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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 1224


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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 1230


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 four World Summer Special Olympics Games in Dublin, Shanghai, Athens, and Los Angeles, and is looking forward to being selected to the 2019 games being held in Abu Dhabi.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 1232


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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 229


Ian Sunabacka

Information Systems Coordinator for the Homelessness Information Partnership of Winnipeg (HIPW)

If you really care about something – figure out a way to measure it.

Ian supports member organizations to overcome the gaps between data and knowledge towards action and results. Holding degrees in Philosophy, Environmental Design and Architecture Ian brings his passion for Evidence Based Design processes, community building, and project management to the HIFIS4 implementation team and HIPW. Ian is member of the Sustainable Building Manitoba (Programming Committee Member), The Metis Nation, and the West Broadway Community Organization (Board Member). A long time resident of West Broadway he lives with his fiancé Jes and her daughter Tabi. In his spare time he continues to consult on sustainable building assemblies, energy use analysis, and design. When not otherwise working he can often be found walking in the bush or tinkering on pedal (and/or motor) bikes.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 1237


Tammy Westaway

Information and Reports Manager with the Homelessness Information Partnership of Winnipeg (HIPW)

Tammy works with both HIPW and on the HIFIS4 Community Support Team in partnership with End Homelessness Winnipeg. With a University background in economics and sociology, her previous experience comes from the grain industry where she worked as a Statistical Analyst. This work was primarily computer-based and involved using many different types of software to evaluate and present information. Tammy was a volunteer board member at Community Respite Service for 10 years serving as Treasurer for most of that time, and enjoys playing women’s hockey and coaching her daughter’s hockey team.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 1240


Abdikheir Ahmed

Director of the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

IPW’s main role is create a more welcoming community for newcomers to Winnipeg.  Prior to becoming IPW’s founding director and at first only staff members, Abdi was the executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) Inc.

Abdi has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg’s inner city focusing mainly on immigrant and refugee settlement policy, gang and street crime prevention. He is a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees in Canada and serves on a number of boards of organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 2236


Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady

Community Engagement Coordinator with 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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 2223


Reuben Garang

Ethnocultural Communities’ Resources Coordinator with 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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 2239


Noëlle DePape

Senior Project Manager with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Noëlle DePape has been working with refugees and other marginalized communities both locally and globally (Middle East, South Asia, Australia) for over 15 years including as the past Executive Director of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM Inc) and as a lecturer at the University of Winnipeg’s Global College. She also has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator and policy advisor.

Noëlle is passionate about working collaboratively for positive social change and is actively involved with the Newcomer Education Coalition (NEC), Immigration Matters in Canada Coalition, Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and the 13 Fires anti-racism initiative. Noëlle holds an Advanced Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland where she studied on a Rotary World Peace Fellowship.


(204) 943-2561