Myrna has served as the MLA for Charleswood since 1998 and was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba on May 16, 2016. With recent electoral boundary changes taking effect, Myrna is excited to be seeking re-election in the newly-formed constituency of Roblin.
As Speaker, Myrna chairs the Legislative Assembly Management Commission. She is also on the MLC Midwest- Canada Relations Committee and serves as the Honourary President of the Association of Former Manitoba MLA's. Recently Myrna was also named as First Vice President, Regional Executive Committee, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - Canadian Region.
She has held a number of diverse critic roles in the past including that of Interim Leader of the PC Party of Manitoba, Deputy Leader, Critic for Health, Status of Women, Finance, Civil Service & Crown Corporations Council, Child & Family Services, and Education. During her first year she was the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health. She has been a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Standing Committees of WCB & Children’s Advocate.
Before entering public life in 1998, Myrna had a successful and rewarding career as a registered nurse with experience in general duty, nursing education, quality assurance, medical and nursing research, patient education, and nursing administration. Her nursing experience has led her to have a passionate voice for a better health care system.
As President and Executive Director of Child Find Manitoba, Myrna was a leading advocate for the protection of children. Her fierce determination and leadership were the driving force behind the early development of Child Find Manitoba, which as the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, is now recognized across Canada as a key player in child protection issues.
Myrna’s professional achievements have earned her recognition in the "Canadian Who’s Who". For service to her community, Myrna was presented the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal as well as being made an honourary Rotarian. She is a member of Women of Winnipeg, an organization of women leaders identified as leaders in the community.
Myrna and her husband, Hal live in Charleswood. She enjoys the company of friends, gardening, reading, photography, horseback riding, and the occasional round of golf.