MLPD Board Members and Staff

MLPD Board Members and Staff

MLPD Provincial Council


Joelle Robinson

Current: First Vice-Chair or the Manitoba League for People with Disabilities

Experience:
Joelle graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 1993 and received her Call to The Bar in 1994. She was a lawyer at Irwin Law Office in Dauphin, Manitoba until retiring from the practice of law in 2018. Joelle was active in the community serving as a director of Dauphin’s Countryfest, The Law Society of Manitoba, the Dauphin Skating Club, the Parkland Humane Society and the Parkland Crisis Center.  Joelle has lived with Multiple Sclerosis since 1997 and faces mobility challenges. She uses a scooter and walker and has limited use of her hands.

Following their retirement, Joelle and her husband Brad Collett launched the consulting firm “BC Advisory Group”. Joelle advises both private and public sector organizations on accessibility issues focusing on practical improvements to the built environment.

Joelle is working to make our world a more accessible place for disabled people by identifying physical barriers and proposing practical, cost-conscious solutions.


Funmi Afolabi

Current: Treasurer of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Funmi Afolabi graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Criminology and Political Studies. She is currently completing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Manitoba. She is passionate about community wellness and community building through sustainable practices and policy making.


Alexandréa Nadeau

Current: Secretary of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Alexandréa is a science student at l’Université de St Boniface and has spent most of her life supporting and advocating for others. A way she has done this was by creating a leadership forum for young women in South-Central Manitoba. Alexandréa also got the chance to advocate for youth while working with Pulsar Collective, an organization focused on improving gender equality in STEM. She is also a founding Branch Leader of IGG Prayrii – a group that provides educational programming and leadership opportunities to self-identifying women and non-binary youth in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Alexandréa grew up with epilepsy that was not diagnosed until she was nineteen and she often felt frustrated when she couldn’t keep up in school or conversation and didn’t know why. Having a non-visible disability, she knows how difficult it is to advocate for oneself and therefore is always trying to find ways to help others in similar positions. She is very excited to work with such an amazing group of individuals!


Bunmi Aregbesola

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Bunmi Aregbesola is a social entrepreneur with experience supporting the inclusion of people living with physical and intellectual disabilities in the community.  Bunmi is a supply chain and event logistics professional who is very passionate about equity fairness and inclusion.  He is currently on the LSC Program Advisory Board for Robertson College and is Vice President of the Waverley West Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba riding Association.


Ebenezer Ayim

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Ebenezer Ayim is a masters student in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He was born in Ghana and received his bachelor of science degree in Psychology from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana in 2013. His background and experience includes years of research in mental health, intersectionality, disability, race, health inequity using community participatory and systematic review as research methodologies. He has worked as Community Mental Health Officer in Ghana, research assistant at UCC and research coordinator at the Network of Budding Psychologists, UCC.

Ebenezer is currently an Associate Member of the Pan-African Scientific Research Council and a research assistant in a three-year (2019-2021) provincial project: “Towards Positive Change to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing for Black Canadians in Manitoba”.

Ebenezer is working on topics such as “Impact of Black Life Matter Movement for Black persons with disabilities”, “All Voices Count: Ensuring Inclusion and Polling Place Accessibility of the Disabled Community in Ghana during Voting” and “Social Determinant of Mental Health among Black Canadians with disabilities. He intends to establish “Psychological Institute for Excellence in Education and Research”, a non-profit research institute that will enhance the education and research skills for persons with disabilities in the global south.

Ebenezer believes persons with disabilities in the Black community are likely to experience intersecting layers of discrimination, racism, stigmatisation and social exclusion as a result of their dual identities as members of a disabled and racialized subculture, with adverse effects on their mental health. Ebenezer, hopes to see a society where such barriers that prevent Black persons with disability from achieving their mental wellness are addressed.


Mohamed Behi

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Mohamed is a student at the University of Winnipeg, served as Accessibility Director of UWSA, Secretary of NEADS, and was Disability Justice Commissioner of CFS-MB.


Andrew Boryskavich

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Andrew graduated from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in 2008 with majors in Human Resources and Marketing. Andrew has spent his career working in social services specifically in the Employment and Training sector. Andrew has recently been active in Toastmasters International and was elected President of his club for 2 years running. Andrew has also volunteered in the Recreation Department at the Posiedon Care Centre.


Robert P. (Phil) Graham

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Phil Graham has a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Minnesota. After completing his research for his thesis, he worked for the University’s horticulture department as a research assistant where he travelled to Bogota, Columbia to assist in setting up a research facility to develop frost tolerant potatoes to grow at high altitudes in the Andes.

In 1969, Phil was told he had a serious eye disease, later diagnosed as Retinitis Pigmentosa, and would eventually lose his eyesight. In preparation for the eventual loss of useful vision, Phil completed his BA in Psychology so he could apply his horticulture training in horticulture therapy.

