Board of Directors : Old Grace Not-for-Profit Housing Co-operative

Sandra Hardy, Diane Young, Suzanne Hudson, Greg Merner, Laura Sevenhuysen, Victor Dobchuk, Gordon Clark, Laura Rempel (absent Lynn McLean )

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 9 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 began her career as a clinical dietitian in England. After migrating to Canada in 1979, she was employed as a dietitian-educator in a variety of formal and informal settings. She worked at Health Sciences Centre for 15 years and coordinated the HSC Dietetic Internship program from 1996 until 2004, when administration of this program was transferred to the University of Manitoba. In her second career as a teacher of English as an Additional Language, Laura taught English to children and adults in China for 6 years. Now retired, she is an active volunteer in EAL programs for newcomers to Canada.

Victor Dobchuk – Vice President

Victor was President of the media production company Malanka Productions, and has worked  as a Producer with the social marketing firm NOW Communications. He worked as a Locations Manager in the feature film industry and as a department supervisor for a local TV News station. Past employment includes 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 has included board positions in a variety of organizations including Manitoba Film and Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Victor has been a resident of the Wolseley community since 1981.

Laura Rempel – Recording Secretary

Laura is a City Planning graduate who is passionate about affordable housing, the environment, and social justice. Her work is grounded in the concept of the collective ‘right to the city’ as a frame to discuss, partner and act on social justice, equitable distribution of resources, democratic evaluation and professional ethics.Laura recently completed her term as the President of the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association. Her experience resides in research, coordination and community building on intersecting topics of post-secondary education, Indigenous planning, age friendly communities, disability studies, co-operative housing, community economic development, and inclusive communities.She currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba and has been a member of the Board of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors and Alumni Association, Planners Network Manitoba and Architects Without Borders Canada.

Gordon Clark – Treasurer

At university, as student senator and president of the Loyola of Montreal Student Association, I established my future course – opting for community development achieved through action with others. Over the years, I held a number of positions in various businesses and non-profits, while sharing parenting with my wife, Lynn. Those include the Company of Young Canadians, the Outreach Coordinator for Westminster United Church, Office Manager for Literacy Workers’ Association of Manitoba and part-time bookkeeper for Harvest Collective and other small volunteer organizations. Until I retired in 2014, I was an owner-operator with Bison Transport.I am a father of three and a grandfather, and I am looking forward to living in a multi-generational, diverse community in the heart of Wolseley.


Diane Young

Diane  retired in 2012 after a 34 year career with the Canada Revenue Agency. She was an Audit Supervisor who also spent a fair bit of time on designing and developing training course and acting as a national facilitator for technical and soft skills courses. Duties included preparing, monitoring  and adjusting budgets including estimating program and training costs. She has lived in Wolseley for 35 years.

Greg Merner

Greg  is a retired social worker who worked in the area of community development. His work experience included working for the City of Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Improvement Program, Manitoba Urban Affairs, the Manitoba Department of Education in the community schools program, for the Manitoba Federation of Labour as Coordinator of the Labour Communications Skills Project, and as a special assistant to cabinet ministers in the Manitoba Government. He has been a resident of Wolseley for 29 years.

Lynn McLean

Lynn works in education and teaches music, physical education, and classroom subjects. She completed a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education in 2006 while working and raising her four children. Lynn’s community work includes parent-teacher council, two grocery cooperative boards, nursery school and carpool co-ops, International Peace Festival, Winnipeg Labour Choir, Manitoba International Folk Dance, Winnipeg and Canmore Folk Festivals, and First Aid Attendant at the Canada Summer Games. Lynn has organized large community events which feature collaborative effort and shared ownership. She enjoys group singing, dancing, and outdoor activities, bringing an unstoppable positive energy to all endeavours.


Suzanne Hudson

Suzanne  has been involved with the OGHC for three years, serving on the Governance and Expression of Interest working groups. Prior to retirement from Winnipeg Child and Family Services where she was Coordinator of Community Based Early Intervention Programs, she was a Program Manager for New Careers. She has been a member of other boards and is currently an Agency Liaison Volunteer for the United Way and a board member of Animiki Ozoson Child and Family Services.