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Bonny Wynnobel, RPN

A/Director of Operations
Bonny Wynnobel still remembers the first time she walked into the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. She was a local high school student on a class fleld trip. During this outing she realized she wanted to work towards a career in mental health. Bonny entered the School of Psychiatric Nursing graduating as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in 1979. For 38 years Bonny has been at SMHC and became the Acting Director of Operations before retirement. Recently, Bonny wass named one of the 150 leading Canadians in Mental Health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in October 2017. Over her span of 38 years at SMHC, Bonny has helped to shape her work place. After noticing a gap in training and professional development, she became the Education Coordinator for the Centre and helped to integrate concepts around recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation. Later she took on the role of re-development Coordinator and lead to numerous projects including the inputinto the construction of the Tyndall Building. Bonny says that one of the greatest changes she has seen over the years is an orientation towards recovery. This concept is helping people to have hope and the belief that life can continue. In 2017, SMHC received exemplary status, the highest level of accreditation for a mental health centre. Bonny is always seeking ways to improve services. In March 2018, Bonny retired but will continue volunteering in mental health at local levels.