Staff

  • Carinna D’Abramo Rosales

    Carinna D’Abramo 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 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. SEED now delivers a range of financial empowerment interventions through a network of over 100 organizations in Manitoba.

    SEED has worked with other organizations to build a regional and national community of practice for the emerging field of financial empowerment. Louise is a founding member and co-chair of the Manitoba Financial Empowerment Network and a founding member of the national Asset Building Learning Exchange and currently serves on its Steering Committee.

    A former refugee, Louise is passionate about human rights and social justice. Her volunteer commitments include the Public Interest Law Centre Advisory Committee and the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg Council. She also served on the advisory committee for Manitoba’s poverty reduction strategy and the Ministerial advisory committee for Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy.

    Louise has a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University. She has developed and taught innovative courses on financial empowerment, community economic development, and human rights advocacy at the University of Winnipeg.

    Contact: (204) 927-9948

  • Allen Mankewich

    Allen Mankewich

    Communications and Outreach Coordinator

    Allen joined SEED Winnipeg in 2019. He has a wide range of experience developing policy and programs in the public and non-profit sectors, and has served on several community advisory committees and boards of directors. A career highlight was participating in the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program on Disability Advocacy in 2015, where he learned how advocates, disability organizations and different levels of government work together so disabled people in the United States can exercise their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Allen is a graduate of University of Winnipeg and Red River College. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved in community initiatives, attending concerts, and playing and watching sports.

    Contact: (204) 594-1159

  • Andrew Proulx-Courchene

    Andrew Proulx-Courchene

    Administrative & Program Assistant Trainee

    In 2014, Andrew accepted his first job as one of SEED’s Junior Facilitators. Over the next five years, he pursued a career in construction. However, his love for SEED and the summer work experience he fondly remembered, drew him back to SEED as a returning 2019 Junior Facilitator. Andrew grew up in the inner city for most of his life and is grateful to SEED for providing him with valuable life skills through financial empowerment programs. He is excited to continue sharing his passion and knowledge with other youth through the facilitation of the Money Stories program.

    Contact: (204) 927-9935

  • 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

  • Jacqueline Salamisan

    Jacqueline Salamisan

    Bookkeeper

    Jackie joined SEED in the summer of 2021 with over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Jackie has over a decade of experience in project accounting with international and local community organizations, including USAID, CIDA and AUSAID. She also continues to work as a financial administrator at Altered Minds, Inc. She is passionate about supporting community economic development and supporting people facing adversity with hope and positivity.

    Contact: (431) 222-2962

  • Leyla Shahsavar

    Leyla Shahsavar

    Finance Coordinator

    Leyla joined SEED in July 2021, excited to be working with such a committed and supportive organization. They studied Business Management and have 10 years of experience as an accountant and business manager outside of Canada. Before joining SEED, they worked in finance in Winnipeg’s private sector. They’re passionate about social justice and Human Rights, particularly the rights of women, Indigenous peoples and the LGBTQ2S+ community. They’re volunteering with Villa Rosa, Winnipeg Harvest, Rainbow Resource Centre and Winnipeg Folk Festival.

    Contact: (204) 927-9920

  • Destiny Nippi

    Destiny Nippi

    Administrative Coordinator

    Destiny is thrilled to join the SEED team! She is passionate about inner city issues and has over five years of experience working in organizations in the inner city of Winnipeg. With a background in social work she is eager to help and support people. She believes financial empowerment and financial literacy contributes greatly to help people overcome poverty.

    Contact: (204) 927-9935

  • Kevin Schachter

    Kevin Schachter

    Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Innovation

    Kevin has played a variety of roles since joining SEED in 2009: as an Administrative Coordinator, a Program Coordinator, and Information Manager. In his current role, Kevin manages strategic initiatives to advance SEED’s objectives. Kevin holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. He completed thesis research on nonprofit and public sector benefit intermediary programs, for which he received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. As a trained sociologist and self-taught software developer, Kevin is passionate about using research, data, and technology to increase the impact of social services.

