Board of Directors

Board of Governance

Prairie Mountain Health operates under the direction of a 9-member Board of Directors.  This Board is appointed by, and accountable to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.  Responsibility of the Board includes 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.

The Board’s role is to ensure the organization’s accountability by monitoring and evaluating its performance and by interacting and communicating with the public, stakeholders and partners.

Board memebers represent a broad cross-section of geographical areas, interests, experience and expertise. It is expected that members also share a strong sense of commitment to achieving the provincial vision of healthy Manitobans through an appropriate balance of prevention and care.

The Prairie Mountain Health Board of Directors must ensure that the organization complies with applicable legislation, regulations, provincial policies and Ministerial directives.

 

Meet our Board of Directors

 

 

 

Catheryn Pedersen2rLee Jebb - Chair

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Mark 2Mark Frison - Vice Chair

Mark Frison was appointed to the Board of Directors of Prairie Mountain Health in October 2018. He also serves as Vice-Chair on the Board.

Frison was named President of Assiniboine Community College in June 2010. Prior to that, Mark served as President of Great Plains College and Cypress Hills College in Saskatchewan.

Mark previously served on the board of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and was Treasurer of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation. From 2013-2018 he was Chair of the Brandon Police Services Board.

He lives in Brandon with his wife Edith Frison and their three children Cole, Piper and Stella.

 

 

             
                   
   

JonathonLon Cullen

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murrayMurray Parrott

Murray Parrott lives on a farm near Franklin, MB.  and is a recently retired Grade 5 teacher, having taught 33 years in total.  To go along with his lifetime of teaching, he also has experience in farming and construction of seniors housing.   Murray was widowed in 2018 after 36 years of marriage with his wife Kerry. Murray continues to enjoy spending time with his four children and spouses, with 8 grandchildren.  He loves to draw floor plans and watch the sunset at his cabin.

Murray has served as a member of several organizations and boards in Neepawa including Town Council.

Some of his other key interests include sports like Judo, hockey, lake skating, fishing and hunting.

             
                   
   

WandaWanda Sandy

Wanda resides in Canupawakpa Dakota Nation where she is originally from. She is currently employed as the Health Director for CDN – Health Services where she has worked since November 2005. Wanda currently holds the volunteer position of Illegal Drug Coordinator for Canupawakpa.

Wanda has a passion for learning and has attained her education from numerous academic locations. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Native Studies and a Minor in Psychology from Brandon University. While attending Thunder Bay Confederation College she received her Law & Security Administration Diploma.   She also received her Community Social Development Certificate from Assiniboine Community College. She continues to further her education, and recently received Certification from First Nations Health Manager Association of Ottawa.

Wanda lived in Vancouver, BC for 10 years and worked for a Provincial Aboriginal Women’s Organization. She started as a Volunteer, worked as a Loss Prevention Officer, then became the Assistant to the Executive Director, was appointed by the Board to Acting Executive Director then became Executive Director.  Previous work experience includes working casually for CDN Education as a Dakota Language Instructor/ Teacher’s Aide. She was also worked casually as an Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator for Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women.

Past volunteer work includes being a Board Member for Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women, Committee member for Female Offender Advisory Committee and First Nations Breast Cancer Society of BC. Currently she is the Chair for the Aboriginal Liaison Committee (comprised of 7 Health Directors of former ARHA).

Wanda believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered as a committee member for education, housing, pow wows and community fundraisers.

In Wanda’s free time she enjoys time with family – especially her grandchildren, making star quilts, powwows and dancing (traditional women’s category).  Her spirituality, her Dakota language and traditions are all important parts of her life.

Wanda is enjoying her work with the PMH Board – one of her focuses in on partnership and collaborative approaches in addressing gaps in health care, with First Nations, Health Canada and Manitoba Health. 

             
                   
    Swan RiverDuane Whyte 

Duane lives in Swan River and has a wealth of experience in serving his community and the surrounding Swan River Valley area. 

Over the past several years, Duane has served as Chair of various local health committees and has worked closely with stakeholders and the regional health authority to enhance services in the former Parkland region.  He was involved in the community process of ensuring a much-needed Primary Health Centre was established in Swan River. 
He has led community recruitment and retention efforts for doctors and other health care professionals to meet health care needs of rural communities, including playing a key role in recruiting local medical graduates to the community.

Duane is serving his third term as a member of Swan River Town Council and was also a founding member of a Medical Services Committee that represented seven local municipalities.

He is a retired high school teacher and basketball coach of 40 years.  He sits on several local boards and organizations and in 1988, he received a prestigious certificate of recognition for involvement in the community by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

             
                 
   

Cheryl BjornsonCheryl Bjornson

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Gwen Drul 2017Gwendolyn Drul

Gwen Drul has been involved with local boards and organizations for many years. Gwen has lived in the Oakburn area where she has farmed with her husband Wayne for the past 43 years.

Gwen is enjoying her work with the Prairie Mountain Health Board and has great respect for the work, dedication and commitment that staff, physicians, volunteers and health partners have for the health region. She has a keen interest in the health-care challenges that rural communities/areas currently face not only now but well into the next generation.

Gwen has worked as Operational and Office Manager in the Agriculture Pork Industry for 10 years. She has served as a Trustee/Board Member for the local school board for 12 years including four years as Chairperson.  She has been involved with school functions, 4-H, church, marketing and community events for many years. Gwen has also been involved with Oakburn Teren Dance Group for the past 35 years.

In her free time, Gwen enjoys spending time with family and her grandchildren. She enjoys travelling, golfing, winter and summer sports.

             
                   
   

WadeWade Schott

Wade Schott has had a keen interest in helping his community grow and prosper for a number of years.  While working as the manager of McMunn and Yates Building Supplies in Roblin from 1983-2008, he also held various volunteer positions within the community and surrounding area including; Board member (1989-98) and president (1992-94) of the Western Retail Lumbermen’s Association and Trustee of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (2003-2016).  After his retirement, he held the position of President for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 in Roblin from 2008-2012.  Currently, he acts as Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree Roblin council and is a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree Dauphin council.

Wade served as a Councillor for the Town of Roblin from 2010-2014, then as Mayor for the municipality until 2018.

Wade is now retired, but still works part time at a local lumber yard.  He lives in Roblin with his wife Carol.  They have three grown children.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. 

 

             
                   
   

Sandra BerrySandra Berry

Sandra Berry worked as a Physiotherapist from 1976-2013 travelling to several hospitals (Hamiota, Shoal Lake, Birtle, Russell, Roblin and Swan River) in the region.  The last 15 years were primarily spent in Russell.  While busy with her position as a Physiotherapist, she also worked alongside her husband on their mixed grain and beef farm near Foxwarren, retiring from the farm in 2010.

Sandra believes in the importance of giving back to her community and is happy to donate a quarter section of their land by Birtle to the Crop of Hope for 2019. This is a fundraising project for an expanded Chemotherapy unit at Russell (ECCC).

Sandra lives in Russell with her husband Keith Popp.  They enjoy travelling and spending part of winter in Sunny California.