Beach-East York Neighbourhood Voice: East Toronto’s South Riverdale Community Health Centre announces new CEO

Jason Altenberg begins his new role Jan. 16

NEWS 06:00 AM BY JOANNA LAVOIE   TORONTO.COM

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Jason Altenberg is the new CEO of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre. He begins his new role on Jan. 16, 2020. – Jeff Speed

The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) has a new leader.

Jason Altenberg, who joined the centre in 2005 and has held a number of leadership roles with the organization, is the SRCHC’s new chief executive officer.

Altenberg, who for the last five months has served as the SRCHC’s co-CEO with Shannon Wiens, will begin his new role on Jan. 16.

In a Dec. 10 letter, the organization’s board of directors said it selected Altenberg after consulting with staff, community partners, and other stakeholders as well as holding a national search.

“The board believes that Jason has the right balance of knowledge, experience and expertise that make him an ideal candidate to lead SRCHC in our rapidly evolving and changing health care environment,” they wrote.

“Jason has worked for over 25 years in east Toronto and is an innovative, strategic leader who has dedicated his career to reducing barriers to access and improving health outcomes for at-risk communities.”

In a Jan. 9 statement, Altenberg said he’s “looking forward to continuing to lead South Riverdale Community Health Centre in the excellent and innovative work that this organization has been doing in the east Toronto community for over 40 years.”

“I’m excited about our recent expansions providing harm reduction outreach services on Danforth Avenue and East York, our new Harmony Community Food Centre serving East York and Crescent Town neighbourhoods, and our role as an anchor partner in the recently announced Ontario Health Team for east Toronto.,” he said.

“I am eager to move us forward to bring quality integrated care and health equity to more east Toronto communities.”