Press release

For immediate release

July 26, 2021 (Ottawa)—Centretown Community Health Centre is pleased to announce that Michelle Hurtubise will become our new executive director on September 7. Michelle follows our previous executive director, Simone Thibault, who retired a few weeks ago. We are grateful to Simone for her 14 years of leadership.

After a search during the past several months, we’re thrilled that Michelle has accepted the Executive Director position.

Michelle is currently the executive director at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. She knows the local issues and already has relationships with many key funders and partners. Michelle has a proven track record of advocating on behalf of LGBT2SQ+ people, Francophones, immigrants and newcomers, individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and individuals with mental health and addictions issues.

Michelle brings her strong community and equity values into her work, volunteerism, and advocacy. These values lead to action and change beyond the organization and throughout the system. We’re excited to welcome Michelle to Centretown Community Health Centre.

About Michelle Hurtubise

Michelle Hurtubise brings more than 30 years of experience working with community-based health and social services. Most recently the executive director at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Michelle has worked in the community health and resource centre, child and youth mental health, and the violence against women sectors.  

She brings a passion for health equity, community development and social justice to all of her work. She is an advocate for increasing access to services, including those for LGBT2SQ+ people, Francophones, immigrants and newcomers, individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and individuals with mental health and addictions issues. Michelle believes in working jointly with clients, community members, volunteers and staff to plan and deliver services that meet the unique needs of those who we serve. Working in deep partnership with others, she has a proven track record of developing innovative and effective programs and services.

As an active community member, Michelle has sat on numerous boards of directors in accreditation, child welfare, violence against women and the non-profit sector generally. She is committed to volunteering and is currently an active volunteer with the Loran Scholars Foundation and Up With Women. She is currently the Board Chairperson with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.

Michelle holds a Masters in Health Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto, and is a certified Organizational, Relationship and Systems Coach from the Centre for Right Relationship and a certified NeuroTransformational Coach from BeAbove Leadership Coaching.

About Centretown Community Health Centre

Centretown Community Health Centre is an urban not-for-profit organization providing healthcare for all. We provide a full range of quality health and social services to families and individuals who live or work in the communities we serve. We pay particular attention to groups facing barriers, including the senior population, the LGBT2SQ+ community, those affected by mental illness and addictions, people who are homeless and newcomers to Canada. Visit https://www.centretownchc.org/