District appoints Commissioner of new Health Services department

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The District Municipality of Muskoka has announced that Norm Barrette has been selected as the new Commissioner, Health Services, effective November 12, 2018.  The District is completing a restructuring of its departments and standing committees to better reflect the current program and service delivery responsibilities.  More than half of the District’s staff work in the healthcare field including long term care, paramedic services and health planning, which will now be aligned under the new Health Services department.

“The District’s role in health care service delivery and planning has expanded and Council is very pleased to have Norm’s leadership in place to guide the new department,” said John Klinck, Chair of the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Norm is an executive leader in the municipal sector, bringing to the District an extensive career in paramedicine and seniors services.  He is leaving the Regional Municipality of York, where he currently serves as their Chief and General Manager of Paramedic and Seniors Services. In this most recent role with York, Norm helped to bring together Paramedic Services, Long Term Care and Seniors Community Programs into a newly formed health services delivery organization, similar to the direction in which the District is headed.

As the Commissioner, Health Services, Norm will be responsible for the strategic leadership, management, and administration of the Health Services department. Norm has the ability to lead teams who focus on delivering exceptional care through innovation, technology, information systems, evidenced based practices and clinical research.

“Norm’s experiences are sure to help us continue to build and brand our new Health Services department,” said Michael Duben, Chief Administrative Officer with the District of Muskoka.  “We are very fortunate that he and his family have decided to join the District family.”

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