Staff

  • Carinna Rosales

    Carinna Rosales

    Co-Director (External Relations)

    Carinna has played a lead role in developing the Business Enterprise Support and Training (BEST) program and has worked with various community partners to customize the program for specific audiences such as youth, newcomer and Indigenous entrepreneurs. She was also involved in the design and development of Recognition Counts, a micro loan program for skilled immigrants seeking qualification recognition in Canada.

    Carinna’s work at SEED has allowed her to focus on both program and enterprise development for low income individuals, groups, neighborhoods and projects with both a poverty reduction and job creation lens. Most recently, as part of the Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy and the Manitoba Cooperative Association Board of Directors, Carinna focused on the development of local social enterprise endeavours in Winnipeg and examined the Manitoba context of social finance via policy study and participation with local and national practitioner groups.

    Carinna’s background includes years of family business management in the hospitality sector, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, an Advanced Diploma in International Business, and a Certificate in Mediation Services with a focus on Organizational Leadership. She also recently graduated from the Women’s Leadership Certificate program at the Coady Institute of Development at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

    Contact: (204) 927-9931

  • Louise Simbandumwe

    Louise Simbandumwe

    Co-Director

    Louise has two decades of experience working on community development initiatives in Winnipeg’s inner-city. She played a lead role in working with partner organizations to develop SEED’s financial empowerment programs. These programs have been replicated by other community based organizations in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and BC. She also developed and taught innovative courses on financial empowerment, community economic development, and human rights advocacy at the University of Winnipeg.

    A former refugee, Louise is passionate about human rights and social justice counting Amnesty International, the Immigration Matters in Canada Coalition, the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation, and the Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls Action Group among her volunteer commitments. Louise has a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University.

    Contact: (204) 927-9948

  • Daisydee Bautista

    Daisydee Bautista

    Executive Assistant

    Daisydee joined SEED in October 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics. With nearly a decade of experience as a volunteer, tutor, organizer, and administrative officer in the inner-city and among the immigrant and refugee community, Daisydee brings with her a wealth of experience. She is a proud volunteer and founding member of Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan (ANAK) Inc., a Filipino-Canadian youth organization based in Winnipeg’s West End.

    Contact: (204) 927-9933

  • Raena Penner

    Raena Penner

    Office Manager

    After moving to Canada in 2006, Raena became interested in local issues and how CED organizations work to address structural inequalities and systemic barriers. Raena joined SEED in 2011, coordinating administrative work in the Asset Building Programs. She went on to work with families to open RESPs and obtain IDs as well as facilitate Money Management classes. For the last few years, she has helped coordinate the AssetBuilders Partnership and do reporting, training and database work. She looks forward to continuing her work, problem-solving and facing new challenges as she works across programs as the Office Manager. She holds BA, having double majored in International Development Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

    Contact: (204) 594-1639

  • Susan Belmonte

    Susan Belmonte

    Office Manager/Network Administrator

    Susan’s journey with SEED began in 2001 when she was hired as the only Administrative Coordinator. It wasn’t long before she took on network administration responsibilities and /Network Administrator was added to her title. Once the move to Salter was complete, reuniting SEED’s two offices in 2006, Susan advanced to the position of Office Manager/Network Administrator. Susan holds a Management Information Technology Diploma, Microsoft certification, Business Management, HR and Information Assurance & Security Certifications from the University of Winnipeg, along with various software and network security certifications. Susan co-directed a non-profit Philippine community organization for over 20 years. She has been involved with the Fort Garry Community Centre since 2006, holding the position as a Director for four years, and as President for eight years.

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  • Sharon Jonatanson

    Sharon Jonatanson

    Finance Officer

    Sharon began her life with SEED as Financial Officer in July 2005. She brought with her 15 years of experience in accounting and three years experience in owning and operating her own courier business in Winnipeg. Sharon graduated with honors from Robertson Career College in Computer Office Accounting with the equivalency of a 1st year CGA. Sharon has volunteered as a coach for YBC (the Youth Bowling Council) in Selkirk and served on the Board of Directors for the Navy League of Canada, Selkirk Branch (Navy Cadets and Sea Cadets programs) as Treasurer, and as Bingo Chairperson for several years.

