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

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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 1221

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

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

Jessica Praznik

Project Manager with 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.


(204) 943-2561 ext. 2242

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