Past Community Projects and Volunteering

PAST PROJECTS AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

"Unless all of us are free, none of us will be free." - Rosemary Brown

“Unless all of us are free, none of us will be free.” – Rosemary Brown

SEED Winnipeg – Board Member 2009 – 2015
SEED Winnipeg Inc. is a non-profit agency that works to reduce poverty and help renew Winnipeg’s inner city; they this by helping people start small businesses and save money for future goals.

Winnipeg Folk Festival – Board Member 2015 – 2017
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round arts organization that presents one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals each July. The Festival’s mission and vision are to create experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people and music and play a leading role in making Winnipeg the folk music capital of North America. The Festival’s Core Values are Artistic Excellence; Collaboration; Community; Creative Expression; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Sustainability; Excellence in Governance and Management; Inclusiveness; and Serendipity

The Winnipeg Folk Festival Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide strategic leadership to the organization.

West End Commons – Board Member – June 2014 – 2017
The WestEnd Commons is a project of St Matthews Non Profit Housing Inc., a partnership between Grain of Wheat Church-Community and St Matthew’s Anglican Church.

The current upper floors of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church have been transformed into 26 homes for families: single parent families, newcomers to Canada, First Nation’s families, people with mental health challenges, and others. The WestEnd Commons consists of a 1,000 sq. foot atrium, 4 one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, 5 three-bedroom, and 2 four-bedroom apartments. On November 1, 2014 we began welcoming families to their new homes. For 40 years the lower level of 641 St. Matthews Ave. has been a Neighbourhood Resource Center. Five agencies and community groups work in the Neighbourhood Resource Centre to support the people of West Central Winnipeg.

Friends of Sherbrook Pool – Board Member – September 2012 – 2017
Friends of Sherbrook Pool is dedicated to the preservation, marketing and improvement of Sherbrook Pool as an inner-city community facility serving aquatic, recreational, educational, social and fitness needs of City of Winnipeg residents. We also run KidSwim and a Summer Swim Camp, programs that offer free swimming lessons and recreation activities for kids ages 6 to 12.

Friends of Sherbook Pool was founded in 1992 by a group of socially minded people when the City threatened to close the pool. They gathered together community members, organizations and government officials and fought to keep the Sherbrook Pool open. 22 years later, our mission continues to be to maintain and improve the Sherbrook Pool as a landmark and resource for the neighbourhood.

Workers of Colour Support Network (WOCSN) – Board member  and Executive Member – January 2004 – September 2009 –
WOCSN is a grassroots community organisation consisting of unionized and non-unionized workers from various cultural backgrounds. Our mission is to support workers of colour in combating racism by means of self education and education of unions and the broader community. I was an active Board member as well as ta member of the Executive as the Women’s Representative.

Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council – Council Member – 2003 – 2005

The Council consists of a chairperson and up to eighteen members, all of whom are appointed by the provincial government. Members represent various cultural communities including aboriginal, visible minority and immigrant women, as well as women with disabilities. These members are drawn from rural, urban and northern communities, and represent diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Councilors are appointed for two-year terms, on a staggered basis.

The Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council advises the Manitoba government on issues concerning the status of women. The Council, a self-governing organization operating at arms-length from government, ensures that the voices of women throughout the province are heard.

Women’s Health Clinic – June 1996 – June 1999 and July 2006 – July 2008
The Board is responsible for the financial, staff, administrative and programme management of the Clinic. I was an active Board Member and the Chairperson of the Advocacy Sub-Committee of the Board.

Grassroots Women – Winnipeg Chapter – September 2003 – 2006

General Member of the Collective and member of the Education Sub-Committee. Women’s organization educating, organizing, and mobilizing against imperialist globalization and war locally, nationally and internationally.

Cho!ces: A Coalition for Social Justice – General Member – 1996 – 2001
Cho!ces was a community coalition of individuals and groups that ran a variety of social justice campaigns in the community, primarily locally and provincially but also nationally.

I was an active member. I participated in and helped organise many of the campaigns including The Alternative Federal Budget, The Alternative Provincial Budget and the Youth Activist Retreat.

World Festival of Youth and Students – Canada (WFYS) – August 1995 – August 1996

Canadian Co-Chair and Organiser of the Canadian Delegation, responsible for publicizing nationwide; soliciting applicants; delegate selection; policy formation; fundraisng and budget preparation; and arranging delelate travel (100 delegates).