No manager positions in health unit here

Following a shake-up within the Northwestern Health Unit, the seven managerial positions up for grabs in March officially were filled on April 15—and none of them are based in Fort Frances.
While Ken Allan, former infectious disease control team leader, and former health planner Bob Jeffrey both were based in Fort Frances before leaving their positions in January to work in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, respectively, all those hired or re-hired opted to operate out of Kenora or Sioux Lookout.
Karen Essery, formerly preventative services team leader, is now the director of infectious disease control and environmental health while Bill Limerick, former environmental health team leader, is now the environmental health and municipal relations consultant.
Mark Perrault, former operations officer, is now director of operations.
New to the health unit’s management staff is Judi Gryschuk (director of children’s services), Val Mann (program planning and evaluation consultant), Cherry Lawrance (director of health promotion and disease prevention), and Edward Przednowek (director of finance and administration).
Lawrance replaces Phyllis Anderson while Przednowek replaces administration team leader Wayne Hanchard.
Essery, Limerick, Perrault, Gryschuk, Mann, and Przednowek are based in Kenora, but won’t start their positions there until May or June. Lawrance will be based out of Sioux Lookout.
The positions were advertised in newspapers from Thunder Bay into Manitoba, with the application deadline closing in mid-March.
The shuffle took place following an operational review of the health unit revealed in November.
“We’ve changed not just the names but the jobs themselves,” Dr. Pete Sarsfield, CEO and medical officer of health for the health unit, told the Times back in March.
He noted the number of positions has resulted in the re-combining of some of the duties previously handled by individual managers.
“One of the biggest questions I have to address concerning the new positions is where will they be [located]?” Dr. Sarsfield said at that time.
“What we’ve done, in order to attract as many people as possible, is we haven’t determined where the positions will be placed.
“We’ve said ‘location to be discussed’ in the ads,” he added.
Dr. Sarsfield is on leave and was not available for comment by press time this week.