Board & Staff
The Board’s role
LITE Board members take a very active role in the direction and administration of LITE’s activities. The Board is responsible for carrying out LITE’s mission and for developing long-term strategies to achieve LITE’s goals in Winnipeg’s inner city. The Board hires the Executive Director and provides oversight to the fundraising, financial, personnel, disbursement, and policy areas of LITE’s work as an organization.
Board members serve for two-year terms (renewable). Besides directing the activity of the organization in regular board meetings, members participate in committees, help with events, and promote LITE in the community.
2013-2015 Board members
Maia Graham-Derham - Co-Chair (term until 2014)
Maia is currently the Manager of Financial Access Programs at Assiniboine Credit Union. Maia has worked for the North End Community Renewal Corporation, been a Board member of the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre and is a volunteer for the North End Community Helpers Network. She is committed to poverty reduction and community renewal. She has a B.A. in Politics and History from the University of Winnipeg.
Tana Hendren – Co-Chair (replacement term until 2014)
Tana sat on the LITE Board in 2008, when she served as a partner representative. She then went on to become a LITE staff member from 2009-2013. Tana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Community Development/Community Economic Development from Red River College. She is currently the Co-Owner of Hendren Homes, which performs project management and sales for a custom home building company in Oakbank, MB. She is excited to be back on the LITE Board, continuing to support such a great organization.
Cory Bellhouse – Treasurer (renewed term until 2014)
Cory first got involved with LITE through an International Development Studies internship at the University of Winnipeg in 2004, and has been an active part of LITE ever since, helping coordinate the Pancake Breakfast for several years and serving as a board member since 2006. Aside from this and the regular human social activities in which he engages, he also works as a bike messenger/business owner at Natural Cycle Worker Co-op, teaches labs at U of W, and migrates to BC every summer to plant some trees.
Lindsey McBain – Secretary (renewed term until 2014)
Lindsey McBain works for the Spark Service of the Canadian CED Network. Lindsey’s interest in LITE began when he volunteered for the annual pancake breakfast. His work with the national network gives him a broad perspective on the current CED work across the country.
Brent Vandurme (renewed term until 2014)
Brent has been on the board of LITE since 2008. Brent is a research analyst with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Manitoba. Brent participated in a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) internship in Nigeria that focused on economic development and good governance.
Denise G. (renewed term until 2015)
Denise has served on the LITE Board for many years and has previously served as LITE Treasurer. Denise volunteers at many community events and tends a community garden in her North End neighborhood where she spends time with her grandchildren, passing along her love of gardening. Denise is a graduate of RRC with a diploma in Business Administration.
Lucas Stewart (term until 2014)
Lucas is the general manager of Manitoba Green Retrofit Inc, a growing social enterprise located in Point Douglas. With a background in project management and maintenance coordination, Lucas spent a number of years as project manager with BUILD Inc. Lucas also worked for several years with Manitoba Housing and the YM-YWCA of Winnipeg. He is committed to social enterprise as a means of long term poverty reduction, through job creation and sustainable employment.
Jacob Carson (term until 2015)
Jacob was a member of LITE’s board from 2007-2011. He began on LITE’s board as a partner representative of the Community Garden Preserves project out of St. Matthews/Maryland Community Ministry. He has since left his work at St. Matthews, but remains involved and committed to Winnipeg’s CED community through his work at SEED Winnipeg with the Asset Building Program.
Janelle Whitley (term until 2015)
Janelle is currently working as a consultant in the agriculture industry. She has worked both in the public and private sector, working for the Canadian Wheat Board and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Her experience includes setting policies, developing strategies, managing special projects, and advocating on a wide-variety of political, social and regulatory issues. She has lived overseas, working for both a web portal company in India, and in Thailand and China performing quality and social compliance manufacturing audits. She holds a B.A (adv) in Political Science and Economics and a post-graduate diploma in international business.
Christine Crowe (replacement term until 2014)
Christine joined Red River College in January 2013 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she served as Dean, Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement. She began her post-secondary career in Saskatchewan, first as a faculty member and then Development Officer for First Nations University of Canada, and later at the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education where she worked in the Credit Studies Division. Prior to that, she served in teaching positions at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and at Kawasaki Medical University in Okayama, Japan. She lives in Headingley and is mother to 5 year old, Matthew, and 7 year old, Michael.
