MAMEC Board of Directors
Front Row (left to right): Don Emes. Shelley Napier,
Cathy Dowbyhuz. Blair Fallis. Nyla Klatt
Back row. Kiefer Buchanan. Jim Stinson. Louis Tetrault
President - Don Emes
MEC for Rural Municipalities of West St. Paul, Gimli, Armstrong & Town of Winnipeg Beach
Don Emes is the President of the Manitoba Association for Municipal Emergency Coordinators. He has worked for the
municipalities of Gimli/Winnipeg Beach as a MEC for the past 15 years; and the RM of Armstrong for the past 2 years. During
his tenure he has managed major emergencies such as the flooding of 2009, 2011, and 2014. When asked Don has assisted other
communities with their response and mentored new MEC’s in times of disaster. He brings a strong operational and management
background to his position from his previous career with Manitoba Conservation. Don possess strong leadership abilities and
serves the membership well in his new role.
Jim Stinson has been a Municipal Emergency Coordinator for 20 years. He has worked large scale disasters including the
Manitoba floods of 2009 and 2011. Jim has managed many facets of municipal emergencies and has successfully run Emergency
Operations Centres during flooding, fires and tornados. Jim’s previous career was with the RCMP.
During his 30 year’s as a police officer he was involved in many municipal emergencies; including the successful evacuation of 5000 people from an isolated community due to fire. Jim was part of the Interlake team of MEC’s instrumental in developing a Municipal Emergency Plan template used for many years around the province. He understands the importance of Municipal Emergency Coordinators position and the training they require to protect their community.
Vice-President - Jim Stinson
Executive Director - Shelley Napier
I have taught First Aid for Red Cross, owned and operated an Ice Cream business at Steep Rock Beach and a Diesel Repair
Business in partnership with my Husband. I retired and late in 2009 I became the Municipal Emergency Coordinator for the
Rural Municipality of Grahamdale.
Nyla Klatt is also 2020 DISASTER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE'S 'MEC of the YEAR.'
Nyla Klatt - Board of Directors
MEC for Rural Municipality of Grahamdale
As a mother of 4, I was always volunteering in the education system, the sports community and any other volunteer committee
there was. In 2005, I moved to Whitemouth MB and again found ways to try to assist this community in which I now reside.
I am now retired and when the posting for an emergency response coordinator came up, I decided that this is something I
would like to do. I have been a Municipal Emergency Coordinator (MEC) since April 2017.
I love what I do in this capacity for our municipality, enjoy the comradeship of those that I have met in the field of emergency
management and look forward to assisting others that may have some of the hurdles that I have had in my tenure as a MEC
Cathy Dowbyhuz - Board of Directors
MEC for Rural Municipality of Whitemouth
Louis Tetrault - Board of Directors
Presently the Municipal Emergency Coordinator with the RM of La Broquerie since September 2018, Louis previously was the Executive Director with the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM) since April 2010, the Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM) since 1996 as the Director of Community economic development. Louis had similar duties with the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM) for 18 months prior to the creation of CDEM in 1996.
He has a certificate in Architectural Drafting from Red River Community College and has also completed the APEC-IBIZ Business Counseling Certificate Program. Louis‘s business experience includes 11 years as a partner with La Broquerie
Region with le Réseau communautaire de la Société Franco-manitobaine. Volunteering has been an important part of Louis community contribution. He has previous involvement as Chair of the La Broquerie Chamber of Commerce, Regional chair for the South-East Manitoba Region with the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Board member with the Manitoba Community Services Council, Vice-President of the Fédération des comités parents du Manitoba (FPCP), and also first Chair person of the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine #49 (DSFM).
Louis has also been actively involved in sports as a player and has volunteered as a Baseball and Hockey coach. He is a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.
Louis is now retired and continues to work for his community on a part time basis and is still actively involved and a proud resident La Broquerie. Born and still residing in La Broquerie, Louis Tétrault is husband to Irene since 1976, father of three sons and proud grandfather of 9 grand children.
Kiefer Buchanan - Board of Directors
MEC for Rural Municipality of Woodlands
Blair Fallis - Board of Directors
MEC for the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys
District Director position for District # 5 is VACANT.
Any MEC from the following municipalities interested please contact Shelley Napier at email@example.com
Alonsa, Rural Municipality
Elton, Rural Municipality
North Cypress- Langford, Municipality
Rosedale, Rural Municipality
Cornwallis, Rural Municipality
Harrison Park, Municipality
Riding Mountain West, Municipality
Yellowhead, Rural Municipality
Clanwilliam- Erickson, Municipality Hamiota, Municipality
Prairie View, Municipality
Russell- Binscarth,Municipality Rossburn, Municipality
On Being a New M.E.C.......
When my RM posted a position for Municipal Emergency Coordinator, I applied. I had no experience as a MEC but had a lot of coordinating experience. Upon being hired I was handed an outdated binder and an empty coffee cup. Where do I begin?
Eighteen months into the position, I have organized a team of 12 to work with me and gathered a huge community volunteer base. I updated the binder, did a hazard analysis, vulnerability assessment, conducted table top exercises, studied Z1600, formed a LERCG, attended many workshops and have taken 4 on-line courses. I also chose to become involved with MAMEC, Manitoba Association for Municipal Emergency Coordinators.
With all the requirements of being a “qualified” MEC making this position very difficult for someone such as myself to attain, we need the support of our peers. Being a MEC is a demanding job and appears to be moving in the direction of a full-time “professional” position. Unfortunately, a lot of small rural municipalities do not have the professional or experienced people to fill the empty MEC positions. Nor do they have the funds to finance all the regulated requirements being asked to be completed by the MEC’s. The newly formed MAMEC is a place for MEC’s to network, collaborate, and mentor each other to enhance our abilities to develop our skills and knowledge in our position.
I have been very fortunate to have a CAO that secured an outside resource to assist with my training and guidance for myself and my team. However, as a new MEC, it goes a long way knowing that there is a support system ready and able to relied upon for help. Although no amount of training and education can replace the experience of handling a disaster it is nice to know there is a support system available whether it is from other municipality MEC’s, outside resources or EMO.
Cathy Dowbyhuz - Board of Directors & MEC for the R.M of Whitemouth
Meet the Board
Presently the Municipal Emergency Coordinator for the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys since March 2016. Blair
is retired from Manitoba Hydro after 43 years of service working in the Apparatus Maintenance
Department. Blair has been a resident of St-Pierre-Jolys since July 1998. In the time he has resided in the
village he was very involved with local and regional minor hockey, St-Pierre-Jolys Recreational Board of
Directors as well as member of the Annual Frog Follies. Blair is proud resident of St-Pierre-Jolys.
Shelley Napier has over three decades of experience in Emergency Management. She was employed with Manitoba EMO for 32 years, retiring in 2017. Her career has been spent working with Manitoba communities offering emergency management training, education and planning. During the span of her career she has worked internationally leading federally funded international training contracts in the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and Asia educating government and municipal officials on how to build emergency programs. Shelley is the Managing Director of Napier Emergency Consulting (NEC), the Chair of the Manitoba Disaster Management Conference and one of the founding members of MAMEC.
Kiefer is the Municipal Emergency Coordinator for the RM of Woodlands, a position he has held for the past three years. On top of being the MEC he is a member of the Woodlands Fire Department. Kiefer is passionate about building a strong program for the community and ensures his program and plan meet the needs set out by the legislation, regulation and standards of the Province of Manitoba. He works hard to ensure the residents of his RM are well protected.