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.
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.
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.