OUR TEAM

Leadership

Guy Gosselin

Executive Health Director

Guy Gosselin is the Executive Director of the Ginew Wellness Center located on Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation in Manitoba. Guy has over 25 years experience in Health management and administration. He has successfully overseen six building management projects related to health, and implemented three Electronic Medical Record EMR systems with multiple sites. As a team the Ginew Wellness Center achieved Accreditation status through Accreditation Canada. His experience spans between a Regional Health Authority, Manitoba Health and several years of on reserve health management. Guy has also worked eight years in Africa with a Non governmental organization collaborating with the Senegalese government on Health and literacy projects. He is a Certified First Nations Health Manager. Guy enjoys spending time with his wife, five children their spouses and eleven grandchildren.

Sherri Thomas

Assistant Health Director

Graduated in 2009 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Sherri has been in the health field for over 16 years and employed with the Ginew Wellness Center for over 15 years.  She has extensive experience in Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Critical Incident and Emergency Response, and Program Management. Sherri received the Certified First Nations Health Manager designation in April 2017. 

Administration

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Christa Johnstone

Office Manager

Christa Johnstone is the office manager at the Wellness Center.

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Janelle Pierre-Folster

Administrative Assistant

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Finance

Lori Henry

Finance Clerk

Lori Henry has been with the Ginew Wellness Center since 2006. Her role as Finance Manager is invaluable; Lori brings years of experience that she applies daily while working on the finances of the Center. Outside of work she is married and has a daughter. She enjoys spending time relaxing being at home.

Sanitization & Maintenance

Velma Alexander

Velma has worked at the Wellness Center since 2004. Her area's of responsibility include custodial duties as well as security. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her family, including 2 children, and grandchildren. 

Sanitization

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Hope Gabriel

Infectious Control and Sanitization

For almost 4 years, Hope has been working at the Center. As part of the Janitorial staff; she has been tasked with care of the offices and medical center. She also is a part of security for the community. She also has taken on the task of maintenance, and offers her many skills in different duties across the center to help things run smoothly.

Administration

 

Child Development & Family Services

Maternal Child Health & STAR Program

Cindy Buhler, RN BN

Supervisor

Cindy Buhler, RN BN has been a Nurse Supervisor for the Strengthening Families-Maternal Child Health (SF-MCH) & the Success Through Advocacy & Role Modeling (STAR) Programs since November, 2011.  She co-hosts the Parenting Group, Prenatal classes, Baby food Making,  and Cooking/Nutrition classes. On occasion, you will find her assisting the other Nurses in the GWC clinic. The services that she provides are family support, information on parenting, pre/post natal care, healthy lifestyles, child growth and development and referral and access to other services. Cindy is honoured to be working in Roseau River First Nation.

Faye Nelson

Home Visitor

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Home Visitor

Angelina graduated High School in 2014 with a Childhood Development Certificate and two years later graduated from the Health Care Aide program at Robertson College.  She worked over a year in a Personal Care Home in Winnipeg until moving to St. Jean-Baptiste and taking a year off for maternity leave.  She enjoys spending time with her daughter and being outdoors as much as possible when the weather is nice.  Angelina is new to the Maternal Child Health Team and looks forward to adventures and challenges her new career will bring.

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Chantal Seenie

Mentor

Chantal Seenie is the STAR Mentor at the Ginew Wellness Center. She has multiple certificates on knowledge of FASD from University of British Columbia, CTRI and Community Works. When working with Clients, Chantal tries her best to help them with making their own decisions in what they want to be doing or working on, rather than dictating to them what they need or should be doing. She helps to support her clients by making schedules, goal planning, helping them discover hobbies and teaching them new craft ideas that they can in turn do with their children at home.

Aboriginal Head Start

Alvina Gegwetch

Supervisor

Alvina Gegwetch has been part of the Aboriginal Head Start team since August 2014 as the program Supervisor. She enjoys working with our Aboriginal Head Start children and their families. She brings many years experience working in the educational field, including working with additional support needs children.

Vanessa Henry

Teacher

Vanessa Henry is working in the Aboriginal Head Start Program. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator (ECE II) with many years experience.

