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.”

Growing up in Kenora, Penny has a love of Northwestern Ontario because of its natural beauty. After a career in Thunder Bay, she decided to move back and make Ignace her home. With 6 brothers , 2 children and 5 grandchildren in surrounding area, she says it was the perfect spot. In her work with the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee at the Learn More Centre, she has the opportunity to meet members of the community from all walks of life and from the neighbouring communities as well.

“As a member of the Silver Tops, I am humbled by the amount of efforts the members put into making the Seniors Centre a gathering place for al community members. I have always believed that I should give back to the communities and the people who have given me so much. Being involved in trying to make the world a better place for my friends, my family, my community and my country has always been important to me. I believe the health care we receive here in Ignace is the very best in Ontario and I am honoured to work with the members of the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub and their Board of Directors. Everyone I have met is trying to do the best they can, not only to survive but to prosper and provide a better life for those who follow, as am I.”

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.”

A Lifelong resident of Ignace, Chicki moved to Ignace when she was only six months old. She attended public school here and secondary school in Dryden and then Thunder Bay.  Chicki met her husband in Ignace, married and raised three daughters. All three daughters have grown and moved from Ignace but live close by in Dryden and Thunder Bay.  “Their families – our seven grandchildren – have provided us with so much enjoyment and entertainment. We are truly blessed.” Through the years Chicki has served on many local boards, committees and working groups. A three year term on the Dryden hospital board and at present the Dryden Patient and Family Advisory Board.  She has also served as an Ignace town councilor for nine years.  Through the years, Chicki and her husband have owned and operated several  businesses, the last one being The Northwoods Motor Inn. Chicki is an extremely passionate advocate for her community and works tirelessly to volunteer or assist wherever she is needed.

“I love small town living and plan to take advantage of our beautiful beaches and fishing lakes in the future. I truly believe that good health care is the most important service in a community and that every person is entitled to it. This is why I  became a board member.”


Originally from Thompson, Manitoba, Roxanne moved to Ignace in 1982. She continued on with Post Secondary Education in different programs such as Administration, Social Work and Human Resources. After graduation, she moved to Timmins, Ontario and lived there for 18 years, had two beautiful children, one boy and one girl. Worked as a Family Service Worker for CAS for 10 years. She then relocated to British Columbia , and changed her career path to Human Resources/Payroll and worked in this field for 4 years in the Coal Mine. Roxanne then relocated back to Ignace in 2014, worked as a Career Developer at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre for 2 years and just recently started as a Human Resources/Health and Safety Supervisor for Resolute Forest Products. Roxanne is an accomplished professional dart player and has been ranked number 1 in Northern Canada for many years to being number 3 in overall Canada. While not working, Roxanne enjoys fishing, watching movies and spending time with her 3 dogs. Roxanne also manages to find the time to volunteer for Northern Critters and the Legion as the Sports Rec.

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.

Naomi Peters – Director

New to Ignace, Naomi Peters moved from Saskatoon, SK in October in 2018 to be closer to her mother and sister who live in Ignace. Naomi has enjoyed a long career of providing administrative support and event planning functions for top company executives over the past 20 years. In this capacity, most recently she supported the President and CEO through the development phase of a $4.1 billion CAD Greenfield mining project. Prior to her career as an Executive Assistant she worked in health care as a Nurses’ Aide in a nursing home, providing personal care to level 2, 3 and 4 residents.

Throughout her life Naomi supported charity and non-profit organizations, including serving as the United Way Employee Campaign Chairperson for two companies and an individual fundraiser, event participant for Camp Easter Seals and supporting the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery. Additionally, Naomi acted as the “Home Visit” coordinator in Saskatoon and area for Northern Sky Greyhound Adoption Association.

Naomi has been an avid life-long learner and holds University of Saskatchewan Certificates in Business Administration from the College of Commerce and Adult and Continuing Education (with distinction) from the college of Education, as well as diplomas in the Theology (3-Year), Executive Secretarial and Bookkeeping.

Naomi is married to Leonard Peters, has two step-sons and five grandchildren. She and her husband own one greyhound-cross dog and three rescued Amazon parrots

Naomi looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors for the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub and working with everyone in supporting the positive impact it makes in both the town and region it serves.

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.