HUB 3 MEMBERS

Cynthia Drebot

Cynthia Drebot

Executive Director

My name is Cynthia Drebot and I am the Executive Director of North End Women’s Centre (NEWC) since January 2014. I have lived in Winnipeg my whole life and my heart has been dedicated to working in not-for-profit community-based organizations for over 20 years.

My early years of experience included working with youth, specifically those involved in the justice and child welfare systems and later managing and leading programs in this area. My academic training is in Human Ecology and Social Work which led to a focus and passion for leadership and change initiatives.

I live with my partner and his teenage girls who keep my non-work life active and full.

Dave Cunnin

Dave Cunnin

Executive Director

My name is Dave Cunnin. I have served as Executive Director for Agape Table since December, 2014. Prior to this, I served as Director of Administration for Agape Table.

For the past 16 years I have worked with various human service agencies (both in Winnipeg and in Calgary) from front line to management positions. I have extensive experience in business management (my previous career path was business banking) and operations management.

I have no formal degree but hold diplomas/certificates in Human Resource Management, business management, accounting and life coaching.

Howard Koks

Howard Koks

Executive Director

Howard Koks is a non-profit and community leader with passion to inspire staff and volunteers to new levels of success. Recognized as a positive team builder with extensive experience in organizational development, marketing, revenue generation, and relationship building. Possesses a stellar record of measurable results and well known for professionalism and commitment to the community.

Executive Director
The Dream Factory
October 2015 – present Responsible for day to day operations, The Dream Factory is a charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. We’re unique because we’re based in Manitoba – all of the funds we raise stay in this province to help local children. Everything we do is focused on helping sick kids and their families.
The Dream Factory relies solely on the generous support of people and businesses. Since 1983, when we were founded as The Rainbow Society, we’ve created cherished memories for more than 600 families in Manitoba.

Chief Executive Officer
Parkinson Society Manitoba
2007 – September 2015

• Responsible for all organizational operations in Manitoba ($400,000 annual budget, 100+ volunteers, 5 staff/contracts) consistently exceeding objectives set by Board of Directors.
• Revenue increased from $220,000 to over $425,000 over 5 consecutive years of growth including Parkinson SuperWalk going from $88,000 to $235,000.
• Secured multi-year funding agreement with United Way Brandon to ensure the establishment of Westman operations, office, and staffing functions.
• Lead a province-wide program expansion resulting in enhanced advocacy efforts, education, and services. Programs grew from 8 offerings with less than 100 attending each month to 14 with over 250 attending monthly. Annual conference grew from 90 people to over 325 attendees.
• Built and managed multiple partnerships with external stakeholders such as Movement Disorder Clinic at Deer Lodge, provincial government, and various community organizations.
Associate Vice-President
Red River College, 1998-2007

Director of Development
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1991-1998

Julie Eccles

Julie Eccles

Executive Director

Julie Eccles, Executive Director; Rainbow Stage, Canada’s largest and longest continuing running outdoor theatre.
Someone once told me I couldn’t and I said – oh really…..and that was the basis of my career path.
Some of you may recall that back in high school in the 70’s (yikes) the career councillors were sometimes myopic. Advertising and marketing since I was young was always fascinating to me, however, I was good with numbers and couldn’t draw. I was led to believe that accounting was a natural career choice.
That is were I started….studying accounting, until one day I came home and said to my husband (and we were not married for very long before we understood that we were opposites) creative accounting is frowned upon…..I think I should check out Red River College and look at the marketing and business administration courses. I did and the rest has formed the basis of my career.
Working successfully in and with advertising agencies gave me plenty of opportunities to see first hand and learn from some of the best in the business. From administration to management and eventually to my own marketing and advertising company, I gained an understanding of how the elements work together and where I add value. I add value in the research and the buying of media. Marrying the creative elements to the communication vehicles. I worked at advertising agencies from the late 70’s to the early 90’s and then moved into a retail setting that was dynamic and further allowed me to explore my talents. I was Director of Store Operations and Advertising for Warehouse One, the Jean Store for 10 years and continued media buying and planning with them when I started my own, albeit very lonely marketing and advertising company. I worked with some of the very best businesses in Winnipeg, along with Warehouse One, the Jean Store, Independent Jewellers, Academy Florists, Boston Pizza and a few one of projects, but the internet was becoming a big part of the communication piece and I needed to learn about websites and search engines and all those wonderful possibilities, so I packed up most of the clients and went to work with a small web development company and traded my expertise for their teaching and eventually went to work with one of their clients. From there I merged talents and worked with Salisbury House restaurants for 3 years as Vice President Operations and Advertising. While I was with Sals, my husband began making noises about early retirement from the City of Winnipeg with is magic 80. It got us to talking and me to thinking that during all these years in one fashion or another from parent councils; girl guides; coaching baseball; Rotary; Fred Douglas lodge; Golf tournaments organizer for many start ups like Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament; and on the board of Winnipeg Crime Stoppers that perhaps this was an opportunity for me to slow down and give back to the community! Well the giving back is certainly true and it is good for the soul, but in non profit, there is no slowing down. In 2005 the Zoological Society of Manitoba was searching for a General Manager to run the events, food services, retail, education and marketing for the zoo. It seemed a good fit and I applied and was successful in working with my first non profit. It was a very long drive from my home in North Kildonan and after having the opportunity of working with the City and Patti Sullivan in starting the process for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, I was ready to look for something closer to home and something even nearer and dearer. That something turned out to be Rainbow Stage in 2010. the history and memories from both my husband and my families and now in turn to our grandchildren. Rainbow Stage is a treasure and is a great contributor to the Manitoba economy fiscally as well as supportively to the artistic communities.
Julie Eccles is actively involved in the community serving for 12 years on the board of Winnipeg Crime Stoppers, 3 as Chair of the Board. Lifelong learning has been paramount with membership in several organizations throughout the year in the American Association of Retail Councils, The Retail Council of Canada, The Winnipeg Media Buyers Council (now closed), The Association of Reiki Professionals, National Alliance of Musical Theatres and the Grandparents for the future of spoiling grandkids (just kidding, no such association yet exists).
Married coming up on 40 years; two children; five grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews (we come from a very large family and the multiplier effect is in full swing) along with side business interests make for a very full life and lifestyle in the city which is way to humble Winnipeg, in the province where Canada’s Heart Beats!

