"My family experiences a very courageous battle with mental health struggles. At Sanctuary, I don’t have to hide when I feel undone or stressed. What really matters is that Sanctuary people see me as a husband, father and uncle, forever touched by the loved ones that hurt deeply. I am much more vocal at helping my friends try to understand mental health. With Sanctuary, folks already know how it comes. Sometimes, it creeps in and other times it smashes wildly into the lives of my family. I was searching for people of faith that could easily converse and carry me in times of crisis; Sanctuary has helped me with this, and now I am no longer hiding."
Grayson Bain was owner of West Point Cycles Ltd. from 1972 to 1986. In 1981 he founded Rocky Mountain Bicycle Co. Ltd. After selling both firms in 1998, Grayson started Grayson Designs Inc. with two purposes: consulting to noticeably increase the viability of each business and supporting community social and spiritual goals through business start-ups. Grayson also works through a number of charitable enterprises that he hopes will result in a new synergy between business, social agencies, and faith groups. Grayson is active as a consultant, mentor and advisor with many boards and organizations including City in Focus and Sauder School of Business UBC. Grayson became the Board Chair at Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries in 2011 and is currently president of WOW Ventures Assoc.
"20 years ago, I had to initiate the process for the hospitalization of my daughter because of a severe manic episode. "Bi-polar" started to become a new experience in my life as it so severely impacted my then 24 year old "little girl". Mental health concerns became a recognizable part of our whole family. I saw with new eyes my Dad’s experience of severe depression and its deeper impact on him because of his fear of acknowledging it as a Christian. I feel blessed to have found Sanctuary and to be able to be part of a vibrant community that wants to bring understanding and discussion of mental health issues issues to churches and parishes."
Graduated from UBC in Commerce in 1966. Spent most of my working years in real estate development with my father. We built Splashdown Park in Tsawwassen in 1983 and I have managed it since 1999. Over the last 35 years, I have served on the board of Pacific Theatre, Vancouver West Young Life and the Anglican Diocese, as well as in 2 local churches. My primary role has been as either the Treasurer or Finance Committee Chairperson.
"As I entered into pastoral ministry, I encountered many people struggling with mental health difficulties, I realized that none of my training prepared me to walk alongside people who were struggling with these kind of health issues. With the support of several “mental health professionals” in our congregation, including Sharon Smith and with time and experience, I began to learn more about how to provide pastoral care and support to individuals and families in our community. Sharon was such a great support to our local church, so I was excited to hear of her vision for Sanctuary - to provide the same kind of support she had given us to multiple church communities. I believe that equipping the church to walk alongside people is a key component of developing a healthy Christian community. It enables people with all kinds of gifts and struggles to come together and care for one another without the stigma that sometimes accompanies mental health issues in churches and parishes."
"I have been involved in Christian ministry for most of my adult life and have worked as a pastor for the last 16 years. I am a graduate of Regent College and am currently working in the area of adult spiritual formation in a church in North Vancouver. I am passionate about making sure that all people are welcome in the church whatever challenges they face in their lives."
Member at Large
"As there is so much within our world, our relationships and our personal lives, which cause separation brings loss and cuts ties, I would be bereft of hope if not for Sanctuary. Sanctuary, together and with others, kindles a light in the midst of darkness. Most importantly, it gives tools to others to enable them to take the loose threads of our existence and weave them into the tapestry of our lives."
"I am a parent, an Anglican priest, a teacher, a student, a theologian, a storyteller, a poet, a preacher, a liturgist and a guide ever seeking guidance. I am an artistic soul often getting his hands dirty. I have worked with teams (clerical and lay, sacred and secular); taken the lead and have followed others; worked with food banks, shelters and daycare’s; built buildings and played with children; worked with refugees and rectors; and presided at tables as a priest and as a cook. I am a follower of the way of Jesus and one passionate about others on the way."
Catherine (Kit) Mykyte
Member at Large
"It is so very, very important for there to be awareness of mental health issues, acceptance of people who are suffering, as well as the facilitation of caring activities to meet their needs. All too often people in our communities who suffer are ignored and marginalized. I am so proud to be a part of Sanctuary and its active participation in the Healing Ministry of Christ. It is a challenge that I enjoy introducing to both my faith community and the community at large."
Catherine (Kit) Mykyte is a retired Nurse Manager and Parish Nurse. She is the Past President of the Catholic Health Association of British Columbia and represents the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver on the board of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. She is deeply committed to the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ and supports the belief that the church should be a place of healing and support for people on a mental health recovery journey.
Garrett Thiessen - CFP, CLU, CHS
Member at Large
“Mental Health does not discriminate as it can and does affect us all. I began work with Sanctuary to help provide a voice to those who too often are not heard. The team at Sanctuary provides a resource that I felt was missing within our communities. Whether community is defined as your local neighborhood, a place of worship or any place where you wish to feel at ‘home’ Sanctuary seeks to be there to provide tools and resources to help those in need. Every one of us deserve to feel that sense of relationship and belonging, regardless of background, faith or beliefs. I am proud to work alongside Sanctuary with this goal in mind."
Garrett is a Certified Financial Planner, who has held a number of positions within the financial industry across Canada. Most recently, he was the Regional Director for Gold Key Advisor Practices in British Columbia at Great-West Life. Garrett's knowledge of the financial industry has provided him with the opportunity to partner closely with financial advisors and specialists in the past, which has increased his depth of experience in all aspects of Financial & Estate Planning. Garrett's holistic approach to Financial Planning help to create clarity beyond simple Wealth Management.