Circle of Life – Registration

Keynote Speakers

Cyndy Moffat Forsyth
Executive Director, The Grove Wellington Guelph

Cyndy Moffat Forsyth is the inaugural Executive Director for The Grove Wellington Guelph (formerly the Integrated Youth Services Network). She is responsible for bringing the vision to fruition by working collaboratively with the communities of Wellington County and Guelph.

Prior to joining this project Cyndy was the Homewood Research Institute’s first chief development officer.  She was responsible for working with the Institute’s board and staff leadership to develop donor relationships and build community and philanthropic support for the Institute.

Before joining HRI, Cyndy served for almost a decade with the Huntington Society of Canada as the vice-president of development and marketing. Her work there included building a strong donor-centred organizational culture, establishing performance metrics and accountability processes, and expanding participation in Huntington-related clinical trials.

Previously, Cyndy held a number of positions in Kitchener and Guelph, starting her career at the University of Guelph including assistant academic counselor, admissions counselor and general manager of the Conference Office.  An active community volunteer, Cyndy was Chair of the board of directors for YMCA-YWCA of Guelph and sat on the board of directors for the Guelph Community Foundation.

Helen Fishburn, MSW
Executive Director, CMHA WW

For over 25 years, Helen Fishburn has worked in numerous roles in the mental health and addictions field, including various leadership roles for the past 18 years with the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington. 

Helen feels honoured to be the Executive Director of CMHA WW as it allows her to drive health care system change forward while overseeing care for people of all ages with complex needs. The creation and implementation of Here 24/7, a coordinated access centre for all mental health, addictions and crisis services in Waterloo Wellington, is one of the defining achievements in Helen’s career. In 2016, Helen was honoured to receive the Guelph Women of Distinction Award. If you ask Helen, her true pride and joy is her family – her husband and their two children keep her grounded and ever grateful. 

Helen holds a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.