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Board of Governance

Prairie Mountain Health operates under the direction of a 9-member Board of Directors.  This Board is appointed by, and accountable to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.  Responsibility of the Board includes the mandate, resources and performance of the health authority.  As such, members must represent the region as a whole, not any particular community or interests.

The Board’s role is to ensure the organization’s accountability by monitoring and evaluating its performance and by interacting and communicating with the public, stakeholders and partners.

Board memebers represent a broad cross-section of geographical areas, interests, experience and expertise. It is expected that members also share a strong sense of commitment to achieving the provincial vision of healthy Manitobans through an appropriate balance of prevention and care.

The Prairie Mountain Health Board of Directors must ensure that the organization complies with applicable legislation, regulations, provincial policies and Ministerial directives.

 

Meet our Board of Directors

 

 

 

Catheryn Pedersen2rCatheryn Pederson - Chair

Catheryn worked most of her career in the life insurance industry: she was Training Manager for Great West Life Assurance and later Brokerage Administrator for Metropolitan Life.

Catheryn has worked as a volunteer in health care in a variety of aspects including palliative care and health auxiliary. Catheryn lost her husband to ALS in 2009. She was his primary caregiver for 5 years which put her in the position of working with the entire medical community.  Since moving to Holland, Manitoba, she has become involved with the local Community Foundation, Community Development, Lioness Club, sits on various other committees and boards including her Church.  Her children and grandchildren live in B.C. whom she visits as often as she can.

Catheryn has a deep respect for the work, objectives and challenges that Prairie Mountain Health faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 
                   
   

Mark 2Mark Frison - Vice Chair

(Bio coming)

             
                   
   

JonathonJonathan Murray

Jonathan was born and raised in Brandon and graduated from Brandon University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2009 he received his Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. He is currently the Controller at TL Penner Construction in Virden.

Jonathan’s interest in healthcare is ensuring that the money being received by the Province is being spent in a way that provides the highest level of care for patients while at the same time being aligned with the priorities set down by government.

Jonathan has served as a Provincial Advisory board member for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and has served as a board member for Brandon Crime Stoppers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   
   

murrayMurray Parrott

Murray Parrott lives on a farm near Franklin, MB.  and is a recently retired Grade 5 teacher, having taught 33 years in total.  To go along with his lifetime of teaching, he also has experience in farming and construction of seniors housing.   Murray has been married to wife Kerry for over 34 years and has four children and 6 grandchildren.  He loves to draw floor plans and watch the sunset at his cabin.

Murray has served as a member of several organizations and boards in Neepawa including Town Council.

Some of his other key interests include sports like Judo, hockey, lake skating, fishing and hunting.

             
                   
   

WandaWanda Sandy

Wanda resides in Canupawakpa Dakota Nation where she is originally from. She is currently employed as the Health Director for CDN – Health Services where she has worked since November 2005. Wanda currently holds the volunteer position of Illegal Drug Coordinator for Canupawakpa.

Wanda has a passion for learning and has attained her education from numerous academic locations. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Native Studies and a Minor in Psychology from Brandon University. While attending Thunder Bay Confederation College she received her Law & Security Administration Diploma.   She also received her Community Social Development Certificate from Assiniboine Community College. She continues to further her education, and recently received Certification from First Nations Health Manager Association of Ottawa.

Wanda lived in Vancouver, BC for 10 years and worked for a Provincial Aboriginal Women’s Organization. She started as a Volunteer, worked as a Loss Prevention Officer, then became the Assistant to the Executive Director, was appointed by the Board to Acting Executive Director then became Executive Director.  Previous work experience includes working casually for CDN Education as a Dakota Language Instructor/ Teacher’s Aide. She was also worked casually as an Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator for Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women.

Past volunteer work includes being a Board Member for Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women, Committee member for Female Offender Advisory Committee and First Nations Breast Cancer Society of BC. Currently she is the Chair for the Aboriginal Liaison Committee (comprised of 7 Health Directors of former ARHA).

Wanda believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered as a committee member for education, housing, pow wows and community fundraisers.

In Wanda’s free time she enjoys time with family – especially her grandchildren, making star quilts, powwows and dancing (traditional women’s category).  Her spirituality, her Dakota language and traditions are all important parts of her life.

Wanda is enjoying her work with the PMH Board – one of her focuses in on partnership and collaborative approaches in addressing gaps in health care, with First Nations, Health Canada and Manitoba Health. 

             
                   
    Swan RiverDuane Whyte 

Duane lives in Swan River and has a wealth of experience in serving his community and the surrounding Swan River Valley area. 

Over the past several years, Duane has served as Chair of various local health committees and has worked closely with stakeholders and the regional health authority to enhance services in the former Parkland region.  He was involved in the community process of ensuring a much-needed Primary Health Centre was established in Swan River. 
He has led community recruitment and retention efforts for doctors and other health care professionals to meet health care needs of rural communities, including playing a key role in recruiting local medical graduates to the community.

Duane is serving his third term as a member of Swan River Town Council and was also a founding member of a Medical Services Committee that represented seven local municipalities.

He is a retired high school teacher and basketball coach of 40 years.  He sits on several local boards and organizations and in 1988, he received a prestigious certificate of recognition for involvement in the community by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

             
                 
   

Cheryl BjornsonCheryl Bjornson

(Bio coming)

             
                 
   

Gwen Drul 2017Gwendolyn Drul

Gwen Drul has been involved with local boards and organizations for many years. Gwen has lived in the Oakburn area where she has farmed with her husband Wayne for the past 43 years.

Gwen is enjoying her work with the Prairie Mountain Health Board and has great respect for the work, dedication and commitment that staff, physicians, volunteers and health partners have for the health region. She has a keen interest in the health-care challenges that rural communities/areas currently face not only now but well into the next generation.

Gwen has worked as Operational and Office Manager in the Agriculture Pork Industry for 10 years. She has served as a Trustee/Board Member for the local school board for 12 years including four years as Chairperson.  She has been involved with school functions, 4-H, church, marketing and community events for many years. Gwen has also been involved with Oakburn Teren Dance Group for the past 35 years.

In her free time, Gwen enjoys spending time with family and her grandchildren. She enjoys travelling, golfing, winter and summer sports.

             
                   
   

WadeWade Schott

(Bio coming)

             
                   
   

Missing:  Sandra Berry (Russell)