Meet Our Board Members

Dave Barnes

Dave Barnes

Chair and Founding Member

I have been passionate about nature and the outdoors all my life.  I fell in love with these woods in 1997 when I came here to plant a tree with the Neelin Environment Club on adjacent private property.  Today, I am the owner of that adjacent property, and the priceless ancient forest is forever protected by legal caveat. My interests include music and maple syrup.

barnes@wcgwave.ca

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Paul Madryga

Secretary and Founding Member

Paul spends his working day as classical guitar instructor at both Brandon University and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music. He enjoys living in Brandon (where a sessional guitar prof can not only afford a mortgage, but can also be on a first-name basis with the people who grow his food), and is very pleased to be able to offer his services to AFFI as Secretary to the Board.

paologuitar@hotmail.com

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Marcia Wiebe

Founding Member

I am a mother and lifelong gardener. I believe in food security and food justice, and my endeavors reflect those beliefs. I am certified as a Master Gardener in Manitoba, and I have worked with the Food Bank and Community Gardens since 2000. I am also a Fruit Share volunteer and board member, a Brandon community garden network volunteer, and board member.

mhwiebe@wcgwave.ca

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Mo Twaha

Founding Member

I came to this part of the world to learn the art of business and focus on raising small organizations with new ideas. During the 2011 flood, I realized that a supply-chain of food can break down at any moment from human errors and natural calamities. In 2012 I became a student of Assiniboine Food Forest.  I am the AFFI past interim vice-chair.

iceberge1@gmail.com

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Keay Dobson-Golletz

Retired Founding Member

I am a Brandonite and former high school French Immersion teacher, currently subbing in the Brandon School Division, and volunteering with a variety of groups.  I have had the privilege of travelling to many world destinations where I have seen firsthand the need for environmental action, the importance of food planning for the future, the urgency of returning to healthy living practices – and sometimes I have seen the solutions to these issues.  I care deeply about the little Canadian city that welcomed and provided for my post-war parents, and I am inspired to contribute my time and energy today for a better Brandon tomorrow, just as they did.  I believe that the vision and extensive knowledge base of the AFFI team’s current work will benefit Brandon’s future citizens in incredible ways.

golletzr@westman.wave.ca

 

2018 Board of Directors

Dave Barnes – Chair
Marcel Roberge – Vice-Chair
Paul Madryga – Secretary
Vickie Hanwell-McLean – Treasurer
Devan Hahkala
Mo Twaha
Marcia Wiebe
Blake Hamilton
Naomi Leadbeater
Sherry Punak-Murphy
Katy Powell
Mireille Desilets