Deborah McKinnon Joins Mental Health Foundation as President & CEO

Deborah McKinnon, a fundraising professional with more than 15 years of fund development leadership experience and a track record of raising more than $30M, has joined the Mental Health Foundation as President & CEO.

Ms. McKinnon brings experience in all disciplines of fund development including capital campaigns, annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, planned giving and events. Most recently Vice-President, Philanthropy, Covenant Foundation Edmonton, McKinnon also served as: Director, Fund Development, YWCA, Edmonton; Director, Children’s Miracle Network & National Partnerships, Sick Kids Foundation, Toronto; and Senior Manager Annual Fundraising Programs/Children’s Miracle Network, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Edmonton.

“With COVID, mental health and addiction issues are top of mind, universal in reach and increasingly urgent. Activating philanthropic support to help Alberta’s health care system respond to mental health and addictions issues has never been more important,” says McKinnon. “I understand the seriousness of the situation and am committed to efforts assuring access to effective and timely mental health and addictions services.”

Established in 1988, the Mental Health Foundation works as a catalyst for change in mental health and addictions in Alberta. Ideally, mental health services and supports are as available, successfully treated and increasingly understood as services supporting physical health.

“We’re not tackling this complex issue alone, but with partners who work together,” explains McKinnon. “Demands for mental health and addictions services are growing and increasingly urgent. For me, as for many others, the need for change is based on personal experience and understanding.

“Serving as the Mental Health Foundation CEO is more than a job,” asserts McKinnon. “My role is to support efforts bringing relief to those suffering today, while also addressing the repercussions of mental illness into the future. I’m committed, as is our Board, to identify and address system gaps so Albertans receive the services they need and should expect.”

Deborah can be reached by email or by phone at 780-257-8468.