Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) has announced the suspension of their CEO, Mr. Bernie D. Schmidt. The decision came at a Meeting of Directors held in Timmins recently. Greg Spence has been appointed interim CEO.
WAHA claimed the suspension was necessary to allow complaints and allegations from the communities receiving medical, dental and other essential health services, to be reviewed and dealt with by the Board of Directors, the body responsible for the governance, supervision and management of the affairs of the Corporation.
Also, following a review of the By-Laws of the Corporation, the WAHA’s Board of Directors acknowledged the resignation of Mr. Leo Loone to allow his replacement as an elected Director and Member of the Corporation, by appointment, of one of the six nominating communities served by the Corporation.
Ms. Shirley Gagnon, a Director and Member WAHA appointed by Attawapiskat First Nation, has been chosen as Interim Chair of the Corporation.
Ms. Gagnon stated: “The communities and stakeholders served by Weeneebayko Area Health Authority have clearly requested that the Board of Directors exercise governance over the Corporation. The elected Directors of the Board, comprising a majority of the 11 Members of the Corporation, met in camera to carry out the wishes expressed by the Communities that have appointed us to govern this Corporation, which provides essential services to our people.”
Weeneebayko Area Health Authority is a regional, community-focused organization, committed to providing optimum health care as close to home as possible.