Box - Photographs (2005-2011)

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Photographs (2005-2011)

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1 box of photographic material

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Patricia Joan Martens was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1952 to Howard and Hazel Weber. Patricia began her career in education, teaching chemistry and mathematics at St. Mary’s Academy in Winnipeg from 1973 to 1978.

Patricia met Gary Martens during their undergraduate degrees at the University of Manitoba in the early seventies. They were married in 1974 and moved to Kleefeld, Manitoba in 1978. Their first son, John, was born the same year. A few years later, they had a daughter, Rebecca. In Kleefeld, Patricia cultivated her interest in breastfeeding. Beginning in 1978, she led the local chapter of La Leche League, a nonprofit organization that supports breastfeeding. She obtained her IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) designation in 1987, and re-certified every five years.

Patricia received her Masters degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba on October 20, 1994. Her thesis is entitled Breastfeeding Choice and Duration: A Prospective Study of Women and Infants in Four Southern Manitoba First Nations Communities. In it, she concludes that “[i]ntervention at a community level could target breastfeeding confidence, referent support, and beliefs. Intervention by health care providers may decrease early weaning due to preventable problems” (p. ii).

She received her Ph.D five years later, also from the University of Manitoba. Her dissertation is entitled Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Breastfeeding Promotion Community Strategy in Sagkeeng First Nation. She concludes by writing, “[b]ut most important of all, it [a breastfeeding promotion strategy] requires commitment, especially by the women of the community, as they make the journey from forgotten traditions to remembered, shared experiences” (p. 263).

Patricia began work at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy in January 1999 as a research associate. The Centre is a research unit in the University of Manitoba, partially funded by the Province of Manitoba to publish a certain number of health policy-related reports each year. The Centre is concerned with the health of Manitobans and strives to answer the question, "What makes people healthy?"

Originally succeeding the Centre's Director Noralou Roos in the position of Acting Director in June 2004, she was made Director and Senior Researcher of the Centre in June 2005, a position she held for ten years. Concurrently, she held the position of Associate Professor, and later full Professor, in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

She was integral in forming The Need to Know Team, a collaboration between the RHAs (Regional Health Authorities), Manitoba Health, and researchers at the Centre. The Need to Know Team was originally funded by a CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research) grant, from 2001-2006. Patricia was a vibrant speaker and during her time at the Centre, she traveled extensively to speak on deliverables (reports published by the Centre) and other health-related topics.

Patricia is the author of over 300 publications. A partial list of her publications is available. She is also very well decorated, as she is recognized as a leader in her field. Among her awards are the 2005 CIHR Knowledge Translation Award for Regional Impact, the 2010 Manitoba YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction for Health & Wellness, the Order of Canada (2013), the 2013 R.D. Defries Award, the 2014 Justice Emmett Hall Laureate Award, and she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.

In 2013, Patricia was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Patricia passed away on January 10, 2015. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, her way of cultivating a strong sense of community, and turning dry topics into stimulating discussions.

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-WRHA Day (December 2005)

-Churchill site visit (November 16, 2005), Burntwood (Thompson) site visit (November 18, 2005) - CD

-Unidentified site visit

-Prince George Conference (October 19, 2006), Need to Know Team (October 23, 2006), Rural Day (October 24, 2006) - CD

-Rural Day (October 24, 2006), baby church shower (October 2006), Jennifer Magoon M.Sc. (November 2006) - CD

-Christmas 2004, Need to Know Team (January/February 2005), Birthdays (January 2005) - CD

-Unidentified - CD

-March/April 2005: CHSRF Meeting (Halifax), Rh Award, Wedding Stuff, Law Graduation - CD

-April 2005: Emilie's shower, Central site visit, Brandon site visit, Halifax trip, music - CD

-Assiniboine site visit (June 15, 2005), North Eastman site visit (June 23, 2005) - CD

-Nor-Man (The Pas) visit (October 11, 2005) - CD

-Graduation (June 1, 2005), Pat CIHR Summer Institute (Newfoundland, June 4-10, 2005), Need to Know Team (May 30-31, 2005) - CD

-May 2006: last few days in Italy, Vancouver CPHA trip with Need to Know, Van Brunts in Kleefeld - CD

-June 2006: Need to Know June Meeting, Gary [Martens] at Mueseum, John called to the Bar - CD

-October 2005: Rural Day, Need to Know Team Meeting, Emilie Graduation - CD

-January/February 2005: Ellie funeral, Need to Know Team - CD

-January 2006: Birthday, Need to Know Team - CD

-Manitoba Health Day 2006 (April 21, 2006), Locomotive, Easter 2006 - CD

-John called to the Bar (June 2006), CIHR Summer Institute (June 19-21, 2006) - CD

-CIHR Summer Institute (June 19, 2006) - CD

-Need to Know (October 24, 2011)

-Prince George Rural Conference (October 2006), Need to Know Meeting (October 23, 2006) - negatives

-WRHA Day (January 2007)

-MCHP staff retreat (March 2007)

-Need to Know (June 2007)

-SOS Medicare, Manitoba Health Day (2007?)

-May/June 2008: Rob's graduation, Manitoba Health Day, Need to Know (June 9-10, 2008), Ottawa CAHSPR, Halifax CPHA, house building - CD

-Pharmacy demolition (Summer 2005)

-Need to Know Team meeting (May 31-June 1, 2004)

-Halifax (March? 2005)

-Need to Know (May 30-31, 2005)

-October 2005: Ottawa, Montreal, Banff

-Assiniboine and North Eastman site visits (June 2005)

-Need to Know (January 2005)

-The Pas (October 2005)

-CIHR Summer Institute (June 4-10, 2005)

-Need to Know Team supper (October 23, 2006), Rural Day (October 24, 2006) - negatives

-Need to Know Team -(February 2011?)

-Need to Know Team (June 21-22, 2010)

-Need to Know (February 2010)

-Unidentified Need to Know photos

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