Celebrating Public Health Heroes

Positive contributions come in all sizes – big or small – and all are essential to making communities healthier for everyone. Today, eight recipients of the newly created Public Health Hero award were announced at the meeting of the Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

“Our communities are full of Public Health Heroes who help promote health and well-being with family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers,” said René Lapierre, Chair of the Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “This is an opportunity to recognize those contributions,” said Lapierre.

“Public Health Heroes put public health into action and make tangible, positive differences in their communities,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “It is our privilege to honour people and organizations in our communities for their efforts to make their neighbourhoods or workplaces healthier and to promote and protect health and prevent disease for everyone,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.

Public Health Heroes demonstrate humility, trust, and respect, and foster opportunities for health for all.

The Public Health Heroes for fall 2019 include:

  • Joanne Dubé: for providing low-cost chair yoga and low-impact activities to the citizens of French River.
  • Kristin Bickell: for coordinating the seasonal planning of 17 community gardens in 11 communities and facilitating the construction of over 150 home gardens for people in need on Manitoulin Island.
  • Marisue James: for engaging with the community to coordinate low-cost recreational opportunities so that everyone has an opportunity to learn about and play sports in Greater Sudbury.
  • St. Alexander’s Knitting and Crocheting Circle: for making over 500 hats to help parents understand the frustrating—but normal—period of increased crying most infants go through.
  • Action Sudbury, Citizens Against Impaired Driving: for implementing activities over the last 35 years to reduce injuries and fatalities on local roads in Greater Sudbury and surrounding areas.
  • Bike Sudbury / Vélo Sudbury: for being a voice for safe cycling for people of all ages and abilities, and for continuing to strive to build a strong cycling culture.
  • Employees at Costco (Sudbury): for supporting vulnerable families in Public Health’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children program during the holiday season by collecting various items to donate and by supplying food.
  • Diane Hayes: for knitting more than 1100 hats over the last five years for newborns in our community, including hats for Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Period of Purple Crying campaign.

Public Health Hero award recipients are nominated in the spring and fall and are selected based on their actions to make a health-enhancing difference in their local community and efforts that align with the agency’s vision of Healthier Communities for All.

Public Health Hero award recipients will be profiled over the coming months on Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Facebook page and Twitter account.

For more information about the Public Health Hero recognition program, please call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 345 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

This item was last modified on November 22, 2019