OUTAOUAIs – Three months after she was appointed as interim director general of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO), Josée Filion’s position was made permanent May 29, when Danielle McCann, Minister of Health and Social Services, announced she will remain the head of the organization.
Filion was appointed interim DG on February 20, 2019 after former director Jean Hebert, who was head of the organization since its creation in 2015, was shown the door. The decision was made after a report was deposited at the end of January 2019 by Sylvain Gagnon, the “special agent” appointed to investigate the functioning of the CISSSO.
McCann assigned Gagnon to his task December 14, 2018, less than 24 hours after Chantal Lamarche, warden of the MRC Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, attended a CISSSO Board meeting to highlight multiple issues facing the region since CISSSO’s creation in 2015. She accused Hébert of ignoring rural regions’ concerns and neglecting them for the benefit of urban areas and called for his dismissal, a request supported by the local citizens’ group, Pontiac Voice.
Filion was formerly CISSSO’s assistant director general and her mandate as interim DG was to continue until June 28.
“Ms. Filion has demonstrated, over the course of her career but particularly in recent months, good management, a great ability to mobilize existing teams and a
positive approach focused on finding constructive solutions and continuous improvement. With her in-depth knowledge of regional issues, I’m convinced she will be able to meet challenges specific to the Outaouais region,” said the Minister in a press release.
With a master’s degree in organizational development from Université Laval and a bachelor’s degree in science from Université de Montréal, Filion has over 25 years
of experience working in the health and social services network.