Effective Monday, March 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the Grey Bruce Health Unit moves to the Green Prevent Level of the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: We are currently not booking vaccinations. Please avoid calling in an attempt to schedule vaccinations at this time. For week of March 1, vaccinations will focus on 2nd dose for all LTCH residents; First Responders (Police and Fire); Community Health Care Workers in Highest/Very High Categories; Community Needle Exchange Partners; and over 80 clients. For clients 80 years of age and older - primary care should be reaching out to them directly; and, for those in this group who do not have a primary care provider (or have a primary care provider outside of the Grey/Bruce region, a 1800 # will soon be available to book appointments.

Please do not call your healthcare provider to book an appointment.

Please do not call Health Unit to book an appointment.

Vaccine rollout details

Board of Health – 2021

 

Sue Paterson

Sue Paterson - Chair
Biography
County of Grey

Anne Eadie

Anne Eadie - Vice Chair
Biography
Bruce County

Mitch Twolan

Mitch Twolan - Warden
Biography
Bruce County

Selwyn Hicks

Selwyn Hicks - Warden
Biography
County of Grey

Brian OLeary

Brian O'Leary
Biography
County of Grey

Chris Peabody

Chris Peabody
Biography
Bruce County

Al Barfoot

Alan Barfoot
Standing Guest (Non-Voting)
Biography

Helen-Claire Tingling

Helen-Claire Tingling
Provincial Appointee
Biography

Nick Saunders

Nick Saunders
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation (Non-Voting)

Alan Barfoot

Alan Barfoot entered municipal government as a Councillor in the former Derby Township in 1991 and retired from municipal politics in 2018. Alan was also a Grey County Councillor from 2004 and chaired many committees at Grey County including the Grey Bruce Board of Health until his retirement in 2018. Alan was elected Mayor of Georgian Bluffs from 2006 to 2018, and also served as Warden of Grey County for 2016 and 2017. Alan recently retired from Parmalat Canada and lives at Chesley Lake with his wife, Karen. Alan and Karen have four children and five grandchildren.

Selwyn Hicks

Selwyn “Buck” Hicks was first elected to Hanover Council in 2006 where he served for two terms. In 2014, he was elected Deputy Mayor and was re-elected again in 2018. Buck was selected as Grey County Warden for 2019.

Buck graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Buck is a partner at Hicks & Hicks Professional Corporation in Hanover where his practice is primarily in the areas of real estate, wills and estate planning. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), as well as the Grey and Bruce County Law Associations. Buck has served as a member on numerous boards and committees including MPP Michael Coteau’s Working Group on Child and Family Wellbeing.

Chris Peabody

Chris Peabody was first elected Councillor for Brockton in 2000 and has served for five terms. Most recently, Chris was elected Mayor of Brockton in 2018. Chris has sat on various Board and committees during his time on council including Elmwood Fire Department Joint Board of Management, Police Services Board, Bruce Area Solid Waste and Recycling Board, Environmental Advisory Committee, Walkerton Hanover Waste Management Committee, Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park Committee and Walkerton Ice Pad Fundraising Committee.

Chris lives in Brockton with his wife Donna and four children. He recently retired from a 31-year teaching career having taught Geography and Cooperative Education and served as Head of the Guidance Department at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton.

Brian O'Leary

Brian O'Leary was first elected to Owen Sound City Council in 2014 and elected Deputy Mayor for the City of in 2018. Along with his work on council and city committees, Brian has served as the city’s representative on both the Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area and Owen Sound Police Service Board. He also chaired the committee overseeing the renovations to city hall.

Brian was born, raised and lives in Owen Sound, where he currently operates a small business. He and his wife Lee Anne have two sons and one grandson. Brian coached hockey for 25, years including the ECHL, OHL and various junior teams. Locally, Brian coached the Junior A Owen Sound Attack/Platers and Owen Sound Greys Junior B hockey teams.

Brian Milne

Brian Milne was first elected as a Councillor in Southgate in 2003, and subsequently elected Deputy Mayor in 2006 and Mayor in 2010. Most recently, he was again elected Deputy Mayor of Southgate in 2018. Brian has served multiple terms on Grey County Council, including sitting as Warden in 2014.

Brian is a married father of three who runs a cattle and cash crop farm in Holstein.

Anne Eadie

Anne Eadie was a member of Huron-Kinloss Council from 2003-2010. During that time, Anne was a founding member of the local watershed group – the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network and served as a volunteer director with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Upon moving to Kincardine in 2010, Anne was elected Deputy Mayor. She was elected Mayor of Kincardine in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

Anne was raised near Ripley in Southern Bruce County. After graduating from Western University in London, she returned to Kincardine to teach school. Anne and her husband Doug have two adult sons, who are both married and living in British Columbia with their families.

Helen-Claire Tingling

Helen-Claire is committed to community. She holds Certificates in Mental Health and Public Relations, a Diploma in Community Service, and degrees in English and Law. Using the arts to effect change, she has worked with Indigenous Elders on anti-racism in the Ontario Public Service and performed in award-winning theatre productions to educate about social issues such as sexual abuse in children, and violence against women. As Chair of the Equal Opportunities’ Committee for the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists, Helen-Claire served on panels for Advertising Standards Canada and the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations. She has participated in Performers for Literacy, led workshops addressing mental health, harassment, and accommodation; and advocated for performers with disabilities. Her play, “Living Will”, which looks at end-of-life issues and for which she received an Ontario Arts’ Council Award, was produced at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. https://www.livingwillplay.com/about

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.

 

2021 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 22, 2021
February 26, 2021
March 26, 2021
April 23, 2021
May 28, 2021
June 25, 2021
July 23, 2021
August 27, 2021
September 24, 2021
October 22, 2021
November 26, 2021
December 17, 2021

 

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. 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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