MLPD Board Members and Staff

MLPD Board Members and Staff

MLPD Provincial Council

Sherry Ritchot


Current: Chairperson of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities as of June 2019. Board member of Helping Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer Inc., Development Committee Member of the Main Street Project, and Volunteer for Siloam Mission, along with numerous previous community experiences on various Committees and Boards.

Experience:
I became interested in accessibility issues as I have lived experience with it involving three car accidents and have since become increasingly aware of accessibility issues and discrimination of people with disabilities.  I am an experienced litigation lawyer with a strong and dedicated work ethic.  I have advocated successfully for clients in all levels of Courts of Manitoba, the Court of Appeal, in the Federal Court, in the Court of Queen’s Bench and in the Provincial Court, with my call to the Manitoba Bar in 2000.  I have appeared and presented cases for clients before Administrative Tribunals in civil and criminal venues.  I have sound business reasoning, drafting and filing of documents for resolution of legal matters for clients with governmental agencies, opposing parties, and the Judiciary.  I have excellent verbal and written communication, presentation skills, demonstrated analytical and investigative qualities, and  provider of reasoned solutions.  I have the training and ability to mediate, collaborate, negotiate, and resolve disputes ethically, efficiently, and effectively promoting cooperation and positive productive group interactions.  I am committed to continue to expand knowledge and ability through professional development training through various organizations, via mentors, fellow colleagues, and administrative support, promoting a positive team attitude.

Alan Bridgeman


Current: First Vice Chairperson (and Past Chair) of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities, as well as a fourth-year computer science major at the University of Manitoba (and an Assistive/Accessible Technology [AT] enthusiast).

Experience:
• Manitoba Director for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEAD);
• Chair of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Manitoba Youth Council (CNIB-MYOC); and
• Business Lead for the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS).

Alan is so devoted to accessibility issues that he started a provincial group of accessibility representatives from student unions from across the province to help coordinate accessibility for students living with disabilities. He would really like to bring his experience with working on Boards and for non-profit organizations to MLPD’s Provincial Council.

Fred Dugdale


Current: Treasurer of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2016, as well as Treasurer of the Manitoba Brain Injury Association.

Experience:
During his career, Fred has successfully provided the necessary attributes to ensure fiduciary matters were properly managed. Both as not for profit executive and as a consultant, Fred has added to the continued and enhanced success of significant organizations. Fred spends his time playing in several bands and sharing accessibility information with anyone and everyone who will listen.

Whitney Hodgins


Current: Secretary of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2018, and is a full time student at Brandon University taking a double major in Anthropology and History.

Experience:
When not being dedicated to her studies, she’s an active advocate of students with disabilities as the Accessibilities Director at the Brandon University Students Union as well as the Accessibility Commissioner at the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba. When not in the classroom or boardroom, you can find her using her voice to break down misconceptions surrounding autism spectrum disorder by using her own personal experiences to share how she and others like her can experience and navigate the world around them. This has taken her from classrooms teaching as a guest lecturer to national stages at prestigious disability conferences.

Bunmi Aregbesola


Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2019.

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.

Lindsay Scott Boutet


Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2019.

Experience:
Lindsay’s Business and Educational background includes Senior Graphic Designer for (CMHA) “Kaleidoscope;” a magazine promoting creativity for those living with mental illness. With a Diploma in Graphic Arts and Certificate in Administration (Red River College), he has also worked alongside relevant departments and agencies which are an integral part of awareness, growth and leadership in the Health and Wellness sector. He enjoys contributing his understanding, passion and enthusiasm for MLPD to achieve its mission and goals. Some of his personal interests includes portraitures in pencil and charcoal, cycling and hiking.

Nancy Cooke


Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June  2019. Managing Partner, Elm Park Dental; Partner, Curiata Ltd.; Candidate for the PC Party of Manitoba, Fort Garry.

Experience:
Nancy has an extensive background working in professional healthcare environments in both the public and private sector.  She has been the co-owner and managing partner of a successful Dental office since 2000.

Nancy is an entrepreneur who started an information technology company with her partner in 2018.  Nancy is familiar with managing corporate finances as well as human resources and account management issues in the private sector.

Nancy gained valuable experience in senior levels of government as the Special Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure from 2016-2018.

Nancy has a history of fundraising for Charities including Co-chair of the Gala Auction Committees for Special Olympics Manitoba and Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Chapter.  she is currently the member of Equal Voice, Manitoba Chapter and 100 Women Who Care and was successful in raising thousands of dollars for the ALS Society, Brummit-Feasby House in December 2017.

In 2019, Nancy became a member of the Winnipeg Food Council and the Provincial Council of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities.  Nancy is a firm supporter of accessibility for all Manitobans.

Nancy is currently the candidate for the PC Party of Manitoba in Fort Garry where she plans to extend her service to the community into governance and legislation.

Megan Linton


Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2018.

Experience:
Megan Linton (she/her), is both a mad identifying and disabled femme. She is currently the Deputy Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba, and the National Student Disability Justice Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students. Most of her activism is centred on sexuality and disability, mad justice, and disability pride.

Pat Locken


Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2018.

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.

Patricia Pittman


Current: Provincial Council Member of the Manitoba League of Persons of Disabilities elected June 2019.

Experience:
I am a former family physician (on disability) and will be returning to school at University of Manitoba this spring.  My interest in volunteering for  MLPD’s Provincial Council comes from my own lived experience with a disability.  I have spina bifida and bipolar disorder.  I  have recently transitioned to wheelchair use from forearm crutches. I have experienced first hand the importance of accessibility and I wish to add my voice to advocacy for accessibility for all Manitobans.

 

MLPD Staff

Kaye Grant, B.Ed. MBA


Current: Part-time staff at MLPD – Operations Manager.

Experience:
Kaye is an experienced business consultant, project manager, researcher and trainer. Kaye is the Principle 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.

Jennifer Sande, B.A. MPA


Current: Part-time staff at MLPD – Accessibility Program Manager (APM).

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.