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CALLING IT QUITS

- Health Unit’s Top Administrator Set to Retire After a 38-Year Career in Public Health -


(PORT HOPE) – A familiar face at the local Health Unit is set to leave this summer after nearly four decades with the organization.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is losing its long-time Director of Administration and Human Resources, Susan Bickle, to retirement. A life-long resident of Cobourg, Bickle is calling it a career after being with the Health Unit for more than 38 years.

“This has truly been a dream job for me, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunities to do what I have done with the Health Unit,” says Bickle. “Even after all this time, I’m still passionate and excited about the job. No two days are the same, and it keeps the job very interesting.”

In her position, Bickle has been responsible for six main areas within the Health Unit: finance, administrative support, human resources, Information Technology, facilities, and privacy. In her own words, Bickle sees herself as an “enabler.”

“I see my role, and that of my administrative staff, as being enablers,” she says. “We’re a support service for the organization, providing the assistance that is necessary for the various public health disciplines to provide services to our residents every day.”

Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health with the HKPR District Health Unit, says the organization has grown and become stronger under Bickle. “Susan brings a wealth of experience and a great deal of professionalism and pride to her work that will be greatly missed,” Dr. Noseworthy says. “We wish Susan all the best as she transitions to a new stage in life and pursues new opportunities and interests in her retirement.”

At the end of June, Mary Catherine Masciangelo will be replacing Bickle as the Health Unit’s Director of Administration and Human Resources. Currently, Masciangelo is the Director of Human Resources at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Susan Bickle, Director of Administration and Human Resources, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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