Staff Biographies

Partners

Stan Pacak, CA
Dennis Kowal, CA
Bruce Hardie, CPA, CA
Linda Cole, CPA, CGA

Professionals

Bev Leadbeater, CPA, CMA
Barbara Beadle, CPA, CMA, CA
Justin Delaurier, CPA, CA
Amanda Dixon, CPA, CGA
Deanna Chess, CPA, CGA
Kyla Tibbett, CPA, CGA

Accounting Staff

Wendy Gmitrowski
Sherri-Lyn Scott
Helen Barker
Ashley Cole
Gillian McGrath
Stephanie Wigley

Support Staff

Suzanne Eggie
Gail Sonnenberg
Carolyn Gordon

Helen Barker

Helen works for the firm on a contract basis.  She also farms in the Kenville area.

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Barbara Beadle, CPA, CMA, CA

Barb was born and raised in the Swan River Valley, and has lived here all her life, with the exception of two years spent in Brandon while attending college.

She graduated from high school in 1986, and received her Business Administration diploma from ACC in 1988.  She worked at the Swan Valley Credit Union for a few months, where she began taking courses to become a Certified Management Accountant.  From there, she moved to Berkan & McGimpsey, Chartered Accountants to begin working full time in a public accounting practice.  In November of 1992, she moved again accepting a position with Hardie & Company, where she still works today as a senior accountant.  She received her CMA designation in 1994, and in 1995, she began taking courses again, this time towards her Chartered Accountant designation.  She finally completed school in 1999 and received her CA in February of 2000.

Barb married her high school sweetheart Larry in 1990, and they have two wonderful children, Karley (born in 1996), and Matthew (born in 1998).  When they are not working, you'll most likely find them at Barb's parents' farm, where they spend most of their time on the quads, the snowmobiles, or actually farming.

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Deanna Chess, CPA, CGA

Deanna was born and raised in Swan River and has lived here for most of her life. She moved to Winnipeg in 2007 to attend Red River College.  She graduated from Red River College in 2009 with her Business Administration diploma and moved back to Swan River to begin working in public practice.  She has now had several years of public practice experience.

She enrolled in the Certified General Accountants Program of Professional Studies in 2010 and received her designation in 2016.

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Ashley Cole

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Linda Cole, CPA, CGA

Linda was born in Winnipeg and as an infant moved to Swan River Valley, and has lived here all her life, on the family farm located in the Little/Big Woody district.

Linda received her grade 12 diploma from the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School in 1983.  Linda joined the firm Hardie and Company in 1987 and received her CGA designation in 1998.  She became an Associate with the firm in 2013.

Linda married Frank in 1987 and they have two children, Ashley and Tyler.

Linda and Frank currently reside on the Brown Homestead Farm of her parents/grandparents in the Little/Big Woody district.  They operate a certified organic grain farm.  Linda and Frank also have registered and purebred Belted Galloway cattle and 300 head of purebred Khatadin sheep.  Linda and Frank are members of OCIA Chapter #6, Manitoba Paint Horse Club, and Manitoba Sheep Association.

Linda and her family enjoy many activities including horseback riding, showing horses, 4-H activities, camping, swimming, model airplanes, snowmobiling, and just spending time outdoors.

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Justin Delaurier, CPA, CA

Justin graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation in 2010.

He married Stacy (nee Bruce) in 2012.  He enjoys coaching high school basketball and working as an umpire for various baseball leagues in the Valley.

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Amanda Dixon, CPA, CGA

Amanda graduated in 2010 with her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Brandon University and achieved her CGA designation in 2015.

Amanda (nee Reimer) is married to Matthew Dixon, who farms in the Kenville area.  They have two children, Konnor and Grady.

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Suzanne Eggie

Suzanne has been employed at the firm since February 1980 and has seen many changes over the years.

Carolyn Gordon

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Wendy Gmitrowski

Originally from Winnipeg, MB, Wendy moved from Thompson, MB in May 2000, where she was employed with a progressive Airline Company as an Accounts Receivable Officer.  In Winnipeg she was employed with a Major Bank, and brings over fifteen years of office related experience.  She enjoys curling, walking and golf.

