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

  • Cindy Coker

    Cindy Coker

    Manager of Strategic Projects and Training (On Leave)

    Cindy joined SEED Winnipeg in 2002 with extensive experience working in the economic development field in the United States, primarily using a worker cooperative model for enterprise development. Cindy worked as a consultant to worker cooperatives, providing advice and training in the areas of management design and training, financial systems, and strategic planning. She was a founding member of a worker cooperative network in the field of childcare and served as its initial president, and she also founded and served as the executive director of a non-profit set up by the network to oversee development, training and organizing projects. Cindy has an undergraduate degree in psychology and studied educational and social psychology at the graduate level. She was an organizing member of the National Network of Sector Partners in the US, served as one of the delegates for the Ms Foundation for Women to the United Nations International Conference on Women in China in 1995, and is a member of the Cooperative Charitable Trust. Cindy currently serves as a member of the Manitoba Cooperative Association, as the Chair of the Manitoba Cooperative Promotions Board, and also co-chaired a cross-sector committee to develop a plan for ending homelessness in Winnipeg.

    Currently on leave.

  • 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) 594-2570

  • Susan Belmonte

    Susan Belmonte

    Office Manager/Network Administrator

    Susan began her journey with SEED in 2001 as the Administrative Coordinator (there was only one at the time). 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 completed and SEED’s two offices were reunited as one 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 a Director since 2006, and is currently in her second term as President, of the Board of the Fort Garry Community Centre.

    Contact: (204) 927-9934

  • 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

  • Jocelyn Friesen

    Jocelyn Friesen

    Administrative Coordinator

    Jocelyn has worked at SEED since 2011. Jocelyn is the first face that most people see when they come to SEED. She plays an active role in coordinating staff support for events such as the Move for Hope which raises money to support those impacted by domestic violence. She is also the Employee Campaign Chair for United Way at SEED and has been a part of the Aboriginal Community Collaborations Committee at SEED. Jocelyn brings to the organization an invaluable understanding of the challenges that low income families face by sharing insights gained through her own lived experience.

    Contact: (204) 927-9935

  • Calandra Necan

    Calandra Necan

    Administrative Assistant

    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) 927-9935

  • Sheri Bailey

    Sheri Bailey

    Manager, Asset Building Programs

    Sheri graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Education degree and has been with SEED Winnipeg since 2003. Along with her educational background, she brings several years of bookkeeping experience and volunteer work in the non-profit sector, including Amnesty International. Sheri coordinates the AssetBuilders Partnership in Manitoba. She also facilitates and develops materials for SEED’s Money Management Training and Train-the-Trainer Programs.

    Contact: (204) 927-9942

  • Raena Penner

    Raena Penner

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    After moving to Winnipeg in 2006, Raena quickly became interested in local issues and how CED organizations are working to address structural inequalities. Happy to join SEED in 2011, Raena had recently completed her BA at the University of Winnipeg. She double majored in International Development Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, which gives her the background and experience of examining social and systemic barriers. Raena is interested in how community economic development intersects with sustainable food, alternative health practices, and politically radical undertakings.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Bemnet Hailegiorgis

    Bemnet Hailegiorgis

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Bemnet joined SEED in September 2013. As a past Individual Development Account (IDA) participant, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work delivering money management training at SEED. Since relocating to Canada in 2006, she received her Administrative Assistant certificate at Red River Collage and is currently completing her Business and Administrative Studies. Bemnet has also worked with immigrants and refugee community and other non-profit organization where she had the opportunity to build her expertise in working with low income individuals and families. She loves meeting new folks from all over.

    Contact: (204) 927-9939

  • Pamela Krasniuk

    Pamela Krasniuk

    ABP Coordinator/Aboriginal Program 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

  • Barb Wilton

    Barb Wilton

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Barb has over 10 years 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. Barb is currently volunteering with Klinic and leading Ashtanga influenced yoga classes twice weekly at SEED.

