The Honourable Helena Jaczek was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham—Stouffville in 2019. She has previously served as Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
Minister Jaczek was the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Oak Ridges—Markham from 2007 to 2018. During that time, she served as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Chair of Cabinet, and Minister of Community and Social Services.
Prior to her work at the provincial level, Minister Jaczek practised medicine at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto for many years. She was also the Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Health Services for the Regional Municipality of York, where she was responsible for public health, land ambulance, and long-term care for 18 years.
Minister Jaczek has been a leader on the boards of Reena, a non-profit organization providing services to people with developmental disabilities, and the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, where she chaired the Quality Committee.
Minister Jaczek’s leadership in the health sector has earned her numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, the In Celebration of Women Award from York Region, and the Helen Keller Award by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons for her contributions to hearing and visually impaired Ontarians. She has also received the Ontario Psychological Association Public Service Award, the Ontario Medical Association Life Membership Award, the Award for Planning Excellence in Environmental Planning from the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award from the University of Toronto’s Public Health Sciences Alumni Association.
Minister Jaczek holds a medical degree and a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
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