Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Chief Executive Officer Nicole Dupuis has resigned for personal and family reasons.
Dupuis joined WECHU in January 2014 as Director of Health Promotion and became its Executive Director in July 2021. During her tenure with WECHU, she led a number of health initiatives including the creation of the Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Toxic Substances Strategy, Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, the reintroduction of fluoride, and the local implementation of the Ontario Seniors Dental Program .
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Windsor and Essex County for the past nine years. The Health Unit is a cohesive team of over 200 public health professionals and leaders who will continue to lead and transform public health in our community. I am extremely grateful to have been part of such an exceptional group of people and thank the Board of Health for their support and guidance. With a strong partnership in the broader health sector, the community, and the newly formed partnership with the University of Windsor, WECHU is well positioned for continued success,” said Dupuis.
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Over the next few weeks, the Board of Health will focus on recruiting a permanent CEO. To ensure continuity, the board appointed Eleanor Groh as interim CEO. Groh, former Director, Director and Board Member of WECHU, is an experienced nurse leader familiar with the operations of the health unit and the work of WECHU.
She and Dupuis will work closely together over the next month until Nicole leaves and a permanent replacement is identified.
Dr. Nesathurai remains the interim Medical Officer of Health and will work hand in hand with the Board throughout the transition.