THUNDER BAY – NorWest Community Health Centre has announced Juanita Lawson as its new Chief Executive Director.
She will assume responsibilities on May 1, 2017 and will succeed Wendy Talbot, who is retiring after 20 years of service at NorWest CHCs.
Lawson has considerable clinical and management experience in health services and joined NorWest CHC in 2009 as the Director of Clinical Services.
In that capacity, Lawson has demonstrated strong leadership in clinical services and in forming partnerships with others in the community.
“Juanita’s client-centered focus and strengths-based leadership will be a great asset to NorWest CHCs,” said Board of Directors chair David Richards.
“The Board of Directors is excited to work with Lawson in this new role.”
Lawson said she’s committed to ensuring that NorWest CHCs continues to respond to the unique needs of individuals and families in the community.
“I am inspired by the dedication of our staff, Board of Directors and volunteers and I’m excited to work with community partners to enhance the health and well-being of our community.”
Lawson earned a PhD in Social Work from the University of Calgary, Master of Social Work from Lakehead University, Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph, and an Advanced Health Leadership Certificate from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
She has a wide range of clinical and management experience in a variety of settings including private practice, non-profit organizations, and the government.