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The first baby of 2024 has arrived in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.

Safia Sharif and her husband Talal Tasse of East St. Paul welcomed their daughter, Reham, at 11:14 p.m. New Year’s day at Selkirk Regional Health Centre.

Weighing seven pounds and 15 ounces, she is the Tasse family’s third child. Excited to meet their baby sister were brother Zyad, 10, and sister Reem, 9.

The Tasses said their experience in the obstetric unit was unsurpassed.

“The staff were very helpful. It was quiet and this has been the most comfortable room for us,” Sharif said.

Tasse noted the attentiveness of staff.

“Whenever she was uncomfortable, there was always someone there to take care of her,” Tasse said.

Chair of the Selkirk Hospital Gift Shop volunteers, Betty Milkowski, maintained a tradition by gifting Reham’s family with a hand knit outfit and blanket, diapers, a hamper, playpen and other items to celebrate the arrival the first baby to arrive at the health centre. She said the volunteers make the New Year’s baby gift tradition possible.

“The most important thing is all the work that the volunteers do to help us. They make it possible for us to donate and help. This has been going on since the first hospital was built in Selkirk and the original ladies auxiliary was founded. We extend our best wishes to the family,” Milkowski said.

Dr. Jennifer Preun attended the delivery. In 2023, 444 babies were born at Selkirk Regional Health Centre. That’s an increase over the 397 babies born in 2022. Anyone interested in delivering with Selkirk’s obstetrics unit is invited to call 204.482.5800 for more information and to arrange a tour of the facility.

New Year's baby 2024 - family photo
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority’s first baby of the year (left to right): Talal, Zyad, Safia with Reham, Reem and grandmother Maria.

Chair of the Selkirk Hospital Gift Shop volunteers, Betty Milkowski, with some of the items the volunteers gave to the family of Selkirk Regional Health Centre’s New Year’s baby.

As Manitoba sees increasing respiratory virus cases in health-care facilities, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Health Minister Uzoma Asagwara are asking people to get their flu and COVID-19 shots. Watch the media conference

The Horizon Health Network (HHN), Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU), and University of New Brunswick – Centre for Research and Integrated Care (CRIC) is looking for participants for the Compensation-Related Barriers and Facilitators to Patient Engagement in Canadian Academic Health Research Study.  It is an opportunity to share their experiences with what works and what does not work for compensating patient partners, and how this affects inclusion. It is very important that to from a wide range of individuals in the following fields: 

  • Health researchers 
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) staff 
  • Administration & finance staff at universities across Canada 
  • Patient partners in academic health research 

Individuals who fit the criteria above may complete a pre-screening survey to determine their eligibility to participate in the virtual focus group or interview for the study.  

Contact Sam to participate: [email protected] or (506) 566-2728

Please let us know if you require any accommodations to participate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to or (506) 566-2728. If this email is better suited to someone else in your community, or if you would like to share this with another organization, please feel free to forward this along or let me know and I will reach out to them. 

This study has been reviewed by the research ethics boards at the University of New Brunswick (File# 2023-037) and Horizon Health Network (File# 2023-3217) 

Please see public notice updated here.

The Prawda Outreach Primary Care Clinic is temporarily closed due to the sale of the building. We are working with community to find a new location to hold the clinic. In the meantime, please make an appointment at Whitemouth Clinic by calling:  204-348-2291

Please be advised that tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 7 there is an all-day power outage scheduled for the Lundar PCH and clinic/community health office. This means that there will not be phone and internet services. The PCH will continue to have limited power to keep residents and staff comfortable. The clinic and community health office will be closed. Phones and emails will not be answered. Please call back on Wed., Nov. 8.

This power outage is necessary for updating the generator onsite.

Selkirk QuickCare Clinic is closed Sunday, November 5th. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen on Monday, November 6. Click for clinic details.

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s virtual Annual General Meeting on October 10, 2023 saw just over 130 staff and community members login virtually for a review of activities and upcoming priorities.

Vice chair of the board of directors, Cyndi Typliski, was the master of ceremonies. The meeting opened with a prayer from Gwen Traverse, director of health, Pinaymootang First Nation and welcome from Robert Maytwayashing, Indigenous human resources development officer.

