A/Director of Operations for SMHC. Bonny   Wynnobel   still   remembers   the   first   time   she   walked   in   the   Selkirk   Mental Health   Centre.      She   was   a   local   high   school   student   on   a   class   field   trip   and during   the   tour   she   realized   she   wanted   to   work   towards   a   career   in   mental   health.     Bonny   entered   the   Selkirk   Mental   Health   Centre   School   of   Psychiatric   Nursing graduating   as   a   Registered   Psychiatric   Nurse   in   1979.      Bonny   has   been   at   SMHC for 38 years and is the Acting Director of Operations.    Bonny was recently named one of the 150 Leading Canadians in Mental Health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in October 2017.  In April 2017, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health launched an across Canada call for nominations of people who have influenced change in mental health programmes. More than 3700 names were considered and out of those only 33 were successful in representing Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.      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 ideas around recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation into practices.  Later she took on the role of Re-development Coordinator and Patient Advocate and lead numerous redevelopment projects including the input into the construction of the Tyndall Building, a 108 bed residential unit providing people with individual rooms, private bathrooms and features of natural light.      Bonny says that one of the greatest changes to mental health she has noticed over the years is an orientation towards the concept of recovery.  This concept is helping people to have hope and that life can continue. The recovery concept refers to living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even when a person may be experiencing ongoing symptoms of a mental health problem or illness. Recovery journeys build on individual, family, cultural, and community strengths and can be supported by many types of services, supports, and treatments; emphasizing that their illness is not their whole life.       In 2017, SMHC received exemplary status, the highest level of accreditation possible for a health care centre.  Bonny is always looking for ways to improve services.       Bonny will retire in March 2018 but has plans to continue volunteering in the mental health field at local level.                                                   
Bonny Wynnobel, RPN SMHC graduate of 1979