    Contact: (204) 927-9920 ext. 1

  • Kevin Schachter

    Kevin Schachter

    Information Manager

    Kevin joined SEED in 2009 after completing a B.A. (Honours) in Sociology at the University of Winnipeg. Since October 2010, he has worked as a Program Coordinator in the Access to Benefits and RESP programs, and on SEED’s Research Committee. Prior to joining SEED, Kevin was a research assistant on the First National Climate Survey of Homophobia in Canadian Schools, a graphic designer for Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, and a self-employed software developer. Kevin is currently completing an M.A. thesis in Sociology at the University of Manitoba, and has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for his graduate research.

    Contact: (204) 594-0548

  • Melissa Genaille

    Melissa Genaille

    Administrative Coordinator

    Melissa is from Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan. She graduated from the Administrative Assistant program at Herzing College in 2010. Melissa has experience working with First Nations organizations such as The Aboriginal Centre for one year and Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre Inc. for four years. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. Melissa’s children are a huge part of her life. She loves to laugh and enjoys Tim Hortons coffee.

    Contact: (204) 927-9935

  • Eric Stenhouse

    Eric Stenhouse

    Administrative Coordinator

    Eric is an Administrative Coordinator at SEED Winnipeg. He has a background in the food service industry and very much enjoys providing nutritious snacks for participants. A jack of all trades, you may find him in many different areas of SEED, from welcoming you at the front desk, to the data entry mines, and everywhere in between. Eric always brings a warm and friendly attitude to everything he does.

    Contact: (204) 927-9935

  • Millie Acuna

    Millie Acuna

    Manager, Asset Building Programs

    Millie joined SEED in February 2015 with fifteen years of experience working in the Credit Union system, including management, training and project management. Millie holds a BA and is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt, specializing in process improvement. She is passionate about serving those who are unbanked/underbanked, strengthening relationships within the community, and supporting financial empowerment for all to build a sustainable future.

    Contact: (204) 594-1368

  • Natalie Wiebe

    Natalie Wiebe

    Manager, Asset Building Programs

    Natalie is an experienced facilitator with over 5 years working in the non-profit sector. Her background is in Criminology, specifically working with crime prevention initiatives for youth at risk. Natalie first became a community partner facilitator for SEED while working at the Elmwood Community Resource Centre before moving over to SEED as an ABP Coordinator. She has facilitated both the basic money management training and homebuyer-specific training to SEED participants, as well as traveled around the province to provide professional development to service providers working on the front lines with clients. Natalie enjoys hearing peoples’ stories, playing dodge ball on Tuesday nights, and sits on the board for the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties.

    Contact: (204) 594-1637

  • Andrew Douglas

    Andrew Douglas

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Andrew returned to SEED Winnipeg in 2016 after taking time away to get his Red Seal Certification as a Construction Electrician. Andrew’s work at SEED is a culmination of his Bachelor of Education degree, work experience in a financial institution, and a passion for adult education and facilitation. Andrew first began working with SEED Winnipeg and the Asset Building Programs in 1999 and he is excited to be back home.

    Contact: (204) 927-9936

  • Barb Wilton

    Barb Wilton

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Barb has over a decade of experience working locally and internationally in a variety of areas within the non-profit sector, including community development, environment, health and healing. She has worked on development projects in Uruguay and Costa Rica. Locally, Barb has worked with the Canadian Red Cross, Green Action Centre, Klinic, and Elmwood Community Resource Centre. Barb graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in International Development Studies. Towards the end of her studies at the University, she was elected as Vice President Advocate with the University of Winnipeg’s Student Union. She was an intern with CEDNET’s 2010/2011 Create Action Program.

