The Honourable Donald S Ethell - Patron
His Honor, Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethel was installed as the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on May 11, 2010. His Vice-Regal duties came following a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces as well as civilian service as a military advisor and volunteer with humanitarian causes.
"There are many people in Alberta - from all regions, all ages and all walks of life - who have dealt with mental health concerns.
I'm one of them. My own experiences with post traumatic stress disorder have allowed me to see the stigma and misunderstanding that can surround the issue."
"I've also come to appreciate the many remarkable Albertans from across our province who are working to deliver valued mental health programs, to enhance public awareness, and to encourage recovery, hope and understanding."
"This Circle is intended to shine a light on the progress we're making and to encourage even greater success in the future."
Sol Rolingher KStJ, QC, Pet. Eng. J.D. - Chair
Sol Rolinger graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a law degree from the University of Colorado and is a senior partner with Duncan & Craig, LLP. He has chaired the River Valley Alliance, Phoenix Multi-Faith Society, St. John Ambulance Alberta, Edmonton Space and Science Foundation, the Citadel Theatre Board of Directors, Telus World of Science - Edmonton Board of Directors and Beth Shalom Synagogue Board of Trustees. He has sat on the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, the University of Alberta Senate and the Capital Health Authority.
He currently chairs the Manning Awards – Northern Alberta, John V. Decor eCentre for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Law School, University of Alberta, Edmonton Space and Science Foundation Council of Governors. He also sits on the Citadel Theatre Board of Governors as Secretary, Corps of Commissionaires as Vice Chair, Edmonton Salutes Committee and the Discipline Committee of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists, the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions Foundation as Chair and as Treasurer of its Board of Governors.
He is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Lieutenant Governor Leadership Award,inducted into the City of Edmonton Community Service Hall of Fame, the Beth Shalom 2009 Gala Honouree, the SAGE Award for Community Building and the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Alberta Distinguished Service Award. He recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was Knighted in the Order of St. John and was appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1 Military Police Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is married to Marilyn and has three grown children.
Tom Shand - Past Chair
Tom Shand was previously the Executive Director of the Alberta Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as the past Chair of the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. In these capacities, he advocated for improved mental health services for Albertans as well as building strong linkages for mental health between government, community and professional organizations. For the past five years, he has participated in a great number of committees and consultations relating to mental health and mental illness.
Glynnis Lieb - Treasurer
Glynnis holds a PhD in Personality and Social Psychology. She has worked both for government and not-for
profit social services organizations, as employee and in supervisory/managerial roles. She is also a post-secondary
instructor and has held sessional positions in five institutions in Manitoba and Alberta for the past 14 years.
Glynnis believes in strongly community involvement and social activism. She sits on a number of boards for entities that are
health or social justice focused. She has been a union activist for much of her adult life, currently serving as an officer on
locals two separate unions. She was also a provincial Table Officer for her union for the past three years. Glynnis also
volunteers for a number of community organisations. Through this volunteerism, she is an active supporter of local arts,
poverty reduction initiatives, mental health and addiction education and support, LGBTQ2+ community members, offender
rehabilitation programs, supports for people with disabilities, and anti discrimination initiatives.
Finally, Glynnis is very politically involved. She has volunteered for numerous campaigns at municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. Her labour involvement has included significant lobbying activities and working for the Alberta
Federation of Labour. She is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Sexual Minority Studies & Services at the U of A.
Kerry Brown - Director
Patricia Murphy - Director