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Board of Directors

Eva Solomon,
Winnipeg, MB

S. Eva Solomon, CSJ, B.A., B.Ed., D. Min. in Cross-cultural ministry, is Anishinaabe (Henvey Inlet First Nation, ON). A Roman Catholic Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie for fifty years, she is director of “Building Bridges Project” for the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. Eva has a strong commitment to the development of a truly Aboriginal Catholic Church. She has worked for many years with her own people and many other Aboriginal peoples of Canada, USA and Mexico. She is dedicated to helping all people to recognize their own dignity, beauty and goodness and thus to live out of the sacred power the Creator has given us.

In her traditional way Sister Eva is a Sacred Pipe Carrier and Sweat Lodge leader and conducts various other ceremonies. In her work, she focuses on interculturation of faith - the bringing together of Catholic faith and Aboriginal traditional ways. Her vision of Aboriginal Church incorporates her dream for a religious community of FN people. She seeks to heighten awareness and understanding of interculturation of faith and assists Aboriginal Peoples to recognize and take more ownership and responsibility for the faith life of their communities.

She has worked with various Christian denominations across the country as they look at the question of Interculturation of Faith. She has experience in teaching all levels of Education.

S. Eva received the “Christian Culture Award Gold Medal” from Assumption University in Windsor, ON, for her work in reconciling Anishinaabe spiritual traditions and Christianity.

Board Elder

Myra Charlie
Duncan, BC

Myra Charlie's First Nation’s name is Q’atxumaat. She was born in 1940 on Quamichan Reserve near Duncan B.C. in a house next to a river and road. After raising her children, Myra went back to school and got her Grade 12 certificate at age fifty five. She then took a Hul'q'umi'num language program offered by the Cowichan Tribes. With her new langague skills she became part of the Hul’q’umi’num’ dictionary work crew with elders, office staff and technicians. When I choose to get into the stream of education, I made it possible to have a job!

Myra now facilitates prayer services for her people, and oversees the maintenance and other needs of St. Ann's Parish.She shares her language teachings with different age groups. Her journey includes lots of driving (!), and she enjoys knitting, cooking, carpentry, reading, learning.
Myra participated in the RTS workshops and seminar series and says,"They have helped me in all of the areas where my 'trail' takes me. It's like driving or canoeing on my journey! The possibilities are greater!"

Board Treasurer

Wilda Wedgerfield
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Wilda is retired and living with her 95 year old mother and caring for her. She was born in Killarney, Ontario on June 16, 1939, and was a member of Sisters of St. Joseph, North Bay 1960-1970 and Grey Nuns of Montreal 1987-2006.

She has a love of learning and caring for others. She has studied nursing at the St. Joseph`s Hospital School of Nursing and at Lakehead University, Clinical Pastoral Education at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, and taken courses at Concordia University and the Newman Theological College in Edmonton. She's held nursing administrative roles in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and NWT and is now a Spiritual Director. She has participated in two RTS workshops in Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

Board Member

Mary LeMaître
Winnipeg, MB

Mary is an Instructor at the University of Winnipeg in the French Studies department. Mary is actively involved in many aspects of Social Justice.

Board Member

Archbishop Richard Gagnon
Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Archbishop Richard Gagnon is originally from Lethbridge, Alberta and was the Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia for ten years. He did his Bachelor of Arts in History and English through Simon Fraser University and studied Fine Arts and Music at the University of British Columbia.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 by Archbishop James Carney of the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver after doing his seminary studies in Rome.  Reverend Gagnon completed the RTS workshops in Saskatoon and Nanaimo and has been a dedicated supporter of the need for the growth and availability of the workshops across Canada. We have been privileged to have him on our Board of Directors here in Winnipeg since 2014.

Board Secretary

Stan Fontaine
Sagkeeng First Nation, MB

coming soon

Board Member

Lisa Monkman
Dauphin, MB

Lisa Monkman grew up in the inner-city of Winnipeg. She is an Aboriginal doctor currently working in Dauphin, blending western medicine and Indigenous health practices.

Board Member

Claire Ewert Fisher, B.A Honours in Psychology, M.Div.      
Langham, SK

Claire now works as the Executive Director for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Saskatchewan. She served under MCC for seven years in Asia – Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. Together with her first husband, she worked in community development and agriculture in indigenous communities in Viet Nam and the Philippines. Other involvements with MCC include setting up and managing a Thrift Shop and researching an Alcohol Use project.

Claire served as an ordained Mennonite pastor for 15 years, the last 9 together with her second husband. As part of her spiritual journey, she trained and practiced as a director in the Catholic tradition. For five years, she also worked as a core member of the Spiritual Directors Formation Program at Queen’s House of Retreats in Saskatoon.

Claire is married with two married children and two grandchildren.

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