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Bruce Hardie, CPA, CA

Bruce graduated from the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School in 1974.  He received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978.  He joined Hardie and Company in 1978 and achieved his CA designation in 1983.  He was admitted as a partner in the firm in 1992.  He has over 35 years of experience serving clients from the Swan River Valley and outlying areas.  He is a member of both CPA Manitoba and CPA Alberta.

He married Theresa (nee Hayman) from Bowsman in 1981.  They have three children, Rae-Anne, Steven and Amanda.  Bruce is active in the Swan River Elks lodge.  He also helps with coaching high school soccer and enjoys curling and playing senior slo-pitch with the Swan River Silver Foxes.

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Dennis Kowal, CA

Dennis grew up on a farm near Dauphin.  He is married to Ethel (nee Marek) from the Minitonas area.  Together they have two daughters – TaraLynn, who lives in Saskatoon, and Carissa, who has gone to her eternal home.

Dennis joined the firm in November 1968 when it was a branch of Dunwoody Saul Smith & Co. under the management of Vern Hardie.  He graduated as a Chartered Accountant in December 1972.  In June 1973, they purchased the practice from Dunwoody & Co. and formed Hardie & Company (now Pacak Kowal Hardie & Company).

Dennis is actively involved in his church and volunteers on the boards of several organizations.  He enjoys fishing and water-skiing.

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Bev Leadbeater, CPA, CMA

Bev moved to Swan River in 1978 to begin employment with the firm.  He received his CMA designation in October 1978.  He has over three decades of experience in Public Practice and was an Associate with the firm from 1992 through 2012.

Bev is married to Jayne (nee Minish) and they have two children, Shayne who resides in Calgary and Jeffrey who resides in Swan River.  Bev has been involved in sports organizations in his years in the Swan River Valley, including an Old-timers hockey team and the Swan River Golf and Country Club.

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Gillian McGrath

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Stan Pacak, CA

Stan began working as a CA student in the Winnipeg office of Dunwoody Saul Smith in November 1966, and transferred to its Swan River office in 1967.

Stan graduated as a Chartered Accountant in December 1972 and went into partnership with Vern Hardie and Dennis Kowal under the name Hardie & Company.  In 1973, he along with his partners purchased the Swan River practice of Dunwoody & Company.

In 1973, the partnership Hardie & Company (now PKHC) purchased the Swan River practice from Dunwoody & Company.

Stan is married to Diana.  They enjoy spending time together at Wellman Lake.

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Sherri-Lyn Scott

Sherri works for the firm on a contract basis and is presently enrolled in the Certified General Accountants Program of Professional Studies.  She also farms near McCreary with her father.

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Gail Sonnenberg

Originally from the Swan River Valley, Gail recently moved back to the Valley in 2004.

While being transferred all over Manitoba with her husband, Gail worked in Winnipeg for several years for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in the Compliance and Verification Unit and also in the Human Resources Unit.  Prior to that, Gail worked for the RCMP as a Detachment Clerk in Lynn Lake, Manitoba.

Gail brings over twenty eight years experience in the Clerical and Administration field and has been employed with the Firm since June 2006.

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Kyla Tibbett, CPA, CGA

Kyla grew up on a farm near Yorkton, SK. After high school Kyla began her post-secondary education through distance learning and achieved her SIAST Business Certificate,  then her University Certificate in Accounting from Athabasca University. In 2006 Kyla enrolled in the Certified General Accountants program which she navigated through  while working full-time at an accounting firm. In 2016 Kyla earned her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree through Laurentian University and in October 2016 she also  earned her designations in both the Chartered Professional Accountants program and the Certified General Accountants program.

In 2005 Kyla and her significant other, Greg, moved to Swan River to enjoy the vast outdoor activities that it has to offer.  Kyla and Greg spend most of their free time camping and fishing all year round. Kyla also volunteers her time as the acting Treasurer  for the Swan Valley Animal Protection League.

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Stephanie Wigley

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