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GM Health and Social Services accepts new role with City of Brantford

Health and Social Services General Manager Marlene Miranda has accepted a new position as the City of Brantford’s General Manager of Community Services and Social Development.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make,” says Miranda. “Norfolk County is my home, and I consider it a great privilege to have been able to serve this community for the last five-and-a-half years. While I’m looking forward to tackling new challenges, I will certainly miss all of the wonderful people I’ve been lucky enough to work with.”

In her role with Health and Social Services, Miranda oversees a staff of approximately 350, who serve both Haldimand and Norfolk counties in the areas of public health, social services and housing, as well as Norfolk County’s Norview Lodge long-term care facility.

Among Miranda’s many accomplishments is the development of a Quality, Planning, Accountability and Performance team, her leadership role in a number of local affordable housing initiatives and rolling out a continuous quality improvement program for Health and Social Services staff.

Miranda has also served as point-person on the local response to COVID-19.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Marlene,” says Norfolk CAO Jason Burgess. “Her deep knowledge of local public health and social issues – not to mention her obvious passion for this community – will certainly be missed by all of us.”

“I’d like to thank Marlene for her service to this community for the last five-plus years, and specifically for her leadership during the last nine months,” says Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp, Chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health. “Her and her team have been instrumental in helping Haldimand and Norfolk respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for that I am extremely grateful.

“On a personal level, I very much enjoy working with Marlene – as Chair of the Board of Health, I speak to her almost on a daily basis – and I will miss her a great deal. I wish her the best of luck in this new venture.”

Miranda will remain with Norfolk County until Feb. 28.