Tricia Higheagle

Teacher

Tricia loves her role as a Certified Early Childhood Educator (ECE II) with the Aboriginal Head Start Program. She enjoys teaching the children new things and shares in their pride when they master new accomplishments.

Jordan's Principle

Anne Dyck, LPN

Assistant Case Manager

Anne Dyck is the Assistant Case Manager for the Jordan's Principle program.  She has worked at Ginew Wellness Center since July 2017 and has been a nurse for 12 years.  Previously, Anne worked in a variety of settings (ER, Personal Care Home, Rural clinic in Sudan, Medical Units, etc). 

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Heather Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Heather Thomas from Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation and is currently working in the Jordan’s Principle program since September 2020.

Heather enjoys working for her community and connecting with the children and families. On her free time she enjoys going for nature walks with her children and visiting with family and friends.

Carly Becker

Youth Worker

Carly Becker is our youth worker through the Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative Program.  She is currently running a series of programs for youth in the community.  Carly recently graduated from the Child and Youth Care Practitioners diploma through Red River College. She holds youth program after school, facilitates respite groups, and does one-on-one work with the youth and families in the community.  Carly has a passion for art, culture, and travelling and tries to incorporate these in her day-to-day life. 

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Respite Services Co-ordinator

Tammy Blask is working with the Jordan's Principle Child First Initiative.  Tammy is an Early Childhood Educator III and has worked with children for the past 10 years.  Before coming to Ginew, she was an EA at Roseau Valley School and before that she worked in daycare at 17 Wing in Winnipeg.  Tammy has three sons and is looking forward to working with the community.

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Genny Henry-Mckay

Rehabilitation Assistant

Genny Henry has been employed by the Ginew Wellness Centre since 2006. She has 2 children and a cat named Kit. Genny enjoys working for the children and youth in our community and hope to do so for a very long time.

Greg Seenie

Rehabilitation Assistant

Greg Seenie is from Roseau River First Nation. He is currently working in the Jordan’s Principle Program since April of 2017 in partnership with Ginew Wellness Center. Greg enjoys working with our children and youth of Roseau River, and also working with our Jordan’s Principle team. He also likes to play hockey ,golfing and other outdoor activities as well as spending time with his five sons and two grandsons.

Supervisor

Jessie Bilbey is the Case Manager for Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative. Jessie has been employed at the Ginew Wellness Centre since June of 2018. Prior to this, she had been working in case management since 2008. Jessie comes from a background in child protection and mental health. Jessie also enjoys cooking and travelling

Jessie Bilbey

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Speech Language Pathologist

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Kristen Giesbrecht

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Children and Youth Service Navigator

To support the families of Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation who face barriers and gaps in service. The Child & Youth Service Navigator works closely with the Case Managers to deliver the services needed.

Jackie Gosselin

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Wellness Worker

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TBA

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Physiotherapist

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Carla Peters

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Occupational Therapist

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Nick Kehler

Wellness & Holistic Health Services

Mental Health, Wellness & Addictions Services

Bonnie Gamble

Mental Health Professional

Bonnie has a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling. Bonnie has worked at GWC for nine years all together. She works with all age groups male and female. If there are questions or concerns feel free to come in and speak to Bonnie or give her a call.

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Mental Health Professional

Jennifer is a graduate of the Applied Counselling Program at the University of Manitoba. She holds a true commitment to supporting and developing the wellness of our community. Jennifer is passionate about animals and nature based learning, and has been trained in Equine Facilitated Wellness. Her desire for helping people and animals is unmistakable in the efforts she puts into each day.

Jennifer Friesen

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Mental Health Professional

Brooke Steinke graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelors of Social Work. She has a previous degree in Sociology and Developmental Studies. Brooke is a new member of the Mental Health Team, providing confidential service and support to individuals and families of all ages. Brooke has a passion for assisting others through life’s journey and is excited to be providing mental health and wellness support to the people of Roseau River First Nation.

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Mental Health Professional/Team Lead

Heather Johnson is a Mental Health Therapist who works with Ginew Wellness Centre to provide wellness supports for Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation.

Heather believes that all people would do well working on their healing journey, both for their own life and for the lives of those around them.

Heather has had the privilege of teaching lay counselling throughout the northern parts of our world and has seen that all hearts beat and bleed the same.

Heather  holds a Master’s of Arts in Counselling from Providence University College & Theological Seminary

Heather Johnson

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Mental Health Professional

Tom is a Registered Psychotherapist who loves to work with individuals and couples. He moves people toward healthy emotion so they can be well and thriving. A favourite Moto of his is “Caring cannot be optional".

Tom Peters

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Mental Health Professional

Debra Henry

Debra has her B.S.W., through the University of Manitoba. She studied with the Prairie Region Centre for Focusing, and Complex Trauma, “Focused Oriented Therapy and Trauma Informed Practice”. Debra has studied with New Careers early in her life obtaining a Diploma working with Families, Child Welfare related. She has worked in Post Secondary through Ginew School,: and worked at West Region’s original ‘Repatriation’ program dealing with 60’s Scoop related cases. She has also completed the ‘4 year’ Traditional Medicine Program through Peguis First Nation’s Traditional Medicine and Western Medicine World teacher Kathy Bird. She is a grandmother of 10 grandchildren, mother of 3, and Aunty to numerous nieces, nephews traditionally related and western world related. Debra believes in a Anishinabe Traditional, Christian Approach, and Western Education within her delivery of counselling.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Traditional Healing

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Kirby Nelson

Cultural Worker

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Charlie Nelson

Traditional Healing Coordinator

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Charlie Nelson elder, language speaker and a member of lynx Clan in Roseau River First Nation attended Assiniboia Residential School. He is follower of the Sundance and 6th degree in the Midewiwin. In this capacity, he continues to works to provide spiritual care, naming ceremonies, memorials, funerals and marriages. He has served as band councillor with portfolio in child and family services. 

IT & Media/Events

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Jason Toews

I.T. Support

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Veronica Berg

Media Editor/Event Coordinator

Veronica Berg has been employed with Ginew since 2020. She started out as Covid Screener and moved to the CHTL position to cover a maternity leave, now as the Media Editor/Event Coordinator for the Language program she is happily serving the community of Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation. 

Physical Fitness

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Alex Hartin

Fitness Worker

Alex Hartin is the fitness worker at the Ginew Wellness Center. Alex is also a part of the Jordan's Principle team. 

 
 
 

Primary Care & Community Health Services

Primary Care Clinic

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Nicole Solnes, RN

Nurse in Charge

Nicole Solnes, is a Registered Nurse and Nurse in Charge at Ginew Wellness Center, in the Primary care clinic

Nicole has 15 years of Nursing experience in a variety of fields such as Intensive Care, Emergency, Medicine, Primary Care and Community Health.

She has been with GWC for 3 years, she enjoys seeing clients on a daily basis, providing care and assessments to those that present. 

Community Health & Immunizations

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TBA

Community Health Nurse

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Medical Clinic Services

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TBA

Nurse Practitioner

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Jennifer Verrier

Medical Clerk

Jennifer Verrier is the Medical Clerk at Ginew Wellness Center. She works within the administration team and works alongside the nursing team as well. Jennifer loves helping others and feels that within her job she is able to be an assisting hand and a listening ear to both clients and co-workers.

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Lydia Alexander

Covid Screener

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Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

Debbie Alexander

ADI/Community Health Representative

Debbie Alexander is the Community Health Representative.  She works with all health care team to improve and maintain the spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and emotional well being of individuals, families and the community. Debbie also oversees the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative program.  The main objective of ADI is to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes through a range of health promotion, prevention, screening and treatment services, delivered by trained service providers and community diabetes prevention workers.

Kim Knott

Dietitian

Kim Knott lives in Winkler, Manitoba for 36 years and has worked as a registered dietician in Southern Manitoba in 11 different institutions.  She has worked at Ginew Wellness Center for 20 years doing nutritional counselling and diabetes education. Kim believes health is more than just medical knowledge and tries to help people with the practical application of nutrition in their lives.