At Red River College, Christine leads RRC’s Schools of Indigenous Education, International Education and Continuing Education, while also overseeing the College’s regional campuses, Language Training Centre and community outreach.
Steven Bennett (term until 2015)
Steven is an employee of Assiniboine Credit Union and currently holds the position of Member Service Coordinator. Over the past 9 years at ACU he has held many positions and has learnt many valuable skills including human resources and staff management skills. Steven has experience with various volunteer opportunities including ACU’s Community Grants Committee, working with Siloam Mission’s MOST Program delivering basic banking workshops, working with the St. John’s Residents’ Assoc., and Cancer Care Manitoba.
Véronique Allard (term until 2015)
Francophone from Montreal, Véronique moved to Winnipeg a few years ago as an Organizer for the PSAC. In 2005, while studying at Concordia University she joined a union drive to unionize student employees and was then elected 1st President of the Local. She has been organizing the unorganized ever since. At Concordia she was also on the executive of the Graduate Student Association and a representative on several committees. She is strongly committed to social justice work and to the values of community organizing. She is now taking the fight against economic injustice on a more local level in Winnipeg.
Sara Atnikov (replacement term until 2014)
Sara is a graduate of both the Technical and Creative Communications programs at Red River College. She has worked in various capacities for the Spence Neighbourhood Association, Red River College, The University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Cooperative Association, and LITE. She is currently the Office Manager at Manitoba Green Retrofit. She has lived in the West Broadway neighbourhood for the past six years and loves everything it has to offer. In her spare time, she likes to see bands/djs, spend time with friends, and ride her bike around different neighbourhoods in the city. Sara writes for the Spectator Tribune, and loves the creative expression this affords her.
Anne Lindsey, Executive Director
Anne joined LITE after many years as the Executive Director of the Manitoba Eco-Network, an environmental charity based in Winnipeg. While there she developed and oversaw programs in a variety of areas including climate change, water, youth eco-engagement and organic lawn care. She also led the creation of the EcoCentre, a hub for the environmental community on the third floor of Mountain Equipment Coop, working with Inner City Renovations as the general contractor. Anne’s sensitivity to international and community development was triggered by working in Ecuador in 1980. She has a BA in Anthropology from the U of W and a Masters in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. A committed “localista”, Anne is very active in her own neighbourhood of Lord Roberts, and has a passion for growing veggies in her community garden plot.
Jen Buhr, Operations Manager
Jen is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies. She was first introduced to LITE in 2007 as an intern from Menno Simons College. After completing her internship, she joined the LITE staff to work in a fuller capacity. Jen enjoys being involved in the field of Community Economic Development and having the opportunity to work in many different areas at LITE, including being able to explore her interests in photography, graphic design and web development.
Lindsay Gillanders, Development Coordinator
Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Development Studies. After 6 years working for a major Canadian airline feeding her passion for travel she is excited to re-enter the Community Economic Development (CED) world on a full time basis. Originally starting at LITE on a term basis as breakfast coordinator in 2011, Lindsay is very excited to be back working with LITE in a larger capacity.
Molly Dunbar, SPP Coordinator
Molly is on term with LITE thanks to the CreateAction internship program. She is excited for this chance to continue learning about and contributing to Community Economic Development in Winnipeg. With a degree in Sociology from the University of Manitoba and a Diploma from Red River College in CD/CED, Molly seeks to pursue a life in Community Economic Development. She strives to remain engaged in the local and global community by participating in a variety of causes and organizations.
Erika Frey, (Maternity Leave) Project Coordinator
Erika is a graduate from the Community Development/Community Economic Development Program at Red River College. She emigrated from Peru in 2008 where she studied Communications for Development at the Pontific Catholic University of Peru. She has experience working with various communities in Winnipeg, Northern Manitoba, and Peru. Erika is interested in building and supporting CD/CED initiatives and helping build a more inclusive city. She is also motivated by the fair trade model and interested in food security issues.