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.

GARY SALLOWS

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

Gary lives in Carberry and works in Carberry and Brandon as a substitute teacher. Gary was born in Brandon, and followed his solider father through various postings in Winnipeg, Germany, New Brunswick, and back to CFB Shilo, where he completed his high school education. He received a diploma in Business Administration from Assiniboine Community College (ACC). After working for a couple of years he returned to Brandon University to complete his Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, and a Bachelor of Education.

Gary taught courses in accounting and computer technology in agriculture for ACC. During this time, he also operated a computer store in Carberry, served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Carberry and District Development Corporation. After a number of years teaching with ACC, he went on to become the coordinator of Agricultural Programs, which included extension programs that covered the entire province.

Gary returned to regular classroom teaching, where he taught high school and elementary classes in Brandon. He retired from full-time teaching in June 2016, and is currently substitute teaching. He was a trustee for the Beautiful Plains School Division, which administers schools in Carberry, Neepawa, and surrounding area.

He has been married to his wife Jackie for 37 years; they have two grown children, Carly and Jarret, both of whom are presently working in Winnipeg.

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.

ANNETTE RENWICK HORST

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

Annette was born and raised on a farm in South Western Manitoba. She graduated from Melita High School in 1992 and attended Brandon University where she received a Bachelor of Arts. She attended the Faculty of Law Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a law degree in 1998. She articled in The Pas and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1999. She practiced law in Brandon for three years and then returned to live in The Pas until 2015. She’s now living and practicing law in Winnipeg with Legal Aid Manitoba, Child Protection Law Office.

Annette is married and has two sons, Travis and Jack.

She’s served as President of the Manitoba Bar Association, a branch of the Canadian Bar Association. She was the National Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association for five years and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bar Association for seven years. She served as a director and secretary for the not-for-profit daycare center, Marigold Preschool, in The Pas. She’s currently a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba.

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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