Alfred Achoba is the Executive Director. Born in Nigeria, and a graduate of Thompson Rivers University. Alfred is a strong advocate for mental health with a background in Psychology and community engagement. Alfred has served at CMHA Kamloops in various positions. He previously held the position of Manager of Homelessness Services and Shelter Operations and Acting Operations Leader. Alfred has represented the organization on public panels and community events. In his previous role, he was responsible for the management, supervision, professional development and evaluation of CMHA Kamloops Emergency Shelters, with a successful record of program expansion, design and implementation within the shelter system. In his spare time, Alfred teaches at Thompson Rivers University on the subject of Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Behavior.
As the Current Executive Director and under my leadership, CMHA Kamloops has enjoyed significant growth and I oversee an annual budget that has grown from $2,000,000 to $5,000,000. I have overseen the expansion and opening of several projects including Rosethorn House, Memorial Arena & Kamloops Curling Club Shelters, Merit Place Shelter, Moira House and Envision Day Space all within the City of Kamloops. As the leader of over 150+ employees, I understand the importance of a diverse staff group and I recognize that as the face of this agency and visible minority, my voice and actions are powerful; I intend to use them and our programs to uplift our community, break down stigmas and promote wellness. Every day, I am reminded that “I work for my community” and outside of my life in the social sector, I am a travel enthusiast, father of three and a soccer fan.
Christa Haywood-Farmer is the Manager of Community & Vocational Integration with Canadian Mental Health Association, Kamloops Branch. Over the years, she has had opportunities to develop programming, to teach and train staff, volunteers, and communities, and to build relationships and trust with those accessing service. Her focus throughout her 20 years within the social service field has been mental health, which includes promoting awareness in the hopes of decreasing stigma.
Liane Gottgetreu is the Manager of Finance and Administration. She moved to Kamloops from Vancouver in May 2020 after deciding she wanted to live where there was a sense of community and a variety of beautiful natural surroundings to explore. For several years Liane has worked in the non-profit sector as she enjoys being in an environment that genuinely cares for others and offers the opportunity to connect with people and listen to their stories. She is thrilled to be working at CMHA-Kamloops and to be part of such an incredible team in a growing organization that has offered so much to the community, especially to the vulnerable and at-risk population.
Cheryl Mathieson is the Manager of Homelessness Services and Shelter Operations. Mental health has always been important to her because it is the foundation which allows everyone to be the best person they can be. It assists us to function within in our community and be productive individuals. She has always stood up for those who were unable to advocate for themselves. Being able to help those less fortunate because of mental unwellness is something that truly touches her heart and soul. This passion is instrumental in feeling fulfilled and maintaining her own mental health.
Jennifer Smith is the Manager of the Temporary Shelters. She has worked in a variety of roles within CMHA over the last 7 years. Jennifer is passionate about her work, believing all individuals have value and worth, and that working together we can build strong healthy communities.
Michelle Gauthier is the Manager of Supportive Housing at Rosethorn House. Michelle has been working with Kamloops’ most vulnerable since 2016. Michelle has had the opportunity to pursue careers with multiple social agencies over the years which have solidified meaningful partnerships and strengthened her knowledge of community resources.
Saleh Mohammed is the Shelter Access Manager at Stuart Wood. Saleh has a Degree in Business, Minor in Human Resources Management and Certifications in Mental Health. He has always had the passion to help individuals in need of support which is usually as a result of financial instability, family crises or addictions.
He worked in finance and while in service he would advocate to help provide financial loans to the less privileged individuals that are going through a form of crises. He would create a financial plan that would assist them in getting out of their unfortunate circumstance and approve financial loans for such individuals.
Saleh has years of experience working with different social agencies that focus on mental health and the criminal justice system. While at CMHA he has worked in multiple programs through the years and he continues to support individuals by helping them access a suitable shelter that supports their needs.
Adam Burrows is the Manager of Rental Housing. Adam has always been passionate about mental health. He started supporting people in his social circle with their mental and has had his own mental health struggles. Adam had worked with students in the Mental Health space at UBC-O for 3 years before starting his journey with CMHA.