    Contact: (204) 594-0548

  • Rachael Howgate

    Rachael Howgate

    Public Policy and Fund Development Coordinator

    Rachael joins SEED as an Administrative Coordinator, with a BA in Human Rights and a minor in Spanish studies. She is passionate about the responsibility to uphold human rights, and what individuals, businesses and governments do to ensure that is a lived reality. Rachael completed her practicum with Amnesty International Winnipeg where she facilitated human rights advocacy workshops with youth to encourage them to speak out against injustice. In 2019, Rachael did a volunteer placement with EQWIP HUBs, a project by Canada World Youth (CWY) and Youth Challenge International (YCI) in Lima, Peru, which sparked her interest in financial empowerment.

    Contact: (204) 272-6153

  • 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 currently works across programs as the Office Manager. She holds a BA, having double majored in International Development Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

    Contact: (204) 927-9934

  • Saman Azizkhani

    Saman Azizkhani

    IT Manager

    Saman moved to Canada in 2016 and has been working in the nonprofit sector in Winnipeg since then. He has over ten years of experience working in the IT field. Saman joined SEED as an IT Manager in 2021.

    Contact: 204-594-0548

  • 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.

  • Ana Antunes

    Ana Antunes

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Ana joined SEED in November 2019, with over six years of experience facilitating learning programs in a variety of settings and providing support to individuals of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. With a background in biology and through her involvement in promoting more sustainable ways of living, Ana learnt that implementing sustainable practices in the community level is much more complex and involves multi-faceted and interconnected social, cultural, economic, educational and environmental aspects that require a holistic approach. This learning led her to study Community Economic Development at Red River College to follow her passion for sustainability, people empowerment, diversity and education for citizenship. She enjoys connecting with new people and learning about other cultures and is looking forward to supporting the community through her work at SEED.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Andrew Douglas

    Andrew Douglas

    Manager, 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

  • Anna Levin

    Anna Levin

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Anna joined SEED October 2018, with over 10 years of experience working in Winnipeg’s non-profit community. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy at the University of Manitoba, she became passionate about community development, and has enjoyed exploring the ways this intersects with all different themes throughout her career so far. Anna has worked in a variety of different areas, from youth work, to outdoor education to food security, and is excited to be bringing the learning from those experiences to her financial empowerment work. She is an experienced facilitator and loves engaging groups in meaningful discussion and learning.

    Contact: 204-942-7992

  • Anneliese Schoppe

    Anneliese Schoppe

    ABP Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Anneliese joined the SEED team in September 2020, bringing with her over 12 years of experience working in Manitoba’s non-profit community. She has 10 years experience leading and facilitating workshops on topics including healthy cooking, youth leadership, safe food handling, frugal living, and various DIY skills. Anneliese also brings her background and knowledge of gardening and agriculture through working with programs through the National Farmers’ Union and Via Campesina. She is excited to be bringing the learning from her wide array of experiences to her financial empowerment work with SEED.

    Contact: 204-272-6264

  • Bemnet Hailegiorgis (on leave)

    Bemnet Hailegiorgis (on leave)

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Bemnet’s journey began with SEED in 2008 as a participant of the IDA program. After completing the training and working full time in the area of supporting newcomers to Canada, she was excited about the idea of facilitating Money Management Training to others who would benefit. After years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, she was hired on at SEED in 2013 as a program coordinator. In her current role, she facilitates Money Management Training for all walks of Life, provide resources that help build community members knowledge on Financial Literacy and advocate for refugees who face financial barriers when coming to Canada. Bemnet has been living and working in Winnipeg’s inner city since she immigrated to Canada, she is passionate to serve the community and enjoys meeting new people.

