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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 233A Main Street
      Selkirk, MB R1A 1S1
      Telephone: (204) 785-4700
      Fax: (204) 482-4300

Meet the Interlake-Eastern Board of Directors

 Oral Johnston (Nov 2016) Oral Johnston   (Black River)
(Interim) Chair
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.
 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. 
 LaurieAndrews-2018 Laurie Andrews, RD, CDE    (East St. Paul)
A registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator, Laurie currently works at Winnipeg's  Northern Connections Medical Centre as part of an inter-professional team of physicians, registered nurses and other allied healthcare professionals. She has been a diabetes educator, registered dietitian in The Pas, as well as a research dietitian for the STEP project in the Mature Women’s Centre at Victoria General Hospital.
Laurie has a variety of work experience dealing with the public. Among her volunteer activities is her work with the Kivalliq prenatal group as part of Winnipeg RHA’s public health program and, with Dietitians of Canada’s Aboriginal Nutrition Network, she was part of a traditional recipes working group.

A Manitoba resident since birth, Laurie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s human nutritional sciences program and the Manitoba Partnership of Dietetic Education Program. She has a strong commitment to community service and has recently served as a public representative for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and as a director for the College of Dietitians of Manitoba. She looks forward to her duties and responsibilities as an IERHA director and hopes that, as an Indigenous woman currently learning her culture, she can bring her unique view to her role.  
During all her roles, Laurie still finds the time to enjoy the outdoors by gardening, fishing with family and friends during the summer and fitting in home cooking and physical fitness into her week.

 JudithCameron-2018 Judith Cameron   (Gimli)
Judith 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.

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 alongside 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.

 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. 

 Keith Poulson 2019
Keith Poulson, BA RPN (Winnipeg)
Keith is a retired Registered Psychiatric Nurse with 34 years of experience, all in acute care settings. His last 18 years of practice was working as a Psychiatric Emergency Nurse at the Health Sciences Center Emergency Room. Keith has long been a strong advocate for quality health care services for individuals who live with a mental illness and will bring that passion during his service on the Board of Directors. In his final years working at HSC, Keith became acutely aware and involved in working directly with people who use drugs, including methaphetamines. 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, he 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.
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.

 h. saxler  Hermann Saxler  (Whitemouth)

Hermann has is a graduate of Red River College’s business administration certificate program and has experience in management as former manager of protective services at the Whiteshell Laboratories Atomic Energy of Canada in Pinawa. He is a former councillor in Whitemouth, and owns a part-time sign and promo shop in River Hills. He also has worked with EMS staff in his capacity of protective services manager and currently drives the handivan for his community. He is passionate about creating environments where seniors in our region can flourish with the supports they need. He is an avid gardener and is fluent in German and English.
 Amanda Stevenson (Nov 2016)  
Amanda Stevenson   (Lundar)
Amanda has served as a Councillor for 7 years in the RM of Coldwell.  She has served in numerous capacities in many organizations including Coldwell Community Development Corporation, Community Futures West Interlake, Hyw 6 Health Advocacy Committee and the Interlake Tourism Association. She has many years of business experience in the private sector.

Amanda has a keen desire to serve the public and to help improve health services for all residents of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.


Glen West Glen West   (Selkirk)
Glen has been with Manitoba Hydro for over 28 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 financial, leadership, and process improvement analysis experience to the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. Glen has a passion for looking for ways to improve 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 step sons. Glen believes that active living is part of an overall healthy lifestyle and that there may be additional proactive approaches that can help meet the needs of our community’s wellbeing.


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