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.

kkehler[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(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.

jbrandon[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(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.

aboakye[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(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 five World Summer Special Olympics Games in Dublin, Shanghai, Athens, Los Angeles, and Abu Dhabi.

choover[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(204) 943-2561 ext. 1232

 

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.

jpraznik[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(204) 943-2561 ext. 2242

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.

rgarang[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(204) 943-2561 ext. 2239

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.

kvyrauen[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(204) 943-2561

Adrianne Breyfogle

Indigenous Engagement Coordinator  – Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Adrianne comes to IPW after many years in theatre management.  The skills she has acquired during her years planning, coordinating, and running theatre events benefits the area of project coordinating greatly. In addition to her project coordinating skills, Adrianne prides herself in her ability to problem solve and connect with others. She has worked with people from all different communities during her time in theatre management and had a completely open hiring process, including hiring the houseless and people with a substance abuse disorder. Adrianne has a passion for mental health advocacy and learning, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. She herself is Indigenous with Métis and First Nations roots in her family. She loves camping and connecting with nature, as well as her 3 (yes, 3) cats.

abreyfogle[at]spcw[dot]mb[dot]ca

(204) 943-2561