Our Caring Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you - not just because it is our job, but because we care.

Wade Lumbard
President
Funeral Director

Wade Lumbard was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Brandon University, Wade became a Chartered Accountant, working with Deloitte & Touche in Winnipeg. Wade joined his father, Jack and brother, Todd at Brockie Donovan in 1995 and in 2001 became a licensed Funeral Director. In 2003, Wade became a partner with Todd and is now the President of the company. Wade is an avid volunteer with various charities in the city and enjoys giving back to the community. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he and his family are parishioners at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church. He and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Holden and Jack.

Wade can be reached at wlumbard@brockiedonovan.com or by calling (204) 727-0694.

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Kelly Lumbard
After Care & Community Events Coordinator

Kelly Lumbard was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She moved to Winnipeg, in 1986 to train with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, after training with the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto for several years. After retiring from dance, she met her husband, Wade, and moved to Brandon in 1995. Kelly organizes community events such as the Brockie Donovan Tree of Memories, our Gossip in the Graveyard Fundraising tours, the Brandon & Westman Caregiver Award and other such community events. She also facilitates Brockie Donovan's After Care Program. Kelly taught ballet for many years and was the Director of the Brandon School of Dance and Brandon Dance Ensemble. Kelly volunteers for various community organizations and charities. Kelly has been a Team Leader for the “Look Good Feel Better Helping Women With Cancer” program since 2006. Kelly and her family attend St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and she is a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Kelly and Wade have two children, Holden and Jack.

Kelly can be reached at kelly@brockiedonovan.com or by calling (204) 727-0694.

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Ken Gold
General Manager
Funeral Director

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ken moved to Regina, Saskatchewan at an early age where he was raised and educated. His career as a professional began with the former Helmsing Funeral Chapel in Regina. In 1994, Ken was awarded his designation as a professional Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer and received the Ethics Award from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2007, Ken joined Speers Funeral Chapel in Regina. This proved to be a very positive introduction to working with an independent, family-owned funeral home. In August of 2011, Ken accepted the position of General Manager with Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services in Brandon, Manitoba, continuing to work with the Lumbard family. Ken's compassion and sincere kindness towards the families he serves makes him a wonderful addition to the Brockie Donovan team. Ken and his wife Colleen have 3 children: Jordan (Macy), Dallas and Krystal, and 3 beautiful grandchildren. He attends McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church. Ken enjoys traveling, home renovations, landscaping and, most of all, spending time with his family and friends.

Ken can be reached at ken@brockiedonovan.com or by calling (204) 727-0694.

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Jeremy Lancaster
Funeral Director

Jeremy Lancaster was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. After graduating from Vincent Massey High School, Jeremy attended Brandon University where he received his Bachelor of Arts. After several years of working in the tourism industry, Jeremy joined the team at Brockie Donovan in March 2014 and he completed his professional licensing designation from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in June 2015. Jeremy was the proud recipient of the highest overall Academic Achievement Award, the Embalming Technologies Award and the Funeral Service Achievement Award. He thrives on going the extra mile to ensure that every aspect of the service is carried out with the utmost care, dignity and compassion. 

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Brittany MacLellan
Funeral Director

Brittany MacLellan was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. She graduated with Honors from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School in 2003 with a double diploma in Commercial Art. After graduation, Brittany enrolled in Media Production at ACC and graduated in 2006 specializing in Video/Audio and Multimedia. She then worked at various film/media companies in Winnipeg as an editor. In 2009, she decided to leave the media industry and enrolled at Humber College in Toronto to pursue a new career in Funeral Service. When she completed her first year at Humber College she returned to Brandon to apprentice at Brockie Donovan and obtained her Funeral Director/Embalmer license in 2011. Brittany firmly believes in the value of the visitation and funeral service. Her caring, gentle nature and attention to detail make her a valuable asset to our team. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, travelling and working in her garden.

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Michelle Major
Funeral Director Apprentice

Michelle Major was born in Brandon Manitoba and at a young age the family moved to an acreage just north of Forrest.  After graduating from Elton Collegiate, Michelle quickly went on to work at Fairview Personal Care Home in Recreation for close to 14 years.  During that time she obtained her diploma of Recreation from Red River College.

In August of 2020, Michelle decided to switch careers and do something she has always wanted to pursue.  She became part of the Brockie Donovan family.  Michelle believes it is an honour and privilege to help people in their time of need, and feels this career path was her calling.  She is currently enrolled in the Canadian College of Funeral Service to become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Michelle is married to Scott Major who is a Real Estate Agent in Brandon and together they have 2 beautiful boys, Cole and Alex.  

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Michelle Klemick
Funeral Service Professional

Michelle Klemick was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. She graduated from Crocus Plains in 2002 and spent 10 years working for the Brandon School Division. She moved to Regina, Saskatchewan for a year where she met her husband, Chris. They moved back to Brandon to be closer to family.  Michelle and Chris recently welcomed their beautiful son, Rhett, into the world. In Michelle’s spare time she spends the winter months curling and the summer months are spent at the ballpark. She also enjoys baking, travelling to warm destinations and spoiling her son, Rhett and her Yorkie, Brooke.

