Jack McCarthy has been the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre since 1989. The Centre provides comprehensive primary health care services targeted to the needs of residents in west central down town Ottawa. From 2004 to 2011, he was Chairperson of the Canadian Alliance of Community Health Centre Associations, a pan-Canadian advocacy body for CHCs. He is a past chairperson of the Ottawa Hospital Community Advisory Committee and the Central Ottawa Community of Care Advisory Forum for the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. He is involved in several research projects pertaining to primary health care and the link between primary health care and public health. In recognition of his many years of community service, he was honored with a community builder of the year award in 2009, by the United Way of Ottawa. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1977.