Our President

Darlene Jackson is President of the 12,000 member Manitoba Nurses Union. With over three decades of nursing experience she has been an active MNU member since 1981. Shortly after joining MNU she attended her first Annual General Meeting, and has been a committed union activist ever since. 

Jackson previously served as President of her worksite in The Pas for over two decades, and on MNU’s Provincial Collective Bargaining Committee (PCBC) through 9 rounds of bargaining as representative for the North and as vice-chairperson. In recognition of her leadership, she was the recipient of MNU’s Yellow Ribbon Award in 1996.

More recently, Jackson served as MNU's board member for the Northern Region for four years, and as Secretary-Treasurer for two years. Jackson’s extensive nursing and union experience has provided her with a holistic understanding of issues facing nurses in every region of Manitoba.

Jackson believes in the collective power of nurses. Through strong teamwork and representation, she is committed to ensuring nurses practice in a safe and supportive environment, and will continue to advocate for safe, quality health care for all Manitobans.

Jackson was elected as President at AGM 2018 for a two year term beginning July 1, 2018. She succeeds Sandi Mowat who served as President since 2008.

President - Darlene Jackson

The MNU's democratic structure provides all members with a voice and opportunity to be heard. The organization of people within the MNU is structured to support its members.

The Board of Directors

The affairs of the MNU are managed by the Board of Directors, which is comprised of nurse representatives from the five regions. Board Members are elected by membership for a two-year term. The Board Members carry out the objectives of the union and are responsible for establishing and maintaining the flow of communication between the union and its members who are employed in the respective regions.

The organization is structured to assure accountability to the general membership. The MNU’s 20-member Board of Directors, headed by an elected full-time president, is the governing body responsible for managing the union’s business. Board members are elected by membership to represent each of the union’s regions and the locals/worksites in those regions. They serve as a two-way communication link between its members and the Board.

Darlene Jackson - President

Darlene Jackson

President

Valerie Wotton - Vice-President

Valerie Wotton

Vice-President

Tracy Bassa - Secretary-Treasurer

Tracy Bassa

Secretary-Treasurer

Kathy Nicholson - Interlake/Eastern Health Region

Kathy Nicholson

Interlake/Eastern Health Region

Carrie Holland - Northern Health Region

Carrie Holland

Northern Health Region

Karen Taylor - Prairie Mountain Health Region

Karen Taylor

Prairie Mountain Health Region

Christina Woodcock - Prairie Mountain Health Region

Christina Woodcock

Prairie Mountain Health Region

Mike Yablonski - Prairie Mountain Health Region

Mike Yablonski

Prairie Mountain Health Region

Renate McGowan - Southern Health Region

Renate McGowan

Southern Health Region

Amanda Sainsbury - Southern Health Region

Amanda Sainsbury

Southern Health Region

Colleen Johanson - Winnipeg Hospital Region: Seven Oaks General/Concordia Hospital

Colleen Johanson

Winnipeg Hospital Region: Seven Oaks General/Concordia Hospital

Eric Wheeler - Winnipeg Hospital Region: Grace General/Victoria Hospital

Eric Wheeler

Winnipeg Hospital Region: Grace General/Victoria Hospital

Josie Payne - Winnipeg Hospital Region: Health Sciences Centre

Josie Payne

Winnipeg Hospital Region: Health Sciences Centre

Katie Stark - Winnipeg Hospital Region: Health Sciences Centre

Katie Stark

Winnipeg Hospital Region: Health Sciences Centre

Dana Orr - Winnipeg Hospital Region: Riverview Health Centre/Misericordia

Dana Orr

Winnipeg Hospital Region: Riverview Health Centre/Misericordia

Laura Schattner - Winnipeg Hospital Region: St. Boniface Hospital

Laura Schattner

Winnipeg Hospital Region: St. Boniface Hospital

Renate Scheffer-King - Winnipeg Hospital Region: St. Boniface Hospital

Renate Scheffer-King

Winnipeg Hospital Region: St. Boniface Hospital

Pamela Achurch - Winnipeg Community & Health Care Region

Pamela Achurch

Winnipeg Community & Health Care Region

Karen Jantzen - Winnipeg Long Term Care Region

Karen Jantzen

Winnipeg Long Term Care Region

MNU Committees

Several standing and special (ad hoc) committees operate within the Board to carry out specific areas of responsibility. The structure and responsibilities are determined and recommended by the committees and ultimately approved by the Board. Standing committees report to and make recommendations to the Board for approval.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee is the managing and human resource committee of the Board. They review progress on organizational plans, review budget utilization and provide support and advice to management.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee is responsible for the financial affairs of the MNU, including preparing and reviewing the budget, development and revision of financial policies, reporting to the Board on the Union's financial position, consideration of financial matters referred to the Board, review of the LEAP program and financial planning.

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

The Discipline Committee is responsible for establishing and maintaining Rules of Procedure and for conducting Hearings for members accused of conduct detrimental to MNU (Article 18 of the Constitution).

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

The Nominations & Elections Committee is responsible for the nomination and the conduct of elections of Board Members and Executive Officers at the Annual General Meeting.

RESOLUTION & CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

The Resolutions & Constitutions Committee is responsible for receiving, reviewing and finalizing all resolutions and constitutional amendments prior to the MNU Annual General Meeting.

PROVINCIAL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMMITTEE

The PCBC is responsible for formulating master proposals and an overall plan for negotiations, prioritizing and determining the final list of proposals to be put forward, recommendations concerning bargaining policy and maintaining communication about bargaining with MNU locals/worksites and the MNU Board. The PCBC committee is selected leading up to a bargaining year.

Constitution & By-Laws

The full regional/local/worksite and MNU Constitution and Bylaws are available in our Member Portal.

The pdf version is available under "Quicklinks" when logged in to the Member Portal.