Renfrew County and District Health Unit is one of 36 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, Mission & Values
Optimal health for all in Renfrew County and District.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit protects and promotes the health and well-being of all residents through leadership, partnership, accountability and service excellence.
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.
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.
Board of Health Members
The Renfrew County and District Board of Health oversees the administration of the Health Unit’s programs and services. 2017 Board of Health members are:
Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore, Chair
Janice Visneskie Moore is Chair of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health. She sits on all of the Board’s committees: Governance; Resources; Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Communications. She is Mayor of the Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards, and the first Deputy Warden for the County of Renfrew. Janice was first elected to serve at the County of Renfrew in 1988. Janice served as Renfrew County Warden from 2007-2008 and was the first woman to hold the office of Warden for two consecutive years. She is Chair of the Health Committee that oversees Miramichi Lodge, Bonnechere Manor and the Emergency Services Department. She also serves on the Finance and Administration Committee, and the ad-hoc committees for the Healthy Communities Partnership and the Shaw Woods Board.
Ms. Carolyn Watt, Vice-Chair
Carolyn Watt is Vice Chair of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health. She presently works part-time as Health & Safety Coordinator at the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Her background is in office administration, having spent 18 years as Executive Assistant to a federal Member of Parliament. Carolyn grew up in Laurentian Valley, attended Champlain High School and studied Municipal Administration at St. Lawrence College. She and her husband, Keith Watt, reside in Laurentian Valley. They are very proud of their three professional sons and seven adorable grandchildren.
Mayor Jane Dumas
Jane Dumas is a member of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health and the Chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Communication Committee. She has been the Mayor of the Township of South Algonquin for six years. Before becoming mayor, she served as a councillor in the township for two years. Jane graduated from the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She worked in Home Care nursing in Renfrew County. She spent the majority of her nursing career as a staff nurse and nursing administrator at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay. During this time Jane represented the hospital on numerous committees and groups. Jane also served as a trustee on the Airy and Sabine District Area School Board. Jane and her husband, Alexander, live in Whitney.
Mayor Michael Donohue
Michael Donohue is a member of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health and sits on the Board’s Resources Committee. He is the Mayor of the Township of Admaston/Bromley. After completing a BA at Carleton University he returned to the family farm in Douglas. Michael served as the president of the Douglas Recreation Committee and was the Admaston/Bromley delegate to the Upper Valley OPP Community Police Advisory Committee. He was director and then president of the Renfrew Federation of Agriculture and subsequently a director of the Ontario Federation. He was first elected to council in Admaston/Bromley in 2010, where he chaired the Planning and Economic Development Committee and was a member of the Emergency Management Committee. He served as council representative on the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Douglas.
Reeve Peter Emon
Peter Emon is a member of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health. Peter went to Calabogie Elementary School, attended Renfrew Collegiate Institute and graduated from University of Windsor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Peter is very active in his community as the Reeve of the Town of Renfrew. Previously Peter was the Mayor of Greater Madawaska Township. For more than two decades Peter has served his communities with a focus on people, and economic development. Peter and his wife, Allanna, have one daughter.
Mr. Wilmer Matthews
Wilmer Matthews is a member of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health and Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee. He has been a proud resident of Renfrew County since 1969. Now retired, he was an educator, teacher and principal with Renfrew County District School Board for over 30 years. He attended Queen’s University, B.A., E.Ed., and the University of Ottawa, M.Ed. He has experience in healthcare through his volunteer work as a member with: St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation; Champlain Local Health Integration Network, as Vice Chair and Acting Chair; Madawaska Communities Circle of Health; West Champlain Healthy Community Corporation Board; South Renfrew Health Link Steering Committee. He and his wife, Fay, have two children and two grandsons.
Councillor Christine Reavie
Christine Reavie is the City of Pembroke’s representative on the Renfrew County and District Board of Health. She currently works as the constituency office caseworker for the Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. Born and raised in Pembroke, Christine joined the Canadian Forces following high school where she enjoyed an exciting career for 20 years. She is enjoying her first term as a councillor for the City of Pembroke and continues to serve as a board member for Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. As a special point of interest, Christine is proud of her ties to the RCDHU – her father, Gary Severin, was one of the original four health inspectors when the local Health Unit was first established in 1967.
Mayor John Reinwald
John Reinwald is a member of the Renfrew County and District Board of Health. He is the Mayor for the Town of Laurentian Hills. He attended Rolphton Public School, Mackenzie High School and graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. John (Jed) was employed for five years at Ontario Hydro and at AECL for thirty years. He is Chairman of the Social Services, Health, Hwy 417 Advisory, Land Claim Advisory and Striking Committees of the County of Renfrew. He volunteers as a groomer maintainer/operator for the North Renfrew Snowmobile Association (NRSA). He and his wife, Laura-Lee, have two children and two grandchildren.