About

The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba Board of Directors (from left to right)

Rhonda, Craig, Nancy, Leona

 

What We Do

Support for those affected with or at risk of primary or secondary lymphedema.

The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is a patient focused, non-profit organization founded in 2011. LAM is working to create awareness and improve access to quality lymphedema information, resources and services across Manitoba.

We are committed to improving the lives of people living with or who are at risk of developing lymphedema. There is much work to be done!

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Current Board Members (elected at the AGM of Oct 2023)

Nancy Rowsell (In-term President)

Term to October 2024

Nancy has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2002 and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, specializing in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation in 2020. She was awarded the NHPC 2022 President’s Award for her contributions to education, awareness, and offering support to her community, to those living with lymphedema.

Currently, Nancy is the owner and a practicing Therapist of Interlake Lymph Clinic located in Selkirk at the Easton Place Medical Clinic, in which she has one RMT working alongside her. Nancy is also a part time instructor at Robertson College in the Massage Therapy program. She is also a Certified Bauerfeind Garment Fitter and a Certified Amoena Prosthetic / Bra fitter. 

Nancy enjoys volunteering her time to bring awareness by helping with Never Alone Cancer Foundation Paws for a Cause Cancer Walk. Since 2020 Nancy has helped organize a Selkirk walk to help bring the community together to support those living with lymphedema associated with their recovery from cancer.

Nancy is passionate about promoting awareness and education to doctors, caregivers and patients about living with lymphedema.

Leona Waldner (Communications, Public Relations & Fundraising)

Term to October 2024

Leona is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) that graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies Inc. in 2017. She was proactive when it came to continuing her education as her interests grew towards Lymphedema Therapy. She completed her certification in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation through Klose Training in 2018 and went on to complete her Certification in Lymphedema Therapy in November 2020.

Her passion for Lymphedema continues to grow with every patient she is able to help and provide treatment for. By joining the LAM board of Directors, she strives to help educate the public & other health professionals, advocate for her clients and hold fundraisers on a larger platform to financially support those in need of treatment and garments.

Craig Harren (Treasurer & Membership)

Term to October 2025

Craig is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Certified Lymphedema Therat (CLT) Shiatsu Therapist and certified Ashtanga yoga instructor. A dedicated family man with a wife and three boys, Craig finds balance in life through his own yoga practice and brings compassion, warmth, harmony and natural healing to his massage clients and yoga students.

Rhonda Sietz (Secretary)

Term to October 2025

Rhonda is a newly diagnosed lymphedema patient who has been actively working towards managing her lower body lymphedema since her diagnosis.  Rhonda has a family, works full time in law enforcement, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and also volunteers. As patients with lymphedema know, it can be a struggle to be properly diagnosed and to also find and access to treatment, and this was true for Rhonda.  Realizing that she must take responsibility for her own care, Rhonda researched and sought out treatment options and support within the lymphedema community in Manitoba.

Being diagnosed with lymphedema has reminded Rhonda of the need to take time to look after herself, and she attempts to implement all the knowledge and skills that she has gained along her journey – exercise, making good nutrition choices, wearing her garments, finding and spending time with people in the lymphedema community, and managing her stress levels.  Rhonda has joined LAM to continue to learn and to provide support for others, and Rhonda has a special interest in building the lymphedema community in the rural areas of Manitoba.