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Board of Directors

Board of Directors Nominations

Board of Directors Nominations

In accordance with provisions of The Regional Health Authority Act, the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living appoints directors to each Regional Health Authority (RHA) Board. The appointments represent a broad-cross section of skills, interests, experience and expertise. Nominees should all share a strong sense of commitment to achieving the provincial vision of healthy Manitobans through an appropriate balance of prevention and care.


 
General Responsibilities of Board Members

Health authority boards are accountable to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living and are responsible for 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. A board must ensure that the organization complies with applicable legislation, regulations, provincial policies and Ministerial directives. Board have a strategic role in setting direction for the health authority and a fiduciary role in policy formulation, decision-making, and oversight.

Qualifications

Nominees must:

  • be eighteen (18) years of age as of the date of the appointment;
  • have a strong commitment to improving the health system, to supporting the RHA and to improving the health of Manitobans;
  • have strong communication skills;
  • have the time to prepare for and be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis; 
  • be able to comply with regional conflict of interest guidelines.

 The following are NOT eligible to be directors:

  • the CEO of the RHA,
  • any person who provides professional advice to the RHA for remuneration;
  • any member of a Local Health Involvement Group (LHIG);
  • any individual who is a current employee or member of a medical staff of the regional health authority or a health corporation located within the health region of the regional health authority or a health care organization substantially funded by the regional health authority.

Selection of board members will also be based on competencies from a range of knowledge, skills, and experience in such areas as:

  • leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • governance of public sector, private sector or not-for-profit boards;
  • government structures and processes;
  • law;
  • business, finance, & accounting;
  • policy development;
  • public affairs, communications & community engagement;
  • quality, patient safety and health care services;
  • education & training;
  • organizational development;
  • critical thinking & analysis;
  • information technology.

Health authority boards govern complex public sector organizations with budgets ranging from 200 million to over two billion dollars.  Directors need to be able to understand the continuum of the health system from prevention to palliative care and recognize the fiscal, human resource, and quality challenges inherent in such an organization.

Term of Appointment

No director shall be appointed for a term exceeding three years. If reappointed, a director may serve for a maximum of six consecutive years.

Nomination Forms

Any resident of Manitoba may, for the board of a regional health authority, nominate a person or persons, including himself or herself. Nomination forms are available at your RHA Office, community health offices or health facilities within the region. Nomination forms may be submitted directly to your RHA Office or to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.

Director Profiles

Director Profiles


Glen West, (Selkirk) Chair

Glen West has been with Manitoba Hydro for over 30 years and is currently a Department Manager in a technical area. Glen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Engineering Technologist. Glen brings business planning, financial, leadership, and process improvement analysis experience to the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. Glen has a passion for looking for ways to improve strategy and operations. In this case, so that the available Interlake-Eastern RHA resources can best meet the needs of the community.

Glen is married and has two adult stepsons. Glen believes that active living is part of an overall healthy lifestyle and believes that there may be additional proactive approaches that can help meet the needs of our community’s wellbeing.

Michele Polinuk (Selkirk), Vice Chair

As a lifelong resident of Selkirk, Michele Polinuk is honoured to serve the community through work and volunteer positions. After 32 years as a teacher, administrator, and most recently as superintendent/CEO of the Lord Selkirk School Division, Michele retired at the end of the 2020 school year. A large part of her role included working with a nine-member Board of Trustees and school leaders to ensure that vision, mission and goals were met through strategies and measurable outcomes. Along with a professional career, Michele continues a strong commitment to community service through many volunteer experiences including the Rotary Club of Selkirk, Selkirk & District Community Foundation, Endow Manitoba and the Selkirk Curling Club. Her impact and contributions were recognized with being awarded the Selkirk and District’s Citizen of the Year.

Michele leads an active lifestyle and promotes health to all people in her life. Investment into the health and well-being of our community is critical to help our region and Manitoba flourish. Michele is looking forward to the opportunity to learn, contribute and positively impact health in the region.

Judith Cameron (Gimli), Secretary

Judith Cameron has over 30 years’ experience as a human resources consultant, corporate trainer and volunteer administrator. She delivers seminars and workshops on board governance and operational issues and human resource supports.

Working with numerous clients to help build efficient, effective and progressive organizations, she has also delivered youth career and employment counselling sessions throughout rural and Northern Manitoba, and she has provided human resource consultations nationally and internationally. She has also designed recruitment protocols and procedures for law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Judith was the recipient of the premier’s volunteer service award in 2006 and was also named volunteer of the year with Community Futures East Interlake. She currently serves on numerous committees throughout the province, both as a volunteer and as a board director. She is married to military member, Scott Cameron for over 25 years and has three children and one grandson.

Susan Bater (East Selkirk)

Susan Bater has lived in the Interlake region for over 40 years. She is currently the manager of the Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She assists 29 Community Futures offices support the success of rural entrepreneurs with health conditions or disabilities.

Susan values rural living and feels fortunate to work, live and raise her family in rural Manitoba. Susan has 30 years’ experience working with adults, youth, and children with disabilities. She is an active collaborator with stakeholder groups including nonprofit organizations, business, government, and people with disabilities.

Susan is honoured to be part of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority board.

