Our Mandate and Vision

The Centre’s mandate is to develop capacity locally and to serve as a provincial resource to other English school boards in Quebec, assisting schools in the implementation of best practice approaches in prevention, intervention and research in the field of mental health. Thus, a Centre of Excellence for Mental Health requires a focus that is as much oriented toward wellness and prevention as intervention.

The Centre of Excellence for Mental Health supports the following directions:

  • Prevention efforts aimed at health promotion and wellness;
  • Increasing knowledge about the early warning signs of mental illness and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness;
  • Early identification of signs of difficulty;
  • Parent and community involvement in prevention and intervention;
  • Efforts to foster resilience, reduce risk factors, and enhance protective factors. Interventions based on evidence-based treatment approaches, as validated by the scientific community.


What we do

In conjunction with our mandate to build capacity in promoting positive mental health in Quebec English school boards we offer professional development and consultations for information sharing and exploring resources.

Professional development is provided to schools and school boards through workshops and video conferences on various topics related to mental health. For more information on these activities please contact us.

For detailed information regarding consultation procedures, please click here.  


Who we are

The Centre of Excellence for Mental Health is made up of a multidisciplinary team of professionals working in Lester B. Pearson school Board's Student Services Department.

Janna Gillis, M.A.
Co-Coordinator of CEMH
Behavioural Consultant
514-422-3000 ext. 32596
  Zmira King, Ph.D., OPQ
Co-Coordinator of CEMH
514-422-3000 ex. 32455 
Elizabeth Roberts, Ph.D., OPQ 
Co-Coordinator of CEMH
514-422-3000 ext. 32442
  Erin Beettam, Ph.D., OPQ 
514-422-3000 ex. 32445
Ivana Di Leo, Ph.D., OPQ
514-422-3000 ex. 32444
  Kirsten Greb, M.Ed.
Consultant in Inclusive Education
(514)422-3000 ext 32489
Carolyn Klein, M.A., OPQ
514-422-3000 ex. 32456