    Contact: (204) 927-9921

  • Roberta Douglas

    Roberta Douglas

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Roberta joined the staff at SEED in 2015. As a past participant of SEED’s Saving Circle, IDA and Homebuyer programs, she is thrilled to be able to share her experience and help others to achieve their goals. Roberta has over 15 years of experience in the administrative field, and almost as many years in the hospitality industry. Her passions include continuing her education to better serve people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and addictions. She is a mom to three fabulous children and spends as much time as she can with them, keeping up with their extracurricular activities and volunteering with various organizations.

    Contact: (204) 927-9922

  • Pamela Krasniuk

    Pamela Krasniuk

    ABP Coordinator/Indigenous Programs Developer

    Pamela joined SEED in March 2014. She brings a wide range of experience working with, and for, a number of nonprofit organizations in the North End over the past 13 years. Pam’s educational background includes Aboriginal Child Support, Early Childhood Education, Trauma, Therapy and Addictions and Counseling. Through her ventures within the Inner City, she has developed her passion to create programming focused on empowering communities for positive change. She is a strong Métis advocate who is passionate about giving a voice to those who cannot speak.
    In her current role, she coordinates a Money Management project designed to empower First Nations youth to work collectively in the community with other youth and organizations to develop culturally sensitive financial literacy approaches under the guidance of community spiritual caregivers.

    Contact: (204) 927-9938

  • Jocelyn Friesen

    Jocelyn Friesen

    Administrative Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Since joining SEED in 2012, Jocelyn has filled many roles, beginning as a temporary administrative coordinator for the front desk reception. After a few years, she began applying her organizational and technical skills to support the delivery of the Asset Building Programs. She has also become a mentor for Indigenous youth in the Money Stories program and a workshop facilitator in the community. Jocelyn’s work is informed by her own lived experience of raising a family on a low income. She is passionate about Indigenous issues and in her spare time, drives for Ikwe, a local safe ride group, and spends time with her four kids.

    Contact: (204) 927-9947

  • Calandra Necan

    Calandra Necan

    Administrative Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Calandra Necan’s relationship with SEED Winnipeg began as a participant of the Money Stories program delivered at Children of the Earth High School in Winnipeg’s North End. In 2014, after completing the program, she was hired as a Junior Facilitator at SEED for the next three consecutive summers, and as a casual Administrative Assistant during the rest of the time. Today, Calandra’s position of Administrative Assistant has expanded to a permanent, full time position which encompasses her role as Junior Facilitator during the summer months. She is one of two smiling faces that greet visitors and staff as they enter SEED’s offices.

    Contact: (204) 927-9947

  • Raoul Bittern-Stevenson

    Raoul Bittern-Stevenson

    Administrative Assistant, Asset Building Programs

    Raoul joined at SEED as a participant in the After School Money Stories Program in 2017. He was hired as a Junior Facilitator that summer to help facilitate and deliver Money Management Training workshops to inner-city youth. This position was extended to an internship at SEED and Raoul is now working part-time in various administrative and program delivery areas. Raoul continues to assist with the development of the Money Stories Program and is passionate about providing financial empowerment programs to youth. Raoul can be found at the front desk greeting people during the day, while in the evening he is working toward completing his high school diploma.

    Contact: (204) 594-1159

  • Jennifer Bogoch

    Jennifer Bogoch

    Manager, Asset Building Programs

    Jenn Bogoch first came to SEED in 2003 as a matched savings program participant before becoming a staff member in 2005. Jenn studied Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg and she graduated with honours from the Community Development/Community Economic Development program at Red River College.

    Jenn has over 15 years of experience delivering a wide variety of community programs, including 10 years with SEED’s Asset Building Programs. She currently manages SEED’s Access to Benefits program and works with an amazing team of co-workers and a variety of partner organizations to bring financial empowerment to as many people as possible.

    With over eight years of practical experience running programs to support families in accessing benefits, Jenn has a deep understanding of the barriers that face many families living on a low-income.

