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New Interim Chair Appointed to HKPR Board of Health

David Marshall has been appointed Interim Chairperson until January

PORT HOPE, ON (September 21, 2022) – The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) has appointed David Marshall as the Interim Chairperson to the HKPR District Health Unit’s Board of Health effective immediately.  

Doug Elmslie is a municipal representative for the City of Kawartha Lakes and a long time member of the Board of Health and Chairperson since September 2019.  With the upcoming municipal elections in October, Board of Health members who are also elected municipal officials will see their term on the Board of Health cease after November 10, 2022. The Board of Health felt it was necessary to appoint a new Chairperson to ensure good governance post-election.

Mr. Marshall was originally appointed to the Board of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit in 2021 by the Lieutenant Governor through a recommendation by the Minister of Health when he applied to the Public Appointments Secretariat.  As a Provincial Appointee, Mr. Marshall is not impacted by municipal elections; therefore, he will remain a Board member.

“I want to thank Mr. Marshall for taking on this new role as interim Chairperson. I am confident his expertise and experience will continue to be an asset in carrying out the important work of the Board of Health,” said Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health, and Chief Executive Officer for the HKPR District Health Unit.

The HKPR District Health Unit’s Board of Health term will come to an end after the November 10, 2022, meeting. New Board of Health members will not be appointed until mid-December and the new Board of Health will not officially meet until January 19, 2023.


Media Contact:
Ashley Beaulac, Manager of Communication Services, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1212,

About the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit provides important public health programs and services to residents in Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Our dedicated team of public health professionals, led by our Medical Officer of Health, promote healthy living, protect against disease, and prevent illness and injury. We work with health care providers and community partners to address emerging health issues, service gaps and social inequities to support residents in being well and reaching their full potential. Our values of trust, engagement, accountability, and leadership guide what we do every day. Learn more at

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