Champlain LHIN Welcomes New Board Member
NEWS – Dec 16, 2015 - The Champlain LHIN has appointed Guy Freedman to its Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective November 4, 2015.
Mr. Freedman (ancestral name Pizhew) is fifth-generation Métis, originally from Flin Flon, Manitoba and has been a resident of the Ottawa Valley for more than 30 years. He is a former miner, an entrepreneur, an executive, and an informed leader on current Indigenous issues. In addition to leading the consulting group, First Peoples Group, Mr. Freedman is also the founder of One Nation, an award-winning full-service new media agency.
Fluent in both English and French, Mr. Freedman worked as a public servant for 20 years at the provincial and federal levels, including as Special Assistant to the Minister of Northern Affairs and Business Development in the province of Manitoba and Head of Aboriginal Career Development Initiative with the federal government in Ottawa. Most recently, he was a special advisor for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Having successfully undergone cancer treatment three years ago, Mr. Freedman led the establishment of an Indigenous healing room at The Ottawa Hospital to help improve services for patients and show his appreciation for the care he received.
In addition, Mr. Freedman recently authored his first book of poetry, Little Athapapuskow, A Métis Love Story, which will soon be published by Saskatchewan’s Gabriel Dumont Institute.
- Board of Directors of LHINs are appointed by an Order-in-Council, for a term of one to three years subject to a maximum of six years.
- Directors are selected through a merit-based and transparent process, from across the Champlain region and are expected to possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and understanding of local health issues, needs and priorities.
- The Champlain LHIN is 1 of 14 LHINs created by the Province of Ontario to plan, integrate, coordinate, and fund health services for the 1.3 million residents in the Champlain region.
- The Champlain LHIN Board of Directors, through its Chair, is responsible to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the allocation of $2.6 billion in annual funding to health services providers that include hospitals, the Community Care Access Centre, long-term care homes, community health centres, community support services, and mental health and addictions services.
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“I and my fellow Directors are delighted that Guy Freedman is joining the Board of Directors of the Champlain LHIN. Guy's strong communications ability combined with his professional experience and personal strengths will make a strong Board even stronger. In addition, his extensive knowledge of Indigenous issues across Canada and his understanding of traditional teachings will be invaluable in helping the Board to further advance the LHIN’s goal of improving health services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.”
- Jean-Pierre Boisclair, Board Chair, Champlain LHIN
“I am confident that Mr. Freedman will be an excellent addition to the Champlain LHIN board. I look forward to working with him and thank him for generously devoting his time to help ensure that our regional health care system meets the needs of our community.”
- John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South
“After my personal experience with the health system, I always wanted to give back to the community and make things even easier for people who follow and fall into the same situation, not only the Indigenous people, but all Canadians. For me, it’s about prevention, it’s about health, and it’s about promoting certain techniques to live a better life. In particular, I am hoping to work with health care providers in the rural parts of our region. There is always room for change and improvement in the health system.”
- Guy Freedman, new Champlain LHIN Board member