    Contact: (204) 927-9941

  • Autumn Merrill

    Autumn Merrill

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    New to SEED in 2017, Autumn was a SEEDling looking forward to growing into a strong and passionate Program Coordinator for the Access to Benefits program. Autumn has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and joined SEED after spending time working with people impacted by the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray. When not at SEED, you can find her reading, yogaing, dancing (not very well) or trying to learn how to skateboard, because you’re never too old to learn something new.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Carmen Valkova

    Carmen Valkova

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Carmen has been involved in community development through government and non-profit organizations since 2008. She comes to SEED with a Child and Youth Care Diploma from Red River College and is currently studying in the University of Manitoba’s Inner-City Social Work Program. Since joining SEED in 2016, Carmen’s passion for financial empowerment models has been put to good use. She is focussed on supporting members of the community as they access sustainable financial resources, government benefits, and health care. By keeping up to date on resources, and by strengthening relationships with community members, Carmen aims to remove barriers and create opportunities for the folks she works with.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Jennifer Nembhard

    Jennifer Nembhard

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Jennifer joined SEED in 2018. Jennifer has had the opportunity to work in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. These experiences have offered her an appreciation of the wonderful diversity in Winnipeg. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys listening to music and reading, particularly works from local and Canadian artists.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Julia Anderson

    Julia Anderson

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Julia joined SEED in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and has recently obtained a certificate in tax preparation. Having worked in government, financial services, and the non-profit sectors, Julia brings a unique blend of experiences to SEED. Julia currently works with the Access to Benefits team at SEED and has a strong commitment to addressing systemic barriers in society and helping low-income families problem-solve.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Aileen Krush (on leave)

    Aileen Krush (on leave)

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Aileen joined SEED Winnipeg in 2002 and has accumulated nearly two decades’ experience in the non-profit and CED sectors. She has held various roles throughout her time at SEED, including developing and coordinating matched savings programs, working with the AssetBuilders Partnership and Train-the-Trainer program, and now as part the Access to Benefits team. Aileen loves working with diverse groups, and has a passion for social justice and eliminating barriers to financial inclusion. As a single parent and a former SEED client, Aileen brings a unique mix of personal and professional experience to her work at SEED.

  • Alyssa Harman (on leave)

    Alyssa Harman (on leave)

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Alyssa joined SEED in the summer of 2017, fresh to Winnipeg after a lifetime living in northern Manitoba. With a diverse background in community support work, counseling, program development & facilitation, and youth care, she has spent almost a decade in the Non Profit sector. Alyssa is very excited to be a part of the SEED team and appreciates the learnings she receives daily through hearing participant’s stories.

  • Lani Zastre (on leave)

    Lani Zastre (on leave)

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Lani joined SEED in November of 2014 after graduating with her Bachelor of Social Work Degree and working for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA). Both Lani’s practicum experience working with the Social Planning Council and with Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) developed her interest in helping to address the gaps and barriers that exist for those living with disabilities, trying to survive on a low income, or facing discrimination. With her own lived experience, Lani first came to SEED as a participant back in 2007, and her deep desire to give back grew from that point on. Much of Lani’s work experience was gained from non-profit organizations like L’Arche Winnipeg, TSEN and Winner’s Foundation. She has volunteered for several Boards, including two child care centres and the Elmwood Community Resource Centre.

  • Gilbert Dion

    Gilbert Dion

    Manager, Business Development Services

    Prior to taking on the position of Manager, Business Development Services at SEED Winnipeg in 2016, Gilbert served on SEED’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014, with the last three years as Chairperson. We was also an originating Board member of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, the first in Canada, and served two terms. Gilbert brings with him a strong background in financial analysis and business plan preparations, as well as proven skills in the delivery of small business start-up workshops and seminars. He achieved his CMA and owned a public accounting practice for 15 years. His passions include Community Economic Development and poverty reduction in inner city communities.

    Contact: (204) 927-9943

  • Keisha Paul

    Keisha Paul

    Business Consultant, Business Development Services

    Keisha Paul as spent her career in consulting and business development. Upon graduating she travelled to England for three years to work for the medical aesthetic training company, KT Training. Herself and the owner reopened the consulting division, KT Solutions and through that company she was able to consult for the 2013 winner of The BBC’s The Apprentice TV Show, Dr. Leah Totton.

