About Us

Working together to promote wellness, prevent and protect against disease and injury, and advocate for healthier communities.

For more than 80 years, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has been a leader in delivering forward-thinking, community-focused public health services. Our achievements are driven by our passionate and energetic team of employees who share a common mission – to improve and safeguard the health and quality of life of our region’s residents.

The EOHU is responsible for the delivery of local public health programs and services, carried out in collaboration with other organizations in the health system and in partnership with municipal governments and community stakeholders. We serve a population of approximately 200,000 people in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and the City of Cornwall, covering a total territory of over 5000 square kilometers. Our main offices are located in Cornwall and Casselman, with four additional satellite offices in Winchester, Alexandria, Hawkesbury and Rockland.

EOHU programs include the following:

  • health education and promotion
  • chronic disease prevention (through nutrition and physical activity programs, early detection of cancer programs, tobacco cessation programs, tobacco control and more)
  • prevention of injuries and substance misuse
  • prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • immunization
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • child health, including dental health programs
  • school and workplace health programs
  • monitoring and surveillance programs
  • public health inspections
  • food and water safety
  • health hazard prevention
  • emergency preparedness

The EOHU has also established itself as a leader in innovative public health communications by embracing a progressive communications strategy that leverages emerging trends and cutting-edge technology to better reach and engage our audiences. The EOHU is one of the only Public Health agencies in North America with complete in-house broadcast and multimedia production facilities and capabilities. This cost effective and environmentally-friendly way of delivering health information content is an important part of our strategy to promote an informed and therefore, healthier community.

EOHU services are cost-shared by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and Prescott-Russell, and the City of Cornwall.

Message from the Medical Officer of Health

Welcome to our website! As you can see from the sections on this site, public health involves many aspects of our everyday lives. In fact, many are surprised to see that the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is involved in a wide range of areas including infection control, chronic disease prevention, healthy babies and children, environment, food and water safety, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

We believe that when it comes to health and wellness, an informed person will become a healthier person. We are committed to providing our community with useful, practical and easily accessible information. For this reason we offer you this website, which we will continue to expand.

You will also find interesting links to other sites we feel may be helpful to you. Please be advised that the information on this site has been carefully selected and prepared. However, this information is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that you or a family member has a medical condition, always consult a physician. If you would like to have more information or have any other public health concerns, you can also call the EOHU at 1 800 267-7120.

We look forward to your feedback and suggestions.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, MD, CM, MPH, FRCP (C)
Medical Officer of Health

The EOHU Board of Health

The EOHU Board of Health is responsible for identifying minimum standards relating to public health programs and services, for understanding health needs and the interventions that can impact positively on these needs, and which roles are most appropriate for and within the achievable capacity of Ontario’s boards of health.

The Board is made up of eleven members: five are provincially appointed. Of the remaining six, two are appointed for the counties of Prescott-Russell, two for the counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and two for the city of Cornwall. The Board of Health is an upper decisional body and is responsible for budget approval.

Board of Health members

NOTE: Any correspondence should be sent to the care of the EOHU Cornwall office.

Gerry Boyce

Gerry Boyce, Chairperson, Representative of the United Counties of SDG

Gerry Boyce has been living in North Dundas since 1964, and owns a farm in South Mountain. He is currently serving his first term as Deputy Mayor of the Township of North Dundas. Gerry worked in management at a local milk processing plant for 20 years, and also owned a bottled water business for 15 years. He is now working part time as a Motor Coach operator for McCoy Bus Lines & Tours.

Gerry has been an active volunteer in his community, serving on a number of boards representing the Township and Counties. He has been past President of the Mountain Township Agricultural Fair, the Winchester Lions Club, the Mountain Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, and the Morrisburg & District Canadian Club, where he is currently an Executive Director. Gerry was also a volunteer with the Mountain Township Fire Department for 30 years, serving his last few years as Deputy Chief. He is also a member of the Rebuilding Committee for St. Daniel Catholic Church in South Mountain. Gerry is married to Lorna, with whom he has three children: Emily, Grant and Jenna.

Gérard Bertrand

Gérard Bertrand, Vice-Chair, Provincial Representative

Gérard Bertrand is a retired federal government of Canada employee whose career with the government spanned thirty-three years. Mr. Bertrand has served as Reeve of Cambridge Township, member of the United Counties of Prescott Russell, member of the Seaway District Health Council and Vice-President of the Children's Aid Society of Prescott-Russell Board of Directors.

Gary J. Barton

Gary Barton,
Representative of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell
Mayor, Champlain Township

Gary Barton resides in Vankleek Hill with his wife, Jean. Together they have four children. Mr. Barton is a retired educator and former principal of Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute. Since 1972, he has been involved in municipal politics. In 2003, Mr. Barton was given the honour of becoming mayor of Champlain Township.

Community is important to Mr. Barton. This value is clearly demonstrated through his extensive community involvement over the last 40 years, which includes being an active member of the Vankleek Hill Historical Society and Board of Health member.

Bernadette Clement

Bernadette Clément, Representative of the City of Cornwall

Bernadette Clément graduated from the University of Ottawa with degrees in both Civil Law and Common Law. She has worked as a lawyer at the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Legal Aid Clinic for the past 25 years and is currently its Deputy Director. Ms. Clément also sits as a Board Member of many community agencies. She was elected to the Cornwall City Council in 2006 and is currently in her third term.

