July 24, 2018
The Board of Directors of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) is pleased to announce Adrienne Spafford as its incoming Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2018.
A seasoned healthcare leader that has held senior roles in both government and membership associations, Adrienne brings the skills, knowledge and understanding to advance AMHO’s vision of a comprehensive and accessible system of addictions and mental health care, and make a real, positive difference in the well-being of individuals, families and communities across Ontario.
“Adrienne will be a strong champion for our sector and the clients who count on our services and supports,” said Vaughan Dowie, President of the AMHO Board. “Her experience as a senior advisor in government, and deep knowledge of policy processes will be an asset to AMHO as we work with the new government to advise on the $3.8 billion investment in mental health, addiction and housing supports confirmed in July’s throne speech.”
A top priority when Adrienne begins her role will be connecting with and learning from AMHO’s members and clients. She also looks forward to continuing and growing AMHO’s collaboration with partners in government and across the health and community sector.
“AMHO’s members help make positive change happen on a daily basis for their clients and loved ones. Improving access and quality for people living with mental illness and addictions has never been more important to our society, economy and health care system. We can and must do better,” said Adrienne. “I am thrilled to be joining AMHO and look forward to building on the success of the organization.”
Adrienne will succeed Gail Czukar, who retired at the end of June. Until Adrienne assumes her new responsibilities, AMHO’s Director of Policy and Communications, Barney Savage, will continue as interim CEO. The Board wishes to thank Barney for the on-going leadership that he is providing to the organization.