Committee Representation


Financial Sustainability

Chair: Malinda Roberts

Members: Audra Penner, Margo Powell, Scott Smith.

Golf Tournament Sub-Committee:

Chair: Scott Smith

Members: Jeannie Alexander,  Krista Bissett, Maria Freeman, Margo Powell, Yolly Tang


Chair: Maria Freeman

Members: Darrin Clinton, Charmayne Dube, Scott Morden, Audra Penner, Margo Powell and Linda Stephenson.


Chair: Ruby Reimer

Members: Courtney Welch, Scott Morden


Barrier Free Manitoba

Representative: Leanne Fenez

Background: Barrier-Free Manitoba is a non-partisan, non-profit, cross-disability initiative that was formed in 2008 with a goal of getting the Province Manitoba to enact strong and effective legislation that requires the removal of existing barriers and prevents the creation of new ones.

This legislation was passed and proclaimed on December 5, 2013 in the form of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act. This was accomplished because of the widespread support provided by organizations and individuals from and beyond Manitoba’s disability communities.

Membership: SMD, New Directions, Abilities Manitoba, Children’s Coalition, Manitoba Supported Employment Network, Cerebral Palsy Association.

Day Services Review Advisory Committee

Representative: Krista Bissett

Background: The Day Services Review Advisory Committee began meeting in the fall of 2013 and continues to meet on a regular basis. Our purpose is to develop a standardized consistent approach to how agencies are funded and to identify efficiencies in services while promoting greater independence and community participation.

Membership: Family Services, Manitoba Supported Employment Network, Abilities Manitoba and Community Representatives.

Housing Regulations

Representative: Leanne Fenez

Background: Regulations, municipal by-laws and legislation that apply to people we support in the area of housing can both protect and restrict. Finding a balance between ensuring that the housing that people live in is safe and enabling a full range of choice and options with reasonable risk has been an ongoing challenge. Abilities Manitoba has a role in advocating for and participating in discussions that explore and create this balance.


Chair: Charmayne Dube

Background: This working group was established to assist with developing a province-wide strategy that will enhance training standards and wages for direct staff and make recommendations to Abilities Manitoba.

Members: Charmayne Dube, Jeannette DeLong, Krista Bissett, Kristin Knockaert, Leanne Fenez, Leslie Udell, Maria Freeman, Scott Smith, Margo Powell and a Representative from the Alliance of Direct Support Professionals of Manitoba (ADSPM).

Public Guardian and Trustee Working Group 

Representative: Leanne Fenez

Background: Member agencies within Abilities Manitoba had expressed increasing frustration with the Public Guardian and Trustee’s changes in practices related to Property/Financial matters as well as Personal matters. Representatives from 14 different agencies across the province met in January 2015 to gather information and the committee was formed after the concerns were brought froward at a meeting between CLdS and Abilities Manitoba. The purpose of this working group is to focus on broader policy/process issues that community reps collectively highlighted. Agencies will continue to simultaneously work to resolve specific issues with the relevant CSW and PGT Administrator.

Membership: Representatives from Public Guardian and Trustee, Family Services and Abilities Manitoba.

Red River College Advisory Committee

Representative: Jeannie Alexander

Background: This committee meets twice a year to provide guidance and advice on all matters related to the Disability and Community Support Program at Red River College to ensure program relevance to both students and employees.

Membership: The Advisory Committee consists of representatives from Red River College, student representatives, a Family Services Representative and community representatives.