Debora M. Daigle

Debora M. Daigle, Provincial Representative

Debora is a graduate of Queen’s University – first in Social Sciences, and later with a Master’s of Public Administration. She has spent her career in Provincial and Municipal government, managing delivery of Social Housing, Social Services, and Childcare to residents of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry. Since retiring recently, Debora continues her involvement in research and policy development for the Province of Ontario through various sector organizations, on a consulting basis. Debora has extensive experience in healthcare governance, having served previously on the Boards of The Ottawa Hospital, and the Ontario Hospital Association; she is currently on the Boards of the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and Cornwall Community Hospital. She also recently joined the Board of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.

Gilles Fournier

Gilles Fournier, Provincial Representative

Gilles Fournier was born in Vankleek Hill, Ontario where he has now lived for more than 50 years. After graduating from Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, Gilles began to work for his family business while taking classes at Ottawa University where he obtained his degree in Business Administration. During this time Gilles also acquired his Real Estate Licence from the Real Estate Council of Ontario. In 2002, he accepted the position of Operations Manager at DFL International in Hawkesbury. As an active member of the community he has served on various boards, as a School Trustee for the CEPEO and as volunteer with recreational leagues.

Syd Gardiner

Syd Gardiner, Provincial Representative

Sydney Gardiner was elected to Cornwall City Council and served 11 years. During that time, Mr. Gardiner served on numerous boards including the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Emergency Management, Tourism Bureau, Cornwall Regional Airport, and Cornwall Public Library. He also served as President and Vice-President at the Aultsville Theatre for 14 years. As City Councillor, Mr. Gardiner was instrumental in passing a non-smoking bylaw, making the City of Cornwall the first small city in Ontario to go smoke-free.

Mr. Gardiner attended high school at Gault Institute in Valleyfield, Quebec. He upgraded his schooling at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario where he later was invited to teach retail as part of the Marketing Program.

Mr. Gardiner’s employment record includes working as Operations Manager at the Warehousing Distribution and Sales Center for M.C.A Records Canada in Calgary, Alberta, servicing all of western Canada. He later was hired by Capitol Records E.M.I. Montreal in the same capacity, to oversee Capitol’s eastern Canada operations. Mr. Gardiner retired after being employed with Sears Canada for 28 years.

In his leisure time, Mr. Gardiner enjoys golfing in the summer, curling in the winter, and has a passion for singing and playing guitar.

Robert Kirby

Robert Kirby, Representative of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell
Mayor, Township of Hawkesbury East

The Kirby family has been established in Chute-à-Blondeau for 200 years. Robert Kirby was born in 1947 in Chute-à-Blondeau. He, his wife Judy Barton and son still share the family home.

Robert has been a farmer all his life. In partnership with his brother John, nephew J.D, and son Shane, he pursues the family tradition on the family dairy farm. He is bilingual and very active in his community. He is responsible for the welcoming of the International Plowing Match in 2011, a major event.

For the first time in politics, Robert Kirby was elected Mayor of the Township of East Hawkesbury in December 2003 and was reelected by acclamation in 2006. He has been an active member of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's Board of Health since 2003. He was Warden for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell for the year 2009.

Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod, Representative of the United Counties of SDG
Mayor, Township of South Glengarry
Warden, United Counties of SDG

Ian and his wife Janice live in a rural area outside of North Lancaster, Ontario. They have four daughters, three who currently are employed in Calgary and one attending Queen’s University. They have resided at this location for the past 35 years. Ian graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is designated as a “Consulting Engineer”. Currently, Ian is the manager of the municipal department at Genivar, a consulting engineering firm in Cornwall. As such, he has worked with many municipalities throughout eastern Ontario and understands the many challenges that municipalities face.

Ian was elected as Councillor for South Glengarry in 1997 and retained that position until 2010. In 2010, he was elected as Deputy Mayor and then became Mayor of South Glengarry in 2011. As of 2012, he is also serving as Warden of SDG. Over the past years, Ian has served on numerous boards, including many of which he served as chairman. He looks forward to serving on the EOHU Board of Health.

André Rivette

André Rivette, Representative of the City of Cornwall
Councillor, City of Cornwall

André Rivette is a Cornwall native with over 25 years of experience in various supervisory fields, as Marina Manager, Landscape Supervisor, Project Coordinator, Workplace Trainer and Acting Executive Director. Mr. Rivette also has 15 years of experience in sales and is currently retired from Le/The Journal as Sales Manager.

Mr. Rivette was first elected to Cornwall City Council in 1998 where he served two terms. He was then re-elected in 2006. In 2010, Mr. Rivette was re-elected for a fourth term of Council and he presently sits on a number of Boards, most notably the Eastern Ontario Health Unit Board of Health, the Cornwall Community Police Services Board, and the Lay Appointments Committee. He has also served on the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, the Waterfront Committee, the Cornwall & Area Housing Authority, the Cornwall Transit Comprehensive Review Committee and the Grant Research Team, and as chairman of the Board of Management for Glen Stor Dun Lodge.

His interests and hobbies include a love of music, volunteering in various sports organizations and taking career-oriented courses.

Mr. Rivette is married to Susan. They have two children, Rodney and Tracey, and one granddaughter named Alex.

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