Board chair Michele Polinuk talked about adapting after the pandemic and she outlined the board’s governance structure and the progress towards achieving the goals of the RHA’s 2021-2028 strategic plan. She also announced the four winners of the Chair’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service.

“Staff members submitted 21 outstanding nominations this year and every one of these people reflects the culture we’d like to build in this organization,” Polinuk said.

To the winners Polinuk said, “How you choose to show up to work, what you bring to your workplace, and how you make the people around you feel good is inspiring to us all!”She recognized the following staff members:

Clinical team manager Clayton Fisher at Lac du Bonnet’s personal care home is supportive and caring towards residents and staff, as well as being professional and knowledgeable.

Val Kozyra, administrative assistant at Rosewood Lodge personal care home in Stonewall, embodies the region’s mission and values in her interactions with the public and colleagues. Her calm, positive and helpful demeanor is appreciated.

Licensed practical nurse Allison Maki works at Lac du Bonnet Personal Care Home. A proponent of learning what is important to residents and engaging them through their interests, Allison started out as a health-care aide and enrolled in the licensed practical nursing program to come back to work as a nurse. 

Glenn Shymko, regional manager of facilities management and capital planning, goes out of his way to make things happen, even with short notice. He is reliable and capable in his behind-the-scenes work.

Chief executive officer, Marion Ellis, was joined by the RHA’s senior leadership team that included Paul Barnard, Tanya Cheetham, Kate Hodgson, Dr. Charles Penner, Katherine Podaima and Julene Sawatzky, to give an overview of the region’s activities this past year and touch on the upcoming priorities.

Other speakers included Dr. Tim Hilderman, medical officer of health for Interlake-Eastern RHA. Presenting the finance report were Murray Werbeniuk, chair of the finance committee of the board, and Lorianne Kowaliszyn, IERHA’s regional lead of corporate services and chief financial officer.

Receiving the CEO Award for Community Leadership was Suzanne Nicolas, dean of the school of nursing at Assiniboine Community College. The award recognized Nicolas’ commitment to providing locally accessible education opportunities within the region.

A recording of IERHA’s AGM and the IERHA 2022-2023 Annual Report can be accessed at under “About us” and “Annual General Meeting”.

Photo Cutline:  Interlake-Eastern RHA’s board of directors hosted the 2023 Annual General Meeting on October 10,2023.

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA)has recently received acknowledgment that it is continuing to deliver health care that adheres to internationally recognized standards of quality and safety. Accreditation Canada has granted “Accredited” status to Interlake-Eastern RHA.

Surveyors met with staff and community members over a six-day period in June to assess over 3,100 criteria. As part of the survey, Interlake-Eastern RHA sites were assessed by a team of surveyors who work in the field of health-care in facilities all over Canada. In the accreditation report, surveyor observations reflect: “Remarkable staff going above and beyond” and “Clients are genuinely happy and feel well cared for.”

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s board chair, Michele Polinuk says she’s proud of the work.

“The region and staff are all still adapting to a post pandemic world,” says Polinuk. “We have come a long way in that time and I commend our staff on their hard work using required operating procedures that focus on patient safety and quality care.”

A team of surveyors from Accreditation Canada last visited Interlake-Eastern RHA in 2019 as part of a four-year accreditation review cycle.

Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to working with patients, policy makers and the public to improve the quality of health and social services for all. Providing organizations with an independent, third-party assessment, Accreditation Canada evaluates organizations on standards that reflect internationally accepted best practices.

The Accreditation Canada report and executive summary are posted online. Visit Publications & Reports – Interlake-Eastern RHA ( and click Accreditation reports to see the latest report.

Please click here to read the second provincial respiratory virus update.

Please click here to read the provincial respiratory virus update.

Red River College Polytech in partnership with Fieldstone Ventures will be hosting health care aide training course in Eriksdale area. Come to the open house for more information:

Eriksdale August 8, 2023 

Time: 4:00p.m – 6:00p.m.

Location: Eriksdale Wellness Board Room, 35 Railway Ave

Contact Fieldstone Ventures ASAP if you are interested 204-768-3797 or 1-888-777-1059

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