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Board of Health – 2019


Mitch Twolan

Mitch Twolan - Chair
Bruce County

Sue Paterson

Sue Paterson
County of Grey

Selwyn Hicks

Selwyn Hicks - Warden
County of Grey

Brian Milne

Brian Milne
County of Grey

Brian OLeary

Brian O'Leary
County of Grey

Chris Peabody

Chris Peabody
Bruce County

Anne Eadie

Anne Eadie
Bruce County

Mitch Twolan

Mitch Twolan was first elected in 1999. Mitch was elected Councillor for the Township of Huron Kinloss for 4 years, elected as Deputy Mayor in 2004 and Mayor from 2004 to present. Mitch was elected Warden of Bruce County in 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mitch also serves on the Bruce County library Board, he is past Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, SWIFT, Westario Power and owner of Lake Range Realty Ltd. in Point Clark.

Mitch is married to Brittny and has three children.

Sue Paterson

Sue Paterson has been a Grey County Councillor since 2014. She entered municipal government as a councillor for the Town of Hanover in 2003 and was elected Mayor of Hanover in 2014.

Sue has been a member of multiple boards and committees including: Hanover Library Board, Hanover Planning Advisory Committee, Hanover Heritage Committee and currently is a member of the Hanover Police Services Board, Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and Grey County Planning & Community Development and Transportation & Public Safety.

Sue has always been involved in the community, particularly with the Royal Canadian Legion. She is a past president of the Hanover Branch and has held two positions at Zone level.

Sue recently retired from the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation where she worked fifteen years as a fundraising professional with a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

Sue is a lifelong resident of Hanover. Sue and her husband, Rick Wttewaall love the lifestyle Hanover offers. You can always find Sue and her canine companion, Marco Polo walking the trails or strolling the streets of Hanover.


2020 Meeting Schedule

The Board of Health meets monthly, fourth Friday of the month, at the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Boardroom, 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound. Usual start time 10:00 a.m. Dates and locations are subject to change upon Board of Health Chair approval.*

January 24, 2020
February 28, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 22, 2020
June 26, 2020
July 24, 2020
August 28, 2020
September 25, 2020
October 23, 2020
November 27, 2020
December 18, 2020*


There may be times when a citizen or group may wish to present to the Board on an issue. You can arrange to be a delegation by contacting the Executive Assistant for the Board of Health. Submit your request by: 


Mail:  101 17th Street East Owen Sound  ON  N4K 0A5

E-mail:  Erin Meneray at

Phone:  519-376-9420 ext. 1241 

All requests must be received no less than 10 days prior to the meeting date and should include the name(s) of the speaker(s) and the subject matter to be discussed. Delegations are limited to 15 minutes.


Communications addressed to the Board of Health will become part of the public record and may be placed on a public agenda and identified in minutes.


Dr. Arra



Medical Officer of Health

Ian Arra

Dr. Arra joined the Grey Bruce Health Unit in 2015 during postgraduate training and following that working as a Physician Consultant.

As well as his medical degree, Dr. Arra completed postgraduate training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

He has worked on a variety of public health initiatives including - road safety, nuclear Emergency Response Planning, health effects of wind farms, resource prioritization, electronic documentation implementation, climate change mitigation, and the built environment. He has served on multiple postgraduate committees that are leading and shaping Canadian Public Health research and education.

Dr. Arra strongly believes that knowledge through research empowers both the individual and the community.



History of the Grey Bruce Health Unit

The Public Health Act (1884) established the first boards of health. By 1900, there were over 800 public health units in Ontario including several independent boards across Grey and Bruce Counties. Owen Sound formed a Public Health Department in 1911. Provincial grants to municipalities for health units were established in 1945 prompting Bruce County to establish a consolidated health unit in 1946. Grey County amalgamated several local boards to a county health unit in 1963. The Public Health Act was amended in 1967 requiring municipalities to provide full-time public health services. The Owen Sound and Grey County units amalgamated that year. In 1983, the Health Protection and Promotion Act was proclaimed (revised in 1997). Grey-Owen Sound joined with Bruce in 1989 and as a result of municipal restructuring in 2001 was re-named the Grey Bruce Health Unit.


Legislative Mandate for Ontario’s Boards of Health

Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) provides the enabling legislation for boards of health and the statutory basis for the Ontario Public Health Standards. The guiding purpose of the act is to “...provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of disease and the promotion and protection of the health of the people of Ontario.” R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s.2


The Ontario Public Health Standards identify guidelines for the provision of mandatory health programs and services including goals, societal outcomes, board of health outcomes and requirements.


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