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Letters to the Editor and Comings and Goings, Early March 2005

I Introduction

This week we have some comings and goings and letters in response to 400.1, Reflecting on 400 Issues of the Ontario Health Promotion Email Bulletin (

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II Comings and Goings

A. Brian Hyndman Leaves The Health Communication Unit

Goodbye messages are always difficult to write, all the more so when using impersonal vehicles such as email. So, with that caveat, here's my best attempt.

After eleven years as a consultant at The Health Communication Unit (THCU), I have decided to leave THCU at the end of April 2005. After taking a little downtime, I will be embarking on a new career path as an associate of the Alder Group, a health promotion and social policy consulting firm (, in June.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the THCU team and the broader OHPRS system. My involvement with THCU has provided me with many rewarding and interesting work opportunities that have enabled me to enhance my skills while building a strong network of friends and colleagues. I am especially proud of the role I played in helping to build the OHPRS, which has become an indispensible source of support to health promoters in Ontario.

I hope to have the opportunity to say my goodbyes to many of you through more interpersonal exchanges. But in the meantime, I wish all of you the very best in your own career paths, and I look forward to the possibility of future collaboration in my new role.

Brian Hyndman

B. Changes at the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) undertook their first elections for the positions of chair and vice chair. The elections took place January 6, 2005 and OCDPA is pleased to announce that Connie Clement from the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse has accepted the position of chair and Dr. Norman Giesbrecht from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has accepted the position of vice-chair. The positions are for two years.

OCDPA is very grateful to Dr. Verna Mai from Cancer Care Ontario for valiantly stepping up and in as interim chair in recent months. Her hard work, diligence and dedication is greatly appreciated.

Tracy Howson

Manager, Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

C. Changes at OPHA

The Board of Directors of OPHA would like to inform the staff of OPHA, Constituent Societies, the Chairs of the OPHA Workgroups and other partners of a change in OPHA leadership. We would like to announce that Connie Uetrecht has taken on the position of the Interim Executive Director as of Monday, February 28, 2005, for a one-year term. Connie has extensive experience in public health and is a Past-President of OPHA. Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact Garry Aslanyan, OPHA President at


D. New Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

"Ron Sapsford was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, effective March 1, 2005. Most recently, Mr. Sapsford was the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.

"He has also held positions as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Institutional and Community Services for the Ministry of Health and chief operating officer with the Ontario Hospital Association. In addition to his extensive experience in the health care field, he is an active contributor to the profession through teaching and committee work. Mr. Sapsford holds a bachelor of science from the University of Toronto and a master of health administration from the University of Ottawa."

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E. Sarah Lambert moves to the Health Promotion Branch

It is with mixed feelings that I send this message to let you know that I will be leaving my position at Ophea in mid-February and taking a position in the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care effective February 14. I have very much enjoyed being Manager of Projects at Ophea and have valued the energy and passion of my colleagues, the rigorous approach Ophea takes for all its ventures, the many projects I have managed, and the opportunity to work in partnership with many different colleagues to foster active, healthy living opportunities for Ontario's children and youth. That said, as many of you know, I had previously worked in the MOHLTC and had very much enjoyed that work as well -- also working on many issues with many colleagues! I have an opportunity to return to government and am very much looking forward to returning to the Public Health Division and am excited to continue to support health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

I will look forward to working with many of you in this context to foster health and wellness of Ontario's population.

Sarah Lambert

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III Letters to the Editor

A. Congratulations

Congratulations on your 400th edition. I look forward to reading the bulletin each week and have made use of articles both in my work and even in my volunteer activities outside work.

I look forward to many more years of helpful information. Thanks again.

Carol Snell

B. Community-Based Participatory Research Listserv

I would add this listserv for those interested in community-based participatory research; it is a partnership initiative between Seattle-Based Community Campus Partnerships for Health and Toronto-based Wellesley Central Health Corporation:

[Note: our original list of health promotion and public health oriented email listservs and e-bulletins can be seen in issue 400.2,]