Alberta’s former Chief Doctor, Deena Hinshaw, will assume a new role as B.C.’s Deputy Provincial Health Officer.
Hinshaw signed a six-month contract for the position and announced the office of BC Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“In her new role, Dr. Hinshaw will support the work of the PHO’s office,” said Henry, replacing Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Martin Lavois, who is on a temporary assignment, announcing the new employment on Wednesday. said in a statement.
Hinshaw became Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer in early 2019, leading the province’s COVID-19 response. Her calm demeanor made her one of the first popular celebrities in the first weeks of the pandemic, and her likeness became the subject of T-shirts and internet memes. After states relaxed restrictions entirely, their popularity waned as the debate over the use of public health restrictions became increasingly polarized.
She also faced backlash after it was revealed that she received a bonus of nearly $228,000 on top of her salary of $363,633.92 in 2021.
Hinshaw was sacked by Danielle Smith’s government in November and was replaced by Dr. Mark Joffe.
Dr. Andrew Larder, a former medical health officer at Fraser and Interior Health, has also joined BC’s public health leadership team as an interim public health officer.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such talented and dedicated public health professionals. We know their expertise will be of great help as we continue to meet the challenges above.”
— Using files from The Edmonton Journal