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Island Health Chief Medical Health Doctor, Richard Stanwick, has said he will not be returning to the role next year.

Dr. Richard Stanwick occupied the role for more than 25 years.

Now, Island Health will begin to look for a new Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice-President of Population Health on December 31st.

“On behalf of the province, I’d like to thank Dr. Stanwick acknowledged his contributions to Island Health and our health system as a whole,” Adrian Dix, BC Health Minister, said in a news release.

“Dr. Stanwick has played a pivotal role in keeping our community safe through our province’s two ongoing health crises – the COVID-19 pandemic and the toxic drug supply.”

Dr. Stanwick moved to BC in 1995 after serving as Medical Health Officer for the City of Winnipeg for five years.

He first began to work for the Capital Regional District (CRD) and Capital Health Region (CHR) in 1995 until 1997 where he began his current role.

Until his retirement at the end of the year, Stanwick will remain focused on both the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid crisis.

Island Health will be launching an international search for Stanwick’s replacement.

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