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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.
We welcome Garnet McBurney and Henry Maryniuk to our team of Board of Directors.

JAMES (JIM) ABERNETHY (Chair)

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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)

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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 (LIZ) ROBERTS (Secretary)

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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.

 

ALAN (AL) MORKEN

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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 a 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 sits 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

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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 communities 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.

 

 

RICK LUSSIER

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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 license 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.

 

 

DOUGLAS WANYOIKE

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

Douglas is a Canadian citizen, born and raised in Kenya. He moved to the United States of America in 1998 and later to Canada in 2009. He’s married and blessed with two beautiful daughters and a son.

He’s currently employed by Paradigm Consulting Group Inc. as a Business Systems Analyst. He’s implementing a Guideware Strategic Systems Renewal project for a major insurance company in Winnipeg. Douglas’s professional work experience in Healthcare, Insurance, and Social Media Advertising dealing with on-premise, SAAS and PAAS environments has prepared him for this opportunity. He was responsible for implementing several federally and provincially mandated eHealth initiatives at the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Center (MHCCAC). He developed business cases, implemented projects, trained and supported over thirty service providers.

He founded and operated a telecom company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which enabled customers to make affordable local, domestic and international calls online using voice over internet protocol (VOIP). He also negotiated, purchased and configured routes with various telecom carriers, processed payments and reconciled bank payments with sales.

His friends and family describe him as a proactive, innovative, and dependable team leader with great interpersonal skills. Douglas is a highly motivated, focused and dedicated professional with extensive work experience in resolving problems through the use of people, processes and technology.

His passion for cyber and information security has led him to pursue certifications in Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCIP) and Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX). He also has certifications in Project Management, Change Management, Information Technology Infrastructure Library and Lean Six Sigma. Douglas is currently a graduate student at the University of Winnipeg working on his Masters in Management, specializing in Technology, Innovation and Operations.

GARNET McBURNEY

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District 1 – Brandon/MAXA

Garnet was raised on a grain farm in southwestern Manitoba (near Elgin).  He completed his high school education at Hartney Collegiate Institute in 1984, then graduated with a degree in AgriBusiness from Assiniboine Community College in 1987.

Garnet has worked in the accounting field since 1988, progressing to holding the position of Controller for two major Brandon-based companies during his career.  In 2007, he started his own bookkeeping /consulting firm on a part-time basis, and in 2010, stepped into that career full-time.  He has been the President of Venture Accounting Group Ltd. since operating in Brandon.  Garnet’s passion is being involved with new business start-ups, helping plot their financial course and mentoring new business owners to help them achieve success.

Garnet has more than 10 years of experience serving on various daycare Boards in Brandon. He has two grown children, daughter Madison in Calgary and son Braeden in Brandon.

 

 

HENRY MARYNIUK

District 2 – Carberry, Souris, Rivers, The Pas, and Glenboro

Henry Maryniuk was born in Shoal Lake, MB and raised on a farm on Rossburn, Manitoba. He has three children with his wife of 44 years, Karen, and they call Souris home.

During his early years, Henry received his education in a one-room school house. His quest to learn inspired him to pursue secondary education studies at Red River Community College, taking the Medical Radiation Technologist program. A perpetual learner, Henry took many other courses in Management, Leadership, Finance, Technology, Digital Imaging and Lean Six Sigma.

After 42 years in the medical industry, Henry retired to pursue other goals. Some of these experiences include serving as a board member for the Souris School for 24 years, as former president of the Souris Lions Club and Director of Rural Operations for Diagnostic Services of Manitoba. Henry currently serves as the Chair of Donor Choice, and is a member of the A&M church committee.

When he’s not taking a course, volunteering or leading, he enjoys camping with his family, watching his grandchildren play sports and kayaking. Henry and Karen also like to go road-tripping on his motorbike. Together, they’ve travelled in the USA and have toured scenic Vancouver all the way to Dawson City, Yukon – an impressive 8,500 km long trip!

 

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