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Ms. Kathryn McBurney

Communications Supervisor
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
650 Main Street

Brief Biography:

Kathryn McBurney is the media relations specialist for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, working with media requests for six hospitals, four large health centres, 30 health programs (such as cardiac care, children’s health and critical care) and over 100 community care operations. Kathryn also sits on the management team of the region’s Aboriginal Health Programs and works to focus communications about health to Manitoba’s aboriginal population. Certified by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Crisis and Risk Communications as well as Winnipeg Emergency Management, Kathryn now sits on the Winnipeg Emergency Management communications team.

She also sits on the board of Canadian Public Relations Society – Manitoba Division and has volunteered as a committee member for CNIB Eye on the Arts charity auction for over five years. Kathryn graduated with honours from Creative Communications at Red River College, majoring in Public Relations. She has continued to pursue further courses including Media Buying (advertising), Canadian Business and various management seminars. Her written works include several published articles in newsprint, national and local magazines, as well as a short children’s story titled A Monster Chasing Dad about type 2 diabetes published in the book Feels Like Red. Most recently she served as Editor-in-Chief for a book on winnipeg Leadership titled Winnipeg in Action.

She is also an amateur photographer and has had submitted photos printed in magazines and daily newsprint. Kathryn has an entrepreneurial spirit and owned her own business for several years prior to her communications career.


Academic positions:

Editor-in-Chief positions held for newsprint and published books.


Research interests:

Aboriginal Health / Public Health


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

Very useful -important to ensure some communications individuals, not just scientists are part of the advisory groups.