Stewardship Group

With support from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Province of Manitoba, startup funds were provided to launch The Winnipeg Boldness Project for the first year of a seven-year process.

The Winnipeg Boldness Project falls under the umbrella of United Way of Winnipeg, which provides administrative, fundraising and financial organizational support for the project.

Rather than governance through a conventional board of directors, a Stewardship Group has been put into to place to act as a guiding body for the project, which provides direction and accountability while encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing from some of Winnipeg’s most experienced members of the non-profit and business community.

  • Gregg Hanson (Chair): Former president and CEO of Wawanesa Mutual. Now retired, Gregg remains active in Manitoba’s business community on several company boards, and has taken an active interest in the well-being of Winnipeg’s Indigenous citizens in particular.
  • Susan Lewis: Outgoing President and CEO of United Way of Winnipeg and a visionary leader whose work has included, in 2006, leading the formation of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC) to address in real and measurable ways some of Winnipeg’s toughest issues.
  • Ovide Mercredi: Highly respected advocate of Indigenous rights, Ovide is the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and former Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Manitoba. As an accomplished lawyer specializing in constitutional law, he has and continues to be an integral leader in First Nations issues in Canada.
  • Dr. Rob Santos: Associate Secretary to Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet, Government of Manitoba; Research Scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Rob is Winnipeg’s foremost expert on the science of early childhood development.
  • Kathy Knudsen: recently joined United Way of Winnipeg as Vice President, Community Investment. In this role, Kathy, together with the community investment team, collaborate with senior volunteers and staff to achieve the greatest impact possible on social issues in our community. Including numerous courses in leadership, change management, and project management, Kathy has attained a Bachelor of Nursing degree, a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Master's Certificate in Municipal Leadership.
  • Jan Sanderson: graduated with her Masters degree in Public Affairs in 1980. The first ten years of her career were spent in Saskatchewan working for first for the Federal government and subsequently for the Province. In 1989 she returned to her roots in Manitoba and began a 27 year career with the Province of Manitoba, spanning a range of progressive assignments in human resources, labour relations, and program management. In 2001, Jan became the CEO of Healthy Child Manitoba, reporting to the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet.  In 2009, this role was merged with her new assignment as Deputy Minister of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors. In 2012, while retaining her CEO role, Jan was appointed Deputy Minister of the newly created Department of Children and Youth Opportunities. In 2016, Jan left the Province of Manitoba and became a Research Chair at Red River College. 
  • Dilly Knol: Dilly Knol is the Executive Director of Andrews Street Family Centre and a strong advocate for Indigenous families. A woman of Metis decent, she was born and raised near Richer, Manitoba. She began her career in community development in her late 20s through volunteerism, and soon after made the decision to go back to school to obtain her degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. Dilly lives in the North End of Winnipeg and dedicates her life to making a difference in her community.
  • Bobbette Shoffner: Executive Director of Mount Carmel Clinic, a unique community health centre that exists to work together with people, families and communities to enhance lifelong health and wellbeing. She grew up in the North End and graduated from St. Johns High School. Bobbette spent many years as an Early Childhood Educator working with children and families and taught Early Childhood Education at Red River College for several years. Adding to her focus with a Bachelor of Human Ecology Degree and Certificate in Health Leadership and Management, she works hard on effecting change at the community and systems level for the improvement of all families.  
  • Sharon Parenteau: is a Metis educator from the Turtle Mountains in Southwest Manitoba. She has worked as a classroom teacher in the Inner City and a support teacher, writing Aboriginal curriculum for the Winnipeg School Division as well as the K-4 Social Studies Curriculum for the Government of Manitoba. Sharon is the General Manager of Louis Riel Institute, the culture and education arm of the Manitoba Metis Federation. She has represented the Metis Nation on numerous provincial committees, including the Premier’s Advisory Council (PAC), the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Experience Program (LGYEP) and currently co-chairs the Blueprint for Collaborative Indigenous Education Implementation Plan. She received a Diamond Jubilee Award from the Lieutenant Governor for her work in the community. She belongs to a grassroots Metis local in Winnipeg, and a proud resident of Winnipeg’s North End. Sharon is a wife, mother and grandmother of 6, which is her inspiration to make the Education system better for Metis people.

Guide Groups

The Winnipeg Boldness Project has created 4 separate guide groups comprised of people who live, work, and play in the North End community. These groups provide guidance and a deep knowledge of the North End to the project in order to ensure that the project is grounded in the community.

Traditional Knowledge Keepers Guide Group

  • Velma Orvis
  • Mae Louise Campbell
  • Billie Schibler
  • Lionel Houston
  • Mary Wilson
  • Margaret Lavallee

Parent Guide Group

  • Currently 15 participating community parents/caregivers 

Community Leadership Guide Group

  • Tammy Christensen (Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad)
  • Debra Diubaldo (University of Manitoba - Inner City Social Work Campus)
  • Cynthia Drebot (North End Women's Centre)
  • Heather Leeman (Block by Block)
  • Darlene Klyne (Community Education Development Association)
  • Dilly Knol (Andrews Street Family Centre)
  • Bobbette Shoffner (Mount Carmel Clinic)
  • Dana Arabe (Wahbung Abinoonjiiag)
  • Carolyn Young (Manidoo Gi Miini Gonaan)
  • Cindy Coker (SEED Winnipeg, Inc.)
  • Tara Zajac (North Point Douglas Women's Centre)
  • Kyle Mason (North End Family Centre)
  • Dawn Sands (North End Community Renewal Corporation)
  • Tyler Pearce (Local Investment Towards Employment)
  • Marileen Bartlett (Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development)

Research Guide Group

  • Dr. Shauna MacKinnon (Manitoba Research Alliance)
  • Dr. Rob Santos (Healthy Child Manitoba)
  • Dr. Susan Prentice (University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Jamie Cidro (University of Winnipeg)
  • Leona Star (First Nations Health & Social Secreteriat of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Jon McGavock (University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Jino Distasio (University of Winnipeg)

Funders Table

The Funders Table serves as a strategic team to develop inter-sectoral partnerships with stakeholders and examine potential finance models to fund the project on an ongoing basis.

  • Heather Block (United Way of Winnipeg)
  • Stephen Huddart (The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
  • Kathy Knudsen (United Way of Winnipeg)
  • Diane Roussin (The Winnipeg Boldness Project)
  • Rob Santos (Healthy Child Manitoba)
  • Connie Walker (United Way of Winnipeg)
  • Gregg Hanson

Early Partners

The Winnipeg Boldness Project began as an initiative of The Boldness Project™. Eric Young and Ian Gill played seminal roles in the design, development, and launch of The Winnipeg Boldness Project.

The founding partners of the Winnipeg Boldness Project came together in order to move forward with start-up of the project prior to the development of the staff team, this includes the Province of Manitoba, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and the United Way of Winnipeg.