    Upon returning to Winnipeg, Keisha took up a business consultant position at SEED Winnipeg Inc where she currently facilitates businesses classes and consults with clients to launch their businesses. Keisha is extremely proud of the businesses that have launched during her time at SEED and a career highlight is her attendance at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held in New York City.

    Contact: (204) 927-9932

  • Lisa Forbes

    Lisa Forbes

    Business Consultant/Indigenous Programs Developer, Business Development Programs

    Lisa helps people find the resources they need to make their business a success. She is an Aboriginal Winnipegger, currently living in Elmwood and is a member of Peguis First Nation. In the past, Lisa has been self-employed as a facilitator, researcher, and writer. She has a B.A. (Economics). In her spare time, Lisa volunteers for human rights and social justice initiatives.

    Contact: (204) 927-9949

  • Laurel Daman

    Laurel Daman

    Newcomer Support Specialist

    Laurel joined SEED Winnipeg in February 2010, bringing with her over 30 years experience in the banking industry. After taking early retirement in 2004, Laurel obtained her Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Manitoba and completed a Diversity and Intercultural Training program offered by Manitoba Labour and Immigration. Laurel has taught EAL for both settlement and specific purposes and has conducted intercultural training workshops for Manitoba organizations.

    Contact: (204) 927-9924

  • Alanna Yuen

    Alanna Yuen

    Administrative Coordinator, Business Development Services

    Alanna joined the SEED team in October 2017 after a summer of doing freelance strategy writing for Sunshine House and event planning for North End Community Renewal Corporation. She majored in Public Relations and Communication Management in the Creative Communications program at Red River College. In her spare time, Alanna likes to create art, check out live music, and work on personal development.

    Contact: (204) 927-9944

  • Sandra Leone

    Sandra Leone

    Manager, Recognition Counts

    Sandra first joined SEED as a member of the Board of Directors in 2007. In July 2011 she took on the position of Program Coordinator in the Asset Building Program. Sandra holds a BSc. and MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Winnipeg and brings to SEED extensive experience in Community Economic Development, Cooperative development and office administration in Canada and her native Argentina.

    Contact: (204) 594-0549

  • Nef Villagonzalo

    Nef Villagonzalo

    Loan Coordinator, Recognition Counts

    Nef started working at SEED in January 2013 as the Administrative Coordinator for SEED Winnipeg’s Recognition Counts program, then expanded her duties to the entire Business Development Services department. A relatively newcomer to Canada, Nef brought with her 12 years of experience as a community worker from her home country. She also holds a degree in Business and Public Management. Nef enjoys meeting people from different walks of life, listening to their stories and volunteering at her community’s various newcomer events.

    Contact: (204) 927-9937

  • A.C. Dada

    A.C. Dada

    Marketing Coordinator, Recognition Counts

    Ade has over a decade work experience in Sales and Marketing cutting across financial services, events planning, and consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from A.T.B.U. in Nigeria. He also has a post graduate degree in International Marketing from Hult International Business School in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated in June 2018 with honours from the Community Development/Community Economic Development program at Red River College, Winnipeg.

    His passion is helping newcomers settle into the Canadian system and is an advocate for gender equality.

    Contact: (204) 927-9923

  • Justin Morriseau

    Justin Morriseau

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Justin joined SEED in September 2018, with a passion for helping those in need. Growing up in the North End, he witnessed firsthand some of the challenges those in the community face and is excited to be working in a capacity that can help alleviate some of those stresses. He has experience working for non-profit organizations through his time at Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre, where he worked with under-privileged youth, and Main Street Project, where he worked as an intake worker for their homeless shelter and detox programs. More recently, Justin worked as a licensed Paramedic and Instructor where he facilitated first aid, EMR, and paramedicine courses throughout Manitoba, including various First Nation communities.

    Contact: (204) 927-9942