CMHA Oxford thanks outgoing Executive Director for advancing the cause of mental health, addictions

Posted September 27, 2018 by Site Manager

(Sept. 27, 2018, Woodstock) – The board of directors for Canadian Mental Health Association, Oxford County wishes to thank Mike McMahon for his passion, dedication and commitment to the cause of mental health and addictions in the community.

McMahon, Executive Director of CMHA Oxford since 2012, is leaving the organization effective Nov. 2, 2018.

The community will still benefit from his leadership, however, as McMahon leaves to become Executive Director of the Thames Valley Family Health Team.

“Mike has provided steady leadership throughout his tenure with the branch. Through his efforts, he helped position our organization as a leader among partners in the county for mental health and addictions care,” said Brian Crockett, board chair for CMHA Oxford. “We are pleased Mike will continue to serve our community in his new role and wish him nothing but the best.”

Among McMahon’s achievements as executive director of CMHA Oxford:

  • Lead the successful integration with the Oxford Self Help Network;
  • Launched increased walk-in counselling services in Woodstock, Tillsonburg, Tavistock and Ingersoll; and,
  • Implemented Reach Out, a 24/7 crisis and support line (1-866-933-2023; reachout247.ca) for those living in London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties.

“I’m saddened to leave CMHA Oxford as I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the branch staff, volunteers and clients,” said McMahon. “Together, we have sought to make a difference in the lives of so many individuals and it’s been my privilege and honour to serve the community.”

In Mike’s absence, the board of CMHA Oxford has named Lynn Wardell, Director Crisis and Outreach, as interim executive director.

“We are tremendously fortunate to have Lynn step in and assume further leadership responsibilities for the branch,” Crockett said. “She’s been a key member of the executive team at the branch and we have complete trust in her to lead the organization during this time of transition.”