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New board member appointed to Interlake-Eastern RHA Board of Directors

The latest member of the Interlake-Eastern RHA’s board of directors brings a wealth of experience from the frontlines working in mental health. Keith Poulson is a retired registered psychiatric nurse of 34 years from Winnipeg. Poulson says he looks forward to contributing to health care in the area.

“I thought this would be an interesting opportunity to continue to use my background and frontline experience to help the region during this era of health care transformation,” says Poulson.
Margaret Mills, board chair, says Poulson’s passion for helping those with mental illness is a strong asset to the board.

“We look forward to having Keith contribute advocacy for individuals who live with a mental illness and his commitment to quality health care service delivery,” says Mills.
Poulson was actively involved in working directly with individuals who use drugs, including methamphetamines. He hopes his experience with this complex societal issue will help provide insight and advice to the Board and the RHA leadership.

Married with two children, Poulson has a strong connection to the Interlake-Eastern region as his wife Karen is originally from Beausejour and her extended family still farms, works and lives in the region.
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. They govern complex public sector organizations with budgets ranging from 200 million to over two billion dollars.  As such, members must represent the region as a whole, not any particular community or interests. Poulson is the eleventh member appointed to the board.

Keith Poulson

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