Board Of Directors

    Caroline Chartrand, RN/BN


    Caroline Chartrand is a nurse from the Pine Creek First Nation in the West Region Tribal Council area in Manitoba. Her nursing career began at Red River Community College where she graduated in 1986 with a Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate. She continued her education on a part time basis and completed the Diploma in Nursing in 1988 and in 1994 received a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Manitoba. Since then, she has completed the Community Health Care Management Certificate (2000) through Assiniboine Community College, in Dauphin, Manitoba.

    Throughout her nursing career, Caroline has had the privilege to meet with some of the nursing leaders from yesteryear, and has been mentored by some exceptional nursing professors and nursing leaders. Caroline’s passion rests with advocating for the improvement in health status of First Nation peoples. Her advocacy for excellence in diabetes care and treatment is quite evident in her current role as the Executive Director of the Diabetes Integration Project Incorporated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Diabetes Integration Project is a project developed by First Nations for First Nations whose main objective is dealing with the epidemic of diabetes in our communities.

    Caroline has received an Excellence in Professional Nursing Award from the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba in May 2007. Caroline also has volunteered considerable time and effort on various committees through the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and/or First Nations and Inuit Health. Caroline has thoroughly enjoyed the work of the many committees in various capacities advocating for the First Nations people throughout Manitoba. Caroline has enjoyed meeting new people and looks forward to striving for excellence in Nursing Services in First Nations communities and to serve as your President of Aboriginal Nurses Manitoba Inc.

    Pauline Wood Steiman


    Pauline Wood Steiman is a Retired Aboriginal Nurse who is a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation. Pauline attended Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in l974 and Red River College in l986. Pauline graduated from the University Manitoba with Bachelor of Arts in l993 and University of Saskatchewan in Certification of Health Care for four years. Pauline is one of the founding members of the Manitoba Indian Nurses Association and served on the Board of Directors for many years prior to becoming the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada.

    Pauline was employed at the Family Practice Unit with the University of Manitoba Residency Program in conjunction with the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit University of Manitoba where she gained her nursing experience. She furthered her education as a surgical nurse at the St. Boniface Hospital. She was employed with the Island Lake Tribal Council as a Health Advisor and focused on community health in the Island Lake area. She is also a Certified Counselor from Klinic University Course. The experience gained facilitated her work with Spinal Cord Injury Aboriginal clients with the Canadian Paraplegic Association as Rehabilitation Counselor. She was also employed at the Faculty of Medicine with the Aboriginal Health Programs, Central for Aboriginal Education.

    Pauline believes in Health Education for the Aboriginal Communities and Community Health Development. She was instrumental in the various programs developed in Island Lake area. She developed the Children’s Diabetes Camp, Minoahyawin Program in Mental Health with the Human Resource Workers in Island Lake. She also participates in Research Projects with various health programs in First Nations communities, for example in genetics and osteoporosis, and rickets. Pauline has co-authored a few publications since her first publication was in the Canadian Nurse Journal in l979. She is proud to be a member of the Variety Children Charity of Manitoba and Child Nutrition of Manitoba. Today, she is still furthering her education of higher learning, as well volunteering in various health areas.

    Pauline received The Spirit of the Earth AWARD IN JUNE 2011.

    Lorraine McLeod

    RN/BN, Board Member

    Lorraine is the Province Wide Coordinator for the Diabetes Integration Project (DIP). She is a member of Cross Lake First Nation who was raised in the small northern community of Wabowden. Lorraine entered the Health Sciences Centre School of Nursing and graduated in 1982, and graduated with her Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing at the University of Manitoba in 2011. Lorraine has 29 years of nursing experience in hospital and community settings. Her experience includes acute care, palliative care, home care, behavior management, and public health. She has worked directly in First Nations Health with the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council and Interlake Reserves Tribal Council as a Tribal Nursing Officer, Diabetes Coordinator, and Home Care Coordinator and as a health policy analyst with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Lorraine is committed to working towards improving the health status of First Nation people living in Manitoba.

    Karlene McLeod

    Karlene McLeod is a Cree member of the Cross Lake Band of Indians. She is a young mother; her son is five years old and he is her life and motivation. She is currently living with her partner, son and her grandpa in The Pas, Manitoba. Karlene comes from a loving and supportive family and grew up learning the importance of family and community.

    Karlene grew up in Gillam, Manitoba and completed her high school education in Winnipeg. She has just entered her 4th year of the Baccalaureate of Nursing program at the University College of the North in The Pas. Her passion for the well being of others and her caring nature has driven her to work hard towards becoming a nurse. Upon completion of her nursing degree Karlene is planning on working in northern Manitoba.

    Karlene is excited to be a part of Aboriginal Nurses of Manitoba Incorporated and serving as a board member. She looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience as the student representative on the board.

    April Sanderson

    Board Member

    My name is April Sanderson and originally from Moose Lake, Manitoba. I currently am employed in the Home & Community Care Program with Opaskwayak Health Authority at Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba for the last 5 years. I completed my Licensed Practical Nursing from Assiniboine Community College in January 2006.

    I have a small family, which includes myself and my daughter Lily who will be turning age12 in July. I am returning to school in September 2013 at the University College of the North to obtain my Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing and looking forward to serving the Indigenous nurses in the northern region of Manitoba.


    Mirenda Sutherland

    RN/BN, Board Member

    Mirenda Sutherland is an Indigenous Nurse originally from Nelson House Cree Nation. Mirenda can speak the Cree language fluently. Mirenda graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing in 2000 from the University of Manitoba. Mirenda has worked at Children’s Hospital for a term position in 2001 and currently works as a Public Health Nurse with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority since 2001. Mirenda also worked casual with the Health Science Centre (HSC) as a sexual assault nurse until 2012. Mirenda is married with 3 children and has 5 grandchildren.

    Maxine Roulette

    Board Member

    ANM Incorporated Board Members

    (L Marie Roddy, RN, Nurse Practitioner; Mary Cook, U of M 3rd year Nursing Student; Melissa Spence, RN/BN; Trevor Thompson, RN/BN; Pauline Wood Steiman; Caroline Bercier, RN; Caroline Chartrand RN/BN)

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