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.
Board 2024

In order from left to right: Donald Wagar, Naiomi Peters, Timothy Barker and Roxanne VanTassel

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.”

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.

Debbie Hart

Debbie has been living in Ignace since 1995, where she raised her children who have recently introduced her to the joys of being a grandma.  She has been employed at Ignace School for twenty five years and prior to that, has a background in banking/finance.  Debbie’s current volunteer experience includes being an executive member of Patricia Area Community Endeavours, Vice Chair of Crossroads Employment Services, and member of Ignace’s  Healthy Community Working Group.  When time allows, Debbie enjoys outdoor adventures on the water as well as hiking through trails with her husband and two dogs.  Traveling to various countries is also a passion that she hopes to do more of in future retirement.  “I am excited to be a part of the MBCHC Board with such a wonderful cross section of individuals.  I am hopeful that I can be a valuable contributor to the Board.  My professional experiences have been geared toward making my community a better place and forging partnerships.  Being on the MBCHC will allow me to continue to affect positive change in Ignace”.

Donald Wagar

Donald was born and raised in Dryden, Ontario. He retired from Canada Post in 2001 after 34 years of dedicated service. He served a variety of roles including letter carrier, financial supervisor and then 25 years as Postmaster in Ignace. Prior to his career at Canada Post, Don worked for 6 years at North American Lumber as an estimator, book keeper and sales.

Don is an extremely dedicated volunteer and has been a member of Silver Tops since 2001. He has been the Chairman of Bingo for 22 years, served as President  for 3 years and has also served on various sports executives over his many years residing in Ignace.

Don joined the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Board of Directors in September of 2022. He has most recently accepted the position of Treasurer.

Colleen Hogan

Colleen was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. In 2007, she left to attend Lakehead University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees in 2013. She started her career in Nunavik, Quebec, where she taught English for three years. In 2021, Colleen completed her Master’s of Education degree from UNB with a focus on Leadership and Administration.

In 2016, Colleen moved to Ignace to teach at Ignace Public School. After five years there, she began working centrally for the KPDSB as an Instructional Coach. In May, Colleen will return to Ignace Public School as the Vice-Principal. Colleen enjoys camping, reading, exercise, and spending time exploring and adventuring with her son.

Colleen values the role that the Health Centre plays in Ignace. She believes that the services and care provided by the MBCHC are paramount to maintaining a healthy, happy, and well community.

Barbara McMullen

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 in college, and moved to Sudbury in 1972 to work for the MNR. She did stints in Huntsville and then 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 had spent 25 years as a Girl Guide leader; years filled with camping trips across NW Ontario. She currently volunteers at the Carousel/Second Chances, 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.”

Rev. Timothy Barker

Tim moved to Ignace in 2016 with his family (wife Chelsea and their children Titus and Morgan) to take on the pastorate at New Life Church-Ignace. Outside of his 17 years of ministry experience Tim has a varied work history having spent 10+ years in the Army Reserves as an Artilleryman, been an Educational Assistant in a K-12 school, a farm hand, and worked for a small town bakery (both as an baker’s assistant and as a delivery driver). He holds a B.A. in Youth Ministries from Horizon College and Seminary (2007), and has been an Ordained Minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada since 2012. After moving to Ignace, he has spent time on the Ignace Public Library board, the Ignace Otters Snowmobile Club board, is a member of the Healthy Community Working Group, and enjoys volunteering to help with as many community events as he has time and the ability to.

Having grown up on the prairies as a farm kid and then spending his years in ministry, (largely in small rural towns around Manitoba and now NW Ontario) he and his family enjoy living in Ignace and all the opportunities that living in a small town provides. A great appreciation for the outdoors, including a love of hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and camping as hobbies make the location of Ignace ideal for them.

While he was growing up Tim’s parents taught him the value of serving your community in whatever way you can. That is something that he still believe today. He believes that if you do your part and help where you can, you will see that community become stronger for everyone. It is his privilege to serve the community in the small ways that he is able.

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.