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Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is one of 34 Public Health Units in the province of Ontario, Canada. RCDHU is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the obligated municipalities in Renfrew County and District which include the City of Pembroke, the Township of South Algonquin and most of Algonquin Provincial Park.

The Health Unit’s main office is located in the City of Pembroke, with a branch office in the Town of Renfrew. Before COVID-19 there were approximately 71 staff members.

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

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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 – 2021 Strategic Plan was developed based on valuable 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 – 2021 Summary

Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 Summary

Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019 Report

The legislative mandate for Ontario’s 34 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 Health Unit’s Board of Health oversees the administration of the Health Unit’s programs and services.

2022 Board of Health Members are as follows:

Ann Aikens

Ann Aikens, a Provincial Appointee, is the 2022 Chair of the Board of Health, a Member of the Executive, Governance, Resources, Striking, and Stakeholder Relations Committees.

James Brose

James Brose, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Resources Committee, and a Member of the Executive Committee.

Michael Donohue

Michael Donohue, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Governance Committee.

J. Michael du Manoir

J. Michael du Manoir, a Provincial Appointee, is the Chair of the Resources Committee and a Member of the Executive Committee.

Jane Dumas

Jane Dumas, the Member from South Algonquin Township, is a representative for the District. Jane Dumas is a Member of the Governance Committee.

Peter Emon

Peter Emon, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Joanne King

Joanne King, a Provincial Appointee, is the Chair of the Governance Committee and a Member of the Executive Committee.

Wilmer Matthews

Wilmer Matthews, a Provincial Appointee, is a Member of the Governance Committee.

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Christine Reavie

Christine Reavie, the representative for the City of Pembroke, is the Vice-Chair of the Board, the Chair of the Executive Committee, the Chair of the Striking Committee, and a Member of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.

Carolyn Watt

Carolyn Watt, a Provincial Appointee, is the Chair of the Stakeholder Relations Committee, a Member of the Resources Committee, a Member of the Striking Committee, and a Member of the Executive Committee.

 

Board of Health meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month starting at 10 a.m. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are held on a virtual platform. Members of the public are welcome to join meetings by contacting 613-735-9703.

Normally there are no Regular Board meetings held in July, August or December.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Posted below are Board of Health meeting minutes:

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Friday, December 10, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Meeting-Minutes

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Friday, January 8, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December 09, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Friday, October 9, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Meeting Minutes

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

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 13, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, February 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, July 23, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 Afternoon Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 Morning Meeting Minutes

Monday, January 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Governance Committee

Monday, April 4, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 10, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 18, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 13, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 1, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 04, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 04, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Monday, January 07, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Resources Committee

Monday, March 21, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 14, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Monday, December 6, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, April 20, 2021  Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 18, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, December 08, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Friday, September 18, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Stakeholder Relations Committee

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 2, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Monday, November 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Friday, April 26, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 08, 2019 Meeting Minutes

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

Procedural By-Law 2018-02

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Pembroke Office

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

Renfrew Office

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

Please note that RCDHU’s Renfrew office is open by appointment only. Water bottle pick-up and drop-offs will still take place at the regularly scheduled times. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 613-732-3629.