  • Calandra Necan

    Calandra Necan

    Administrative Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Calandra’s relationship with SEED 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 year. Today, Calandra’s work has expanded into an Administrative Coordinator which includes being a Money Stories Youth Mentor during the summer. She is a smiling face of encouragement and a role model for Indigenous youth at SEED.

    Contact: (204) 927-9947

  • 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

  • Janet Steep

    Janet Steep

    Help Line Coordinator

    Janet is excited to join the team at SEED Winnipeg. Previously Janet worked for 13 years with newcomer immigrants at Welcome Place as a Life Skills Trainer, a Life Skills Counsellor and a Sponsorship Counsellor. Janet has a passion for helping to empower others to attain their goals.

    Contact: (204) 594-1639

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Justin Huntinghawk

    Justin Huntinghawk

    Administrative & Program Assistant Trainee

    In 2017, Justin completed Money Management Training through BUILD. After Justin finished the training, he applied for the Saving Circle program, which helped him understand what SEED offers to the community. He accepted the Junior Facilitator role in October 2020. Now Justin does administrative work and helps the Money Stories team deliver financial literacy and mentor fellow youth. Justin is a proud Indigenous man, excited to facilitate the Money Stories curriculum to the community and share valuable knowledge and skills.

    Contact: (204) 927-9935

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lauren MacDonald

    Lauren MacDonald

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Lauren is very excited to be part of SEED Winnipeg and to be supporting its Access to Benefits and Partnership work. Lauren is a member of Fort Alexander (Sagkeeng) First Nation and grew up in Winnipeg’s Inner City, where she has raised her children while living on a low income. Lauren is a graduate of SEED’s Saving Circle program and returns to the organization with Administrative and Support Worker experience. Lauren is passionate about helping families and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her own loved ones.

    Contact: (204) 927-9945

  • Liam Keep

    Liam Keep

    Administrative Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Liam started his journey with SEED Winnipeg as a participant of the Money Stories program at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata’s “Future is Yours Program” in early 2018. Upon graduating both High School and the Money Stories program, Liam applied for and accepted the opportunity to work as a Junior Facilitator for the summer months of 2018 and 2019.
    Liam now works part-time at SEED providing administrative support to all SEED programs and will continue to assist in the Money Stories delivery to community. Liam is passionate to revitalize and pass down traditional language as he is currently pursuing his education in the Ojibwe Language Program at Red River College.

    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, now as Manager of the Matched Savings Programs. 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 also sits on the boards for the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties and the Daniel MacIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association.

    Contact: (204) 594-1637

  • Omar Kinnarath

    Omar Kinnarath

    Adminstrative Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Omar joined SEED in May 2021, bringing over 2 decades worth of experience in sales, information technology and business start-ups. He also has over 10 years of experience in anti-racist organizing, workshop facilitation, presentations and training. He is an “Eternal Entrepreneur” and has been running his own small businesses full and part-time since he was a teenager. Omar is also the founder and organizer of Mutual Aid Society WPG and brings his passion for community organizing, upliftment and development to SEED. When he is not at SEED or working in the community, he enjoys being the “capo” at Valour FC matches and is an avid Call of Duty player.

    Contact: (431) 222-2960

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sara Bennet

    Sara Bennet

    ABP Coordinator/Indigenous Programs Developer

    Sara joined SEED with an immense depth of knowledge and background in administrative work. Sara has a wide variety of work experience, most recently as a Client Service Representative and then an Area and Program Administrator at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She is very active in the Winnipeg Roller Derby League and has held a number of roles in this non-profit volunteer-run sports organization.

    Contact: (204) 272-6270

  • Teruni Walaliyadde

    Teruni Walaliyadde

    Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

    Teruni joined SEED November 2018, with a passion for community engagement, empowerment, and development. Having lived and worked in the Downtown area, Teruni has witnessed and experienced the numerous challenges but also the strengths of “community living” where people help each other fulfilling their roles in society as caring and thoughtful people. She advocates for women’s empowerment, capacity building, and sustainable development with the Institute of International Women’s Rights-Manitoba (IIWR-MB) including attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
    An immigrant from a war-torn country, Teruni witnessed and experienced their negative effects which pushed her to double major in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Winnipeg, where her focus of study was on the rights of refugees, women, and children. She was a Teaching Assistant to three professors at UWinnipeg while also being a student body leader. Teruni took part, organized, and facilitated many events and workshops engaging in a multitude of discourses with students, faculty, and staff at UWinnipeg and other organizations.

