Executive Committee 2018-2019


The 2017-2018 PARIM Executive, starting July 1st 2018, includes the following members:

Dr. Mellissa Ward, President
Mellissa is a PGY-4 General Surgery resident. Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, she completed her medical degree at Dalhousie University before moving to Winnipeg for residency. Since starting her residency she has been involved in the Canadian Association of General Surgeons Resident Committee in addition to her roles on PARIM executive. This year she starts her Master of Science in Health Sciences Education through McMaster University. Her thesis will focus on validating metrics for the use of augmented reality goggles in FAST simulation. Outside medicine she enjoys baking, traveling, reading and spending quality time with her husband. Mellissa can be reached at president@parim.org
Dr. Chris Classen, Vice-President
Chris is a PGY-3 Psychiatry Resident with an interest in General Adult Psychiatry. He was born and raised, and has done all of medical training in Winnipeg. In the last academic year, Chris was a member of the Board of Directors of PARIM and chaired the Governance Committee. Working in Mental Health, Chris has a particular interest in resident wellness, with this being a major area of focus in the upcoming year. Outside of Medicine, Chris has an interest in politics, travelling, spending time with family as well as relaxing on the shores of Lake Manitoba. As Vice-President of PARIM, he strongly believes in representing all Residents and he can be reached by email at cclassen@manitoba-physicians.ca
Dr. Lesley Merkel, Treasurer
Lesley is a PGY 3 in Internal Medicine. She completed her undergraduate training in nursing on Vancouver Island. Her medical school took her away from Canada to the northeast of England, Grenada, and to the hipster streets of Brooklyn, before having the privilege to come to Manitoba for residency. In her spare time she likes getting together with friends, being active and playing basketball, football, and ultimate Frisbee. She looks forward to working with the PARIM Executive Council to continue to support resident activities. Lesley can be reached at Merkell@myumanitoba.ca
Dr. Meagan Wiebe, Secretary
Meagan is a second year General Surgery resident. Originally from Mississauga, she moved to Winnipeg after completing medical school in Ireland! Meagan thoroughly enjoyed her time abroad, but she is happy to be back in Canada closer to family and friends. Despite the demands of a surgical residency, she says it’s been great getting involved, meeting new people, and exploring Winnipeg this last year. She is looking forward to being part of PARIM as your Secretary, and can be reached at wiebem25@myumanitoba.ca
Dr. Audrey Nguyen, Past President
Audrey is a PGY-3 in Psychiatry with an interest in the interface of physical, mental, and social wellness, particularly in the domains of Addictions, Palliative Care, Geriatrics, and Forensics. She is passionate about medical education and curriculum development, regulation, and medical humanities. She completed her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Calgary. During her time there, Audrey co-founded The Longview, University of Calgary's first medical humanities journal. Outside of medicine, Audrey loves spending quality time with family and friends, relaxing through yoga, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, and -- being a born and bred Albertan -- skiing the slopes during winter time. As Past President, Audrey hopes to contribute to Board Development, as well as continue her work with Contract Committee. She has an 'open door' policy and can be reached at nguyen34@myumanitoba.ca

Jessica Burleson, Executive Director
Jessica has been the Executive Director of PARIM since January 2015. In her administrative experience, she managed a full-time post-secondary English program for International students for almost a decade. An experienced educator, she has taught at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, where she also earned her B.A. and M.Ed. Jessica is devoted to lifelong learning, has studied a number of foreign languages, and once upon a time, performed onstage in cabarets and Fringe productions. She is dedicated to the representation, protection, and promotion of PARIM and would like to invite residents to drop by the PARIM office at HSC to say hello to her. Jessica can be reached at: jburleson@parim.org
Allison Veness, Executive Assistant
Allison has been working at PARIM since March 2018 and has been enjoying the steep learning curve. She has degrees in English and in Education and has taught in South Korea, Taiwan, and India as well as Winnipeg. In her spare time she like running, cooking, and reading. You can reach Allison at the PARIM office between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday, by phone at 204.787.3673, or by email at aveness@parim.org


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