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Office of Educational & Faculty Development
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Manitoba

S204 Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 0W2

Phone 204-272-3102
Fax 204-272-3169



Director, Office of Educational and Faculty Development

Joanne Hamilton, BHEc, RD, M.Ed, EdD(c)

Joanne joined the Max Rady College of Medicine in 1999 in the Department of Family Medicine as their Education Dietitian/Education Director.  Prior to this she held many leadership positions, including Executive Director of the Northern Diabetes Health Network, Chair of the Diabetes Educator Section for the Canadian Diabetes Association and Chair of the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board.  In 2006, she joined the Department of Medical Education as the community-based faculty developer. In 2013, as the Department grew, she was promoted into the position of Director of Educational Development.  Joanne is a registered dietitian,  a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Misericordia Hospital Dietetic Internship program. She is currently writing her dissertation for her doctorate in education at Northeastern University in Boston, focusing on faculty development in medical schools
Joanne’s interests include behavior change, organizational change, and organizational learning, and how educators can facilitate change through their practice.  Other interests include critical theory and the challenges faced by women in academia.  In her role, she works to assist faculty members and Rady Faculty of Health Sciences programs in their pursuit of excellence in education. 

Faculty Development Coordinator

Karen DePape


Karen has  been with the University of Manitoba for 15 years, eight of which have been in the Department of Medical Education. Prior to that she worked for the federal and provincial government, University of Winnipeg, and various other organizations. Currently, in addition to her event planning role, she provides administrative support for the OEFD team, which fit with her wide-ranging interests and organizational capabilities.
Karen has been a central figure in the office, as the point of contact for many members of the RFHS on matters related to educational and faculty development. She has been the smiling face at our faculty development events, ensuring that both presenters and participants are welcomed warmly and events run smoothly and professionally.  Karen has a keen eye for the written word and has made peace with technology. 


Educational Specialist, Max Rady College of Medicine Liaison

Anita Ens, BTh, BA, MEd, PhD


Much of Anita’s employment and education has been focused on teaching and learning in various settings with diverse learners. She received her MEd in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from the University of Manitoba and her PhD in Education in Language and Literacy, also at U of M. She has worked in private business and in university settings including the Learning Assistance Centre, Design Engineering, Faculty of Education, and Department of Rhetoric, Communications and Writing.
Anita’s experiences as learner, instructor, tutor, workshop facilitator, and researcher have prepared her for the varied opportunities to serve the Faculty of Health Sciences. Further, as a published author, Anita has written about tutor training, internationally trained engineers, and collaborative writing. Common to her interests are the elements of human relationship and interaction, whether in engineering co-op programs, one-to-one tutoring dyads, or collaborative writing in various disciplines. Her contributions to OEFD will focus on educational development and supporting medical education through both educational and faculty development.


Educational Specialist, College of Pharmacy Liaison, Career Development Lead

Stephanie Giberson-Kirby, B.Ed, BA, MCE


Stephanie has been part of the Bannatyne Campus since 2002 working in both education and research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Continuing Education. She has also completed  coursework towards an interdisciplinary PhD focussing on education.
Her career has included project development, consulting, and teaching for the health professions and other disciplines. Formerly, as the Director of Rural and Northern Continuing Medical Education, and more recently as the Director of Faculty Development with the Department of Medical Education, Stephanie has contributed to innovative educational program development and scholarly works that support Manitoba’s healthcare professionals. Her research interests include cross-disciplinary mentoring and professional identity transformation. As an Educational Specialist within the OEFD, Stephanie will  support the work of RFHS Faculty Members through career development and mentorship programs.


Research Associate

Heather Long, BPE, MSc

Heather is involved in program and curriculum evaluation, as well as cooperative research with faculty members. Heather is keenly interested in qualitative research and evaluation, which has been fostered by her involvement in the evaluation of FHS educational and faculty development offerings.  
Over her career, Heather has been involved in a broad range of research.  She has performed needs assessments and resource allocation studies involving breast cancer and composed an array of final research reports including suicide prevention and smoking cessation. Working in Neurosurgery, Heather helped coordinate a clinical drug trial pertaining to traumatic brain injuries and various other studies including  brain aneurysms and Gamma Knife surgical outcomes.  With the geriatric program, she coordinated a multi-centered, multidisciplinary team investigating patient safety practices within day hospital discharge processes.
Heather’s life-long passion for physical activity and well-being is currently cultivating a new research interest regarding work-life balance. Another life-long passion of Heather’s is for animal welfare, which is fulfilled by volunteering her time working with animals at the Winnipeg Humane Society.


