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8 Brian Pallister, the Coach

“People deserve the kind of government that reflects their own values.” Dorothy Dobbie

style of leadership. Remember that Brian’s adolescent years were dominated by team sports. He excelled by being part of a team, by lis- tening to his coach and by relying on his teammates. He now sees himself as the coach, ready to mete out re- ward to those who do well, while mentoring and encourag- ing those who need more attention. This takes some getting used to by the political class, but that is who Brian Pallister is. Understanding this spreads light on many parts of his approach.


Teamwork, in his view, also means collaboration, another bit of an aberration in politics where information is power and is parceled out accordingly. Brian, however, believes that politicians, the private sector, the non-profits and even the unions can get together to make good things happen. It’s a new approach that will no doubt run into some re- sistance, but if he can bring people into the tent and make them comfortable, then it could be a powerful weapon in reinvigorating Manitoba.

Honesty and integrity are two values Brian Pallister shares with Manitobans. In fact, Brian thinks that honesty is an intrinsically Manitoba trait. Just ask any outsider, he says.

Brain Pallister

“People from out of province always tell me that Mani- tobans are so direct – they say what they think,” points out Brian. “They have this natural kind of honesty and come across as being very forthright,” he says.

Honest and direct, he himself certainly is – sometimes more so than his handlers would like. In politics, being forthright can be a liability. Strongly held views will always u 3 'Brian Pallister'

Nellie’s time: those gals weren’t

slouches in the old days They produced and served the meals at home, cleaned and organized the house down to the most basic of chores, brought up the kids, and spent the long days in the most cumbersome of outfits and undergarments.


have been talking recently about the impact Nellie McClung had on women by fighting to get

them the vote in Manitoba. But what was life like in 1916 and the years leading up to this momentous occa- sion? What was considered “normal” for women? Did most women stay at home and raise their children? What was going on in the world around them? The fight for women’s rights took place in a time of great change. Revolutions in politics, economics,

philosophy, and social structures opened people up to new ways of thinking.

Although Nellie witnessed a lot of social change prior to the turn of the century, she is also considered one of the catalysts for such change. Women and other minorities were awarded the right to vote and run for office. By the time of Nellie’s death in 1953, she had seen monumental changes in the lives of all women in Canada.

At the turn of the century, most of Canada was made up of rural com- munities. The cities were slowly emerging, but the majority of citizens lived in smaller towns scattered out- side the big city borders. This meant that women living in small towns delivered many of the social services that growing communities rely upon to survive and thrive. The bulk of household work was still done by

hand – and it fell almost entirely on u

5 'Nellie's Time'

Gail Loewen, chair, For Her Heart’s Sake com- munity fundraising campaign, throws the first punch in the fight against women’s heart disease with her own $10,000 gift.

Karen Taraska-Alcock

n Jan. 21, 2000, Susan Barbara Lem- merick died prematurely. Like mil- lions of women in Manitoba and around the world, her obituary read that she “passed away suddenly” at home. Her family would later learn that Susan died of women’s heart disease. “My mother’s fatality was a shock,” said


Gail Loewen, one of Susan’s seven surviving children, Winnipeg community volunteer and philanthropist. “Had we known more about the unique nature of women’s heart disease, those of us closest to her might have been bet- ter armed to notice, help and encourage her to better health.”

Women’s situation ignored

For generations, heart disease had been char- acterized as a “man’s disease”, and investments in medical research focused almost exclusively on men. Women-specific signs and symptoms were overlooked, misdiagnosed and under- treated by medical professionals, and dismissed or ignored by women. The result – countless unnecessary deaths and disabilities – including Susan’s. According to the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, 54 per cent of all heart attacks in women still go unrecognized today.

u 5 'For Her Hearts Sake'

hen it comes to values and how they define a per- son, Brian Pallister sets teamwork above all else. His views on how a team should work explain his

For her heart’s sake – How to recognize a woman's heart attack

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