Debbie Fiebelkorn (East Selkirk)

Debbie Fiebelkorn was raised in East Selkirk and continues to reside there with her husband Randy. They have raised their two children in the community and both children continue to reside in the area. As parents, Debbie and Randy were involved with volunteering in many of the activities their children participated in. Debbie is a past member of the East Selkirk Recreation Association and board member of the Selkirk & District Ukrainian School of Dance.

Debbie spent her work career in municipal administration with the R.M. of St. Clements in various positions including Acting Chief Administrative Officer, retiring as Assistant CAO. During her career in administration she was a member of the Manitoba Municipal Administrator’s Association and has her CMMA certification.

After enjoying four years of retirement, Debbie decided to run for municipal council in 2010 and won a council seat, in 2014 she ran for the Mayors Chair and was successful in becoming the Mayor and has continued in this position for the last two terms.

Since being elected to council, Debbie has served on various community committees within the municipality and also on a number of outside boards, the Gaynor Regional Family Library, North Red Water Maintenance, Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region (now the Winnipeg metro Region). She is vice chair of the South Basin Mayors & Reeves, Manitoba Good Roads Association and presently serves as Chair of the Red River Planning District Board. She has also completed numerous workshops related to municipal administration, elections, emergency measures and codes of conduct and through the Association of Manitoba Municipalities has become a Certified Municipal Official.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, walking and cooking.

Tammy Hagyard-Wiebe (St. Laurent)

Tammy Hagyard-Wiebe is a retired nurse practitioner who has worked for 35 years in health care. Her experience includes primary care, emergency, critical care and palliative care. She was also an instructor for the adult intensive care program. She has been involved in many nursing conferences as a speaker/lecturer.

Tammy and her husband enjoy international travel, living on the beach, entertaining, kayaking and paddle boarding on Manitoba’s beautiful lakes and rivers!

Tammy is excited to be joining the IERHA Board of Directors to help impact positive change and the health of Manitobans!

Lynette Klein (Selkirk)

Lynette Klein has served in the health care system over 30 years, having just retired as the Indigenous Health Manager with the Interlake-Eastern RHA. Lynette is currently Executive Director for Peguis First Nation, Programs and Services and as the Lead agency, Peguis First Nation is overseeing the new and up-coming Selkirk Youth Hub Initiative.

Lynette grew up in a few Metis Communities of Matheson Island and Loon Straits, and is a proud First Nation member to Peguis First Nation and is currently living in Selkirk. Lynette has a very supportive partner, she has one son, two step-daughters and is a proud Amma to a beautiful granddaughter. Over the years, Lynette has (continues to) served a large part of her proud Indigenous heritage/role, educating on Indigenous Health, jurisdictions, building collaborative partnerships and sustaining relationships across the region and in Winnipeg RHA. Lynette chaired and Co-chaired the First Nation & Community Partnership Collaboration Tables, Cultural Competency Working Group, Cancer Care Working Group and was an active participate to numerous committees and tables including the Provincial Indigenous Health Network, the Tribal Council table and also played a key role in the development and management of the Berens River Dialysis Unit.  Lynette is a past graduate student of the Health Managers Certified Program and is currently an active key note speaker to Red River Community College’s, Issues & Trends Course of the Health Managers Program.

I am honoured to be part of the Regional Health Authority Board and am looking forward to learning and understanding of this new role, but more importantly the path to new approaches to embracing health transformation for patients, their families and the community at large. 

Penny-Anne Wainwright (Eriksdale)

Penny-Anne Wainwright is currently a Senior Claims Adjustor for Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation and Co-Chair of the health and Safety Committee for M.A.S.C. Penny-Anne also is also a Councillor for the R.M. of West Interlake and proudly served as Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Farm Industry Board, which administers four acts revolving around agricultural issues and whose responsibility includes adjudicating application from non Canadian residents/corporations taking an interest in farmland in excess of forty acres. 

Penny-Anne also serves as municipal emergency coordinator for both the R.M. of Eriksdale and the North East Interlake emergency measures Board for a number of year and during the devastating floods. 

She has a keen interest in building health policies, supportive working environments, fiscal responsibility and being an advocate for voices that cannot speak. 

Penny is honored to serve as a director for the IERHA and looks forward to helping create healthy environments that support all Manitobans thru strategic partnerships with all stakeholders.  

Murray Werbeniuk (RM of East St. Paul)

Murray Werbeniuk is retired and resides with his wife Lisa and two daughters in the RM of East St Paul. He formerly served as a director with medical staff administrative services of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and was involved in the negotiations, preparation and administration of agreements/contracts. Prior to this role, Murray held a number of senior management positions with the Government of Manitoba. Since Murray’s interest was predominantly in the field of health economics and policy, he has worked in this area for over 25 years both in the public and private sector, as well as in academia. He brings extensive experience to Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority in the areas of strategic planning, financial analyses and problem solving.

Murray has a master’s degree in economics and bachelor of science degrees from the University of Manitoba.

He looks forward to serving on Interlake-Eastern RHA’s Board of Directors and to providing the necessary support to both the Board and senior management of the RHA in addressing the health care needs of all Manitobans in the region.

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