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Executive Director

As Executive Director / Centre Coordinator at OVRC since the fall of 2011, Keith has a passionate enthusiasm for the work he does. He loves coming to work every day and wants that for each and every client that utilizes OVRC services. His vision is to provide clients with the resources, tools and services to target their job search and find the position that is a “good fit”. Because the world of work has changed significantly Keith is a strong proponent for providing the opportunity for clients to become self-sufficient in their job search.
He is always looking at how OVRC can better serve clients. Part of that includes providing workshops that help clients to better navigate the changing labour market. He is proud of the dedication and expertise that OVRC provides clients as evidenced by the fact that clients tell others who are in need of job search support to come to the Centre. This demonstrates to compassion, caring and commitment each OVRC staff person has for clients.
His professional background includes working as an employment facilitator, computer instructor, radio announcer, parts and service manager in farm machinery dealership, and as a retail manager—all of which help him to understand and assist clients in their job search journey. He is also an advocate of helping newcomers successfully transition into the Winnipeg workplace culture by providing volunteer opportunities and skills development.

Mona Audet

Mona Audet

Executive Director

As Executive Director / Centre Coordinator at OVRC since the fall of 2011, Keith has a passionate enthusiasm for the work he does. He loves coming to work every day and wants that for each and every client that utilizes OVRC services. His vision is to provide clients with the resources, tools and services to target their job search and find the position that is a “good fit”. Because the world of work has changed significantly Keith is a strong proponent for providing the opportunity for clients to become self-sufficient in their job search.
He is always looking at how OVRC can better serve clients. Part of that includes providing workshops that help clients to better navigate the changing labour market. He is proud of the dedication and expertise that OVRC provides clients as evidenced by the fact that clients tell others who are in need of job search support to come to the Centre. This demonstrates to compassion, caring and commitment each OVRC staff person has for clients.
His professional background includes working as an employment facilitator, computer instructor, radio announcer, parts and service manager in farm machinery dealership, and as a retail manager—all of which help him to understand and assist clients in their job search journey. He is also an advocate of helping newcomers successfully transition into the Winnipeg workplace culture by providing volunteer opportunities and skills development.

Trudy L. Lavallee, HBSW, BA

Trudy L. Lavallee, HBSW, BA

Executive Director

Trudy is the Executive Director of Ikwe Widdjiitiwin, predominantly an Aboriginal women and children’s domestic and family violence crisis shelter in Winnipeg. Ikwe provides crisis residential services, transitional interim housing and follow-up support services to women (their children) who escape violence in their lives, seek safety and endeavour to seek positive changes within their lives.

Trudy has also worked in the field of First Nation Child and Family Services at both the First Nation and Federal political levels and CFS front line for over 25 years. Ms. Lavallee originates from Northern Ontario and is a Treaty member of the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabe First Nation, (formerly Gull Bay), Robinson Superior Treaty. She has resided in Winnipeg since 1987. She spent 9 years as the Senior Policy Analyst/Negotiator and Advisor on First Nation children’s policies and programs with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs working closely with the Manitoba Chiefs and the Grand Chiefs. During this time she was the First Nation representative and member on the Children’s Inquest Review Committee. Prior, she spent 12 years with the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (now AANDC) in similar policy/negotiation type of work for on reserve social services. Ms. Lavallee is a graduate of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and was in the Naval Reserves, Canadian Armed Forces as a Medical Assistant for 9 years. Trudy has been involved in numerous national and regional initiatives that have resulted in major government policy and funding changes which address the well-being of First Nation children, women and families. The major highlight being “Jordan’s Principle”. Trudy published an article in the Paediatrics & Child Health – The Journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society “Honouring Jordan: Putting First Nations children first and funding sights second”; November 2005, Volume 10 Number 9. “Jordan’s Principle” has recently been the impetus used in a successful federal court case ruling that says the federal government is obliged to uphold Jordan’s Principle – an agreement that First Nations children should get the public help they need, regardless of jurisdictional disputes between governments about who should pay. The Implementation of Jordan’s Principle has also been a “Call for Action” with the Truth and Reconciliation process, as well as, the most recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nation Child and Family Services. Recently, Ms. Lavallee has been identified as one of 50 stakeholders and experts across Canada, who works with families who face homelessness. Ms. Lavallee endeavours to continue to advocate on behalf of and promote the needs of Aboriginal women and children to ensure parity of access to services that promote and protect health and well-being by instilling hope, faith and pride. Most of all Trudy is a proud single mother of 2 exceptional daughters.