There is a new Commissioner of Health Services for the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Norm Barrette will take on his new role on November 12th. The District is currently looking to better reflect the current program and service delivery responsibilities.

Currently, more than half the District’s staff are under the health-care arm of the organization. Long term care, paramedic services and health planning will now all be under the banner of a new Health Services Department.

“The District’s role in health care service delivery and planning has expanded and Council is very pleased to have Norm’s leadership in place to guide the new department,” said John Klinck, Chair of the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Barrette will come to Muskoka following a stint with the Regional Municipality of York. He is currently Chief and General Manager of Paramedic and Seniors Services.

At York Barrette was responsible for bringing Paramedic Services, Long Term Care, and Seniors Community Programs into a newly formed unit.

He will be responsible for administration, management and strategic leadership of the new Health Services Department.

“Norm’s experiences are sure to help us continue to build and brand our new Health Services department,” said Michael Duben, Chief Administrative Officer with the District of Muskoka.  “We are very fortunate that he and his family have decided to join the District family.”