    Contact: (204) 594-1367

  • Barb Wilton

    Barb Wilton

    Client Support Specialist

    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.

    Contact: (204) 927-9921

  • Lisa Forbes

    Lisa Forbes

    Manager, BEST (Business & Enterprise Support & Training)

    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

  • Carlos Vialard

    Carlos Vialard

    Business Consultant, BEST

    Carlos has over three decades of experience working in newcomer settlement in Winnipeg, including over 25 years at Welcome Place, where he managed Settlement Services for a significant portion of that time and as Director of Programs at IRCOM for five years prior to joining SEED. While at both of these agencies he was involved in several partnerships with SEED. Carlos was also a founding member and president of MIRSSA, the precursor to the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) and represented the provincial settlement sector on a national level at CISSA/ACSEI for several years.

    Carlos is passionate about working with people who face adversity due to social and political injustice, joining with them in their quest to overcome barriers and ultimately thrive.

    Carlos has Bachelor Degrees in Arts (Psychology) and Social Work from the University of Manitoba. He is also a Certified Translator and Conference Interpreter (Spanish/English) and a Certified Driving Instructor and operates businesses providing these services.

    Contact: 204-927-9923

  • Priscila Calderon

    Priscila Calderon

    Business Consultant, BEST

    Priscila joined SEED as a Business Consultant in the fall of 2021. She brings her experiences to SEED of the day-to-day challenges of running businesses for over 15 years in multiple countries. Priscila also has the insider experience of being a former SEED business client in 2018, which informs her approach to advising current business clients at SEED.

    Priscila’s background also includes practicing as a lawyer in her home country and studying Human Resources Management at the University of Manitoba. In her own businesses, she has recently been developing her social media and marketing skills. In addition to being a natural entrepreneur, Priscila is also an active leader in women’s rights and social justice initiatives.

    Contact: (204) 927-9932

  • Yemilo Audu

    Yemilo Audu

    Training Program Coordinator, BEST

    Yemilo brings a wealth of experience coordinating business training programs in the non-profit sector. Her passion for social responsibility and economic empowerment continues to guide her career. She is passionate about identifying opportunities and supporting clients to maximize them. With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a double minor in Psychology and History, Yemilo continues to pursue her interests in social justice by actively contributing her knowledge and experience to related community organizations. She volunteers with the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba and currently serves as Publicity Director.

    Contact: 204-927-9944

  • Lizeth Ardila

    Lizeth Ardila

    Marketing Coordinator, Recognition Counts

    Lizeth joined SEED Winnipeg in 2019 as an Administrative Coordinator after working as an Administrative Assistant at Menno Simons College. In 2021, Lizeth became the Marketing Coordinator for SEED’s Recognition Counts program.

    Lizeth holds a BA in International Development and Conflict Resolution Studies. She is passionate about community organizing around issues of migrant/immigrant/refugee justice, as well as community development. As an immigrant herself, Lizeth knows about the hurdles encountered after moving to another country, and she is excited to work with a team that helps to reduce these challenges.

    Lizeth has been a volunteer and now a Cohort Coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada working on a project to find common ground between Indigenous and immigrant youth. After doing a practicum placement with Eqwip Hubs, a project by Canada World Youth (CWY) and Youth Challenge International (YCI) in Lima, Peru, Lizeth became interested in financial empowerment.

    Contact: (204) 927-9924

  • 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

  • Sandra Leone (on leave)

    Sandra Leone (on leave)

    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.