosocial development in adolescence (e.g., impulsivity, sensation seeking, resilience) and patterns of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drug use. He is also a Scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital and research lead for the Inner City Youth Program (see http://mh.providencehealthcare.org/programs/inner-city-youth) where he works with a team of mental health clinicians to examine the impact of mental illness, substance use and homelessness on the psycho-social functioning of youth and young adults. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Richardson has spent several years as a frontline worker in a variety of group home settings for homeless men and has served a member of the board of directors for From Grief to Action – a non-profit group providing support and advocacy for families dealing with a loved one’s addiction.
Craig Jangula has a talent for understanding and helping to manage complex public policy issues. He brings more than a decade of experience in government and politics to his work at Jangula & Company. Craig’s passion for research, community outreach, and development are combined with expertise in political campaigns and government decision-making. He has spent many years working in the offices of a number of MLAs, such as with the Minister of State for the Olympics and Act Now BC, Minister of Citizen Services and Minister of Children and Family Development. Additionally, Craig has run political campaigns for several provincial and nomination elections. This experience has given him invaluable insight into the inner workings of the provincial government and the best ways to get his clients’ stories in front of the right people. Craig is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and is excited to lend his insight to the Stigma-Free Society.
Secretary – Board Director
Anisha developed a keen interest in mental health education in her high school years after her friend talked openly about her struggles with depression and bipolar disorder. After going through her own difficulties with her mental health and witnessing the impact it had on those around her, Anisha realized the gap in how these issues were rarely, if ever, discussed in the classroom setting. She began working with education professionals around the Lower Mainland to develop a curriculum on these issues and hopes to see it one day integrated as a part of the official BC curriculum in the near future. Anisha Navaratnam joined the Stigma-Free Task force in January of 2017. She is currently attending the University of British Columbia and pursuing a degree in geological engineering. She enjoys the outdoors, working with children and volunteering as a first responder around the Lower Mainland.
President – Co-Founder – Ex-Officio Board Director
Andrea is the President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society. Andrea offers a hybrid role for the Society and she is passionate about being on the front lines for program delivery as she acts as a classroom and community presenter for mental health and provides leadership in the operations of the Society. Andrea holds extensive experience in the provincial government in policy, communications, and research in the areas of education, mental health, and social development.
Andrea received the 2019 Psychiatric Association of Canada President’s Commendation, 2018 Nominee for the Women Influencer Awards from the Women’s Collaborative Hub and 2017 nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Community Champion Award. Andrea has also been chosen as a 2016 national spokesperson for the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk. She is named the Provincial 2015 Courage To Come Back award winner given by Coast Mental Health, received the 2015 Top 20 Under 40 Award from Vancouver Island’s Business and Community Awards, 2013 Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year Award in Victoria, British Columbia, and the 2013 Award for Mentorship from the National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, D.C.