Cathy Scofield-Singh, NP, has been a NP for 3 years working as a primary care NP and have over 30 years of experience as an RN with a diverse nursing career. Prior to becoming a NP, she had the opportunity to work in northern remote communities as a Primary Care Nurse for over 10 yrs. While she enjoyed working in northern remote communities, she was frequently frustrated as she was limited in the scope of practice to meet the diverse needs of my clients. Cathy felt that the best way to meet those needs and provide more in depth services would be to become a nurse practitioner. Cathy graduated from the University of Manitoba Masters of Nursing NP program in Oct 2013.
Since graduating as a NP, she has worked with Southern Health as one of the first NPs on their Mobile Clinic. Cathy recently moved over to Prairie Mountain Health, and is based out of Ste Rose-du-Lac. She provides primary health care on the PMH Mobile Clinic for O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, and in Swan River at the Swan Valley Primary Health Care Center. Cathy is very excited to be a part of the PMH Primary Care Services and is looking forward to providing services to clients who access our healthcare service. Currently, she is the treasurer with the Canadian Association of Advance Practice Nurses. Cathy has been sitting on the CNA’s Choosing Wisely Canada national committee, and is helping to lead the CAAPN NP Choosing Wisely Canada national committee.
Past – President
Cindy Fehr, NP, is a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia’s Rural Family NP Program and holds a MEd from the University of Calgary. She relocated from BC to work as the full-time NP at the Steinbach Quick Care Clinic and in 2014 was honored to be chosen as the NP lead in starting up the first rural primary care Mobile Clinic in Southern Health-Santé Sud.
Prior to Manitoba, Cindy taught in the BSN program at Vancouver Island University. Her 20-year nursing career includes gerontology, palliative care, medicine, surgery, neurology, ICU, PACU, and nursing education. Cindy is passionate about holistic person-centered care that focuses on supporting wellness, building relationship, and encouraging life-long learning. She is honored to serve with such fine NPAM leaders that represent everything NPs can be and is excited about the future of NPs in Manitoba.
Kaitlyn Yurick, NP, graduated from The University of Winnipeg with BSc majoring in Biochemistry in 2008, and from the University of Saskatchewan with a BScN from the Second Degree Entry program in 2010. She graduated from The University of Manitoba with a Master’s Degree from the NP program in 2014. Currently she is working with the IERHA practicing primary care family all ages. Kaitlyn is looking forward to working with NPAM to further the advancement of the NP role to enhance healthcare services her and other Nurse Practitioner’s communities.
Maureen, NP After graduating from Health Sciences Centre (HSC) in 1993, Maureen moved to Thompson to work at the Thompson General Hospital (TGH) as a general duty nurse. From there Maureen developed an appreciation of the north and rural life. Next, she completed the specialty training to work in the renal dialysis unit at TGH and then she moved back to Winnipeg and continued to work in the dialysis units at Health Science Centre (HSC) and would fill in at the Pine Falls dialysis unit as needed. From there, Maureen moved to the fast paced environment of the emergency department in HSC. Maureen also worked in northern Manitoba with First Nation and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) working as a community health nurse.Maureen completed her BScN from Brandon University in 2008. Maureen worked in Nunavut on an air ambulance where she would bring patients out of Nunavut to Winnipeg. Maureen graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Nursing degree / Nurse Practitioner and started working with Interlake-Eastern RHA in July 2015. She has worked in the Selkirk Quick Care Clinic, Gimli Hospital and Selkirk & District General Hospital ER minor treatment area. When asked about what she thinks it would be like working in a mobile clinic she says she is excited to meet the people in the communities and to bring primary care to the people. In the mobile clinic nurse practitioners and primary care nurses will be able to treat everyone from seniors, adults, families and kids. Maureen was born and raised in Winnipeg so moving to Thompson was her first experience of living in a rural community and she embraced all it had to offer shortly after becoming an outdoors enthusiast. She has canoed and/or kayaked many of the lakes and rivers in Manitoba.
Alison Kirk, RN, student NP, graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelors of Nursing in 2012. Since that time she has worked in Cardiac Surgery, home care and in remote northern communities. She currently works at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in the emergency department as a registered nurse.
