Gerald Pronyk, MBA, BScN, RPN, RN
Gerald   Pronyk,   graduated   from   Selkirk   Mental   Health   Centre   (SMHC)   in 1964.    He    went    on    to    obtain    his    nursing    degree    from    the    University    of Saskatchewan.   In   1968,   Gerald   returned   to   SMHC   where   he   worked   as   the Education   Director   of   the   School   of   Psychiatric   Nursing   until   1972,   and   as the Senior Nursing Administrative Officer from 1972 until 1991. Gerald    was    a    major    proponent    for    professionalizing    psychiatric    nursing education.    He    worked    to    transform    a    three    year    service    orientated psychiatric   nursing   program   into   a   rigorous   two   year   degree   program   with the   University   of   Winnipeg.   Further   consolidation   of   three   diploma   programs in    the    late    80’s    and    early    90’s    led    to    the    Baccalaureate    Program    in Psychiatric Nursing at Brandon University. Gerald   also   played   an   active   role   in   enhancing   facility-based   standards   for   mental   health   care across   Canada   through   twenty   five   years   of   participation   in   the   Canadian   Council   on   Health Services   Accreditation.   This   involved   pioneering   work   in   developing   minimum   standards   and key   competencies   for   care   facilities   in   mental   health,   long   term   care,   acute   care,   ambulatory care,   community   mental   health,   forensic   services,   prisons,   addictions   and   other   special   care facilities. Between   1991   and   2005   he   worked   to   strengthen   provincial   mental   health   services   with   the Manitoba   Health   Department.   Major   areas   of   focus   included   the   provision   of   high   quality mental   health   services   as   close   to   a   person’s   residence   as   possible;   the   construction   and implementation    of    acute    care    mental    health    facilities    and    programs    in    each    of    Brandon, Dauphin,   The   Pas,   Portage   La   Prairie   and   Thompson;   implementing   new   Forensic   Services   at SMHC,   and;   in   partnership   with   Justice,   Family   Services,   Correction   Service   Canada   and Canadian   Mental   Health   Association,   developing   case   management   programs   for   high   risk individuals in the community. Gerald   is   currently   retired   in   Winnipeg,   and   remains   active   on   the   Boards   of   St   Joseph’s Residence,    Rossbrook    House,    the    Catholic    Foundation    of    Manitoba,    and    the    Knights    of Columbus.   He   and   his   wife   Lydia   have   also   become   fervent   travellers   with   recent   trips   to Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.