City welcomes new Human Services and Health Commissioner


Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, City Council and Chief Executive Onorio Colucci are pleased to announce that Mr. Andrew Daher is the new Health and Social Services Commissioner.

Through an extensive recruitment process launched earlier this year following the announcement of the appointment of Jelena Payne as Commissioner for Economic Development and Innovation, Andrew became the successful candidate for the vacant post of Commissioner. The appointment takes effect on September 6, 2022.

“I am delighted that Andrew has accepted the position of Commissioner of Health and Social Services,” Chief Executive Onorio Colucci said. “Having worked with Andrew throughout his career at the City of Windsor, I know firsthand the passion and incredible work ethic he brings to all of his endeavors. I have no doubt that these traits will lead to continued success in his important new role within the company.

Born and raised in Windsor, Andrew graduated from the University of Windsor in 2002 with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration and immediately began his career in finance and accounting. Although his professional work experience spans both the private and public sectors, the last 18 years of his career have been spent with the Corporation of the City of Windsor, holding a number of progressive leadership positions in various departments. of the city, including his most recent post as the general manager of employment and social services. Andrew holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Wayne State University, a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community as our new commissioner and to advance the priorities of the mayor and council,” Daher said. “I have had the privilege of working with so many passionate and dedicated employees and community partners over my career, especially the Health and Social Services team. My predecessors have been outstanding role models and I look forward to continuing the positive momentum established through their leadership to support the residents of Windsor and Essex County.

Andrew has also been an active volunteer in our Windsor community with numerous organizations and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

“Andrew is an energetic and enthusiastic employee who will continue to grow the City of Windsor’s social services department,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “During the global pandemic, the women and men of this team have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents. Today, as we congratulate Andrew on his well-deserved appointment as Commissioner, I also want to celebrate each member of this department for their invaluable contribution to the City of Windsor.

The City’s senior management will work to ensure a smooth transition, pending future recruitment for the position of General Manager, Employment and Social Services. Many thanks to Debbie Cercone who had agreed to postpone her retirement from the City earlier this year to accept the role of Acting Commissioner of Health and Social Services. Debbie has been an incredible leader serving our community since 2006, and the City wishes her a happy and well-deserved retirement.


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