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General inquiries or reporting

Contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. All calls are answered in sequence, with an option to leave a voice message.


  • 8816 – to Health Connection’s public health nurses and customer service representatives 
  • 8809 – reportable communicable disease intake 

Direct physician consultation with a medical officer of health (please note general inquiries will be forwarded to Health Connection for appropriate follow-up)

You may direct your question to any of the following physicians: 


Dr. Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPCDr Gardner

Medical Officer of Health 

As CEO of the Board of Health, Dr. Gardner has oversight over all programs and services at the health unit. He provides medical direction and support to the following program areas:

  • environmental health,
  • emergency preparedness and response,
  • oral health, 
  • the built environment and health. 

Dr. Colin Lee, MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FRCPC
Associate Medical Officer of Health
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As a public health physician, Dr. Lee provides expertise in:

  • clinical protocols,
  • communicable disease control,
  • vaccine-preventable disease,
  • sexual health.

Dr. Lisa Simon, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPCLisa82_web

Associate Medical Officer of Health

A public health physician, Dr. Simon's role in the health unit focuses on:

  • chronic disease and injury prevention
  • maternal and child health, 
  • social determinants of health.


Dr. Sue Surry,  MD, MSc, FRCPC
Physician Consultant to the A/MOH Team 
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A pediatrician, Dr. Surry is a consultant to the health unit on:

  • Pediatrics
  • Health care provider collaborations. 

Full biography of Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner

Full biographies of the Associate Medical Officers of Health 

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