This week, Halton Region will be saying goodbye to Dr. Bob Nosal, the Region’s Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health since 1991. After 25 years of service to Halton residents, Dr. Nosal is retiring.
Along with members of Regional Council, I recently had the opportunity to express my admiration and appreciation of Dr. Nosal for his many years of dedicated public service. The list of accomplishments he’s garnered throughout his distinguished career is long.
Since Dr. Nosal became Halton Region’s Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health he has:
- led the Health Department through West Nile Virus in 2002, SARS in 2003 and H1N1 in 2009;
- been a leader in the areas of health promotion, public health surveillance, air quality and environmental protection;
- managed the development of a top performing Paramedic Service and community-based mental health clinic;
- led the Health Department with a vision of being community minded, understanding that the best possible health for Halton residents is most effectively achieved through collaboration; and
- served on a number of regional and provincial committees addressing a wide array of public health issues and advocated to address mental health, substance misuse, and child and youth development in Halton, among many other issues.
In short, he has helped to make Halton Region’s Health Department a provincial leader in programming and service delivery, providing the top level of care for Halton residents.
I have known Dr. Nosal since the early 1990s when I was an MPP and have always been impressed with his professionalism and his dedication. I know many members of staff at Halton Region and Regional Council will miss his sound knowledge and judgment that has always served the residents of Halton well.
On behalf of Halton Region, thank you “Dr. Bob” for your commitment and dedication to the people of Halton! You deserve the very best in retirement. You have been a true leader and a big contributor to making Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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