Board of Directors

The primary purpose of the Emmanuel Health Board is to lead and oversee the non-profit Health Care Organizations on behalf of the owner, Emmanuel Care (SCHC).  Emmanuel Care holds the Emmanuel Health Board accountable to ensure the provision of exceptional holistic health care rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Emmanuel Health Board Directors must consider what is in the best interest of the Emmanuel Health organization as a whole while providing fiduciary oversight and leadership for each and every facility governed by the Board.  In effect, the Emmanuel Health Board is responsible for governance of both the individual facilities and the organization as a whole.  Board Directors must bear this ‘both/and’ perspective in mind in their process of discernment and due diligence as a Board.

Two significant considerations in the creation of Emmanuel Health and the population of its Board of Directors are:

  • Maintaining a strong, meaningful, and vibrant connection with the communities where Emmanuel Health serves.
  • Drawing on the experience and expertise that resides in each community.

Darryl Bazylak

Chair – Board of Directors

Saskatoon, SK

Darryl is the Director of Education for Prairie Spirit Schools.  He has served on several local, provincial, and national boards and executives.  Darryl has a passion for serving the Indigenous community, specifically closing the learning gap for Indigenous youth.

Mary Donlevy-Konkin

Vice Chair – Board of Directors

Saskatoon, SK

Mary Donlevy-Konkin is a lawyer with McKercher LLP.  Mary’s practice focuses on government relations, estate administration, entrepreneurship and providing innovative legal support particularly to small women-led Saskatoon businesses.

Mary is grateful to have been raised in a family that encouraged her and her five siblings to serve their community, use their gifts, and help organizations meet the unmet needs of the most vulnerable.

Mary is an active member of the Saskatoon community; she is a board member of the United Way, Emmanuel Health, a former director of St Paul’s Hospital, and Crossroad’s International.

Dr. Bruce Berscheid

Emmanuel Health Board Representative to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

Saskatoon, SK

Dr. Berscheid is a semi-retired medical doctor who has served at St. Paul’s Hospital as an Interventional Radiologist.  He sits on the St. Paul’s Hospital Local Council and has served on the St. Paul’s Hospital Board, the Saskatchewan Medical Association Board, and the Canadian Association of Radiologists Board.

Colette Stang

Member at Large

Macklin, SK

Colette farms near Macklin with her husband Rob. She has seven grown children and four grandchildren. She is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Integrated Health Centre and was on the fundraising committee during its development. She is the Past President of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association and has spent most of her adult life volunteering on local, provincial, and national pro-life boards. She currently serves as the Saskatchewan representative for the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Council. She loves spending time, with family, gardening, and in the faith community.

David Gibson

Member at Large

Saskatoon, SK

David is retired from his career in healthcare, serving most recently as the Director of Seniors’ Health and Continuing Care in the Saskatoon Health Region.  David recently sat on the Board of the Saskatoon Council on Aging, and is currently serving as the Chair of the St. Ann’s Senior Citizens Village Local Council.

David Patola

Chair – Governance Committee

Saskatoon, SK

David has recently retired after working with Saskatchewan Blue Cross for 18 years.   He held executive positions in Finance, Administration, and Operations during his tenure with the organization.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA).  Prior to joining Saskatchewan Blue Cross, David held the position of Controller at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  He has been active as a volunteer in the community and currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee and is the Past Chair of the Emmanuel Health Board of Directors.

Don Kindopp

Emmanuel Health Board Representative to St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan Foundation

Estevan, SK

Don’s career in education had him in Moose Jaw, Weyburn, and Estevan, where he served as teacher, principal, librarian, computer coordinator and library automation support. Don has served on St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Estevan as a member and presently as chair of the Local Council. He also serves as treasurer of his church. Don serves as the chair of the New Estevan Regional Home Committee mandated to replace the present nursing home. Although retired, Don continues to provide support to the library automation systems in his school division.

Gaetan Piché

Member at Large

Gravelbourg, SK

Gaetan farms at Gravelbourg with his wife, Lynne, and son, Parker.  He serves on the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital/Foyer d’Youville.  He is active in serving his community, having served various boards and committees, among them: President of Minor Hockey and Chair of Bon Ami (a sheltered work shop and group home).

Gene Dupuis

Member at Large

Saskatoon, SK

Gene Dupuis is retired from a career as owner/operator of Prairie Meats, which he began in 1983.  Outside of his involvement with the food industry, Gene has served on the boards of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Prairieland Park, St. Paul’s Hospital, and on the Council of St. Anne’s Parish.  He is currently serving on the St. Paul’s Hospital Local Council, as honorary co-chair of the Hospice Campaign, and on the board for Str8 Up (an organization with the goal of helping individuals rejoin regular living after a life in gangs and gang violence).

Omer Houde

Member at Large

Ponteix, SK

Omer works in insurance with Westland Insurance in Swift Current, after owning Frontier/Houde Agencies in Ponteix and Swift Current for many years.   He has served as president of Swift Current Minor Hockey, as Chair of St. Anne’s Parish Council at Lac Pelletier, and is the current Chair of Foyer St. Joseph Local Council in Ponteix.

Pina Melchionna

Member at Large

Woodbridge, ON

Ms. Melchionna is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), a learning and development organization offering professional certification in supply chain logistics.  Prior to her role at CITT, Ms. Melchionna worked for several national banks and financial institutions and started her career as a lawyer.  Ms. Melchionna has a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a specialized Master of Business Administration in Financial Services from Dalhousie University.  She completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and was awarded the ICD.D designation in 2015.  Ms. Melchionna is a member in good standing of both the Ontario and Saskatchewan Bar Associations.  She holds several board positions, including as a director for the Royal Canadian Mint, SGI Insurance Canada, and Raymond James Trust Company. 

Richard Fontanie

Member at Large

Regina, SK

Richard is semi-retired from his extensive career which includes various positions with the Government of Saskatchewan and owning and operating a consulting and training firm for over 30 years.  Richard has been a Consultant, Chair, and/or Member to various boards including Campion College, St. Thomas Moore College, and Parish Councils, and is currently Chair of the Local Council for Santa Maria Senior Citizen;s Home.

Shellyann Schaan

Member at Large

Saskatoon, SK

Shelly is retired from her career with Schaan Healthcare Products Inc.  She serves on the Samaritan Place Local Council in Saskatoon, and has served as the Chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)–Saskatoon Chapter, as well as serving as a National Board Member for the JDRF of Canada.

Wayne Blazieko

Chair – Audit and Finance Committee

Moose Jaw, SK

Wayne’s career in healthcare administration includes VP Finance and VP Financial Management for the former Five Hills Health Region, Director of Finance in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and most recently Executive Transition Lead with Saskatchewan Health Authority.  Wayne volunteers with numerous organizations in Moose Jaw and Regina including St. Joseph’s Church – Moose Jaw, Knight of Columbus, and is currently Chair Providence Place for Holistic Health Local Council.