"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.
"Ceri Rees is a communications professional with more than 15 years experience in strategic leadership roles. Ceri has held roles in both education and business spheres, fulfilling curriculum design, teaching, business development, client management, brand and communication roles. Ceri is deeply curious about what it means to be human, and has explored this question from a range of angles, including a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, and more latterly a graduate degree in Theology."
"Sanctuary's focus on the integration of mental health and faith communities is absolutely critical. Over the last few years, I've walked with a number of friends and family members as they've wrestled through their own mental health challenges. I frequently found myself grasping for what to do or say, and realised I was ill-equipped to think well about their experience, or know how best to support them practically. During this season I came across some of Sanctuary's resources, and was deeply grateful for a robust intellectual framework, together with practical tools to help."
Garrett Thiessen - CFP, CLU, CHS
“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.