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Northwestern Health Unit's Fort Frances office, May 2019. Image: Randy Thoms/Acadia Broadcasting

75th anniversary celebrations continue

By Randy Thoms Nov 23, 2023 | 3:16 PM

The Northwestern Health Unit continues to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

An open house takes place at its Fort Frances office tomorrow morning.

Spokesperson Jon Begg says it is an opportunity to meet with staff and learn what the health unit has done and the programs it offers.

“You have a chance to come into the office, meet staff, learn about our many programs. We’ll have some displays, we’ll have coffee, we’ll have some muffins. You can talk to people, and you can learn about our history, which has lasted 75 important years of delivering local public health,” says Begg.

When it opened in 1948, the health unit employed only six people who worked out of one location with a budget of $25,000.

Today, there are more than 160 employees and offices situated across the Kenora and Rainy River districts.

Begg notes that it was an international event that led to the formation of the health unit.

“In 1948, the United Nations came to fruition and brought forth the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The WHO, World Health Organization, was formed by the United Nations, and that was, of course, the main catalyst for health units throughout our country,” says Begg.

The open house goes from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.