Monthly Speaker Series

WOW Wednesday

Nursing Stories: What Opportunities We Share in Career Development

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12:15 PM – 12:55 PM CST

Speaker: Philibert Ruberandinda

Philibert Ruberandinda came to Canada from Rwanda in 2000. Philibert is the director of care at Action Marguerite St Vital location.


Upcoming WOW Speakers

Wednesday, January 4 , 2022
12:15 PM – 12:55 PM CST

Speaker: Lori Kemp

Since 2009, Lori has focused her career on working in mental health and addictions. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing degree at Brandon University in May 2014. Since then, she has worked as a Crisis Worker at the Crisis Stabilization Unit in Brandon and, at times, as a casual Residential Care Worker at Addictions Foundation Parkwood (Brandon). Lori has also worked at Fairview Personal Care Home as a nurse on the advanced dementia unit, as the Mental Health Resource Nurse at Fairview PCH, and as the Regional Education team of Prairie Mountain Health as the Mental Health educator. She is now the nurse at the Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) Clinic, located at the 7th St Health Access Centre in Brandon, and has held this job since November 2019. She lives with her partner and their cat, and on weekends in the spring and fall she is part of the Air Cadet Gliding Centre at the Brandon airport.

Speaker: Corinne Del Rio


Previous WOW Speakers

Speaker: Patty Grocholski, LPN

Patty Grocholski is a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority. Initially getting her start in nursing at a Personal Care Home, Patty now practices on an Acute care ward in Selkirk Regional Health Centre’s Out Patient Department. Patty has been involved in the Union in many different capacities throughout her career, and is currently the local Union president.

Speaker: Megan Boscow RN BN

Born and raised in the north, I am committed to improving health access and health outcomes for northern populations in Manitoba. 

After working in various settings including acute medicine and obstetrics in The Pas, I moved into undergraduate nursing education.

I now work as a nurse educator training nursing students at University College of the North in partnership with the College of Nursing at University of Manitoba. 

Speaker: Crystal Bogue, CRN

Crystal has been working as a Critical Care nurse for over 7 years at Portage District General Hospital in Portage la Prairie, MB and for the last 4 of those years she has been the facility’s Critical Care Clinical Resource Nurse (CRN). She started her career in health care as an Emergency Medical Responder in 2005 and then began working as a Technical Clerical Support Worker with Diagnostic Services. These roles sparked her interest in a nursing career so she returned to school to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Manitoba. While attending nursing school, Crystal continued working part-time in Diagnostics Services and then as a Health Care Aide. Her professional journey and the various roles she has held over the years have allowed Crystal to experience healthcare from many perspectives and have given her valuable insight. Crystal grew up in Portage la Prairie and still lives in the area with her husband and 5-year-old daughter.

Speaker: Nicole Wilson is a Critical Care Nurse, HSC Winnipeg

Nicole graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2016 and started her career at HSC on GH3, an acute surgical unit specializing in urology, general surgery and surgical oncology. Nicole began the Winnipeg Critical Care Nursing Education Program in September 2019 and upon completion accepted a position in MICU. Nicole lives in St. Norbert with her fiancée and the head of their household, a cavapoo named Ted. When not at work Nicole enjoys going for dinner with friends or family, working out, travelling, and cheering on the Winnipeg Jets.

Speaker: Lana Happychuk is a Public Health Nurse, WRHA

Lana Happychuk has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years.  She is currently working in Pubic Health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority as an RN, Authorized Prescriber.  She has the licensing notation as an authorized prescriber for reproductive health, STBBI and travel health client populations.  She has been able to utilize both licensing notations: Reproductive Health and STBBI while previously working at Nine Circles Community Health Centre and Travel Health. She is currently based out of the WRHA Travel Health and Tropical Medicine Services Clinic.  She loves strong coffee and is someone who would not thrive day-to-day without at least a low level of constant chaos.  She is also known as “momma” to her busy “Warrior-Princess-Wizards” named Amelia and Gabrielle, and their seven month old four-legged side-kick, Owen. 

Speaker: Danielle Lobert is a Best Practice Educator – Obstetrics at the Thompson General Hospital

Danielle Lobert is a Best Practice Educator – Obstetrics at the Thompson General Hospital and in the surrounding area which includes Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids, and Gillam in the Northern Health Region. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba in 2010 where she specialized in obstetrics and rural and Northern nursing. She has two kids and lives in Thompson, MB

Speaker: Stephanie Robertson, Clinical Educator at Brandon Regional Health Center

Stephanie Robertson is a Registered Nurse and a Regional Clinical Educator for Emergency in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, based out of Brandon Regional Health Centre.  She received her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2009 from the University of Manitoba.  After graduating, she started her career at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg working as a Nurse II on a surgical ward. She has 3 kids and lives in the small southwestern community of Minto, MB.

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