Project Team at Peterborough Public Health Wins National Award

Written by Communications, January 10, 2020

Health Promotion Canada Award Recognizes Excellence in Public Health Submissions to City and County Official Plans

Health Promotion Canada bestowed a national award yesterday to a project team at Peterborough Public Health for their 2018 submissions to the Official Plan Reviews for the City and County of Peterborough.

“We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment as it reflects the importance of applying public health principles to Official Plans, the primary documents that govern municipal land use and the future of community development,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Opportunities to review these documents only come around once a decade or so, and our team’s outstanding work ensured our municipal partners had the best evidence and public health strategies to draw from when reshaping their Official Plans keep our communities healthy and strong.”

Official Plans cover a wide range of topics related to public health, and the PPH project team focused its recommendations on healthy community design, healthy food systems, housing, transportation, natural environments, and health equity. PPH developed a comprehensive toolkit for Health in Official Plans and submitted 11 recommendations to the County and 12 recommendations to the City for their consideration. Ultimately the City of Peterborough did incorporate some of the recommendations into its Official Plan, such as the addition of policies for food stores that will ensure access to healthy food for all residents.

The award-winning project team at PPH is comprised of:

  • Hallie Atter, Manager
  • Keith Beecroft, Health Promoter
  • Monique Beneteau, Health Promoter
  • Julie Brandsma, Health Promoter
  • Janet Dawson, Health Promoter
  • Carolyn Doris, Manager
  • Jane Hoffmeyer, Manager
  • Karly Jessup, Public Health Nurse
  • Lauren Kennedy, Registered Dietitian
  • Mohamed Kharbouch, Epidemiologist
  • Deanna Leahy, Health Promoter
  • Paula Mattie, Public Health Nurse
  • Jane Naylor, Communications Assistant
  • Christine Post, Health Promoter
  • Wanda Tonus, Public Health Inspector
  • Deanna VandenBroek, Health Promoter

Through its 2019 Health Promotion Canada awards, the organization celebrates and acknowledges the contribution of Canadian Health Promoters. Peterborough Public Health won in the Team/Group Award category. This particular award recognizes passionate and innovative individuals who, through their collaborative efforts, have made significant contributions to addressing issues of inequality and health equity in Canadian communities through, for example, advocacy, programming, policy development, or community development.

Peterborough Public Health’s submissions to the Official Plans can be found at the links below:
Health in Official Plans:  A Toolkit – 2018 Submission to the City of Peterborough Official Plan Review
Health in Official Plans:  A Toolkit – 2018 Submission to the County of Peterborough Official Plan Review

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For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391