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Renfrew County and District Health Unit is one of 35 Public Health Units in the province of Ontario, Canada. We are funded jointly by the provincial government and the municipalities we serve.

The Health Unit’s main office is in Pembroke, with a branch office in Renfrew. Our approximately 60 staff members serve the County of Renfrew, the City of Pembroke, the Township of South Algonquin and most of Algonquin Provincial Park.

The geographic area of Renfrew County and District is 14,980 square kilometers and the population is estimated at 105,717 (2015).

Vision

Optimal health for all in Renfrew County and District.

Mission

Renfrew County and District Health Unit protects and promotes the health and well-being of all residents through leadership, partnership, accountability and service excellence.

Values

Transparency: We operate ethically and transparently in the service of our communities.

Equity: We recognize and appreciate the diversity in Renfrew County and District and endeavour to address the unique needs of our population.

Excellence: We are committed to providing the best possible services for individuals and communities. We embrace a culture of continuous improvement, evidence-based decision making and lifelong learning.

Collaboration: We work with community partners to achieve shared goals.

The Medical Officer of Health reports directly to the Board of Health and as the executive officer is responsible for the management of the Health Unit’s public health programs and services.

The 2015 – 2019 Strategic Plan was informed by input from key stakeholders including health unit employees and community partners. The plan describes four strategic directions for moving towards “Optimal Health for All” in Renfrew County and District.

Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019 Summary

Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019 Report

The legislative mandate for Ontario’s 36 public health units is described in the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). The guiding purpose of the HPPA is to “…provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of diseases 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 (OPHS) describe requirements for basic public health programs and services. These include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection activities. These contribute to the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of all Ontarians.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit is governed by an autonomous Board of Health. The Board consists of elected and appointed representatives from the Province of Ontario, the County of Renfrew, the City of Pembroke and the Township of South Algonquin. The Renfrew County and District Board of Health oversees the administration of the Health Unit’s programs and services.

2019 Board of Health (BoH) members are:

Janice Visneskie Moore, BoH Chair

Janice Visneskie Moore is the Chair of Renfrew County and District Board of Health and sits on all of the BoH committees.

Carolyn Watt, BoH Vice-Chair

Carolyn Watt is the Vice-Chair of Renfrew County and District Board of Health and a member of the Executive and Governance Committees.

M. Ann Aikens

Ann Aikens is a provincial appointee on Renfrew County and District Board of Health and sits on the BoH’s Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Michael Donohue

Michael Donohue is a member of Renfrew County and District Board of Health and sits on the Board’s Governance Committee.

J. Michael du Manoir

Micheal du Manoir is a member of the Renfrew County and District Health Unit and sits on the BoH’s Resources Committee.

Jane Dumas

Jane Dumas is the member from South Algonquin Township representing the District on the BoH and also sits on the Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Peter Emon

Peter Emon is a member of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health. Peter sits as a member of the Board’s Governance Committee and also chairs the BoH’s Executive Committee.

Daniel Janke

Daniel Janke is a member of Renfrew County and District Board of Health and is the Chair of the Board’s Resources Committee.

Wilmer Matthews

Wilmer Matthews is a provincial appointee on Renfrew County and District Board of Health and also chairs the Board’s Governance Committee.

Christine Reavie

Christine Reavie is the City of Pembroke’s representative on the Renfrew County and District Board of Health and is the Chair of the Board’s Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Debbie Robinson

Debbie Robinson joined the Renfrew County and District Board of Health this year and sits as a member on the Resources Committee.

 

 

Board of Health meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month starting at 10 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and held in the Classroom of the Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 7 International Drive, Pembroke, Ontario, unless otherwise specified in the meeting agenda.

In July, August and December there are no regularly scheduled meetings.

The next Regular Board of Health meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., in the Renfrew County and District Health Unit Classroom at 7 International Drive, Pembroke, Ontario.

Posted below are Board of Health Meeting Minutes:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Minutes

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Minutes 

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Minutes

Friday, December 07, 2019 Minutes

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Minutes

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Minutes

2017 Annual Report (PDF, 11pages, 14MB)

2016 Annual Report (PDF, 11 pages, 577 KB)

2015 Annual Report (PDF, 13 pages, 320 KB)

2014 Annual Report (PDF, 12 pages, 700 KB)

2013 Annual Report (PDF, 8 pages, 250 KB)

2012 Annual Report (PDF, 8 pages, 330 KB)

2011 Annual Report (PDF, 8 pages, 124 KB)

Board of Health members are assigned to additional committees as follows: Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Resources Committee, and Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Meeting minutes are posted after they are approved by the applicable committee. Please see below:

Executive Committee

Friday, February 19, 2019 Minutes

Governance Committee

Monday, March 04, 2019 Minutes

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Minutes

Monday, February 11, 2019 Minutes

Monday, February 04, 2019 Minutes

Monday, January 07, 2019 Minutes

Monday, December 03, 2018 Minutes

Resources Committee

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Minutes

Friday, December 07, 2018 Minutes

Friday, November 16, 2018 Minutes

Stakeholder Relations Committee

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Minutes

The following procedural by-law regulates the proceedings of the Board of Health:

Procedural By-Law 2018-02

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TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000