North West LHIN Bids Farewell to Former Interim Board Chair, Dan Levesque
Thunder Bay, ON, April 13, 2017 – The North West LHIN bids farewell to Dan Levesque, who completes his term with the North West LHIN Board of Directors on April 18, 2017.
Dan was initially appointed as a member of the North West LHIN Board of Directors on April 18, 2011, for a three-year term. He was then re-appointed to his second three-year term on April 18, 2014, then appointed as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors on November 4, 2015, before accepting the position of Interim Board Chair on January 27, 2016.
Dan, a resident of Greenstone, brought 31 years of service with the Ontario Provincial Police and an impressive community perspective. His dedication to the community is evident through his work as the Chairperson of the Board for both Greenstone Victim Services and the Superior Greenstone Association for Community Living. During his time as Interim Board Chair, North West LHIN, Dan played an integral role as the North West LHIN moved forward with the implementation of Patients First, as well as various initiatives that have helped to improve access to care and health outcomes for the people of Northwestern Ontario.
“I came to the LHIN in 2011, when the North West LHIN Health Services Blueprint started,” says Dan. “It was very forward-thinking in its approach to ensuring better health care for the people of Northwestern Ontario, and it has been great to see that continued evolution,” he says. “I’ve also had the chance to meet so many smart people. The quality of the people of the Board and the people who are part of the North West LHIN staff is something that’s always impressed me. If I’ve picked up anything or learned anything from all those people along the way, I’m very thankful for that.”
Gil Labine, Chair, North West LHIN Board of Directors, says: “The North West LHIN was very fortunate to have Dan Levesque as our Interim Chair. His experience and dedication to sustaining accessible and quality health care in Northwestern Ontario is much appreciated and his leadership on the Board of Directors will be greatly missed. The North West LHIN thanks Dan for his service and we wish him every success in his new ventures.”
- Currently, the Board of Directors is comprised of: Gil Labine (Thunder Bay), Dan Levesque (Geraldton), Carol Neff (Thunder Bay), Cathy Farrell (Thunder Bay), Tina Copenace (Kenora), Darryl Allan (Fort Frances), Tim Berube (Thunder Bay), Herb ZoBell (Thunder Bay), Beatrice Metzler (Thunder Bay), Dorothy Piccinin (Thunder Bay), and Cindy Jarvela (Thunder Bay).
- The role of the LHIN Board of Directors is to oversee, advise on and govern the strategic direction and priorities of the LHIN, in support of the people of Northwestern Ontario and in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care priorities and directions.
- Directors are appointed by an Order-In-Council, through a process administered by the Public Appointments Secretariat, for a term of up to three years, and may be appointed for one further term.
- The Chair and the Directors are appointed based on their expertise, experience, leadership skills and the needs of the LHIN. They are accountable, through the Chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds and for its results in the local health system.
- The North West LHIN is responsible for planning, funding and integrating local health services – hospitals, long-term care homes, the Community Care Access Centre, community health centres, community support services, mental health and addictions agencies, independent health facilities, family health teams, aboriginal health access centres, among others.
- The North West LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for more than $650 million of health care services delivered in Northwestern Ontario.
Hugh Mullally, Corporate Communications & Community Engagement Consultant
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Petronilla Ndebele, Director, Corporate Communications & Community Engagement
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