Introducing Our New Chief Executive Officer

A Message from Our Board President, Guneet Hansrani

April 17, 2020

In the late fall of 2019, after Humphrey Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), gave notice to the Board of his planned retirement in September of 2020, the Board of Directors established a CEO Search Selection Committee.

This Board committee was tasked with the responsibility of finding our next CEO to lead Peel Children’s Centre/Nexus Youth Services (PCC/NYS) into the future, while maintaining a stable and effective organization and continuing to embrace the Centre’s Vision, Mission and Values.

Today it is my pleasure, on behalf of the Board of Directors, to announce that Ceri Harnden is the successful candidate for the role of Chief Executive Officer. Ceri will assume her new position as CEO on October 1st, 2020.

Ceri Harnden, currently the Chief Officer, System Integration, has been a member of the PCC/NYS team for almost 29 years, and is a longstanding member of the senior leadership and system transformation (Lead Agency) teams.

Over the course of her career, Ceri has had the opportunity to provide leadership and oversight to many areas within our organization including Clinical Services, Executive Services and Governance, Economic and Business Development, Communications, and Fund Development. Ceri has led the development of our last two strategic plans, and is the senior lead on the rebranding initiative that will see our amalgamated organizations launched as EveryMind.

Throughout her career, Ceri has embraced a path of life-long learning, including the achievement of a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and the successful completion of subsequent management and leadership programs through the Rotman School of Management, Harvard Business School and Queen’s University.

Ceri’s passion, dedication and devotion to the staff, clients and stakeholders of our organization will serve us well as we continue to work together for the children, youth and families in our communities who are facing mental health challenges.

Guneet Hansrani
President, Board of Directors
Peel Children's Centre/Nexus Youth Services

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