Roberts/Smart Centre Appoints Deborah Ann Headley as New Executive Director


The Roberts/Smart Centre is thrilled to announce the appointment of Deborah Ann Headley as our new Executive Director starting in July 2024.

Deborah Ann Headley is a distinguished leader in the mental health services sector with over two decades of dedicated expertise. Throughout her career, she has successfully led the delivery of quality, accessible mental health services within complex, political environments.

Deborah has served as Executive Director for the BC Ministry for Children and Family Development —for both Service Delivery Provincial Operations and Child and Youth Mental Health Provincial Services. Most recently, she served as Director of Community and Human Services of Hastings County.

Deborah has been recognized with the Premier’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Partnership category, underscoring her pioneering efforts to extend mental health services to underserved rural and remote communities.

She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, certifications in strategic and public sector leadership, and was previously a registered clinical social worker. Her extensive expertise includes overseeing significant portfolios and partnerships, driving systemic change, and ensuring successful outcomes for individuals and families in need of quality mental health supports.

As RSC’s Executive Director, Deborah will bring a wealth of experience, passion, and a forward-looking vision. She is committed to advancing the Centre’s mission of providing innovative, high-quality treatment for youth with complex mental health and behavioural challenges—enabling them to heal, learn, grow, and achieve their full potential.

We would like to thank Shannon Flynn, Acting Executive Director, for her outstanding leadership during our challenging yet historic 50th anniversary year. Shannon’s 27 years of expertise have been invaluable to the Centre, and her dedication and hard work at the helm has helped us lay a strong foundation for the future.

We look forward to building on the achievements of this last chapter, and we are confident that Deborah’s expertise and vision will further our impact and success in the years to come.

View / Download Deborah’s Bio here.