Kate Kehler

Executive Director

Kate comes to the SPCW from the John Howard Society of Manitoba where she gained a greater understanding of how poverty and barriers to social equity impact individuals, families, communities and government systems.  She has experience in Canada’s North, living and working in Iqaluit where she was the executive director of the Law Society of Nunavut and Thompson where she worked on projects for Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., taught and ran her own business.  Our commitment to community led initiatives to better address inequity and the social ills it creates drew Kate to the SPCW.  Kate’s other previous careers from substitute teacher to stage and production manager, ensures she has the necessary diverse skill set and experience to solve challenges proactively and collaboratively.  Kate is a single mother of two teenage girls and a tall, dark and handsome mutt aptly name Romeo.


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Josh Brandon

Community Animator

Josh as a community animator is responsible for working with community organizations and groups building movements for social equity and environmental sustainability. Following Tommy Douglas’s adage that our current economic system is the law of each for himself – as the elephant says dancing among chickens – his role is to work amongst his fellow chickens so we can all raise ourselves up. He has education in sociology and anthropology and experience in several social justice and environmental organizations as a researcher and community organizer.


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Albert Boakye

Community Animator

Albert completed his Masters degree in Public Administration and has a bachelor’s degree in Development Management with a specialization in Microfinance. He has special interest in policy and participatory research, sustainable and community development, and social equity. His past work include working as a Policy Analyst with Manitoba Mineral Resources and Office of the Fire Commissioner. Before joining the SPCW, he was the Vice President External for the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association for 2years and led several campaigns for issues affecting graduate students. His past work in Ghana with several non-profit organizations correlates with SPCW’s core mission of providing leadership that addresses inequity and improves social conditions through research, engagement and action. He is passionate and highly interested in advocacy issues aimed at creating a better society for those marginalized through socio-economic reason. He believes in the concept of Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf – “The servant-leader is servant first.” Albert enjoys playing soccer, cooking and loves traveling.


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Cindy Hoover

Office Manager

Cindy brings a much needed wealth of administrative and IT experience to SPCW.  She is a graduate of the Business Information Technology program at Red River College and earned her diploma in Web Development.

Cindy is a long-time volunteer with Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba and Special Olympics Manitoba. She has had the amazing opportunity to attend the last five World Summer Special Olympics Games in Dublin, Shanghai, Athens, Los Angeles, and Abu Dhabi.


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Oke Ojekudo

Office and Communications Coordinator

Oke completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Manitoba, where she learned to appreciate progressive approaches to social justice and development through active involvement in diverse volunteer programs. She is passionate about combating social justice issues and supporting youth in our community. Oke has received merit awards for her service in the community including NICCOM and the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba (COBW) Award for Outstanding Achievement.

As the new Office and Communications Administrator, Oke assists with daily coordination of ongoing office projects, meetings, community events and social media content for the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. And when she’s not handling SPCW duties, you might find her singing in a choir, dancing with her choreography group or in full Warriors gear – watching Golden State basketball.


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Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady

Director – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Hani has been working in the sector for more than 16 years with extensive knowledge and experience in the area of settlement and integration. He fully understands the importance of the initial support that newcomers to Canada need upon arrival. He also believes that integration process is not a cookie-cutter and one size fits all type of work.  It is dynamic and evolving work that requires a deep understating of cross-cultural partnerships among all members of society. He strives everyday to make the two way integration process more successful for everyone involved in creating a true and realistic welcoming and inclusive community.


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Jessica Praznik

Project Manager – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Jessica Praznik is dedicated to being an advocate and ally for marginalized communities, and is committed to making Winnipeg a more welcome and inclusive City. She has been working with immigrant and refugee communities for over seven years. Jessica has worked for settlement agencies and as a researcher on a variety of settlement-related projects in Manitoba and Ontario.​ Before starting on staff with IPW, Jessica volunteered with us on our Inclusion and Civic Engagement Sector Table. She has also worked with adults and children with disabilities, has been an outreach worker in the inner city, and worked for the public service. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg. Jessica is the proud dog-mother of an energetic German-shepherd-husky named Luna… who may or may not be spoiled by her mother.


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Reuben Garang

Ethnocultural Communities’ Resources Project Manager – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Reuben has previously worked for the Government of Manitoba as a Policy Analyst and Community Outreach Advisor. He has volunteered and worked for Winnipeg Harvest as the Coordinator for African Refugee and Immigrants Empowerment Project. As a community based researcher, he has skills in organizing focus groups, facilitating community discussion as well as promoting equitable partnerships. Reuben has over 15 years of experience working in various positions as volunteer and staff with humanitarian organizations, settlement agencies and with refugees and immigrants from different cultural backgrounds. He received the Mayor’s Volunteer Award in 2015. With an education background in environmental science, Reuben holds a Master’s Degree in Development Practice from the University of Winnipeg.


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Kathleen Vyrauen

Research and Community Development Project Manager – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Kathleen joins the IPW team as an advocate for community development and social equity. She has been working in the settlement sector for over 8 years in varying capacities, all of which have continued to drive her passion for creating a more welcoming and inclusive city for all marginalized communities. Kathleen holds a 4 yr. BA from the University of Winnipeg and the Global College in Human Rights and Global Studies and hopes to continue her studies in the master’s program in the near future. She wants to continue to lend her voice to advocacy work specifically focused on the needs of marginalized youth and recognizes the strength and resiliency that our young people have and the need to continue to amplified their voices as our future leaders.

On the off chance that she is not working or on the go, you can find Kathleen curled up with a good book or spending time with her family (she has two very adorable nieces that she can’t get enough of!). She also loves to cook and craft which leads her to spending A LOT of time at farmer’s markets in the summer.


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Jamie Banias

Indigenous Engagement Coordinator – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Jamie is a proud supporter of community economic development. She has been independently studying marketing for over 15 years with a focus on event management, advertising, and brand development. Jamie is also an Entrepreneur and Freelancer, who has also completed Product Art through the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and is currently completing Business and Administrative Studies through Red River College.

Jamie has always been fascinated by myths and legends originating from different cultures across the world and loves learning about the languages, traditions, and beliefs of different cultures. She believes that everyone in the world has a valuable and interesting story to tell and that meaningful relationships begin with a willingness to share our stories and listen to the stories of others.


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Rose Roulette

Indigenous Engagement Coordinator – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Rose is an Aboriginal Language Specialist from Sandy Bay First Nation of Treaty #1, bilingual in the Ojibway language, who has taught the language to many adults and youth as well. While studying to become a Community Support Worker, she volunteered as a Peer Support Worker with Mood Disorders. This led her to develop Black Eagle Transition Program, an Indigenous program for youth who were transitioning from their communities into the city. In promoting Mental Health for community members, a POW WOW was put together for all those who suffer with Mental Health. Rose comes from a cultural background which has allowed her to teach community members cultural activities such as loom beading, beaded lanyards, making dream catchers, ribbon skirts.


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Daria Jorquera Palmer

Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign Project Coordinator – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Daria is passionate about community development and its importance to an inclusive and equitable society. She has been working in the community development and recreation sector for 10 years in various capacities such as non-profit organizational management, project management and event management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Management and Community Development from the University of Manitoba and is completing a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Her sport background includes competing on the Canadian National Fencing Team for 12 years (2004-2016), and is now a Level 3 Competition Development Coach, coaching at the provincial team and a local club. In her spare time she enjoys traveling to new places, hiking with her dog and volunteering on boards and committees.


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