Board of Health – 2019

 

Mitch Twolan

Mitch Twolan - Chair
Biography
Bruce County

Sue Paterson

Sue Paterson
Biography
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

AnneEadie
Bruce County

Rev. David Shearman

Rev. David Shearman
Biography
Provincial Appointee

Laurie Laporte

Laurie Laporte
Biography
Provincial Appointee

Will Rogers

Will Rogers
Biography
Cross-Board Member (Non-Voting)

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.

David Shearman

David Shearman is a retired United Church of Canada minister. His community involvement includes serving as a board member and past Chair of HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services and as a member of the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s Healthy Communities Partnership. He is President of the Rotary Club of Owen Sound. Reverend Shearman holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto’s School of Theology, Emmanuel College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Erindale College, University of Toronto.

Laurie Laporte

Laurie Laporte is co-owner of LLadvantage, providing vocational assessment, return to work and training services. She is a former Senior Vocational Consultant/Operations Manager of Cascade Disability Management Inc. and a former Program Coordinator with YMCA Employment Services, Owen Sound.

Laurie holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counselling Degree from San Diego State University, a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major, from the University of Waterloo and a 3 year Business Administration Diploma from Georgian College. Laurie is a Certified Canadian Rehabilitation Counselor (CCRC) and a Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE). She is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and a member in good standing with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada. Laurie holds a Masters Certificate, Vocational Professional (CVRP (F)) and is a member in good standing with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals.

Laurie has designed and managed various vocational programs throughout Grey and Bruce Counties during her 25 years in the field. She lives in the Meaford area.

Will Rogers

Will Rogers (PhD Chemistry in 1980) is a retired executive from Imperial Oil. During his career at Imperial he worked in a number of areas including R&D, Marketing and Sales. He retired in 2010 as the Manager of the Research and Development Department.

In 2011, Will and his spouse Helen Ferkul moved to Grey Bruce where he joined the Board of Directors of the Grey Bruce Hospital System in the fall of 2011 and was subsequently appointed as cross board member on the Grey Bruce Health Unit in 2014. In addition, Will is on the Board of Directors of Let’s Talk Science, a national youth sciences organization and teaches a graduate course at Queen’s University.

 

2019 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 25, 2019
February 22, 2019
March 22, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 24, 2019
June 28, 2019
July 26, 2019
August 23, 2019
September 27, 2019
October 25, 2019
November 22, 2019
December 20, 2019*

 

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 e.meneray@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

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. Lynn

 

 

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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