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Carrie MacPherson
Funeral Service Professional

Carrie MacPherson was born and raised in Labrador. After graduating from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Carrie moved to Banff, Alberta, where she spent several years enjoying mountain life. After meeting her husband, Sean Blair, in Banff, they moved to Brandon to start their family. Upon welcoming two daughters and a son, Carrie and her family keep busy with Highland dancing, playing hockey and soccer, tending to the garden and spending time together with their little dog, Poncho.

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Shelley Wray
Grief Counsellor
​Funeral Celebrant

Shelley Wray was born and raised in Swan River, Manitoba. She and her family moved to Brandon where she was employed by the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba for a number of years. In her work at the AFM Shelley worked with family members and spouses of people dealing with substance use and gambling problems. In January of 2019, Shelley retired from the mental health department at CFB Shilo. In 2009 due to a personal and professional interest in grief and loss, Shelley completed the course work and training necessary to become a Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute. She has a certification as an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor as recognized the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Along with her many other certifications, in April 2019, Shelley became a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Shelley is also the facilitator of our Grief Seminars.

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Kim Lewarne
Funeral Celebrant

With a true love of life and caring heart, Kim was called to become a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Kim's goal is to capture the spirit of your loved one by listening to family and friends with an open heart and working hard to ensure that their needs for a personalized, memorable service are exceeded. Sharing in someone's grief, hearing the pain in their voice, listening to cherished memories is an important part of helping family and friends begin their healing process after loss. Kimmer's wide background of interests including 35 years as a hair stylist or “personal therapist,” marketing director, public speaker, and community volunteer have led her to this role. Kim is currently very involved in Lions, Brandon First and Central United Church. In the past, Kimmer was a curler, a curling volunteer, slo pitch player and volunteer organizer, community drama hairstylist, Masonic wife, and the list goes on. Kim was married to the late Lawrence McInnes for 13 wonderful years, has a daughter Shannon (Scott Burgess), son Sean and the light of her life - grandson Jackson Burgess. Family and friends are the most important thing in Kimmer's life and she loves spending quality time with them all.

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Joy Bowman
Funeral Pre-Planning Specialist

Joy has a passion for helping others. She was drawn into the field of funeral preplanning after watching families struggle with decisions upon the death of a loved ones. She is a dedicated advocate of helping your family by making arrangements ahead rather then in crisis Joy has undergone extensive training with Purple Shield in order to become a Funeral Pre-Planning expert. Joy was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie Ontario and moved west in the 1980’s and would never consider moving back. “The flat land is my home”. She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in Agriculture she is married to Darryl. They have two adult daughters Alyssa and Saryna. Joy loves water either fishing, on it or swimming in it. One of her life goals is to catch a Northern Pike as tall as she is. She is getting close with many fish over 40 inches and her biggest is just short of 45 inches. Not far to go.

Joy can be reached at joy@brockiedonovan.com or by calling (204) 727-0694.

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Joyce Lumbard

Joyce Lumbard was born Joyce Hart and grew up in Brandon. She completed her normal school at Brandon Collegiate Institute on 6th Street and went on to train as a teacher at Brandon College. After teaching at Fleming school, she moved with her husband, Jack, to Wilkie, Saskatchewan and continued her teaching career. Jack and Joyce relocated to Brandon in 1962 when Jack joined Brockie Donovan Funeral Home. A son, Todd, was born in 1963, followed by Wade, in 1965 and daughter, Rebecca, in 1969. Joyce always enjoyed staying home with her children when they were young, and she worked at the funeral home with Jack as the years passed. Today, Joyce continues to be involved in several community projects with Brockie Donovan. She is past Chairperson of the Brandon Regional Health Authority Foundation board of directors and is currently active as Chairperson of Hobbs Manor. Joyce also remains very busy with her children and her six grandchildren.

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Jack Lumbard
Past President
(September 22, 1937 - March 20, 2014)

Jack Lumbard was born in Carnduff, Saskatchewan and his family moved to a farm in the Zion-Forrest District just north of Brandon when Jack was quite young. He was educated at the Brandon Collegiate Institute on 6th Street, where he met his bride-to-be, Joyce Hart. Jack and Joyce were married in 1957 at St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral in Brandon. In 1959, the couple moved to Wilkie, Saskatchewan where Jack apprenticed to become a funeral director under his uncle, Bill Reid. In 1962, Jack joined Jack Donovan at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon. After many years of hard work, in 1975, Jack and Joyce purchased the funeral home from Jack and Mary Donovan.

Sadly, Jack passed away on March 20, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Jack left a legacy of integrity and professionalism and is greatly missed.