Prior to becoming a member of Old Grace Housing Co-op in 2015, Gerard served as Campus Minister and classroom teacher at St. Mary’s Academy and St. Paul’s High School. He continues to function within Winnipeg as a counsellor and retreat/seminar facilitator and speaker. Additionally, he has served for numerous years on the board of the Prairie Jubilee Program through the University of Winnipeg. Gerard also ran and managed his own landscaping and gardening company for 12 years and is passionate about the environment and sustainable living. He has been on the OGHC Site Committee since 2015.
Gordon Clark – Treasurer
Gordon graduated from Loyola College, Montreal with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Economics and a commitment to community development achieved through action with others. His relevant experience in Winnipeg includes work for the Company of Young Canadians in support of buyers’ clubs and small food co-ops, part-time bookkeeping roles for a variety of small non-profit organizations, as well as office management for Literacy Workers’ Association of Manitoba. Serving as Outreach Coordinator for Westminster United Church from 1981 to 1986, he made connections with many social-action groups. Gord has been an owner-operator with Bison Transport and currently does part-time long-haul driving for Bison. A father of three and a grandfather, he is looking forward to living in a multi-generational, diverse community in the heart of Wolseley.
Victor Dobchuk – Vice President
Victor was president of the media production company Malanka Productions, and served as a producer with the social marketing firm NOW Communications. He has worked as a locations manager in the feature film industry and as a department supervisor for a local television news station. Past employment included social and economic development roles with Manitoba Agriculture and Manitoba College and Universities and program co-ordination with Canada World Youth in Costa Rica. His community involvement included board positions in a variety of organizations including Manitoba Film and Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Victor has been actively involved with the Old Grace Housing Co-op project since its inception.
Sandra Hardy – President
Sandra retired in 2011 after a 34-year career with the Province of Manitoba. Her final position was Deputy Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, a post she held for nearly nine years. Among other responsibilities she managed grant and other support programs for non-profit groups, including a number of capital grants programs. Her board participation has included the Canadian Tourism Commission and the Manitoba Public Schools Finance Board. She has lived in Wolseley for over 30 years.
Laura Sevenhuysen – Vice President and Board Secretary
Laura’s experience lies in the field of adult education. Trained as a clinical dietitian in England, she worked for Manitoba Health as a public health nutritionist, and then at Health Sciences Centre as a dietitian-educator, and was Coordinator of the HSC post-graduate dietetic training program until 2004. In her second life, she qualified as an English as a second language teacher and worked in China for a total of six years, teaching English to university students and other adults. Since retiring, Laura continues to teach English as a volunteer with several newcomer programs.
Laura has been a member of Old Grace Housing Co-op since April 2012. She was a member representative on the Steering Committee from May 2012 to November 2013 and served as the group’s recording secretary. Laura was a member of the co-op’s Governance Committee from 2012 to 2014 and was involved in developing the co-op’s foundational documents and organizational bylaws. After a one-year break in China, Laura rejoined the Governance Committee in 2015 and is actively involved in policy development.
Carlos is an urban inner-city studies student at the University of Winnipeg. He has been a member of Old Grace Housing Co-op for close to two years and is currently a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee and has had previous involvement with the Governance Committee. He also brings a wealth of experience serving on community boards including the Canadian Federation of Students-Manitoba Component, Elmwood Community Resource Centre, Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.
Randa has been involved with OGHC since retiring from her marketing career in 2014. For nearly 20 years, she was the Vice-President of Marketing & Communication at Assiniboine Credit Union. As a member of the senior management team, her role involved strategy, planning and budgeting; managing the credit union’s marketing programs; internal and external communication; advertising; brand management; media relations; and corporate giving. She is currently chair of the OGHC Marketing and Communications Committee.
While serving on the board of West End Cultural Centre, Randa participated in a major capital project that resulted in the construction of the new venue. Randa was a member of the board that created Herizons magazine, and she also served for several years on the board of LITE (Local Initiative Toward Employment).
Emily has worked in the non-profit sector in Winnipeg for the past 30 years. Her associations include employment with the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) where she first did contract work and then was a permanent staff person for 17 years. At MLPD she provided support for all the committees, created the organization’s quarterly newsletter, and was the media liaison for the Provincial Coordinator. She has also done contract work with the Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC), and has made contributions to publications produced by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). She is the Past Co-Chair of DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Manitoba, a women’s group that works towards eliminating the societal barriers that exist for women with disabilities in Manitoba.
Diane is a retired graduate of the St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing. For over 25 years, the majority of her time was spent working in a variety of specialized areas, including several years in cardiac surgery. She also served as Nursing Unit Co-ordinator; managed quality assurance of patient care; staff education; equipment and financial management; facilities planning; crisis intervention; adherence to negotiated contracts; and organized essential services during a strike.
Over the last few years, she has been treasurer and vice-president of the Board of Directors of the “55 plus” housing co-op where she currently lives.
She also chaired the board of her sons’ daycare, served as a member of the board of the Manitoba Celiac Association, and co-chaired planning for the 2001 national conference, Wonderfully Wheatless! A Prairie Perspective.
Diane’s volunteer contributions also include active participation in the Old Grace Governance Committee.
Having lived in Wolseley in the past, Diane longed to return to the community and found Old Grace Housing Co-op the perfect, affordable answer.