Council Members

WPRC Council

The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council was established by, and has operated as an initiative of, United Way of Winnipeg since 2007. The WPRC is a multi-sector forum of 30 to 40 community leaders from business, labour, the non-profit sector, education and three levels of government. Fundamental to the WPRC is the belief that Winnipeg is rich in dedicated people and programs, but a greater impact is possible if we do more to connect, align and perhaps even redesign some of our key systems and structures.

The WPRC convenes regularly throughout the year. A WPRC Steering Committee – comprised of 12 Council members – meets monthly (and more often as required) to further the work of the Council.

Steering Committee

Dave Angus

Johnston Group Inc. (co-chair)

Ron Brown

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg (co-chair)

Cynthia Foreman

Past Co-Chair

Dr. Sande Harlos

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Dina Juras

Government of Canada

Don Leitch

Business Council of Manitoba

Susan Lewis

WPRC Founding Member

Marilyn McLaren

Private Sector Representative

Jan Sanderson

Red River College

Connie Walker

United Way Winnipeg

Dave Wardrop

City of Winnipeg

Council Members

Chino Argueta

Community/Millennial Representative

Annetta Armstrong

Native Women's Transition Centre

Rita Chahal

Manitoba Interfaith and Immigration Council

Staff Sergeant Bob Chrismas

Winnipeg Police Service

Pauline Clarke

Winnipeg School Division

Réal Cloutier

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Devon Clunis

Winnipeg Police Service (retired)

Alana Cuma

Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Jorge Fernandez

Immigrant Centre

Marti Ford

Frontier School Division

Sherri Helgason

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Paul Holden

Education Representative

Kate Kehler

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

Edward Kennedy

The North West Company, WPRC Founding Member

Kathy Knudsen

United Way Winnipeg

Sherman Kreiner

University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation

Daniel Lussier

Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba

Dr. Sharon Macdonald

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Jim Mulvale

Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

John Neufeld

The Meeting Place Fellowship Inc.

Sandra Oakley


Dr. Brian Postl

Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, WPRC Founding Member

Kimberley Puhach

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Carinna Rosales

SEED Winnipeg

Chief Danny Smyth

Winnipeg Police Service

Paul Vogt

Red River College