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Director Profiles
To contact the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority Board of Directors, please forward calls or correspondence to:
      Board of Directors - Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
      c/o 24 Aberdeen Avenue, Box 339
      Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0
      Telephone: (204) 753-2012
      Fax: (204) 753-2015

Meet the Interlake-Eastern Board of Directors

    Ed Bergen (Nov 2016)

Ed Bergen   (West St. Paul)
Board Chair    
Since April 1981, Ed has been providing visionary leadership as President & CEO for Sunova Credit Union (formerly South Interlake Credit Union). During his time with the organization, he has implemented countless innovative initiatives resulting in above-average growth that, in turn, has catapulted Sunova from near bankruptcy to number 28 on the largest credit unions in Canada list.

Over the past 30 years, Sunova has been the ‘financial institution to watch’ in Manitoba thanks to Ed’s innovative spirit and support of leading-edge projects including: a new franchise model featuring pod-style banking, several banking system conversions, a successful rebrand, transition to a completely open-concept corporate office and, not to be forgotten, the wildly popular Director of Greetings (D.O.G) program. While many financial institutions are content with conforming to standard banking practices, Ed has built a culture at Sunova that encourages and embraces change. Always focused on creating memorable member service experiences, Ed’s leading-edge vision for Sunova and the banking industry is one-of-a-kind.

Ed holds the Certified Chief Executive designation from CUES and a Business Administration diploma from Red River College.

   Margaret Mills (Nov 2016)

Margaret Mills   (Pinawa)

Board Vice Chair  
As a Registered Nurse, Margaret’s career took her to many positions in B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

During her health care career she augmented her skills and abilities by earning an MBA and attending many health care and purchasing seminars as appropriate for the positions she held.

In Manitoba she introduced the first medical driver’s license program which still exists today.

In Saskatchewan, as Director of Materials Management, Regina General Hospital, it was her responsibility to amalgamate four hospital Materials Management systems into one department with a central warehouse. This integration involved 250 employees and an annual operating budget of $10 million dollars.

After retirement Margaret and Gordon moved to Pinawa, Manitoba where she joined the North Eastman Health Association as a member of the Board. She was Chair of that Board from 2006 until 2012.

Most recently Margaret has been a member of the Pinawa Community Development Committee and the W.B. Lewis Business Centre.

 Steve Day (Nov 2016)
Steve Day, Treasurer  
Steve's previous work experience includes 25 years in the banking world, in commercial and agricultural lending and several branch management positions in the banking and credit union movement. For the last 10 years he has been a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial Services. 

His previous volunteer and community service includes serving as secretary and treasurer for the Beausejour and District Chamber of Commerce. Steve is also past president, secretary and treasurer of the Beausejour Lions Club and he is currently a member of the Beausejour Lions Club. 

Steve's most recent experience includes being a board member with the Interlake Eastern RHA since amalgamation, and previously with the North Eastman Health Authority.
 Judy Dunn (Nov 2016)

Judy Dunn   (Dugald)
Judy works as an Outreach Manager for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM) in the Eastman Region. Prior to her recent appointment to the Interlake-Eastern RHA Board of Directors, she was also working as a Proctor (Mental Health Support Worker), with the Interlake-Eastman RHA.

Judy is a mother of 2 boys that has always enjoyed her acreage, family, good friends and her many dogs over the years. Her earlier years were spent riding and showing Quarter Horses and then finally downsizing to breeding Miniature Horses. 

She was forced into her most challenging role, one of a grieving Mother of a child that died by suicide, after losing her son Andrew on December 12, 2006.  Through her work with MDAM, as well as on a very personal level, she has chosen to help raise awareness and educate others about mental health problems, such as depression, as well as to help reduce the stigma that surrounds both mental illness and suicide.  Working along side some very dedicated individuals, Judy has put her efforts into creating and hosting the Annual Andrew Dunn Walk/Run in Oakbank, which was first hosted in 2007. 

Life has taken a very nasty twist, but Judy is determined to make something good come from a real life tragedy, in hopes that no other parent should ever know the pain of losing a child to suicide.
 Ruth Ann Furgala (Nov 2016)

Ruth Ann Furgala   (Riverton)
Ruth Ann was first appointed to the IERHA Board of Directors in the spring of 2015 and re-appointed in the fall of 2016. Recently retired from a career in finance and human resources with Manitoba Conservation, Ruth Ann has extensive governance experience.  She is currently serving as the Chair of the Evergreen School Division Board of Trustees, is active on the Board of the Westshore Community Foundation of Manitoba and served numerous volunteer boards as an active and involved community member.

