Executive Director

Christina Maes Nino

Christina has spent her career working to support, organize and collaborate with people living in poverty often focused on improving housing circumstances. After working as case manager in supportive housing for people who were previously homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and as a community development worker in social housing in Calgary, Christina decided to pursue policy and research and completed at Masters of City Planning at the University of Manitoba.

While a Community Animator at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, Christina was the coordinator of Winnipeg’s first and second Street Census projects, was the co-author of the Winnipeg Street Health Report (2011), Here and Now: Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness (2016) and has published two chapters in edited books, “Decolonizing Planning” (2014) and “Poor Housing” (2015).

At MNPHA, Christina has grown the Association and is particularly proud of its policy, research, and advocacy capacity. Her favourite activities are seeing MNPHA members speak with decision-makers about their shared priorities, and support one another to provide great, affordable homes across Manitoba.

Christina has served as Manitoba’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), and is currently on the Winnipeg Reaching Home Community Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Community Housing Transformation Centre.

In her free time, Christina loves traveling on two-wheeled vehicles (bicycle and motorcycle), traveling near and far, and gardening.

Contact her at [email protected] or (204) 797-6746 ext.1.

Director of Programs

Cheryl Krostewitz

Cheryl has an extensive background working in the non-profit community, with a focus on non-profit housing. Her experience as a facilitator is based in working as a cooperative development advisor educating groups about cooperatives and helping them with incorporation and support after incorporation. Cheryl was also a founder and board member of the Cooperative Housing Group Inc.

Cheryl enjoys working with boards to help them understand their roles and obligations under their legal agreements. She has helped several groups navigate the ends of their Operating Agreements with Manitoba Housing. Her most recent role was focused on developing policies and procedures for boards and management as well as offering leadership and support in the areas of board development and communication. Cheryl is responsible for implementing MNPHA’s Sector Transformation Strategy, including supporting organizations taking on management agreements or new buildings in partnership with Manitoba Housing, and directing MNPHA’s transformation programs – the Housing Supports Initiative and the Rent Relief Fund. 

Contact her at programs@mnpha.com or (204)797-6746 ext.2.

Coordinator of Education and Communications

Jo Dworschak

Jo has a long history of contributing to non-profit housing and homelessness initiatives. Jo comes from the Pacific Coast and is proud to now call Manitoba home. She was th elead in creating independently subsidized projects like the University of British Columbia’s Rent Geared to Income program for its employees. She has extensive experience supporting residents in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Jo advocated as a Board Member for one of the housing cooperatives fighting city hall to renew their land lease. She produces and hosts fundraisers, including one where she shared the stage with Gabor Mate.

Outside of work, Jo can be found entertaining, working on her house, or finding a new way to get through another winter in Winnipeg.

Contact her at [email protected]  or (204)797-6746 ext.3.

Coordinator of  Events and Member Services

Idorenyin Mbang

Idorenyin comes to MNPHA with an extensive background working with non-profits. He started out as a Program Intern with Coalitions for Change, a DFID UK funded program focused on capacity development for non-profit organizations.

He also worked with the Inoyo Toro Foundation; an organization focused on education development as the pioneer Program & Admin Manager. He was responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of the Foundation’s key programs and the setting up of the Foundation. He has initiated and executed various events and programs.

Idorenyin organizes MNPHA’s team and events through administrative support, event coordination, website updates, membership renewals, and responding to requests and questions as MNPHA’s first point of contact.

Contact him at [email protected] or (204)797-6746 ext.4.

MANITOBA RENT RELIEF FUND

For more information on the Manitoba Rent Relief Fund, you can visit the Rent Relief Fund direct website by clicking the button below or contact them by email  [email protected] or call 204-222-2182 (toll free 1-800-417-8830)

TEAM

Program Coordinator: Bailey

Bailey is a student at the University of Winnipeg, studying business administration and human rights. She has a background in project management and graduated from Red River College’s Project Management Program. Bailey loves working with people and is passionate about helping them advocate for their rights. In her free time Bailey enjoys running with her dog, camping, and reading.

Resource Coordinator: Kathy

Kathy is a caring and compassionate individual with experience in crisis management and direct support work.  She graduated from Red River College’s Applied Counselling Program in 2015 and is currently working towards a degree in social work through the University of Manitoba.  Her work with the mental health team at Southern Health have provided her with the skills and understanding necessary to help  manage a wide array of crisis situations.

In her spare time Kathy enjoys spending time outside in nature and taking care of her family.

Senior Housing Stability Coordinator: Jackie

Jackie has extensive experience working with people living with visible and non-visible disabilities. Jackie recently worked for a non-profit organization focused on mental health providing programming activities. She has volunteered for several organizations, including on CHMA’s Advisory Counsel for the Learning Centre, as Vice President of Steinbach Pride, and with Manitoba Schizophrenia Society’s Sharing Our Stories. She has a passion for advocating for people who live with mental health issues.

Senior Housing Stability Coordinator: Debbie

Debbie is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Psychology and Justice & Law Enforcement programs with a focus on Sociology and Development.  Having worked in the social services field for 20 years, Debbie’s passion is helping to empower youth and adults living with developmental disabilities, complex mental health conditions, addictions and trauma to access resources and experience unconditional acceptance.  Most recently, her work with another non-profit organization led her to assist in the development of a safe and supportive housing model for vulnerable, at-risk young women. 

When she isn’t working, Debbie enjoys spending time with friends and family,  gardening, and exploring our beautiful province.  On the weekend you will find her experimenting with how to make leftovers into a gourmet brunch. 

Housing Stability Coordinator: Sukhman

Sukhman is an enthusiastic and organized professional offering a wide range of experience in coordinating and facilitating programs such as conversational circles, recruitment, and training volunteers by implementing theme-based topics for a diverse ethnicity of new Canadians.

She has a master’s degree in Psychology from the Punjab University, India and was an assistant Professor in the University. Sukhman has worked as a Community Development worker in Saskatoon Open door society in Saskatoon.

In her free time, she loves watching Netflix and listening to music. She also has an interest in learning how people think and behave and how our mind can affect our physical well being.

 

Housing Stability Coordinator: Jai

Jai is a 2Spirit, Métis person, raised on Treaty 1 Territory.

They’ve volunteered with Pride Winnipeg in many capacities for 6 years, and in 2020 finished a period as Director of Marketing, overseeing a successful brand relaunch. Jai previously spent 13 years in the travel industry – and with the Covid-19 pandemic decided a career change was in order.

Jai has also founded a local, grassroots not for profit in Winnipeg during the Covid-19 pandemic raising over $70 thousand to assist folks struggling with food security, as well supporting unhoused communities. They’re also a part of the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network.

In her spare time, Jai loves beading, hanging out with her animals, partner, and connecting with the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community in Winnipeg.

Housing Stability Coordinator: Daralyn

Daralyn graduated from CDI College with honors, has over 15 years experience working in the community with people struggling in many different areas.

Daralyn is very passionate about working within the community with individuals/families. She is compassionate, supportive, and understanding in nature.

Daralyn loves the outdoor and she keeps active by going on hikes, camping, and taking her dog for walks.

Office Coordinator: Carleigh

Carleigh has a background in herbal studies centered on plant medicine and recently completed studies in bookkeeping at Red River College. She brings extensive experience from various administrative roles. Her dedication to her practice is exemplified through her commitment to supporting individuals experiencing complex social needs, including concurrent mental health and substance use challenges. Carleigh adeptly combines administrative skills with a compassionate drive to assist others. In her free time Carleigh enjoys spending time with her son and partner, listening to true crime podcasts, hiking, and attempting to skate and ski in the winter.

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