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

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.

2017-2019 Board members

Janelle Whitley – Co-Chair (renewed term until 2019)

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.

Doug Forbes – Co-Chair (renewed term until 2018)

Doug is a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, practicing in the areas of Corporate/Commercial Law. In his work he assists many organizations, profit and non-profit, corporate and non-corporate, with governance, transactional, financing, and operational issues. Doug is currently the National Vice-President of the Canadian Condominium Institute, member of national and provincial Boards of that organization, member of the Board of Directors of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation. He is also Co-Chair of LITE. Doug has chaired the Sustainable Development Committee of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and is a past board member of the Western Canada Aviation Museum, and the PC Manitoba Fund.

Lindsey McBain – Secretary (renewed term until 2018)

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.

Lynn Ann Lauriault – Treasurer  (renewed term until 2018)

Recently retired from Red River College where she was the lead instructor of Community Development/Community Economic Development, Lynn Ann calls Community Development her vocation. Her extensive experience in the field includes both urban and rural locations in Canada as well as 3 years in Zambia. A B.A in Sociology & Political Science and M. Ed. in Adult Education & Community Development were earned at the University of Toronto. Committed to helping build sustainable, inclusive and just communities, Lynn Ann believes strongly in volunteerism and is steadily occupied with everything from Advisory Board Chair to hands-on activities.

Brent Vandurme (renewed term until 2018)

Brent has been on the board of LITE since 2008. Brent is a research analyst with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). He has been working in the market research industry for almost 10 years and is a former board member of the prairies chapter of the Market Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA). 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.

Jolen Galaugher (renewed term until 2018)

With a background in higher education and a PhD from McMaster University, Jolen held various academic research and teaching positions before joining Vital Life Inc. as Program Development Manager in 2014. In addition to research and teaching, her experience includes project management, business development, grants management, and strategic communications. Jolen is particularly invested in developing programs which assist people in overcoming barriers to employment. Her interest in CD/CED has led her to volunteer for various community organizations. She currently also serves on the boards of the Bertrand Russell Society and the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.

Tom Rhodes (renewed term until 2019)

Tom is a senior business analyst with Manitoba Public Insurance. He began his career in market research over 15 years ago and has experience in project management, data analysis, comparative analysis, online research, and survey design. Tom has managed market research studies involving business-to-business, customer satisfaction, agriculture, medicine, advertising, public opinion, energy, lottery and gaming, telecommunications and other areas.  He holds a B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.

Gordon Fardoe  (term until 2018)

Gord is the Executive Director of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation and has over 29 years’ experience in fundraising, management, marketing, special events, accounting, sales and customer service. Prior to joining the Foundation he was the Executive Director of the Certified Technicians & Technologists Association, and before that of the Red River College Students’ Association. He carries his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, is the President of the Masonic Foundation of Manitoba, and has a long list of board and charitable involvements.

Ainsley Donald  (term until 2018)

A Chartered Professional Accountant, Ainsley Donald is a Senior Manager, Assurance Services, with Grant Thornton LLP, where she works closely with both private and public entities based in Manitoba. Ainsley has been in public practice for over 12 years having worked as a Senior Manager, Assurance and Advisory, for Deloitte & Touche LLP where she served a number of local for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Throughout her career, Ainsley has often played a mentorship role helping clients tell their story from a financial perspective. Ainsley volunteers her time with the YM-YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards and sits on the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Winnipeg, where she is also Vice Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee.

Eric Grabner (term until 2019)

Eric is a financial planner with Investors Group who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. Eric has lived and worked in Europe, is a long-time volunteer with the Winnipeg Humane Society and the United Way of Winnipeg, and a member of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg.

Wade Parke, B.A. (term until 2019)

Wade is an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at the Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology, working to foster long-term Aboriginal participation in the Aerospace sector. His experience includes policy and legislative work in government and non-profit settings. He has worked in community development, nwcomes and refugee services and serves on a number of boards and committees. He believes the Aboriginal community has a key role to play in Manitoba’s economy, and that people can change their lives for the better with education, hard work, and the support of the community.



Tyler Pearce Phd, Executive Director

Dr. Pearce is an experienced social entrepreneur, manager, and holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia in economic geography. She recently came to LITE from the Canadian Mental Health Association, where she was Manager of Regional Affairs, Public Policy, and Communication. At CMHA, Dr. Pearce strengthened the organizational vitality of Manitoba’s five regional CMHAs with strategic planning on staff and organizational development, mandate adherence and service excellence. Formerly the Director of Operations at BUILD, she successfully prepared the social enterprise to monitor its sales and forecasting ability and prepared a sound transition plan as the federally-funded portion of the non-profit’s revenue ended. She was also the Project Manager on the renovation of 765 Main Street into what became the Social Enterprise Centre, which used the project to provide commercial construction experience to people with barriers to employment from BUILD’s training program.

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.

Jewel Pierre-Roscelli, Community Investment Developer

Jewel recently graduated from Red River College with a diploma in Community Development/Community Economic Development. While she was attending Red River College, she was introduced to LITE through a 4-week practicum placement at LITE and was eventually hired as the Breakfast Coordinator for the 20th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast in November 2016. Jewel has a passion for sports, reading and learning about her Dakota heritage. During her employment with LITE, Jewel is continuing her studies and is pursuing a degree in Urban and Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg.