Making a difference by informing public policy
Dr, Nancy Hall was a health researcher, educator, and most importantly, a friend and a voice for those living with mental illness. She had the courage and conviction to expect governments and communities to do the right thing for their citizens.
Nancy was a long-time friend and advocate of CMHA BC. With encouragement from our organization and others, she applied for and became BC’s first and only Mental Health Advocate to be appointed by a Minister of Health in BC. Nancy took the 18 month position in August 1998; when the position ended in 2001 so did systems advocacy within a government context.
This endowment fund is named in her honour. Dr. Nancy Hall brought a strong voice to CMHA BC by speaking out on issues, assisting with policy papers, presenting at inquiries and being available as a trusted advisor. Her energy was tireless and her enthusiasm was infectious. Her work as the province’s Mental Health Advocate brought to light the challenges and inequities faced by those living with mental illness, with an approach grounded squarely in the lived experience of the individuals she worked with. She was key advisor, consultant, and friend to CMHA BC for more than 15 years and passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer. Her strength and perspective, as well as her remarkable contributions, live on through the Dr. Nancy Hall Speaking Up Speaking Out Fund.| | | Next → |