Chelsey Neufeld – Development Coordinator
Chelsey Neufeld is the Development Coordinator for ROC Eastman. Her involvement with the organization began when she was completing her Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development from the University of Manitoba. Since then she has directed her passion to helping develop Leisure Quest, a leisure education program designed for low-income families. Chelsey is now pursuing her Masters, studying the influence of the leisure education program on the lifestyles of low-income families. She has had the opportunity to present about her research across Canada and share about the exciting work ROC Eastman is doing through various publications. When she is not chatting about ROC, she enjoys bass fishing and farming with her husband.
Bev Friesen – Family Recreation Practitioner
Bev has lived in the Eastman region her entire life. She has 20 years of experience working with children, youth and their families in various capacities and also works as a part-time Health Care Aide. She balances her passion for working with others by being active with her husband and 3 children. She enjoys taking trips to Riding Mountain National Park to “rough it” in a cabin at Clear Lake, going for walks, reading, and watching sports.
Angeline Martin – Family Recreation Practitioner
After graduating with a diploma in Massage Therapy, Angeline moved to the Eastman region and managed her own Massage Therapy practice for 15 years. This experience, in addition to many years of volunteering with various organizations, has emphasized the importance of supporting and caring for those around her. Angeline has seen the benefit of recreation in her own life and the lives of her loved ones. She is excited to help children find new recreation opportunities and experiences. Angeline enjoys many different forms of recreation, her favourites being swimming, Pilates, helping her husband on his race car team, and cheering him on from the pits. She also loves to relax with a good book and two cats curled up beside her.
Michelle Plett – Family Recreation Practitioner
Michelle graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her Education degree specializing in theatre and English. Her passion for theatre has been expressed through a variety of different projects and she loves the confidence that acting can instill within people of all ages. She has almost 10 years of youth mentorship experience, using her love of learning to connect with young people. Family is extremely important to her and many of her evenings include spending time with her husband, grandparents, parents and siblings. Michelle loves traveling, experiencing new cultures, traditions, food and languages. When she is at home, you will probably find her in the kitchen, whipping up a new recipe or on the couch, watching a new show and cuddling with her cats Stella and Charles.
Taylor Devlin – Family Recreation Practitioner
Raised in rural Manitoba, Taylor has always had interest in community involvement. Passionate about the promotion of and equitable access to healthy lifestyles, she was drawn to working with ROC. She is an outgoing, energetic and interactive person who enjoys learning from the many people she encounters. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Manitoba and has experience working with a wide range of people and programs. Her leisure time is spent playing soccer, doing yoga, reading, traveling, and visiting family. Recreation opportunities she hopes to start participating in include cross-country skiing and photography.
Margie Bonekamp – Family Recreation Practitioner
A longtime resident of North Eastman, Margie has a wealth of experience in municipal management. Recently retired from the position of CAO for the Town of Powerview-Pine Falls, Margie is well acquainted with rural life and creative solutions. Margie has a passion for helping children and their families reach their potential. She believes recreation is incredibly important for kids mentally, emotionally as well as physically and would like to do all she can for those that have many barriers. Margie’s volunteer time has been with children’s programs, local festivals, arena canteens and she is a regular family ‘babysitter’. In her personal time, Margie pours into her 7 kids and 16 grandchildren and loves every moment with them.
Moni Loewen – Executive Director
A life-long resident of the Eastman region, Moni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Studies from the University of Manitoba and has worked in the recreation field for more than 16 years. She has extensive knowledge and experience in both the private and public sectors and enjoys developing partnerships between the two. Moni is a member of the Chrysalis Fund, a philanthropic women’s giving circle that promotes growth and positive change in children and youth and a board member of the homeless shelter, Today House. While dedicated to serving the needs of people in the community, Moni’s heart belongs to her family – her husband, two children, two dogs, a cat and a horse. Leisure time is a wee bit sparse sometimes but highly valued as time at the lake, reading, animal playtime and contemplating the vast universe we are part of.
Board of Directors:
Chair – Ellen Kelley
Vice Chair – Shauna Doerksen (Chair of Administration, Research & Operations Committee)
Treasurer – Nick Yakimchuk (Co-Chair of Finance, Nominating & Governance Committee)
Secretary – Lisa Baldwin
Immediate Past Chair – Lorne Hagel (Co-Chair of Finance, Nominating & Governance Committee)
Board Member – Andrew Penner (Chair of Promotion, Marketing & Fundraising Committee)
Board Member – Barb Isaak
Ex-officio members from the Province of Manitoba, Recreation Services Branch – Jaymi Derrett & Alix Richards