DSSMSSAB Strengthens Governance & Accountability

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The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board Continues to Strengthen Governance and Accountability with the Direct Provision of Services

The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSMSSAB) continues to strengthen its Board governance and effectiveness, moving from a contracted-services organization structure to a direct employment structure.

Because of this restructuring initiative, the DSSMSSAB will address the direct delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at their Thursday, May 16th meeting.  If agreed upon, the DSSMSSAB will notify the City of Sault Ste. Marie that they will no longer be contracting with the Corporation to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on their behalf.

With the assumption of the direct delivery of Emergency Medical Services, the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board will be solely responsible for operational oversite, day-to-day operations, resource deployment and financial reporting for this service.

The changes in the organizational structure will have little impact on local taxpayers and Emergency Medial Services users will not be affected by this transition. There will be no disruption to service. The focus of this transition is the staff and management personnel providing DSSAB mandated work. All employees hired through the City of Sault Ste. Marie will become DSSMSSAB workers.

“We are grateful to the EMS team for their passion and commitment to our city. The valued service they provide is challenging and demanding at times and we thank them for bringing their best efforts to work daily.  We respect the decision of the DSSMSSAB and will continue to work with them to ensure a seamless transition with no impact on service,” says Al Horsman, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Sault Ste. Marie.

The DSSMSSAB will work in conjunction with the City of Sault Ste. Marie Human Resources department as well as Unifor Local 1359 representatives in an effort to maintain current union contracts, seniority, benefits and pensions.

District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Board Vice Chair, Janet Gawne expressed her appreciation to the City of Sault Ste. Marie.  “The DSSMSSAB would like to acknowledge the positive relationship we have had with the City of Sault Ste. Marie and thank them for their contributions as a partner. Thank you to the City of Sault Ste. Marie for providing close to 20 years of EMS service. We look forward to continuing to provide high level service to our community,”