Welcome to Healthy Kids Community Challenge Manitoulin!
“I’m Grand Council Chief Pat Madahbee and I am the Community Champion for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Manitoulin. I encourage all youth to engage in physical activity every day and to choose healthy food options.”
-Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee
Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee is currently serving his third consecutive term as Grand Council Chief. He also served one term as Grand Council Chief in 1980, the youngest Grand Council Chief ever at 27 years of age. He is also the President of the Union of Ontario Indians and the Anishinabek Nation 7thGeneration Charity.
Mr. Madahbee’s prior roles on a regional level include Lake Huron Regional Grand Chief, Lake Huron representative on the Anishinabek Nation Leadership Council, Ontario Regional Chief, and the Tribal Chair of the United Chiefs and Council of Mnidoo Mnising. His dedication to the Anishinabek Nation has included active leadership positions such as chairperson for the Robinson-Huron Treaty Claim Legal Strategy Team and the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. He is the past Vice President of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and has held numerous other board positions.
He is the Health portfolio holder for the Chiefs of Ontario, member of the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee of Health, and Co-chair of the joint Non-insured health benefits review.
Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is an inspiration and a role model to our youth and is committed to improving both the health of our children and their future!
There are approximately 3,220 children and youth (ages 0 to 19 years of age) living in the Manitoulin District, comprising up to 25.5% of our population. Our lifestyles have to change in order for our children to have a better future!
The Manitoulin District is one of 45 communities across Ontario to successfully receive funding by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). This initiative is targeted at improving the health of our children ages 0 to 12 and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity through promotion of physical activity and healthy eating.