The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has named their new children's mental health leader. She's Lisa Doerksen, who previously served as a director for Firefly, the new children's mental health agency for the district. The position was created in school boards across the district, as the province deals with demands for improved service for children in need.

When asked about her new role, Ms. Doerksen said, "I am very pleased to be part of the collaborative work that lies ahead."

"Through coordinating services, identifying levels of need and partnering for in-school delivery of mental health services, our goal will be to develop a regional strategy for student mental health that will support students to succeed in all aspects of their development," she added.

Karen Ingebrigtson, CEO of Firefly, said, “Lisa brings a wealth of children’s mental health in schools service experience and knowledge to this vital role in supporting students, their families and teachers."

"With Lisa assuming the Children’s Mental Health Lead position, both Firefly and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board again demonstrate their commitment to quality, service collaboration to best serve our district’s students as well as further providing a variety of effective services to support district students and their teachers," Ingebrigston added.

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Keewatin-Patricia District School Board - Media release:
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Government of Ontario - Mental Health Services: