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.

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.

JANE BROWN

District 1 – Brandon/MAXA

I was born and raised in Rivers, Manitoba and graduated from Rivers High School. I began her career at Manitoba Public Insurance before taking time off to be a stay-at-home mom while our children were small. I returned to the work force with Behlen Industries and was employed with them for 26 years between production, accounting and information technology. I retired from WGI in 2009, spending my last year there documenting their entire manufacturing / accounting system.  I have looked after the bookkeeping tasks for the family business, HiWay Esso, since 1995.

I was on the board of Career Connections for 4 years and currently serve on the Onanole and District Recreation Centre Board as treasurer.  I married her high school sweetheart, Larry Brown and we have been married for over 40 years and have 2 grown children. We currently live in Onanole.

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.

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.

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.

BRUCE LEADBEATER

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

As a young man, I was employed with Toronto-Dominion bank in Cartwright, MB.  In 1982, after working in several locations for the bank, my family and I moved to Cartwright from Geraldton, ON and I was employed for several years as the Secretary Treasurer of the RM of Roblin/Village of Cartwright.

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

Over the years, I have been involved in many community groups. I 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, I served as school board trustee, first with Turtle Mountain School Board, then with the Pembina Valley School Board. I also served as the mayor of the Village of Cartwright from 2004 through 2014. My wife and I have three adult children.

RICK LUSSIER

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

I was raised on a mixed farm near Ste. Elizabeth, attending grade school there. I later obtained my high school diploma from St. Pierre Collegiate in 1972.

I was employed by Richardson Securities as a stock adjuster in Winnipeg before graduating with a diploma in agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1977.  From there I worked with the Province of Manitoba, Department of Agriculture, in the areas of Arborg and then Ashern. I remained in Ashern for twenty years working as a forage and livestock technician and indirectly as the Interlake fieldman for the then Manitoba Beef Commission.  I moved to Crystal City in 1998 to Crystal City and worked as the director of sales for PhiBer Manufacturing, a small manufacturer of innovative forage equipment with allowed me the opportunity to travel across North America.  I obtained my real estate licence in 2013 and have been working as an agent with Gables Realty in Morden since then.

I have served on the Rock Lake Health District Board since 2014, currently as vice-chair and I live in Clearwater, MB and have been married to my wife Dianne for 31 years, we have one married son.

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