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January 2, 2004
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Minister Proclaims Environmental Health Week

Health and Social Services

Health and Social Services Minister Chester Gillan today recognized the important work of Public Health Inspectors by issuing the following proclamation:

" I, Chester Gillan, Minister of Health and Socials Services, do hereby proclaim January 3- 9, 2004 as Environmental Health Week in Prince Edward Island."

Environmental Health Week is a national campaign by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), the only professional association for Public Health Inspectors in Canada.

"Islanders may be aware that our local Environmental Health Officers inspect restaurants, child care facilities, nursing homes, community care facilities, swimming pools, and slaughterhouses," said Minister Gillan, "but it is important that we recognize that these professionals also work diligently to educate the public on issues of safety. "Environmental Health Officers are respected for the work they do. The men and women who work in this sector are committed to preventing illness and injury due to unsafe food, water, air or equipment."

Environmental Health Officers are certified by the Board of Certification of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). This certification process guarantees that the highest standards for entry into the profession are met. CIPHI also provides ongoing opportunities for professional development.

"Students with an interest in the field of science and/or health issues may want to consider a career in environmental health," added the Minister.

Minister Gillan also took the opportunity today to congratulate Leonard Gallant, president of the Atlantic Division of CIPHI. "I commend Leonard for his lifetime commitment to promoting and protecting public health on Prince Edward Island. I also congratulate the Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Branch of CIPHI for their efforts to bring the Annual Educational Conference to our region this summer."

The 70th Annual Educational conference of CIPHI will be held in Prince Edward Island June 28 - 30, 2004. The conference theme is Bridging our Environment and Health, and keynote speakers Mike Duffy and Senator Jane Cordy will address delegates.

Media Contact: Island Information Service
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