Nora Bressette Becomes Newest LHIN Board Member

CHATHAM-KENT – Nora Bressette has been appointed as the newest member of the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board of Directors. The official Order-in-Council issued by the Public Appointments Secretariat of the Province of Ontario took effect on June 30, 2016.  Nora actively attended and participated in three Governance Advisory Council meetings in September and she attended her first Open Board meeting on October 24, 2016.

Nora is a Curriculum Coordinator with the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation. Previously, she worked as a special education teacher and Program Manager at Nimkee Nupigawagan Healing Centre and as an Elementary School Teacher and Principal at Kettle and Stony Point First Nations. Her community involvement has included volunteering as a Member of the Board of Directors with the Atlosha Native Family Healing Services. Nora studied Native Adult Education at Brock University and holds an Elementary Teacher's certificate from London Teachers College.

LHIN Board Members are selected using a skill-based process, with all candidates assessed for the fit between skills and abilities of the prospective appointee and the needs of each LHIN Board. Directors are expected to possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and have an understanding of local health issues, needs, and priorities. 

The Erie St. Clair LHIN, with a total population of approximately 636,020 people, is one of 14 LHINs across Ontario mandated to plan, integrate, and fund local health services including hospitals, community care access centres, community health centres, long-term care homes, mental health and addiction programs and community support services agencies. The Erie St. Clair LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for approximately 1.1 billion dollars of health care services delivered in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex.

QUOTES

“One need only to be with Nora Bressette for one meeting to become aware of the richness of her words and dedication to addressing the issues we face in health care.  Whether from the perspective of indigenous peoples or from that we all have when facing health care challenges, Nora’s participation demonstrates the valuable addition she makes to our Board, our LHIN, and our communities.”

  - Martin Girash, Board Chair, Erie St. Clair LHIN

“I am honoured to be a part of the Erie St. Clair Board at a time when the Board faces many new and exciting opportunities – sub-regions, accessibility, mental health and addictions, patient and family advisory groups, and holistic integration with healthcare partners to provide improved wellness for all community members.  These opportunities allow us to explore new possibilities, challenge status quo, learn, change, collaborate and forge new pathways that will truly make a difference in the wellbeing of a diverse population.  My work both on and off First Nations as well as in addictions and mental health offers an excellent foundation to exploring new possibilities to meet the holistic healthcare needs of the clients, families, communities and partners of the Erie St Clair Board.”

 - Nora Bressette, Board Director, Erie St. Clair LHIN

“Nora is an excellent community representative and will be a positive addition to the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is already proving to be essential at our Open Board Meetings.”

 - Ralph Ganter, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Erie St. Clair LHIN