Gwen Steiman

Chair of Honourary Directors

Gwen Steiman’s name is synonymous with hard work and compassion, important attributes for the Chair of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s Honourary Directors.

After completing high school in Erickson, Manitoba, Steiman attended nursing school at St. Boniface Hospital. Following her graduation in 1960, she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Manitoba including serving as a Nursing Supervisor. It was here that she was first introduced to the HSC Foundation.

Steiman worked at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg for over eight years before the Steiman’s first of three children was born. Rather than return to her job, Steiman began to volunteer instead, generously giving her time and enthusiasm to several charities while raising her children.

A passionate volunteer, Steiman dedicated time to wherever she saw a need. Preschool boards, diabetes galas, heart-health charities, and the HSC Foundation are just a few of the many causes that have benefitted from her extreme generosity. Her interest in volunteering grew from simply being involved with different community organizations to becoming a passionate advocate for their causes.

Notably, Steiman volunteered on the HSC Foundation Board of Directors for two years, raising funds to develop the 7th floor of HSC’s Thorlakson Building as a dedicated research space for discovering new medicines, treatments, and technologies that help patients in Manitoba and beyond.

Steiman and her husband Gary have ensured that their community spirit lives on in the subsequent generations of their family as their three children and seven grandchildren are all active with their charities of choice.

Steiman’s history with the HSC Foundation, coupled with her inspiring dedication to giving back to the community, makes her the ideal Chair of the HSC Foundation’s Honourary Directors, a distinguished and dedicated group of volunteers comprising past HSC Foundation Board members and prominent supporters of the Foundation who deeply understand the role research plays in health care.