Annual Report 2016

Message from Health in Common

The key to success is often the ability to adapt.

– Confucius

Health in Common is pleased to present our 2015-16 Annual Report.

If you agree with Confucius, this was a successful year for Health in Common; with many opportunities to adapt – both at the operational and governance level.

With 95% of the annual budget confirmed prior to the start of the fiscal year, Health in Common continued to provide quality services with Erin and Bohdanna sharing Executive Director responsibilities for most of the year, and the Board of Directors welcoming 6 new appointments.

Working with the not-for-profit sector and different levels of government, Health in Common signed 37 contracts, providing an opportunity to connect with over 200 organizations, across approximately 140 communities. Identifying strategic priorities, goals and objectives; developing the tools needed to gather and track information; analyzing available evidence, completing program evaluations and developing web based platforms, we worked with a diverse range of organizations to strengthen organizational effectiveness.

As part of Imagine Canada accreditation, policies and practices for board governance, transparency, financial accountability, and staff management were reviewed and, where necessary, adapted.

In an effort to broaden the reach and accessibility of services, a pro bono application process was implemented, allowing organizations to apply for up $20,000 in planning and evaluation services. Launched at the end of 2015, the first intake was reviewed in January 2016, for service provision in 2016/17.

We would like to recognize the Board of Directors and thank them for their willingness to engage and share their perspectives. Given the knowledge and skills each member brings to the table, we are continuously grateful they choose to give their time to Health in Common. In-particular, we would like to thank out-going board members – Richard Cloutier, Richard Milgrom and Jason Edgerton (outgoing Chair).

Our Annual Report would not be complete without acknowledging the people that work at Health in Common, in particular for their patience, sense of humour, and respect for each other’s skills and perspectives. And finally, wishing Anna, Jann and Krista the best as they moved on to new opportunities.

Cathy Steven
Executive Director

Nancy McPherson
Board Chair

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Thanks to our Board of Directors

Nancy McPherson

Responsible for integrating a population health approach to the planning and delivery of programs and services throughout Brandon Regional Health Authority, Nancy has experience in acute care, community health, health planning and evaluation; working in many diverse communities across Canada, as well as in the West Indies and Northeastern Siberia.

Elizabeth Stephenson
(Vice Chair)

Elizabeth is Chief Administrative Officer with the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba and a long time advocate of collaborative research and public education initiatives linked to public health and wellbeing. She also serves as the co-chair of the Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling and as a member of the Manitoba Gambling Research Council.

Kathleen BlueSky

Kathleen is a strategic visionary and resourceful manager with 14 years of experience working with First Nations, government representatives, elected officials, and not-for-profit community organizations. Currently working with the Intergovernmental Committee on Manitoba First Nations Health, Kathleen has a diverse background including practical experience in group facilitation, strategic planning, policy analysis, enhancing governance structures, financial management, and risk management.

Lana Cowling-Mason

Lana was born and raised in rural Manitoba and has spent the last 16 years working in community development. She continues to be inspired by the volunteers and community champions who work so hard to keep rural Manitoba vibrant and is driven to support their efforts. Lana is an active member of various regional development agencies, including the Economic Developers Association of Manitoba, serving as a member of the executive and program committee.

Randy Fransoo

Randall is a Senior Research Scientist and the Associate Director of Research at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), and an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences at the U of M. Randy is also the Director of The Need to Know (NTK) Team, a national award-winning research collaborative established in 2001. He has worked extensively with all RHAs in Manitoba, and with provincial, national, and international partners.

Lawrence Elliott

Lawrence is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches public health epidemiology and collaborates on research into public health issues. Currently also working as a public health physician with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health, Dr. Elliott has had prior medical experience in northern/remote regions (including Nunavut, the Yukon and Northern Manitoba) and the inner-city of Winnipeg. His practice, research and teaching focuses on prevention as a means to optimize population health.

Cheryl Sluis

Cheryl holds a Bachelor degree in Interior Design (B.I.D.) from the University of Manitoba. She has several years of experience in the areas of project management, strategic planning, and change management. As Project Manager for St. Amant, she oversees the Project Management Office providing structure and guidance related to strategic projects and reporting. She participates in a variety of ways in her community as a coach, a classroom representative and advisor.

Marcia Thomson

Assistant Deputy Minister with the department of Healthy Living and Seniors, Marcia has over 30 years experience in health and social services. Marcia is also the Winnipeg Site Coordinator for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Homelessness Research/Demonstration Initiative.

Audited Financial Statement 2015-16