The Porcupine Health Unit is celebrating 75 years of providing public health services to a wide swath of Northeastern Ontario.
From its first office in Timmins in 1945… it branched out to offices in Iroquois Falls and Matheson in 1950… Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls and Hearst in 1955… and others beyond that.
To mark the anniversary in Kapuskasing there is a free public swim at Donat Brousseau Pool tomorrow Saturday from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Spokesperson Lynn Leggett says the health unit depends on partnerships with communities and schools. Most of us remember visiting health nurses from our school days.
“We provide our school-based immunization programs,” she said. “Other services that we provide include nutrition programs, support to teachers on different health topics. We also do some concussion work, suicide prevention, as well as a lot of different programs that we support and work at the schools.”
The health unit’s head office in Timmins will hold an open house next Friday between eleven and one.