Board Members

Board Members

Serving as a Volunteer Board Member of the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM)

The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is a registered, charitable association on a mission to ensure Manitobans impacted by lymphedema have equal access to appropriate resources. LAM strives to educate the public and health care professionals on the issues and the needs of those affected with lymphedema while empowering affected individuals and their families to manage this condition. As a working Board, LAM is comprised of three and a maximum of 10 Directors, working together to support lymphedema awareness.

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Current Board Members

Susan Stratford (President)

Term to October 2018

Susan has a Master's in Applied Science (Speech-Language Pathology) from McGill University and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba. She currently works as a private health care consultant following an extensive career with a local primary care agency and in a leadership role with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. As a cancer survivor who developed secondary arm lymphedema twenty years ago, the work of the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is close to her heart. Susan joined the board almost 2 years ago.

Rupal Purohit (Vice-President)

Term to October 2019

Rupal has worked in the field of education and in the pharmaceutical industry. Post maxofacial surgery, Rupal received lymphedema therapy and achieved substantial results in appearance and function. As a result of her positive experience she joined the board of LAM. She hopes that through education and advocacy she can help improve the quality of life for others in our community living with lymphedema.

Claire Ann Deighton-Lamy (Treasurer)

Term to October 2019

Claire Ann graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science followed by a CMA(CPA) designation through the Society of Management Accountants of Manitoba. Since 1991, she has worked for Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies Inc. Her career began in sales which included garment fitting. She has participated in field training and education for lymphedema across Canada. Claire Ann has been a part of LAM for the past three years as Treasurer, more formally as a board member in the same role for the past year.

Susan Tole (Secretary)

Term to October 2018

Susan worked as a secretary for the Toronto District School board for 20 years and more recently worked for the Winnipeg School division for 14 years. Susan has primary lymphedema and has been managing this condition for the last 32 years. Susan is currently the Secretary for LAM and has been on the board for almost 4 years.

Cara Hutchison

Term to October 2018

Cara obtained her Bachelor of Civil Law and Juris Doctor (Common Law) degrees from l'Université de Sherbrooke. She also holds a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from l'Université de Montreal and a Bachelor of Science degree from l'Université de Saint-Boniface. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 2012 and the Manitoba Bar in 2016 and has been working as in-house counsel (Great West Life) since 2013 with a focus on corporate, tax and insurance law. Cara grew up in Winnipeg and has recently returned, giving her the opportunity to give back to her community. Being a member of LAM has helped her achieve this. She is pleased to be part of the association and to contribute to helping improve the lives of Manitobans living with lymphedema.

David Van Hellemond

Term to October 2019

David has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba. He works as a Territory Business Manager with BSN Medical and has worked at the same company for the last 20 years. He has lived in Winnipeg for his entire life (50 years) and is proud to be a board member with LAM as it allows him to help raise awareness and help people living with lymphedema.

Cherida Olson

Term to October 2019

Cherida became a board member last year while attending the annual general meeting. She developed lymphedema in her left leg in 2002 following a diagnosis of cancer in her lymph nodes in 1997, but it has become far more aggressive since 2012. Cherida is currently on treatment battling stage 4 metastatic melanoma. The impact of having lymphedema is significant and plays a huge role in her daily functioning. She strongly encourages and supports the LAM cause. Cherida has 30 years of administration experience having worked in the private sector for many years before becoming involved with the province of Manitoba. She enjoys the outdoors, is Pilates certified, and keeps as active as possible.

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