Adelina Urbanski

Adelina Urbanski, Former Commissioner, Community Health Services, Region of York

Throughout her career in human services, Adelina Urbanski has made numerous meaningful contributions to the improvement of human service policy and implementation.  For over 30 years, Adelina has spearheaded innovative and creative approaches to address challenges and opportunities in human services. Adelina’s career began in Halton Region where she held increasingly senior positions and became Commissioner of Social and Community Services in 1998. There she was responsible for a team of 800 people and developed a reputation as an energetic, hands-on teacher and charismatic leader.

Upon joining York Region in 2010 as Commissioner of Community and Health Services, Adelina led a team of over 1700 people with a total gross budget of $503.9 million. Adelina’s responsibilities included overseeing programs such as Ontario Works, Family and Children Services, Housing, Public Health, Paramedic Services, Long Term Care, Seniors Community Programs, community development, the Local Immigration Partnership and social policy. In all, 300 programs are delivered by the Community and Health Services Department to over 1.1 million residents in York Region.

Adelina championed a strong and clear vision for coordinated, integrated human services that always put the client first. She is a strong community collaborator and invested time and talent in developing partnerships and capacity in human services.