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.
Our vision that every faith community authentically support and include all lived experience . . . is in motion. At this juncture, Sharon has decided to let go her Executive Director responsibilities to serve as our Founding Director.
We feel blessed to have had Sharon serve as Executive Director for the past 5 years, and are grateful that we will continue to benefit from her mental health and spiritual care skills and compassion for many years to come.
As we begin our search for a new Executive Director, our Director of Operations & Programming, Terresa Augustine will serve as our acting Executive Director. Terresa brings 3 years of Sanctuary involvement and 20+ years of executive leadership to this role.
We welcome your continued support of mental health recovery in the community. God Bless.
- The Sanctuary Team.