Ruth Ann and Wayne live in Riverton where they raised four children whom they are extremely proud of and are fortunate to be actively involved in the lives of their five grandchildren.  "The opportunity to influence a Provincial Health Care System which must be effective, efficient and sustainable but also reflective of the values of Manitobans' is both a challenge and honour.  I am hopeful my voice will be reasonable, contributory and valued.

 Oral Johnston (Nov 2016)

Oral Johnston   (Black River)
Oral has served as council member for three two-year terms with the health portfolio in his community and was a strong advocate in health issues for all First Nations in Manitoba by membership with the Chief's Task Force on Health. He is in pursuit of better health in his community. Oral was on the North Eastman Health Association board of directors for four years prior to the amalgamation.

 Brian Magnusson (Nov 2016)

Brian Magnusson   (Winnipeg Beach)
Brian is a recently retired Human Resource professional with over 30 years of progressive and varied experience. My last 16 years were with the rural Regional Health Authority.

He is an active member of the Lakeside Lions Club of Dunnottar & Winnipeg Beach (currently holding the position of Vice President) and have participated in many local fundraising activities; including the Walk for Water for the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Walk for the Cure for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Movember in support of Prostate Cancer.

Brian and his wife live in the Village of Dunnottar and truly love living in the Interlake near the western shore of Lake Winnipeg. They have 4 adult children and three grandchildren.
 David Oakley (Jan 2017)
David Oakley  
David grew up in Gimli Manitoba and graduated from Red River College in 1980 with a diploma in Business Administration. David spent the next 10 years working his way up into management in the Winnipeg business community.

In 1992 he moved to Teulon to establish his own business and raise his family. He has been an active member in the community: coaching hockey and ringette and sitting on numerous boards & committees including: the Teulon Minor Hockey & Ringette Club, Chamber of Commerce, Ducks Unlimited, Teulon Golf and Country Club, the Teulon-Hunter Memorial Health District Foundation and most recently the Interlake Healthcare Sustainability Committee. 

David is a team orientated individual who brings many years of
experience and business skills along with a strong sense of community.

David is married, has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He is an avid fisherman, hockey player, sports fan and grandparent. 

 Charlene Rocke (Nov 2016)

Charlene Rocke   (Winnipeg)  
Charlene is presently the Executive Director of the Victoria General Hospital
Foundation where she is responsible for leadership, management and direction of the Foundation ensuring it achieves its mission.

Prior to the Foundation, Charlene was Vice President at TelPay Incorporated where she provided overall strategy, direction and leadership for the company’s emerging electronic payment initiatives. Before joining TelPay, Charlene had a long and successful career at Bank of Montreal with her most recent position as Vice President, Investment and Corporate Banking where she was responsible for market strategies, corporate sales and the delivery of working capital solutions to a variety of large corporations and private and public institutions across North America.

Charlene earned her MBA from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Charlene is currently President of Villa Rosa Corporation, serves on the Governance and Leadership Committee of the International Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and is actively involved in a variety of community service organizations. Previously she was a board member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Villa Rosa, serving as Chair on both boards. 

Charlene is married with four children and eleven grandchildren.

 Amanda Stevenson (Nov 2016) Amanda  Stevenson  (Lundar) 

     Bio coming soon!

 Debbie Thorsteinson (Nov 2016)

Debbie Thorsteinson   (Arborg)
A lifelong, dedicated community volunteer, Debbie worked in financial services as a personal banker and business manager for over 24 years. She trained as an emergency medical technician and volunteered for 10 years with the Arborg ambulance service. She  is committed to the community and has held executive positions on the Senior Resource Council, Heritage Village, ladies curling club, Arborg minor ball, day care, Arborg Collegiate parental advisory committee and skating club.

She has been a director on numerous other boards in the community. An avid sports enthusiast, she coached softball, ringette and girls hockey. Debbie brings enthusiasm, professionalism, new ideas and a positive attitude that complements the philosophy of Interlake-Eastern RHA's Board.

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