Left to Right:
Cindy Hoover, Abdi Ahmed, Josh Brandon, Christina Maes Nino

Pam Sholdice, Kate Kehler, (Absent - Dennis Lewycky, Albert McLeod)


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 great 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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Dennis Lewycky

Dennis is responsible for Communications and has practical skills for creating new resources and opportunities for addressing organizational needs, problems or difficulties. He has managed professional teams assisting organizations and governments (provincial, federal, international) meet program or policy requirements. Countries where he has worked include Belize, Botswana, Colombia, Tanzania, Israel, various Caribbean Islands, Pakistan and Uganda.

Dennis Lewycky, Communications

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 223
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Christina Maes Nino

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, LIPW

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 236
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Albert McLeod

Albert is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over twenty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. Albert has managed youth programs at Ka Ni Kanichihk and more recently at the Youth Peacebuilding Project at Menno Simons College. He is a proud godfather to his godson, Walks Tall, who he has mentored since childhood. Albert also works as a consultant specializing in HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal peoples, cultural reclamation, and cross-cultural training. 

(204) 943-2561, Ext. 238
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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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