As the national association representing the collective voice of more than 6,200 professional counsellors and psychotherapists, CCPA knows that critical investments in areas related to mental health and mental illness are vital for the overall health and wellness of all Canadians. CCPA Directors and National Office staff have been meeting with their Members of Parliament to ensure these political decision-makers understand the vital role counsellors and psychotherapists play in the continuum of care and to advocate for an increase in mental health resources. See below for a listing of recently held meetings.
Meetings With MPs
MP Andy Fillmore and CCPA Board member Andrea Currie, at the unveiling of three statues honouring WWII women volunteers. Mi’kmaq basket-maker and residential school survivor Margie Pelletier contributed a basket that was bronzed and included in one of the statues. Currie and Fillmore talked about the connection between Indigenous mental health and continuity of traditional Indigenous arts.
Barbara MacCallum, CCPA’s CEO, and Karina Albert, CCPA’s Office Manager met with Pierre-Luc Dusseault, NDP MP for Sherbrooke, for the first reading of Bill C-383. This Private Member’s Bill recommends amending the Excise Tax Act in order to exempt psychotherapeutic services from the goods and services tax. The reading was followed by a press conference in which Mr. Dusseault invited Barbara MacCallum, CCPA’s CEO, to say a few words on how this would be beneficial to the public as well as psychotherapists providing services across Canada.
Jen Rowett, CCPA New Brunswick Anglophone Director, met with Matt Decourcy, Member of Parliament for Fredericton and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to promote our national association, the profession of Counselling and the fantastic work that Counsellors are performing in diverse settings in New Brunswick.
Kim Hollihan, CCPA National Director – Stakeholder Relations, and Nicole Maurice, CCPA’s Chief Operating Officer, met with John Oliver, Member of Parliament for the riding of Oakville, Ontario to discuss mental health support and services for Indigenous peoples.
Kim Hollihan, CCPA National Director – Stakeholder Relations, and Nicole Maurice, CCPA’s Chief Operating Officer, met with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Karen McCrimmon on Tuesday June 14th, 2016 to discuss mental health for veterans and their families.
Kim Hollihan, CCPA National Director – Stakeholder Relations, and Nicole Maurice, CCPA’s Chief Operating Officer, met with MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Celina Caesar-Chavannes on Thursday June 2nd, 2016 on the topic of better mental health for all Canadians.
Jen Rowett, CCPA Director for New Brunswick Anglophones (2015-2017), is seen here with Liberal MLA Andrew Harvey. Jen met the MLA on January 27, 2016 to promote CCPA activities and the work of Counsellors in NB. Jen also met with Liberal MP TJ Harvey on Wednesday January 20th, 2016.
Prince Edward Island
Marion Clorey, CCPA Director for Prince Edward Island (2015-2017), and Kim Bailey, President of PEICA, met with Wayne Easter, Liberal Candidate for Malpeque and the Public Safety and National Security critic for the Liberal Party of Canada, on August 24, 2015.
Ashley Phillips, CCPA Director for British Columbia and Yukon (2014-2015) , met with Dan Albas, Conservative Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on September 5, 2014.
Natasha Caverley, CCPA President-Elect (2014-2015), met with MP Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party, on July 9, 2014 in North Saanich, BC.
Bill Thomas, CCPA Indigenous Director (2014-2015) , met with the Honourable Shelly Glover, PC, MP, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in Winnipeg on October 17, 2014.
Kiraz Johannsen, CCPA Quebec anglophone Director (2013-2015), met with MP Sylvain Chicoine in Châteauguay, Québec on October 10, 2014. Mr Chicoine is the NDP Deputy Critic for Veteran Affairs.
Serge Hall, New Brunswick Director – francophone (2009-2015), met with MP Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, in Moncton, NB on December 16, 2014.
At Work For You
Have you ever wondered what type of work we do behind the scenes in order to offer the most to our membership and ensure things run smoothly for our members?
From advocating with MPs to designing a brand new website, we have been busy in the last year.