(6 of us equal approximately 2.5 full time positions)
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.
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.
Donna Watts – Family Recreation Practitioner
Also a long time resident of North Eastman, Donna has years of experience in the recreation world in Beausejour, Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet. She is passionate about helping kids and families discover their passions just as she has discovered hers. You will usually find her outdoors, hiking, snowshoeing, biking or hanging out with her 3 (+2) kids, 1 grandbaby and 3 dogs. Her compassion and smile are contagious.
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:
Ellen Kelley – Chair
Ellen was introduced to the Eastman Region, as a Recreation Consultant in Beausejour with the Department of Fitness, Recreation and Sport. Working in Eastman communities, making good friends, were some of the best years of her career. Connections with Eastman continued with a new position and eventually led to her role in the startup of ROC Eastman and her ongoing presence as a Board volunteer. Travelling extensively began at 20, including two trips to Africa. Teaching Junior High added trips with teens to her travels – adventures to the Grand Canyon, across Canada and for music festivals. Ellen has been singing since she was 12, enjoyed years of downhill skiing, yoga , CBC, reading, walking and talking with friends, and cottage life. Ellen believes positive recreation experiences are essential for healthy development. Watching 5 grandchildren reap the benefits in their lives just strengthens that belief.
Shauna Doerksen – Vice Chair
(Chair of Administration, Research & Operations Committee)
Shauna has been involved with ROC since 2009. It is an organization that she firmly believes in and supports. Having a Social Work degree and having worked within Social Services for over 15 years, she has first hand knowledge of the impact that community-based programs and organizations can have on the lives of families and children. Her experience has included working in justice, child and family services, crisis services, income assistance and school based counselling. She believes in the importance of connection and attachment to positive supports and also to meaningful opportunities to be engaged and feel valued. ROC gives children and families a chance to thrive, grow and learn about themselves, their communities and their capacity for change. She loves being active with her family including camping, hiking, and swimming and practices her own personal leisure through running and getting to the gym as regularly as possible.
Nick Yakimchuk – Treasurer
(Co-Chair of Finance, Nominating & Governance Committee)
Nick has a family of two boys that keep him occupied with fishing, quadding, martial arts, soccer, archery, golf, music and working on cars in the garage. Nick grew up in rural southeast Manitoba. Experiencing some of the challenges in rural recreation, Nick has decided to join the ROC Eastman team to help more children get access to recreational opportunities. With a background in project management and marketing, Nick currently travels throughout Manitoba providing residential and commercial door products.
Lisa Baldwin – Secretary
Lisa is the Manager of Recreation and Community Services for the Rural Municipality of Hanover. She has her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. Lisa previously worked in health promotion as the Physical Activity/Heart Health Manager at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba for 11 years. She has worked at the provincial and municipal government levels, as a teacher and in many areas of health promotion. Lisa is a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls aged 4 and 6 and enjoys an active lifestyle.
Lorne Hagel – Immediate Past Chair
(Co-Chair of Finance, Nominating & Governance Committee)
Lorne is a retired Manitoba Government employee. His career spanned thirty-seven years, most of which was spent working in different capacities in Child and Family Services in Eastman. He is married, has two adult daughters, and has lived near Beausejour for over forty years. Lorne has been involved with ROC Eastman since its inception in 2009. He continues to volunteer his time with ROC because he believes it provides children and their families with skills and opportunities that can positively change their lives in very concrete and meaningful ways.
Andrew Penner – Board Member
(Chair of Promotion, Marketing & Fundraising Committee)
Andrew is the Senior Manager of Performance and Employee Development at Hylife. His devotion to excellence in all things is highlighted by being honoured with the 2016 Future Leader Award from the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce. Andrew constantly seeks new learning and ways to improve our services to families, being led by what our ROC families teach us. His experience with hockey and kickboxing has given him a deep appreciation for personal growth and he hopes all children get a chance to discover this. His wife is his rock and they enjoy travel adventures together.
Barb Isaak – Board Member
Barb Isaak is currently the Superintendent of Sunrise School Division. She came to Sunrise SD from the River East Transcona School Division, where she had been an assistant superintendent, administrator and teacher. Barb grew up in southeast Manitoba, and appreciated the recreational opportunities that were available to her while growing up. She enjoys being active and understands the importance of children having the opportunity to participate in activities that they enjoy and learn from.
Jaymi Derrett & Alix Richards – Ex-officio members from the Province of Manitoba, Recreation Services Branch