Addiction and Mental Health Agency Announces New CEO

Published on: 2015/07/08 - in Releases

Newly amalgamated regional agency, Addiction and Mental Health Services – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (AMHS-KFLA), announces the
appointment of its Founding CEO, Don Seymour.

Relocating from London, ON and leaving his current role of CEO at CMHA Middlesex, Don Seymour brings with him over 20 years of leadership experience, with a focus on planning, leading and implementing change and building sustainable community partnerships, and has been a strong mental health advocate and champion for many years.

In 2003, Don was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work and advocacy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. He also co-chaired the South West LHIN Coalition for Addictions and Mental Health as well as the London-Middlesex Additions and Mental Health Network, and is an Administrative surveyor for CARF International, a health and community services accreditation organization.

Don has also been an active community member in Southwestern Ontario, including serving a term as Town Councillor for the Town of Petrolia and being involved in various advocacy committees.

“I’m very excited and honoured by the opportunity to lead the newly amalgamated agency and am looking forward to working with the Board, staff and community partners. Moving to the Kingston area is an added bonus with the role, it’s a great community with a lot to offer, and I have friends and family in the area”

Don Seymour will commence his role with AMHS-KFLA on August 17.

About the Integration

The integration of regional addiction and mental health services was brought forth by the South East Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN), one of 14 networks established by the province to plan, manage, and fund the health care system at the local and regional level, with the aim to provide the region with access to a common continuum of addiction and mental health services and supports.

Similar integrations are happening across Ontario at other Addiction & Mental Health service providers, and the changes follow years of careful study by the SE LHIN, staff, clients, caregivers and community partners.

AMHS-KFLA was founded in 2015, and is an amalgamation of two longstanding, local addiction and mental health agencies in the region – Frontenac Community Mental Health Services (FCMHAS) and Lennox & Addington Addiction and Community Mental Health Services (LAACMHS). The two agencies joined forces as of April 1st, 2015, and AMHS-KFLA is now one of the largest providers of these services in the region, with over 250 staff and serving over 2,000 clients. Marion Wright has been leading the newly founded agency as interim CEO

Release source: Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington