Meet Our Board of Directors!

Setting the direction for our credit union.

Meet Westoba’s Board of Directors. These individuals are elected from the districts they live and work in to give members a voice in the direction of our credit union.

JAMES (Jim) ABERNETHY (Chair)

District 2 – Carberry/Souris/Rivers/The Pas/Glenboro

I was born and raised in Glenboro, and live on our third-generation farm near Spruce Woods Provincial Park.

I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a diploma in Agriculture in 1982. I married Carol Dawe of Edmonton in 1986 and we have three grown children: Jessica, Megan and Matthew. After operating a cattle and grain farm for many years, a holistic management course spurred our family to switch to a beef-based operation in 2008.

I’ve served on various local boards, including Glenboro Co-op, Assiniboine Hills Conservation District, Manitoba Pool Elevators and Glenboro Minor Sports. My spare time has been taken up coaching hockey and following our kids through their various sports and activities.

LARRY G. WARK (Past Chair)

District 1 – Brandon/MAXA

I was born and raised in Killarney and was an avid hockey, baseball and football player. I married my school sweetheart Dora in 1976. Together, we’ve raised two beautiful children: Kassandra and Steven.

After a 36 year career with MTS (Allstream), I retired in January 2010 as Director of North West Region Operations. I have a certificate in Business Administration from Assiniboine Community College and an Advanced Certificate in Accounting from the University of Manitoba (working towards my CMA), as well as a number of management-related certificates from within MTS.

I’ve always been actively involved with many community organizations, including Rotary, Lions, Safeway Select, Western Canada Games, Brandon River Bank Inc. and Special Olympics.

DON GREEN (Vice-Chair)

District 1 – Brandon/MAXA

I was born in Minnedosa and raised in Brandon. I’ve had a personal and business relationship with Westoba Credit Union for about 15 years. I’m a father of two and have been very happily married to my wife Elaine for 33 years.

I graduated with a Business Administration Degree from Assiniboine Community College. I began my career as business manager with The Keg restaurants in Brandon. I later joined the Keystone Centre and the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, achieving positions of General Manager in each organization over a 10-year period. I left this rewarding career to enter private business as Managing Partner of Christie’s Office Plus. A Brandon-based business, Christie’s has operated since 1881 with branches in Winnipeg and Central Alberta. My wife and I have been sole owners of the company since 2010.

I’ve served on many community boards, including the Keystone Centre, Provincial Exhibition and Chamber of Commerce, as well as many charitable organizations. I was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Independent Stationers and on the board of an 18-country international stationers consortium for five years. In our free time, Elaine and I enjoy traveling and spending summers at our cottage with friends and family.

ELIZABETH ROBERTS (Secretary)

District 1 – Brandon/MAXA

I grew up on a small mixed farm in Strathclair and moved to Brandon in my late teens. I was married to my late husband Glenn Roberts for 38 years and we have one grown daughter.

I have a Bachelor of Education from Brandon University and a Masters in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia. I’m certified as an Executive Coach, Appreciative Inquiry and Search Conference Facilitator from Concordia University. I served six years as chair of the Employment Appeals Board and was chair of the National Advisory training board for Employment Insurance.

I am semi-retired and previously worked as the Organization Development Specialist and Superintendent of Agricultural Societies for Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Initiatives. My consulting company, Liz Roberts & Associates Ltd., keeps me busy speaking at conferences, and providing professional management consulting in the areas of recruitment and selection testing, leadership, community development, strategic planning, change management and executive coaching.

EDITH ANDERSON

District 2 – Carberry/Souris/Rivers/The Pas/Glenboro

The oldest in a family of seven children, I was raised on a mixed farm near Carberry. My husband Larry and I married in 1971 and have two grown children.

We’ve owned some residential rental properties for a number of years. I’ve owned or managed several businesses over the years, including a hair salon, children’s clothing store, and a bookkeeping and income tax preparation business.

I completed most of the Certified General Accountant program a number of years ago before family commitments took priority. I later completed the Municipal Administrators course. I’m now semi-retired, except for income tax season, when my hours are like a farmer’s during harvest: long and late.

I sat on Carberry Town Council for three terms and served as mayor for two. I’ve also served on the Chamber of Commerce, Carberry-North Cypress Centennial and 125th anniversary committee. I’m currently on the Carberry Plains Museum Board.

GEORGE E. HENDERSON

District 3 – Killarney/Ninette/Cartwright/Swan Lake/Pilot Mound/La Riviere/Winnipeg

I was raised on a family farm north of La Rivière, Manitoba. I married my wife Lorette in 1962 and we went on to have four children. We owned and ran our farm for 45 years before retiring and transitioning the farm to our son Denis and his wife Heather, who have become the fifth generation on the family farm.

In 1973, I completed my Diploma in Agriculture . In 1980, I was elected to the Manitoba Canola Growers Association and served as Director for 10 years. In 1988, I was appointed to the Motor Transport Board by the provincial government and served there for 12 years. I was elected to the R.M. of Pembina council in 1996 and served as Councillor and Reeve for 11 years. In 1990, I completed the Appraisal course and articled with E.P. Cooke of Winnipeg for a few years.

I have been involved in many community and farm groups: my local United Grain Growers board both as member and chairperson; Agriculture Services Board, Winkler; and I presently serve on the La Rivière Senior Home Board.

Lorette and I enjoy travelling, golf, cross country skiing, hiking and camping.

RAE McBURNEY

District 2 – Carberry/Souris/Rivers/The Pas/Glenboro

I was raised on a mixed farm at Terence (which no longer exists) twelve miles northwest of Souris. As the oldest of a family of six, I learned at a very young age the meaning of responsibility. I attended a one room country school (Millan) through Grade Nine and then my mother obtained a teaching position at Strathclair where I completed Senior Matriculation. I received my designation as a Certified General Accountant and shortly after achieving that milestone, obtained employment as a GST auditor with Canada Revenue Agency office in Brandon. I worked there for twenty years, retiring in 2011.

Prior to working with Canada Revenue I was bookkeeper/parts manager of McBurney Farm Equipment, then employed as an accounting technician with Meyers Norris Penny in their Souris office. From 1984 until 1990 I was employed at Martin Agencies in Souris as an insurance broker and accountant, and then worked briefly for Grant and Sandra Kirkup as an accounting technician.

During this time I served in several volunteer organizations, Royal Purple, Legion Ladies, Souris Horticultural Society, was treasurer for more than ten years for the local Scouts group, served one term on Council of the Town of Souris and served on the Board of Directors of Souris Credit Union, and then as the Director representing Souris after amalgamation with Westoba Credit Union.

My husband, Ken, and I have raised three children, Bev, Brenda and Garry, who have given us seven amazing grandchildren.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term as a Director with Westoba, although the knowledge required these days to fulfill that function is considerably more than it was in the eighties, and the learning curve has been steep, it is a very rewarding experience. I look forward to providing continued service to the best of my ability.

RICK MANGIN

District 3 – Killarney/Ninette/Cartwright/Swan Lake/Pilot Mound/La Riviere/Winnipeg

I was born and raised in Bruxelles, MB, where I grew up on the family dairy farm. I married my wife Lucy in 1984. We have four grown children:  Liane, Dana, Kristel and Dylan.

Lucy and I work full-time on our dairy and grain farm in Bruxelles, along with my brother Flo, his wife Judy and their two sons. We currently milk 100 cows and grow 1,400 acres of crop.

In the past 20 years, I’ve spent most of my free time coaching my kids’ baseball and hockey teams.  In my leisure time, I enjoy golfing, playing hockey and baseball, hunting, fishing and camping.

ALAN MORKEN

District 2 – Carberry/Souris/Rivers/The Pas/Glenboro

I was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where I grew up on the family farm. In 1977, my boyhood dream became reality when I was accepted into the RCMP. My 26-year career included uniform and plain clothes duties and was spent in “F” Division in Saskatchewan. It was there that I met my wife Donna. When I retired from the RCMP in 2003, we moved to Donna’s hometown of Rivers, Manitoba.

I served as Mayor of Rivers from 2006 to 2010. I’m a past president of the Rivers & District Chamber of Commerce, and currently sit on the board of the Riverdale Health Services Foundation.  I am a past director of the Rivers and Area Community Foundation.  Donna and I enjoy working in our yard, volunteering, curling and taking a spin in our 1957 Chevy.

BRUCE LEADBEATER

District 3 – Killarney/Ninette/Cartwright/Swan Lake/Pilot Mound/La Riviere/Winnipeg

As a young man, Bruce was employed with Toronto Dominion bank in Cartwright, MB. In 1978, he married a local girl. In 1982, after working in several locations for the bank, Bruce and his family moved to Cartwright from Geraldton, ON and Bruce was employed for several years as the Secretary Treasurer of the RM of Roblin/Village of Cartwright.

In 1989, Bruce and his wife purchased the Corner Pocket Restaurant and have been the managing owners of this business ever since.

Over the years, Bruce has been involved in many community groups. He served on the Board of the United Church, and was an active member of both the Kinsmen Club, and local volunteer fire department. For many years, Bruce served as school board trustee, first with Turtle Mountain School Board, then with the Pembina Valley School Board. He also served as the mayor of the Village of Cartwright from 2004 through 2014. Bruce and his wife have three adult children.

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