    Contact: (204) 927-9921

  • Michelle McPherson

    Michelle McPherson

    Administrative Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Michelle joined SEED in November 2010. She graduated from Red River College’s Business Diploma Program in 2008. Michelle has years of experience in the Administrative field and as an Assistant to a number of Aboriginal organizations. She comes from a community that is the largest in Canada and has a dream to one day go back and show the youth they can achieve anything you want in life. All you have to do is dream and believe in yourself…anything is possible! (currently on leave)

    Contact: (204) 927-9947

  • 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

  • Aileen Krush

    Aileen Krush

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Aileen joined SEED Winnipeg in 2002. She has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit and CED sectors. Aileen coordinates the program database, develops procedure manuals, and works with the AssetBuilders Partnership and Train-the-Trainer Program. She is an active volunteer and currently sits on the board of the Daniel McIntyre-St. Matthews Community Association. As a single parent and a former SEED client, Aileen brings a unique mix of personal and professional experience to her work at SEED Winnipeg.

    Contact: (204) 927-9946

  • Kevin Schachter

    Kevin Schachter

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    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) 927-9945

  • Jennifer Porter

    Jennifer Porter

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Jennifer has been a Program Coordinator with the Access to Benefits program since November 2013. She has lived and worked in Winnipeg’s inner-city for more than a decade and is thankful to those she has met along the way. Jennifer is honoured to have heard the stories and ideas that help her grow. She continues to learn while working at SEED and is studying in the Couples and Family Therapy program at The University of Winnipeg.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Lani Zastre

    Lani Zastre

    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.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • 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

  • Carmen Gacek

    Carmen Gacek

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    bio coming soon

    Contact: (204) 927-9923

  • 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

    Program Coordinator, 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

  • 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

  • Billy Granger

    Billy Granger

    Business Consultant, Business Development Services

    Billy Granger has over 10 years of small business experience and over 10 years of working in the non-profit sector. His past business experience includes fitness training, research and consulting, and clothing manufacturing. Billy was a founding member and is past president of Vasa Co-op, which was a worker-owned company that provided above-scale wages for unemployed or underemployed newcomers to manufacture high-quality, environmentally-friendly clothing and textile products.

    Billy is also a Co-op Developer who has completed training in the area of advanced co-operative development training separately through Co-op Zone and Devco. Billy attended the University of Winnipeg.

    Contact: (204) 927-9949

  • Keisha Paul

    Keisha Paul

    Business Consultant, Business Development Services

    Keisha graduated with a BComm (Hons) degree, and although she understood the value of a formal education, she spent time acquiring the practical experience needed to execute the theories she learned in school. From working with a promotion team, public speaking, management, and instructing, Keisha took every possible opportunity to gain more experience.

    Keisha ventured to St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies, on a Canadian International Development Agency internship to develop entrepreneurship programs. Later, she travelled to England for three years to work for KT Training, a medical aesthetic training company. Keisha 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, Dr. Leah Totton.

    Contact: (204) 927-9932

  • Colleen Simard

    Colleen Simard

    Aboriginal Community Collaborations Coordinator, Business Development Services

    Many years ago Colleen Simard was a SEED IDA participant, saving up for a down payment on a house. Needless to say, SEED made a lasting impression on her life and she joined SEED as a staff member in 2014. Colleen is a graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications program. She’s worked as a journalist with the First Perspective, CBC, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Winnipeg Free Press and Urban NDN, her own newspaper. She is also a graphic designer, filmmaker, clothing designer, and entrepreneur. Colleen values volunteerism and has served on many boards: North End Housing Project, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Sadok Veselka Daycare, Ogijita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Rossbrook House. Colleen is an Anishinabe/Cree woman.

    Contact: (204) 594-1159

  • Laurel Daman

    Laurel Daman

    English as an Additional Language 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

  • Nef Villagonzalo

    Nef Villagonzalo

    Administrative Coordinator, Business Development Services

    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) 927-9944

  • 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