Cross-Board Member (Non-Voting)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (Acting)
Hazel Lynn, MD, FCFP, MHSc
Dr. Lynn graduated, with honours, from University of Toronto in 1976. She also won the Kathleen Chambers Memorial Award for the most outstanding female graduate. She interned at Royal Columbian Hospital New Westminster followed by two years of general practice.
Dr. Lynn and her husband worked in Nigeria for six years; practicing general rural medicine, teaching nursing, midwifery, health technicians and supervising the rural physician teaching program. Upon returning to Canada in 1985, they settled in Owen Sound, Ontario where she maintained a family practice until 2002.
Dr. Lynn first became Acting Medical Officer of Health in November 2000 as the then MOH was fully occupied with the Walkerton inquiry. Dr. Lynn returned to University of Toronto September 2001 and graduated with a MHSc in Epidemiology and Community Health in January 2003 and at that time became the full Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce.
In December 2004, Dr. Lynn was recognized by her peers as one of Canada's outstanding physicians and was welcomed as a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa).
After retiring in 2016, Dr. Lynn returned to the health unit in October 2017 as Acting Medical Officer of Health.
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.