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NOSM Holds Face-to-Face Board Meeting in Hearst

Members Tour Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital and Nord-Aski Family Health Facility, Participate in Interactive Learning Sessions, and Interact with Community Members

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its annual Board of Directors face-to-face meeting in Hearst, Ontario on May 12 and May 13, 2016.

On the first morning together, NOSM Board members enjoyed a tour of Hearst’s Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital and Nord-Aski Family Health Facility organized by France Dallaire, Hospital CEO, Dr. Richard Claveau, Chief of Staff and Site Liaison Clinician for NOSM, and Maryléne Comeau, Physician Recruiter and Site Administrative Coordinator for NOSM. 

Board members heard how the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital, a Francophone establishment in which all populations are treated with respect for their culture and language, works to contribute to improving the health of communities through leadership rooted in partnerships. The Nord-Aski Family Health Facility provides its mostly Francophone and Indigenous population with varied services that emphasize health promotion, illness prevention, early detection, and education. Each year, the City of Hearst, the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital, and the Nord-Aski Family Health Team welcome NOSM medical students and residents to live and learn in Hearst.

During the two-day meeting, Board members heard updates on behalf of NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group and the Francophone Reference Group, and participated in several presentations and interactive sessions on the topics of postgraduate education, risk management, public relations, Board effectiveness, and community engagement. 

Members welcomed Dr. Pierre Ouellette, Recteur de l’Université de Hearst, who shared exciting developments at the university that offers undergraduate programs in French on three campuses located in Hearst, Kapuskasing, and Timmins.

In the evening, NOSM Board members enjoyed a lumberjack-themed dinner at Hearst’s Heritage Sawmill Marketplace with local community members, including several representatives from the health and municipal organizations of Hearst. Following the dinner, several members enjoyed an optional community tour at the small, artisan Rheault Distillery, which prides itself for creating hand crafted, small batch spirits. 

The Directors received reports from Academic Council and Admissions, and the newly released NOSM’s Report to Northern Ontario, which, at the near conclusion of NOSM’s 10th anniversary year, describes how the School has been working with communities and partners across the North to build a healthier Northern Ontario.

The Directors received a Financial Report for the 10-month period ending February 28, 2016. In addition, the Board approved the proposed balanced budget of $44.07 million for the fiscal year May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017, as presented. 

At the formal Board meeting, members paid tribute to Dr. Robert Kerr, retiring Vice-President, Academic and Provost at Laurentian University, and thanked him for his outstanding commitment to NOSM as past Board Chair and Vice-Chair, as well as Chair of the Board’s Executive Committee.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled to occur on September 21, 2016.

For a complete list of Board members, please visit our website at nosm.ca.


Kim Daynard, Director of Communications
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
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