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News Release - Manitoba

May 23, 2018


Seven new members have been appointed to the Rehabilitation Centre for Children’s (RCC) board of directors, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“The Rehabilitation Centre for Children offers a wealth of services in support of helping children in Manitoba and surrounding areas reach their full potential,” said Goertzen.  “We look forward to working with the board and its new members.”

Located in Winnipeg, the RCC provides innovative clinical service, education, research and technologies to children in need including but not limited to biomedical engineering and prosthetics.  Its board is responsible for the control and management of the centre including oversight of its budget and employment of senior staff.  The board falls under the authority of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The board’s new chair is Dr. Ab Chudley of Winnipeg.  Appointed to a three-year term, Chudley is a recently retired pediatrician and medical geneticist who currently is a professor emeritus at the University of Manitoba.  He has served on numerous boards, both locally and nationally.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to serve and help guide the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.  The RCC is a first-class organization and a true treasure in our community that supports children and their families who have unique needs,” said Chudley.  “I thank the minister for the appointment and I look forward to working with other members of the board, administration and professional staff to support the many families throughout the province who use the expert services offered at the RCC.”

Other news appointees include:

  • Pamela McCallum Beazley (Winnipeg), a former researcher for the child maltreatment division of the Public Health Agency of Canada;
  • Karen Chrest (Brandon), an independent media professional with a background in marketing, communications, fundraising and journalism;
  • Bev Mehmel (Winnipeg), the current director of corporate social responsibility for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries;
  • Sarah Carr (Winnipeg), an associate with MLT Aikins;
  • Elaine Raynbird (Winnipeg), a retired nurse with experience in the areas of medicine, pediatrics, and child and adolescent physiatry; and
  • Joni Wilson (Winnipeg), who works as the disabilities initiative program co-ordinator for the Southern Chiefs Organization.

In addition to the seven new members, Jeanette Edwards of Stonewall has been reappointed as a public representative to the board.

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