Water Quality Testing

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Aleron Alexander

Water Quality Technician

Aleron Alexander has been employed with the GWC since the fall of 2012. As the CBWM, he ensures the quality of drinking water in the community is up to standards and in good health on a weekly basis.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Foot Care Program

Foot Care Nurse

Bonnie Friesen, LPN

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Bonnie is a footcare nurse who has been working at the Wellness Center for 3 years. She is tasked with caring for persons to ensure foot health in the community.

Medical Transportation Services

Medical Transportation

Henry Hayden

Medical Transportation Coordinator

Henry has been employed with the Ginew Wellness Centre for 16 years in the Medical Transportation Program.  He was promoted over two years ago to Transportation Coordinator and has found this current position a very difficult but welcoming challenge in his career.  Henry’s main duties as Transportation Coordinator consists of organizing medical trips for band members to several communities in the area including Winnipeg and accommodations to those who require it.  Other duties include working closely with other staff members and medical facilities to assure band members arrive to there required appointments in a safe and timely manner.

Susan Powers

Driver

Susan has been employed at the Wellness Centre for 10 years as a full time Medical Driver. Susan is also a part-time cook at the local restaurant Barney's. When she is not working - Susan enjoys spending time with her 2 children and 5 grandchildren. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and solving puzzles. 

Myra Littlejohn

Driver

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Darcy Thomas

Driver

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Home & Community Care

Home Care

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Margaret McGregor, RN BN

Home Care Nurse Supervisor

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Jennifer Shepit

Jennifer has been with the Home Care Program for 16 years and now works as Support Services Supervisor.  Her duties includes managing financial matters for the In Home Care Program and Ginew Seniors Lodge. and Activity Planning for the program.  She loves "treasure hunting", by going to garage sales and thrift stores.  Her passion is spending time with her family. and grandchildren.

Support Services Supervisor

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Rhonda Hall, LPN

Home Care Nurse

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Shirley Hayden

Shirley Hayden is a Health Care Aide and has been employed at the Ginew Wellness Center for the past 17 years. Her role includes but is not limited to conducting home visits with clients, doing safety checks, medication checks, taking vital signs, and assisting with bath and showers.  Shirley frequently works alongside the Home Care Nurse.  Outside of work, Shirley enjoys spending time with her grand kids, taking them to the park, swimming, for ice cream and to Sunday School.

Health Care Aide

Annette Laroque

Cook

Annette Laroque is the chef for the Home and Community Program as well as the Meals on Wheels program.  Her duties include preparing nutritious, health conscious and colourful meals.  She also organizes an "Exercise with Annette" program, which is done daily for clients, elders and any community members who would like to participate.  Annette’s pastimes include BINGO, watching home and garden as well as cooking shows on TV, computer games and researching new recipes and BINGO.  Her newest passion at work is to help develop new activities, while maintaining successful ones.

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Crystal Cardinal

HCC Admin Assistant/Driver

Crystal is the Admin Assistant / Driver for the HCC program. She has been employed at the Ginew Wellness Center since 2019. Before she became employed at the Wellness Center, Crystal worked as a Health Care Aide for Southern Health up until she was forced to quit due to health reasons. Crystal enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies ( 2 dogs and 1 cat ) and on her spare time, she loves camping, quadding, going to the beach, hunting and spending time with friends.

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Ashley Hayden

HCC Health Care Aide

Ashley is a Health Care Aide and has been employed at the Ginew Wellness Center for the past 2 and a half years. Her role includes but is not limited to conducting home visits with clients, doing safety checks, medication checks, taking vital signs, and assisting with bath and showers.  Ashley frequently works alongside the Home Care Nurse.  Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family which includes her dog and 5 cats, she enjoys camping and traveling.

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Nancy Murdock

HCC Homemaker

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Chasity Hayden

HCC Health Care Aide

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Health Transformation

Tara Dela Cruz

Community Health Transformation Liaison

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Tara Dela Cruz is from the Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation, she identifies as an Ojibwe womxn, she enjoys making ribbon skirts and learning the Anishinaabe language in her spare time. Tara has a diploma from the Community Centered Therapy Program in 2020 from MITT and graduated Professional Photography in 2012 from Red River College. She was hired as the Community Health Transformation Liaison in 2020 with Southern Chiefs Organization. She loves that she can get to know her community through her job and is excited to see how we can change First Nations Health in Manitoba.

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