Board of Health – 2017

 

David Inglis

David Inglis - Chair
Biography
Bruce County

Alan Barfoot

Alan Barfoot - Warden - Vice-Chair
Biography
County of Grey

Kevin Eccles
County of Grey

Mitch Twolan

Mitch Twolan - Warden
Bruce County

Sue Paterson

Sue Paterson
Biography
County of Grey

Arlene Wright

Arlene Wright
Biography
County of Grey

Mike Smith

Mike Smith
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)

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.

Arlene Wright

Arlene Wright has been a Grey County Councillor since 2006. She served two terms as Warden of Grey County in 2010 and 2011, becoming the second female to lead Grey County Council in its history. She entered municipal government as a Councillor for the City of Owen Sound in 2003 and was elected Deputy Mayor of Owen Sound in 2014.

Prior to entering politics, Arlene was involved in leadership roles with a number of community organizations including: Chair of the Georgian College Campus Community Resource Team; Chair of the Owen Sound Police Services Board; President of the Ontario Public School Trustees’ Association; President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association; Trustee and Chairperson of the Grey County Board of Education; and Commissioner of the Education Improvement Commission.

Arlene is a charter member of the Zonta Club of Owen Sound and Area. She loves to travel, read, play bridge, and watch sports, especially the Owen Sound Attack Major Jr A Hockey team.

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.

Alan Barfoot

Alan Barfoot has been a Grey County Councillor since 2004. He was Chair of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee from 2010-2012 and again from 2014-2015 and has sat on multiple committees during his term. He entered municipal government as a Councillor for the former Derby Township in 1991 and was elected Mayor of Georgian Bluffs in the fall of 2006. Alan is currently serving his second term as Warden of Grey County.

Alan recently retired from Parmalat Canada and lives near Kilsyth with his wife, Karen. They have four children and five grandchildren.

David Inglis

After graduation from the Ontario Agriculture College in Guelph, David Inglis worked in Extension with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Huron County for three years. He then came home to the family dairy farm near Walkerton where the family raised a purebred Holstein herd, which earned two Master Breeder Awards from the Canadian Holstein Association.

During this time, David was involved in leadership roles with a number of community organizations including: Director and President of the Walkerton Agriculture Society; Trustee and Chairman of the Bruce County Board of Education; Member and President of the Canadian 4-H Council; and Director and President of Walkerton and District Community Living.

David was first elected as a Brockton Councillor in 2006 and was elected Mayor in 2010 and 2014. He also served two terms as Warden of Bruce County in 2012 and 2013.

David is a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient and is an active member of St. Paul's United Church, Walkerton.

 

2017 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 27, 2017
February 22, 2017 *
March 24, 2017
April 28, 2017
May 26, 2017
June 23, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 25, 2017
September 22, 2017
October 27, 2017
November 24, 2017
December 15, 2017 *

 

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.

 

Medical Officer of Health

Christine Kennedy, MSc, MS, DPhil, MD, CCFP, FRCPC

Dr. Kennedy became the Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit on July 1, 2016. She first joined the health unit in September 2014 as the Associate Medical Officer of Health. Her work as a public health physician in Grey and Bruce Counties has centered on priority populations and childhood and family health. She continues to do research in applied public health economics and holds adjunct academic positions in both medical sciences and clinical sciences with Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Kennedy has extensive experience in the practice of public health medicine including as a researcher and teacher, post-graduate clinical trainee, Senior Public Health Economist, consultant, and Medical Officer of Health. She served as a Regional Community Medicine Specialist for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch FNIHB – Health Canada in both Alberta Region and Ontario Region.

Dr. Kennedy received her first master’s degree in Community Medicine in 1997, and her second in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford in 1999. She completed her doctoral work in public health economics at the University of Oxford in 2000 followed by post-doctoral training in the USA. She obtained her Medical Degree at the University of Calgary in May 2004. She completed postgraduate training in Family Medicine, CCFP, June 2006, at Queen’s University, where she also completed the Royal College Residency Training Program in Community Medicine. Dr. Kennedy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

 

Director of Operations

Karen Sweiger, R.N., B.Sc.N.

 

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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