Janice MacAulay, Chair

While raising my own four children, I became involved in supporting other breastfeeding mothers as a volunteer and later became Parent Education Coordinator at an Ottawa community family resource centre. I then began working with the Canadian Association of Family Resource Centres (FRP Canada, now Families Canada) to assist family resource centres with practical resources and networking with partners across Canada and beyond. Until my retirement in 2014, I had served as Executive Director of FRP Canada for 11 years.

Noreen Agrey, Treasurer

I have 35 years of experience in the non-profit world, working in program development, delivery, and as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.  I have seen how powerful knowledge-sharing and evidence-based programs can be in improving the lives of children and families.

Maja Aziraj, Member

I am an Early Childhood Educator and mother of two young children. I hold a Master of Science in Family Social Sciences and have experience in program development and evaluation. I currently work as a policy analyst for the Government of Manitoba.

Cheryl Fraehlich, Vice-Chair

I hold an Interdisciplinary PhD (Social Work, Family Social Sciences, and Sociology) and have taught at the University of Manitoba for many years.  I recently retired from my position as a Research Associate at RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse), a tri-prairie community-based research network. I am the mother of an adult son.

Jamie Koshyk, Secretary

I hold a Master of Science degree in Family Social Sciences and taught for many years in the Early Childhood Education program at Red River College.  Currently, I conduct research related to early learning and childcare, particularly the Science of Early Child Development initiative.  I am also the mother of three children and grandmother of two.

 Jan Sanderson, Member

I had a 27-year career with the Government of Manitoba, including positions as CEO of Healthy Child Manitoba; Deputy Minister of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors; and Deputy Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities. Subsequently, I became Research Chair, School of Health Sciences and Community Services at Red River College, where I led a team of researchers dedicated to ensuring that research is accessible and meaningful to those most impacted by it. Since retiring, I remain co-chair of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, active with the United Way of Winnipeg, and a member of the Stewardship Committee for the Boldness Project.