Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario

Founded in 1952, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families, and to the promotion of mental health for all Ontarians. CMHA Ontario achieves its mission through public education, applied research and policy analysis, and advocating for healthy public policy and an effective and efficient health system. Ontario’s 32 local CMHA branches provide direct services and supports to communities across the province. More information about CMHA Ontario may be found on our website at

Cheryl Forchuk, RN, PhD

Project Evaluator, Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Project
Cheryl Forchuk is a Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario. She is a Scientist and Program Leader for the Health Outcomes and Health Services Group at Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Windsor. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto with a clinical specialty in mental health-psychiatric nursing and her PhD from the college of nursing at Wayne State. Dr. Forchuk has published on many topics including: denial, therapeutic relationships, and sexuality. Her current research includes exploring the nurse-client relationship, recovery from psychosis, the transition from psychiatric hospital to community, housing issues related to mental health, and diversity issues related to homelessness.

Christine Grace McMulkin Gayler

Module Developer, Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Project
Project Consultant, OPDI Core Essentials™ Training Project
Christine is the founder of Christine Grace and Community, a community of peers, families, practitioners and leaders devoted to mental health recovery. Christine is engaged in transformative projects and offers in-person and distance learning forums. For more information, please visit

Betty Harvey, RNEC, MScN

Clinical Advisor, Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Project
Betty Harvey is a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner at St. Joseph’s Health Care Primary Care Diabetes Support Program in London, Ontario. She is a Canadian Diabetes Association expert advisor, has expertise in diabetes and mental illness, and has developed community-based initiatives to address diabetes in people with serious mental illness.

Ontario Peer Development Initiative

The Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) is the provincial voice of over 60 consumer/survivor initiatives, peer support organizations, alternative businesses, and patient councils. OPDI values the experiential knowledge of people with lived experience in shaping a valued, recovery-oriented, community-based mental health system that acknowledges the fundamental importance of peer support. OPDI is currently creating a Peer Support Toolkit with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. For more information, please visit

Provincial Consumer/Survivor LHIN Leads Network

The Provincial Consumer/Survivor LHIN Leads Network is provincially mandated to provide leadership for Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) funded Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs) throughout Ontario and to advise regionally and provincially.