Top row from left: Cindy Hoover, Warda Ahmed, Josh Brandon, Christina Maes Niño, Noëlle DePape
Bottom row from left: Sara Wray Enns, Kate Kehler, Abdikheir Ahmed

Kate Kehler

Kate is the Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. She comes to the SPCW from the John Howard Society of Manitoba where she gained a greater understanding of how poverty and barriers to social equality 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 with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. on video projects on restorative justice. From substitute teacher to stage and production manager, Kate’s diverse skill set and experience solving challenges proactively and collaboratively contribute to her approach to the work of the SPCW.

Kate Kehler, Executive Director

204-943-2561 ext 224

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Christina Maes Niño

Christina is a Community Animator with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. She is responsible for working with committees, students and organizations in monitoring, analyzing, and assisting in formulating alternatives to social policies, programs, and services. Christina has an education in Social Work and City Planning. She has worked as a support worker, researcher, and community organizer in Vancouver, Calgary, Churchill, Thailand, and Winnipeg.

Christina Maes Nino, Community Animator 

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 221
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Josh Brandon

Josh is a Community Animator with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, 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 among the chickens to 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.

Josh Brandon, Community Animator,

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 230


Abdikheir Ahmed

Abdikheir is the Local Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (LIPW) Coordinator at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) Inc.

Abdi has a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where he studied on a Rotary Peace Fellowship.  He immigrated to Canada in 2003 where he joined the University of Winnipeg to study International Development graduating in June 2006 with a four-year BA as a student of high distinction.

Abdi has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg’s inner city focusing mainly on settlement issues, gang and street crime prevention and refugee supports.  He has interests in immigration and settlement, inland refugee claimants and gang and street crime prevention among newcomer youth. He is a passionate advocate for the needs of immigrants and refugees in Canada and serves on a number of boards and committees of organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg.

Abdikheir Ahmed, IPW Coordinator

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 236
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Noëlle DePape

Noëlle DePape is the Community Engagement Coordinator with the Local Immigration Partnership Winnipeg Program, housed at the Social Planning Council.  She has been working with refugees and other marginalized communities both locally and globally (Middle East, South Asia, Australia) for over 15 years including as the past Executive Director of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM Inc) and as a lecturer at the University of Winnipeg’s Global College. She also has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator and policy advisor.

Noëlle is passionate about working collaboratively for positive social change and is actively involved with the Newcomer Education Coalition (NEC), Immigration Matters in Canada Coalition, Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and the 13 Fires anti-racism initiative. Noëlle holds an Advanced Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland where she studied on a Rotary World Peace Fellowship. 

Noëlle DePape, IPW Community Engagement Coordinator

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 223
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Cindy Hoover

As our Office Manager, Cindy brings a wealth of administrative and IT experience to the position.  She is a graduate of the Business Information Technology program at Red River College and earned her diploma in Web Development.  Along with her accounting, and administrative duties, Cindy will be working towards raising awareness of our projects, through the web and social media.

Cindy is a long-time volunteer with  Special Olympics and works with the organization locally, as well as nationally and internationally. She has had the amazing opportunity to attend the last three World Summer Special Olympics Games in Dublin, Shanghai and Athens, and is looking forward to her position as a technical delegate for the 2015 games in Los Angeles.

Cindy Hoover, Office Manager

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 232
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 Sara Wray Enns

Sara is the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg’s Resource Coordinator. This role is a broad mix of communications and administrative tasks. With expertise in communications, design, environmental education and economics, Sara brings a vast array of skills and experience to this position. She received her B.A. Honours Economics at the University of Manitoba and has gone on to do diverse work inlcuding working at a Land Use Planning Commission in Yukon, leading raft tours down the Klondike River, writing about community economic development and composing music for avant-garde marching bands. Sara is building her career in economic and community development to help foster rich and vibrant communities. 

Sara Enns, Resource Coordinator

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 229
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