Applying horticulture as a facilitator for community development, Phil created a Gardening program to serve elderly clients for Klinic Inc. He also managed the R. B. Russell Children’s Garden as well as other greenhouse and horticulture activities for the school division.

Phil became involved with the University of Minnesota ‘gay liberation’ movement in 1969 and introduced this movement to Manitoba in 1972. Along with others, he lobbied the Manitoba government until sexual orientation was included in the provincial human rights act.  Phil was a board member of the Broadway Community Centre for nearly 10 years and in 1991 was presented the Volunteer of the Year award by Mayor Glen Murray. In his spare time, Phil has written gardening articles for various publications and answered plant questions on radio for CBW.


Erin Honke

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Erin Honke is a student in her final semester of a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Winnipeg. She loves young children and has spent the past 7 years working as a nanny.

After earning her undergrad, she will be getting a Master’s degree to become a licensed therapist. She has always had a desire to help others, and when she struggled with her own mental health challenges while coping with her chronic pain condition, she discovered how helpful therapy programs can be. This is one of the reasons she is passionate about MLPD.

She has been living with chronic pain for the last 10 years which has impacted her quality of life. However, she is energized, motivated, intelligent, and eager to learn.

For the last few months, she has been serving on MLPD’s Fundraising Committee. She has been attending committee meetings and completed her first grant application. In her four years at university, she has remained an honour roll student while also balancing work and volunteer positions, most recently acting as the organizer for multiple fundraisers for Save a Dog Network. She believes her education and psychology training, which included disability studies courses, allows her to connect with people in our community quite easily.


Alan Levy

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Through out his career Alan’s goal has been to foster and celebrate organizational and societal diverse and inclusive workplaces with a sense of belonging; he has been committed in his organizational and academic work to build teams that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds and feel free to express their opinions, this includes his work with whistleblowing. Believing in his research on whistleblowing which only strengthens organizations to be better in their service to all customers and to society, whether in the private or public sectors.

Alan holds a BA from the U of W, Masters of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall, York University.

Alan’s conflict resolution work is what separates him from most leaders. Both as an academic and practitioner of conflict resolution models of testing practicality apply to some of the most difficult disputes in the Country .


Kevin Linklater

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Kevin is very interested in the well-being of those who live with a disability. He has had experience with the Manitoba Brain Injury Association as a board member and also as a member. While he was a board member, he saw the need for fundraising.  He also helped raise awareness of the Brain Injury Association for those who have just suffered a brain injury.  He is currently a student at the University of Winnipeg working towards his disability studies degree, with that degree he can be a community support worker for those in the disability community.


Pat Locken

Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

Experience:
Pat is a former Business Education Instructor and Work Experience Coordinator with Red River College. Her interest in disability issues stems from experience trying to access services for family members. She has served on the SSCY (Special Services for Children and Youth) working group and RCC board, and helped to establish the Movement Centre of Manitoba (MCMI), working on fundraising and serving three terms as Board Chair.

Pat’s main concerns are currently about public accessibility, including education, and access to supports for adults with physical disabilities who are mentally and socially capable of independent living but do not qualify for funding to make this possible.

 

MLPD Staff

Kaye Grant, B.Ed. MBA

Current: Part-time staff at MLPD

Experience:
Kaye is an experienced business consultant, project manager, researcher and trainer. Kaye is the Principal Consultant with Reconnaissance Management Consulting Group Inc. Kaye combines her background in education with her business experience to assist non-profit organizations to acquire knowledge and enhance their skills in order to develop their capacity. During her practice, she has managed consulting projects of varying size and scale.

Kaye Grant has related experience in conducting feasibility studies, business planning, marketing research and she has worked directly within a local social enterprise. Kaye has provided non-profit consulting services that involved conducting feasibility studies for social purpose enterprises, researching and applying measurement tools related to social enterprises, providing input and information regarding the development of social oriented businesses, and developing business plans for triple bottom line enterprises.


Rosalie Best, B.A.

Current: Part-time staff at MLPD – Accessibility Services Coordinator

Experience: 
Rosalie started her career in disability related organizations providing services to the community after graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2013. Rosalie is a certified career counselor who for 5 years helped people with disabilities join the workforce. First at Premier Choix where she worked in the French community, then at the CNIB as a Vision Loss Rehabilitation Specialist.  In addition to this, Rosalie has experience advocating for disability rights and accessibility through the media and has appeared in CBC and Radio Canada news stories over the last six years. She is excited to be able to use her experience at MLPD to help further disability rights.


Jennifer Sande, B.A. MPA

Current: Part-time staff at MLPD– Accessibility Services Coordinator

Experience:
Jennifer is an experienced organizational leader, entrepreneur, and community connector. Jennifer has been the MLPD Provincial Coordinator for the past few years and recently stepped into the part-time APM role. Her desire for social justice and a vision of an inclusive society drew her to MLPD. A background in entrepreneurship led her to develop the MLPD Accessibility Consulting Services program, or Social Enterprise, to help the organization become self-funding.