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Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 5 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County 

After an incredible 30 years of service and a long year at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Nursing Officer and CEO Theresa Marentette announces her intention to retire June 30, 2021.

Theresa started her nursing career at the Salvation Army Grace Hospital before joining the WECHU as a public health nurse in 1989.  From then Marentette moved progressively to management leading several departments, including school health, infectious disease and oral health until her appointment as Director of Health Protection and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in 2013.  In 2017, Theresa took over the helm of the WECHU as Chief Executive Office and CNO, leading the public health unit through many challenges including changes in government, a labour dispute and now a global pandemic.

“It has been my privilege to work with Theresa Marentette. Her passion for public health and the community she serves is apparent everyday in her tireless journey to keep us all healthy and safe. I am thankful to Theresa for her wisdom, dedication and public health leadership through what can only be described as a historical time in public health”, said Gary McNamara, Chair of the Board of Health.

Theresa has been a mentor to a generation of public health leaders and professionals and instrumental in leading the organization through change. Marentette has been front and centre of the pandemic with Dr. Wajid Ahmed bringing up-to-date, evidence-based information, and providing assurance to the community, during a time of fear and uncertainty.

“Theresa has worked non-stop for our community. She has supported our staff, our management team and myself through its most difficult times. Theresa’s focus and commitment has never wavered, her leadership in public health will be missed”, said Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

“The WECHU has been my home for a large part of my life. I feel privileged and honoured to have been able to do the work I love each day while serving my community. This past year has been one of the most challenging years of my career as a nurse and a leader. With the vaccine implementation well underway, and a strong leadership team in place, it feels like the right time to start a new chapter”, says Theresa Marentette, CEO and CNO.

McNamara says the next step for the Board of Health will be to begin the process of transitioning the health unit under new leadership.

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