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Rebecca Shields

Canadian Mental Health Association York Regional Branch CEO


They often refer to me as the Chief Enthusiasm Officer. For over 17, years I have learned and created value in senior leadership positions in the social profit sector.

I am a transformational impact strategist that facilitates results which bring measureable community health outcomes. I drive innovation and work to build and sustain high performing teams that bring value and resources to solve complex health and social challenges.

In all these roles I have had and currently have, my focus and responsibility is to set the vision, inspire, motivate and foster best practices. In 2016, I was so proud that our team was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We also, for the past 2 years, were awarded Canada’s Not-For Profit Employer of Choice Awards. In both cases, our commitment to cultural competency to provide the best service and work experience has distinguished us a leading organization.

In 2016, I was recognized by Diversity Journal as one of their international Women Worth Watching. By fostering inclusion, diversity and philanthropy, new models and solutions are created. In 2014, we were recognized by the Central LHIN for Innovation through Partnership for, our mobile youth walk-in clinic. That same year, I was recognized by as one of their newsmakers of the year.

In 2011, I was selected as one of Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver magazine. This was attributed to the leadership and resources I have brought to the various community groups I have had the pleasure of engaging with over my career, both professional and volunteer. From mental health, Aboriginal health and housing, deafblindness, food security, housing, LGTBQ health issues and community building in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES), I have been motivated and inspired by the resiliency, the strength and the hope of those I serve.