H.E.A.R.T.S for Mental Health and Addictions


H.E.A.R.T.S for Mental Health and Addictions is a newly formed working group in Sault Ste. Marie committed to ensuring that our community obtains a Residential Withdrawal Management Services site.

The goal is to provide residents with mental health and addictions issues comparable to that of other communities of our size and to develop a strategy to build the human resources capacity and address our level of need.

Ross Romano held a Zoom meeting this morning to announce this working group and was joined by provincial service providers.

The Working Group will meet bi-weekly and its membership includes:

  • Wendy Hansson, CEO, Sault Area Hospital
  • Dr. Andrew Webb, Research, Sault Area Hospital
  • Mike Nadeau, SSM DDASB
  • Ali Juma, CEO, Algoma Family Services
  • Annette Katajamaki, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Asima Vezina – President and Vice-Chancellor, Algoma University and
  • Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College.

SaultOnline and ONNtv most recently reported on the community wellness bus, which as Mike Nadeau referenced as a great example of what occurs when service providers work in partnership.

Romano ended by saying this working group is a necessary step toward helping the community fight the battle against mental health and addictions.

We will be following this working group closely as it addresses Mental Health and Addictions issues within our community.


  1. Wendy Hansson is still employed with SAH? She obviously makes bad decisions (her trip to B.C.). I don’t think she should be part of this membership.

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