New President and CEO at Homewood Health Centre

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GUELPH, Ontario, December 22, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - James Schlegel, President and CEO of Schlegel Health Care, and interim CEO of Homewood Health Centre, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jagoda Pike as President and CEO of Homewood Health Centre.

Ms Pike brings significant experience in Ontario health care including serving on the Board of Hamilton Health Sciences and recently was elected as the inaugural Chair of the Board for the newly merged Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga. She also serves on the Board of Governors of McMaster University.

Ms Pike has over 25 years of senior executive leadership experience. She spent 22 years at Torstar Corporation in a variety of positions including General Manager, Vice President Operations, Vice President Human Resources, Publisher of the Hamilton Spectator and ultimately President, Star Media Group and Publisher of the Toronto Star. Most recently, she was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Bid Corporation.

Trained as a lawyer, Ms Pike was called to the bar in 1986. She also studied economics at the University of Toronto, Trinity College. She was named to 'Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award' in 2007, and was named one of the most influential women in sport by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport in 2009.

Mr. Schlegel said that in all of these roles she has provided dynamic, highly capable and inspiring leadership. She has also learned how to manage complex organizations with diverse stakeholder interests, a significant external profile and a mission which includes a broader public purpose.

"Jagoda is interested in and committed to making a positive difference in the world", said Mr. Schlegel. "I am pleased that she will deploy her considerable experience and talent in leading Homewood to make a positive difference in the mental health and addictions field. We will need world class leadership to achieve this goal and I believe Jagoda brings such leadership to our team."

"I am thrilled to be joining such a respected organization. Homewood has a reputation for excellent programs and patient outcomes. I look forward to working with everyone at Homewood and our many stakeholders to build on that great record of achievement."

Homewood Health Centre is Canada's leader in mental health and addiction treatment providing highly specialized psychiatric services to all Canadians. Located in Guelph, Ontario, Homewood has improved lives since 1883. Unique in Canadian health care, Homewood is fully accredited and a recipient of numerous national awards, and serves as a provincial and national resource.