Alison started her masters in nursing in 2015 at the University of Manitoba in the Nurse Practitioner Stream. She is in her 2nd and final year of the program. She is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention and strongly believes in promoting an active and healthy lifestyle with her clients. She is excited to be part of the NPAM executive committee in the communications role, learn more about NPAM and become more involved in the advancement of the NP role in Manitoba.
Rural & Northern Representative
Brent Gouthro, NP, was born in West Germany into a Canadian air force family, spending the majority of his childhood in Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba for both his Bachelor of Arts and Nursing Degree. In 2008, he obtained his Masters in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner All Ages Specialty at the Athabasca University. He has worked in a variety of nursing areas and brings a wealth of experience back to Agassiz Medical Centre. He lives on a small acreage south of Morden and is married with 3 children and currently one grandchild. He loves small scale agriculture from gardening, tapping maple trees, beekeeping, to raising chickens, cows and pigs. He believes strongly in maintaining an active lifestyle throughout your life. Still plays hockey every winter, rides his mountain bike often, prefers to be canoeing on a distant lake and embraces life.
Kyla Siatecki graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of Manitoba in 2012. She has been a practicing RN in the Cardiac Surgery department since graduation. She obtained certification for cardiovascular nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association in 2015.
Kyla is currently in her second year of the nurse practitioner program at the U of M. She believes strongly in the importance of physical and mental health and maintaining goals for health promotion and illness prevention. As student liaison she hopes to become more entrenched in the workings of NPAM and advocating for the nurse practitioner role within Manitoba. In addition, Kyla hopes to be a voice for student nurse practitioners at the University of Manitoba and to help promote and develop student resources.
Aravind Pampackal RN is a second-year NP student at the University of Manitoba. He is an internationally educated nurse who completed Bachelor degree in nursing in 2009 from India and migrated to Manitoba soon after. He has worked in various medical surgical areas including acute and intensive care and the current and longest term being spent in geriatrics and mental health. His interests are in photography and soccer.
By volunteering for NPAM, he would like to meet and connect with the NPs of Manitoba and to familiarize himself with this new role. He believes that NP profession is not just about having a broader scope of practice but is also about working together towards the betterment of the population we serve and to grow ourselves as a profession bigger and stronger. His goal is to connect more students to NPAM so that it would benefit the students and the association itself and is very excited and proud to work with the NP leaders of Manitoba for the advancement of the profession.
Co – Conference Chairs
Christa Slatnick, NP, works at Gynecologic Oncology at CancerCare Manitoba. Christa had over 11 years of experience working as a nurse with Antepartum, Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology patients at Women’s Hospital, Health Sciences Centre. She then joined the team at CancerCare Manitoba in 2012 after graduating with her Masters in Nursing at the University of Manitoba.
Christa has also been highly involved with Ovarian Cancer Canada over the past 13 years as a volunteer co-chair in Winnipeg for Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Walk of Hope, while also volunteering as a “Knowledge is Power” presenter to large groups of women wanting to learn more about ovarian cancer. In 2013, Christa recieved the Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Peggy Truscott Award and in 2015 the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award.
Last year Christa volunteered on the NPAM Conference Committee and is excited to take on the Co-Chair role this year with Christy Seniuk to help ensure such an important event continues to offer essential educational and networking opportunities.
Christy Seniuk, NP, a nurse since 1994, graduated from the University of Manitoba Nurse Practitioner Masters of Nursing stream in 2006. Completing her final practicum in Bethesda Emergency, she was able to create a full-time NP position in the department and enjoyed 10 years in that role. Recently she changed gears and has gone part-time at the Steinbach Quick Care Clinic as well as casual within the WRHA Quick Care Clinics.
Christy looks forward to co-chairing the conference committee with Christa Slatnik and bringing a conference full of ideas, knowledge, and energy to our profession in 2017.
NPAM Conference Committee
- Ashley Markowsky, NP
- Ashley Pylypowich, NP
- Chandra Deutscher, NP
- Dana de Boer, NP
- Danyel Collyer, NP
- Sophie Barnabe, NP
NPAM Awards Committee
- Brent Gouthro, NP
- Racheal Wiebe-Skouta, NP
NP Day – Nov. 18 Committee
- Brenda Schoernborn, NP
- Rhea Mossaman-Sims, NP
- Caroline Bitton, NP