Announcing the appointment of Daniel Whitehead, Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries’ Executive Director

A message from Daniel

 IMG_4810.PNGI want to express how humbled and honoured I feel to have been invited to take on the role of steering this phenomenal non-profit charity to a national footing.

As I step into this role I do so aware that I stand on the shoulders of many who have blazed a trail before me, most notably Dr. Sharon Smith, whose passion, character and consistent rallying cry have endowed Sanctuary with a rich and lasting legacy from which we all continue to benefit.

I want to take this opportunity to publically acknowledge Sharon and to state how grateful I am to have someone of her calibre, as Founding Director, to stand behind me as I lead in this new season.

I also want to acknowledge the hard work of the board and the existing staff team in creating an environment where creativity, determination and passion synergize so well with what God is doing. This is particularly true of our Director of Programming, Terresa Augustine, with whom I relish the opportunity to work closely.

I must also acknowledge the generosity and support of the many donors and volunteers who have made the work of Sanctuary possible. It is my desire to listen well to you, to learn from you and to collaboratively and relationally take this movement forward with you.

Finally, I want to give thanks and praise to our Lord. Sanctuary was founded in response to the gospel call to BE the transformative good news, and it is to this call that we must continue to press on in hope and faith toward all that the Lord wants to do in and through us.

As we step into this next phase, I pray that we do so with a strong resolution to continue this invaluable work, a work of redemptively restoring our brokenness in community with God, others and self.

Long may Sanctuary continue in its God given call to speak intelligently, pastorally and theologically into the mental health arena, as we prepare people of faith to support mental health recovery in their communities. 

In Christ’s Service,

Daniel Whitehead

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Sanctuary: in Motion

Five years ago our founders, Sharon Smith and Caroline Penhale facilitated an initial gathering of Christian leaders to brainstorm Sanctuary.

Today, Sanctuary is preparing people of faith in B.C., Yukon, Alberta and Manitoba to support mental health recovery in churches, parishes, peer support groups, mental health ministries and committees. Our offerings have expanded from seminars, workshops and sermons to include Living Room, Family Room, and training for clergy and community champions who respond to, accompany, and companion people on their mental health recovery journeys.

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