Children Mental Services
Children’s Mental Health Services Serving Children, Youth and Families in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

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Board of Directors

Robert Shaw, Chair

Bob Shaw joined the CMHS board in 2010.  He is semi-retired, continuing to work at Burke Funeral Home.  Bob and his wife of 43 years, Stephanie, have six grandchildren whom they enjoy spending time with.  His love of children and desire to see them happy and healthy is his motivation for serving on the CMHS board of directors.  Bob is an avid outdoors-man, thoroughly enjoying hunting and fishing.

Read the 2016 Chairperson’s Report here.


Suzanne Copeland, Vice Chair

Suzanne Copeland studied early childhood education at Humber College in the early 80’s. Passionate about children with special needs, Suzanne proceeded to further her education at University of Toronto where she earned her B.A. and B.Ed. While working as a teacher with the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board, Suzanne completed a Master of Arts through Norwich University (Vermont College). With encouragement from mentors, Suzanne moved from the classroom to the role of elementary school principal. After 29 years of service with HPEDSB, Suzanne recently retired from the position of principal and continues to support public education as a relief administrator. Grateful for the amazing experience of volunteering in the Central Hastings Support Network’s Food Bank, Suzanne is now a member of its Rural Transit Committee. In her free time, Suzanne loves to garden and attend Tai Chi classes with her husband.


Kathryn Bookfield, Secretary/ Treasurer

Kate Brookfield received an Honours B.A. from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Educatio from the University. She also has a Management certificate and majority completion of an MPA from Carleton University.

Kate taught high school for several years, however most of her career was in collective bargaining, workplace policy and pay equity.

Her experience in children’s mental health stems from her time as a teacher, as a loving support to her daughter, and as a mental health parent representative on the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s  (CHEO) parental advisory council. Kate also developed materials for parents navigating mental health services for children in the Ottawa area.

Kate served on the  Wellington on the Lake Residents Association Board for from 2011-15 including being President. She also was both a tutor for young mothers and a Board member of English Language Tutoring for Ottawa – Carleton where she participated in complete revision of their by laws and human resource policy manual revision.

Her CMHS Board experience began in 2012. From that time Kate has coordinated the Wellington Classic golf tournament which raises funds to allow children and youth struggling with their  mental health attend activities and camps to increase their self esteem and confidence. Kate is now Co- Chair of the Fundraising Committee and Secretary- Treasurer of the Board.

She enjoys her life in Prince Edward County with her husband, and visits to and from her 2 daughters and two grandchildren


Bonnie Danes, Member-at-Large

Bonnie Danes is a retired teacher after working in the education sector for over twenty years. Bonnie was moved to work to help children with mental health issues.

Bonnie is active in many community organizations.


Elizabeth Edwards, Director

Elizabeth Edwards completed a Master of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse and professor for over fifteen years at Loyalist College in the Brock University-Loyalist College Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  Elizabeth currently also sits on the board for the Belleville Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic as well as on the executive committees for the Quinte Chapter of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and the Provincial Nurse Educators Interest Group (RNAO).  Previously she has served on the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario board of directors.  Elizabeth has two children and a grandchild and enjoys live theatre, is an avid reader and has an interest in animal welfare and the environment.

“Limited accessibility and availability of support for children with mental health needs and their families is both a personal and professional concern for me. Being on the board of CMH is an opportunity to ensure that, in this community, those needs are being addressed.”


Bhavik Patel, Director

Bhavik Patel received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University and is currently a registered nurse and has been a professor at Loyalist College since 2003.  For the past 15 years Bhavik has worked in three different hospitals in Toronto as a psychiatric nurse working with children and adolescents.  He currently sits on the Loyalist College Board of Governors.  Bhavik enjoys working out, playing sports, campling and spending time with his wife, Zhyra and their two children.  He has two dogs and loves to travel.


Warren Savage, Director

Warren Savage was born and raised in Belleville. He has been involved with the insurance industry since 1985. He currently still resides in Belleville with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys boating and biking.


Warren is passionate about the work that Children’s Mental Health carries out as he sees mental health as an illness, and not a weakness.

Margaret McIntosh, Director

Margaret is a retired nurse living in the Oak Hills outside of Stirling. Married to Bob, an avid golfer and artist. Marg has two married children and four fabulous grandchildren!!  And not to be forgotten, she also has one very spoiled dog!!

Marg’s nursing career was spent in the areas of Emergency, Obstetrics and Pediatrics, in several southeastern Ontario hospitals, and working as a Nurse Educator in the Health Sciences department at Loyalist College.

Biking, dog walking, down hill skiing, travel, theatre, spending time with the grandchildren and volunteering keep Marg’s retirement busy.

Steve Goetz, Director

Steve Goetz, Director of Performance Optimization at the South East LHIN, works closely with health service providers within the South East region. This can include managing, monitoring and evaluating the health service providers’ performance to ensure organizations are meeting standards set out within accountability agreements and reaching the goals defined by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the LHIN. Steve provides expert advice to the LHIN Senior Management Team on sector and provider pressures, issues, reporting on progress and opportunities. In addition, Steve also provides advice, leadership, strategic guidance and support to the Performance Optimization team at the South East LHIN.

Prior to joining the South East LHIN Steve’s experience includes:

  • Working for Bell Canada in a senior management position in Finance, Activity Based Costing and Benchmarking;
  • Directing, developing and successfully implementing findings from several cross industry, multi-company, “best-practice” benchmarking studies in the areas of e-commerce, Customer Relationship Management and supply chain; and
  • Teaching a variety of courses within the Faculty of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa as well at Loyalist College as an Adjunct Professor within the Human Services Management program.

Steve holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Information Systems, as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Institute of Management Accountants.

In addition, Steve completed the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program and received his LEAN Black Belt Certification distinguishing him in his ability as a Continuous Improvement Leader and LEAN expert

Ashton Calnan, Director

Ashton Calnan received a Bachelor of science with honors in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. She owns The Right Fit Inc, a fitness, lifestyle coaching and rehabilitation company in the North end of Belleville where she is a Registered Kinesiologist and personal trainer. Ashton has owned The Right Fit since 2008.

Ashton is passionate about health- whether it be physical or mental, and knows the importance of the two working hand in hand to have a healthy mind and body. Working directly with patients with mental illness, Ashton has learned the importance of working with patients from a young age to implement exercise into their daily routine.

Ashton is also on the Recreation and Leisure board at Loyalist College, and sits on the board of directors for the Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

Executive Director

Susan Sweetman

3 Applewood Dr. Suite 300
Belleville, Ontario  K8P 4E3
Phone: 613-966-3100     Ext: 240
Email: ssweetman@cmhs-hpe.on.ca

Read the 2015 Executive Director’s Report here.


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