Board & Team

Council Members

Norma Alberg — Knowledge management consultant

Wendy Bloomfield — Manitoba School Boards Association

Wendy (chairperson) joined the board in September 2014. She was appointed by the Manitoba School Boards Association.

For the past 33 years, Wendy has been an elected school trustee for the Seine River School Division. She began her career working as the administrator for St. Norbert Children’s Centre and was responsible for the construct action of a new facility in 1992. Wendy also worked in the provincial government from 1997 to 2014. She worked in Family Services with vulnerable adults and she also liaised with child and family service agencies. As part of her work she did training on governance with non-profit boards.

Now retired, Wendy continues to consult with the provincial government on the Non-Profit Organization Strategy. She also is a Board member with the St. Norbert Arts Centre and is a member of the Vulnerable Person’s Hearing Panel.

 Dr. Sheila Giesbrecht — Province of Manitoba, Department of Education and Training

Sheila (ex-officio) has been a part of the board since April 2014. She has worked as a Student Success Consultant since 2008 with the Province of Manitoba in it’s Department of Education and Advanced Training. As a non-voting Board member, Sheila is a liaison between the provincial government and the Council.

Although she grew up in Manitoba, Sheila moved to Chicago in her early adult years, where she taught in the inner-city. She lived there for 9 years and received a doctorate degree in the area of education and curriculum assessment from the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher, in the area of professional development, held a position as a school principal in Arizona, and has lived and worked on the Hopi Reservation.

Sheila enjoys spending time with her children and family travelling, participating in Winnipeg’s vibrant city life and exploring Manitoba’s wilderness.

Viola Prowse  – Former Executive Director

Kevan Sumner — Brandon School Division

Kevan (director) joined the board in 2010. He works full-time in land use planning for the Province of Manitoba in the department of Indigenous and Municipal Relations. Guided by an early interest in architecture, Kevan obtained a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba. He has also worked in policy and community development in the Department of Agriculture. His work, along with growing up on a farm near the community of Neepawa, gives Kevan a unique perspective on poverty in rural communities.

Kevan’s work informs his volunteer efforts, which include Board director for Food for Thought (a Brandon non-profit that manages distribution of food to schools in Brandon) and terms as both Trustee and Vice-Chair for the Brandon School Division. In September 2016, Kevan was appointed as Chairperson for the Brandon School Division.

While Kevan was growing up, his mom worked as a school teacher and instilled the importance of education in him from an early age. Kevan’s work in the area of childhood nutrition is motivated by the belief that we have a duty to ensure that all children have equitable access to education and healthy, nutritious meals. He is a husband, a father to two young children, and he enjoys curling, motorcycling, and playing board games with his children and friends in his spare time.

Larissa Webster — Local business owner

Larissa (director) joined the Board in late 2016. She has lived in different parts of the world and worked in a variety of capacities, including technology and marketing in corporations. Larissa has lived in Thailand for four years, then she moved to France where she lived for another four years. She learned a lot about school food programs while living abroad, before returning to her home community of Winnipeg. Back in Manitoba, Larissa started a bakery/restaurant called Frenchway Café.

Larissa is a mom to two children who attend elementary and junior high school. She’s passionate about advocating for children so they can have access to healthy food and education about how to prepare it. She is also interested in bringing more food security projects, and partnerships, with a focus on educating school children and their families on food sustainability to the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba.

Friends of the Council

Corinne Eisenbraun – Dietitians of Canada
Marty Snelling — Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation

Staff

 Clara Birnie – Program Dietitian

Clara is a Registered Dietitian who started working with the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba in 2012 in a contract position. She began her position as a Program Dietitian in 2014. Clara graduated with distinction from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences. She went on to complete a dietetic internship with Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program.

Clara values evidence-based nutrition information and has a strong interest in research. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba and Dietitians of Canada.

Clara is passionate about fostering healthy habits in both individuals and communities. Before working with the Council, Clara had a nutritional consulting practice out of Corydon Physiotherapy Clinic, she also worked in the areas of pre- and post-natal nutrition with Healthy Start for Mom and Me, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in public health.

When she isn’t working, Clara loves spending time with her husband and son, travelling, exploring the city, playing in the garden, or creating meals and sharing laughs in the kitchen!

 

 Maxine Meadows – Program Dietitian

Maxine Meadows is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the area of community nutrition in Manitoba for many years. Maxine received her Bachelor of Human Ecology with a major in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Manitoba and completed a Self Directed Dietitians of Canada Approved Internship Program. She holds memberships with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba and Dietitians of Canada.

Maxine has worked in several community dietitian positions including Babies’ Best Start Prenatal Nutrition Program, former NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority, former Assiniboine Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools. Maxine started working with the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba coordinating the Manitoba Vegetable and Fruit Program in 2008. In 2014 she started her new role as Program Dietitian supporting breakfast, snack and lunch programs across Manitoba.

Maxine loves the outdoors and travelling with her husband and two children. She has had the opportunity to live and work in Thompson, Flin Flon, Powerview-Pine Falls, Boissevain and now Gimli, Manitoba.