Canadore College says a leader in addiction treatment services for more than 25 years is the new director of the Northern Ontario Addictions Treatment Centre of Excellence.
Wendy Prieur has accepted the position.
“It is exciting to be helping to build a holistic and inclusive treatment approach from the ground up,” she says. “The new treatment centre will reduce wait times for treatment, provide different program services for clients based on individual needs, and connect primary care and mental health services with addiction treatment and recovery programs all under one roof.”
George Burton, Canadore President and CEO, says the college is happy to be leading the development of much-needed addiction treatment programs.
“The Northern Ontario Addictions Treatment Centre will be a significant tool for the region as it comes to grips with the growing issue of addictions, and Wendy is just the person to lead the project,” he says.
The 53-bed facility, to be located at 352 Lakeshore Drive, will include withdrawal management, residential treatment and supportive treatment beds with services tailored to the needs of each client.
Canadore College will manage the centre and use it as a teaching facility.
The college says priorities for Prieur include completing the design of the new facility, which is expected to open in early 2023, and beginning a staff recruitment drive.