2017 Board of Trustees


Donald MacDonald, Chair, graduated from the University of MDonMacDonald-2anitoba with a law degree in 1983 and is currently Vice President and Counsel with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. a position he has held since 1999.


Brbrendalaroseenda LaRose, CHRP, CMC,Past Chair, is the Managing Partner of Leaders & Co. Executive Search.  She is a Certified Human Resource Professional and a Certified Management Consultant. She is also a member of the Governance Committee.


RuRupinderbrarpinder Brar, Vice-Chair is a Senior business consultant with over 10 years of experience in the health services industry, having worked with both public and private sector partners to introduce innovative, patient centric health delivery models that improve outcomes and provide operational efficiencies.

Dr. Ssheldonkovenheldon Koven has practiced for more than 30 years in Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Currently his roles include:  Medical Director of the Simkin Centre, Consultant at the Wellness Institute in the Executive Medical Program, and Occupational Medicine advisor to numerous local companies.

Dr. DonDonna-Martinna Martin (RN, PhD in Nursing) is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include Aboriginal peoples’ experiences with health care, family health promotion, ecohealth, social justice & equity.

Vera Himage of Vera Houleoule is a member of Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, and a graduate of Journalism from Red River College. She has worked 25 years in broadcasting for CTV and APTN, as well as for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. She is currently Director of Community Relations for APTN.


 Alex Yaworski, CPA, CMA, CMC is a Partner at Fort Group Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.   He is a Chartered Professional Accountant & Certified Management Consultant.


Louise Evaschesen worked in Seven Oaks School Division for over 30 years and retired from position of Assistant Superintendent. She spent many years volunteering on the SOGH Board of Directors since 2001 and held the Board Chair position 2012-2013.  She has been a Community Member on the Quality and Patient Committee from 2014-2016 and has recently returned to be a SOGH board member.


Carole Urias, BA, CFP, is a Certified Financial Planner and Regional Marketing Director for Customplan Financial Advisors Inc. with over 25 years experience in the Financial Services Industry. Carole passionately involves herself in organizations which help promote financial literacy and advocacy for women and seniors.


Derrick Coupland is a brand strategist and owner of consulting firm Coupland and Company.




Doug Brown is a lawyer who acts as Public Guardian & Trustee for Manitoba.



Mike Cavell, CPA, CA is the managing partner at Cavell & Cavell Chartered Professional Accountants Ltd. He graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba in 1990.

Dr. Tamara Buchel is a Family Physician practicing at Prairie Trail at the Oaks and at Seven Oaks Hospital where she is the President of the Medical Staff.

Honourary Life Members

  • Abe Yanofsky, Olga Fuga, Bob Carter, Leo Steinfeld, Bob Minaker, Bruce King


Link to Executive Management team


Please send correspondence for the Board of Trustees to:

c/o    Fil Di Nella, Executive Assistant
Seven Oaks General Hospital
2300 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2V 3M3

Or by email to info@sogh.mb.ca