Educational Specialist, Assessment and Evaluation Lead

Helen Mawdsley, EdD (cand.), MAL(H), BSc.


Helen joined the OEFD in September of 2017, after spending some time as the Coordinator of Innovation in Teaching & Learning at the College of Nursing at the Fort Garry Campus.  Prior to that, Helen has spent over a decade in the civil service providing health policy research and  analysis at a provincial and national level.  She completed a Master of Arts in Leadership (Health Specialization) at Royal Roads University where she explored the relationship between organizational culture and innovation within the public health sector.  She is close to completing a Doctorate of Education through University of Western Ontario, where she is researching educational leadership through the lens of complexity theory.  Helen’s interests include mixed methods research, and looks forward to applying this skill set in her new role as the Assessment and Evaluation Lead.

Research & Evaluation Lead 
Christen Rachul, PhD


Christen joined the Office of Educational and Faculty Development, and the University of Manitoba, in October 2016. She defended her PhD in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at Carleton University in May 2016.  The focus of her doctoral studies was on writing and genre studies with a particular interest in health and science communication. Her PhD research explored the rhetoric and discourse of Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Previous to starting her doctoral studies, Christen was a research associate at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta and she continued to collaborate on various projects with the institute as an external research fellow throughout her doctoral studies. Christen also has training and experience teaching academic and professional writing, as well as English as a Second Language, which she has taught in Japan and Canada. She brings both her research experience in health law and policy and her teaching training and experience to her research on medical education. Her research interests include, but are in no way limited to, the role of health and medical discourses in the development of health and medical professionals’ and trainees’ identities.

Communication Skills Coordinator, IPE Liaison

Ingrid Toews, PhD

Ingrid Toews is the Post-Licensure Communication Skills Coordinator for the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.  She has a PhD in Counselling Psychology from Indiana State University. Ingrid has over 15 years of experience teaching and assessing communication skills in healthcare at the University of Manitoba.
Ingrid is passionate about mindfulness practices and their application to healthcare. Together with Stephanie Giberson-Kirby, Ingrid recently developed Mindfulness Knowledge, Practice and Pedagogy for Health Professions Educators Series.
Ingrid can be consulted regarding methods for assessing and teaching communication skills.  Ingrid can also be contacted for Communication Skills remediation. She is looking forward to her new role as the OEFD Liaison with the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration.

Educational Specialist, Postgraduate Medical Education CBME
Tanya Walsh, MET(c)


Tanya joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in December 2011 as Program Administrator for the Medical-Dental Joint Initiatives within the Department of Continuing Professional Development where she organized educational programs for the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine.  She then became an Educational Specialist with the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health where she helped to produce online modules for the curriculum Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers.
Her educational career began at York University, where a love of the arts inspired a degree in theatre. Seeking further academic challenges, she moved onto the sciences and obtained an undergraduate degree in microbiology and zoology, followed by a degree in psychology which focused on learning and educational behavior modification. She will be completing her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia in Summer 2017.
At present, Tanya is happy to have joined the Office of Education and Faculty Development where she will be assisting PGME with their migration to competency-based education and assessment.

Educational Specialist, College of Rehabilitation Liaison, Educational Technology Lead

Steve Yurkiw, BA, BEd, MEd

Steve is a member of OEFD’s team of Educational Specialists as well as its liaison to the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. He holds Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the UofM and a Master of Education degree from the University of Calgary. Steve has worked in the world of education for over 30 years, mostly focusing on educational technologies. A recent addition to the University of Manitoba, Steve spent his first year working at the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning; he is into his second year at the Bannatyne Campus as a member of OEFD.
As an Educational Specialist, Steve applies his experience in course development and instructional design to assist faculty to identify ways to enhance teaching and learning. He is also extensively involved in OEFD’s Technology Hatchery, helping to incorporate educational technology into courses in pedagogically sound ways. Steve’s love of the performing arts motivates him in exploring how we engage learners through the stories we tell. Curious about what is involved in reworking your course into a blended or online format or about incorporating technologies such as UM Learn, webinars, podcasts, and social media into your teaching practice? Please contact Steve to explore these opportunities in greater detail.


Last Update: October 2, 2017