Mary Berglund CHC Board

Board of Directors

The Mary Berglund Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board made up of people who live in Ignace. Members of the board:

  • Enhance the health of our community
  • Promote a sense of ownership with MBCHC within Ignace
  • Enacts its role and responsibilities through the articulation of a vision, mission, values, strategic plan and appropriate policies
  • Are elected at an Annual General Meeting, normally held each September from candidates nominated from and/or approved by the membership.
  • The operations of the organization is managed by an Executive Director.

Meet Our Board and Executive Director

Born and raised in Ignace, Heidi has recently returned “Home” to assume the role of Executive Director. Heidi has an extensive background with 25 years working in the Healthcare field from direct client care to senior administrative roles. Heidi is a Registered Practical Nurse, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration and is a Certified Administrator through the Canadian Healthcare Association. She is also the former Regional Board Chair for the Ontario Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors. Heidi enjoys spending time with her family and is the proud mom of 3 boys.

“ I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of our clients. The Model of Health and Wellbeing that the Mary Berglund CHC lives and breathes are values and principles that unite us all. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead such a dynamic organization into the future and I am confidant that Mary Berglund CHC will continue to play a most important role to individuals in our community.”

A member of the Ignace community since 2008, Cindy relocated here from Winnipeg after 20 years as a physical education and math teacher. She also owned a wall climbing facility for 13 years. An interest in all sports, recreation and wellness activities lends to her passion for wellness, nutrition and energy work, including teaching Yoga here in Ignace for the past 5 years. Cindy has extensive volunteer and community experience as evidenced by her 16 years coaching trampoline with the Manitoba Gymnastics Association as well as her term as Education Chairperson for the Manitoba Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.

“ I volunteer on the board because of my interest in wellness and the belief that people must take responsibility for their own health. The Community Health Centre Model of Care focuses on education and disease prevention which is what I believe should be the cornerstone of health care in Canada.”

Ignace was home for Lise from 1973-1985 during which time her 4 boys were born. After a 30 year absence, her and her husband decided to return home in 2015. Lise is a proud grandmother with 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Lise attended post secondary education in Thunder Bay and later moved to Winnipeg where she worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at the Canadian Grain Commission. A member of the Silver Tops and the Ignace Lions, she spends much of her time volunteering for the community.

Barbara was born and raised in a very small town in Southern Ontario and has never had a desire to live in a more urban area. She studied Forestry and Biology at college and moved to Sudbury in 1972 to work for the MNR. Stints in Huntsville and Kenora followed until she moved for the last time to Ignace to take a position as a Conservation Officer. Fourteen years later, she left the MNR and moved to Press Lake Camp north of town. She and Gerry Nicholas ran the business together for twenty years, until his passing. Their son Ryan is now taking over the family business but Barb still helps throughout the season.

Barbara likes to volunteer and spent 25 years as a Girl Guide leader, years filled with camping trips across NW Ontario. She currently volunteers at the Carousel, the Legion and the Emmanuel Church but is happy to help other causes needing assistance.

Barbara had never lived in a community with a Health Center until Ignace and has been very impressed by the staff and what is offered. “ Family members in other parts of Canada cannot believe the variety of services Ignace receives from the Health Center. The one roof approach is a godsend, especially for seniors and the handicapped.”

A recent community member, Kelly retired to Ignace in June 2015 to enjoy retirement living opportunities available in the great outdoor areas that make Ignace a beautiful place to be. Kelly is a University of North Dakota graduate with a lifetime career spent working for the Ontario, British Columbia and Northwest Territories Provincial Governments. He was also a teacher of college aviation programs and brings a skillset to community driven aspiration.

“Ignace is quiet, safe and provides the friendly neighbourhood attitude only found in small towns. Winter and summer activities are within and around the community allows residents a simple lifestyle. Promoting proactive health programs, the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub supports the lifestyle of Ignace residents. I am pleased to contribute as a board member to do my part in ensuring that that health centre will always be a primary asset for the community of Ignace and an advocate for all its community members’ health and wellbeing.”


Our Philosophy

The Board of Directors of the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre believes:

In the provision of accessible, quality health care services, in a culturally sensitive manner, that will respect the dignity and worth of everyone;

That health is holistic and includes physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being;

That clients must be afforded confidential services;

Treating staff with dignity and respect and providing a safe and healthy work environment conducive to personal and professional development;

That the MBCHC is committed to practicing sound corporate citizenship;

That the Board of Directors will be accountable to the community for the services of the MBCHC through sound governance practices and continuing Board Development;

In the continuing development of a healthy community by responding to the needs of the community through education and health promotion;

In the building of a strong community through collaboration and partnership with community service agencies and other organizations; and.

That the course of treatment and care is one of individual choice.