Our Staff

Corrie Monk – Social Enterprise and Team Administration Coordinator

What continues to get Corrie out of bed in the morning (besides the feline house alarm clock) is her passion for supporting individuals and communities in reaching their self identified goals.  With a background in education and over 40 years in the non-profit sector, she’s had the unique privilege of working with and for diverse folks of all ages and stages and life experience.

Whether working with early years, families, youth, adults, or seniors, Corrie values relationships and strives to support people wherever they are at on their journey.  She cares deeply about social justice issues and human rights and believes in the power of honest conversation and collaboration to effect change.

Some career highlights include creating family violence peer support programming, assisting communities in determining risk factors and designing preventative social programs, being a social work practicum field placement supervisor, and serving as a regional representative for the Walking with Our Sisters MMIWG art installation.

Pre-pandemic, Corrie provided consulting and facilitated conversations for community capacity building and engagement, staff retreats & team building, Board retreats and training, and personal growth workshops through her business, Gathering for Connection.

Corrie is a spouse, mom of many, grandmother, and caregiver who is happiest outdoors on a warm summer evening, preferably near water with her dogs close by.

 

Amna Burki – Training and Development Coordinator

Amna is truly a global citizen who has called Winnipeg, Manitoba her home for more than 2 decades. She grew up in South Asia in the foothills of the beautiful Himalayan Mountain range and studied in Europe before settling in Canada.

Amna brings unique experiences and education to her work. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management and a master’s degree from the prestigious London School of Economics in Gender and Development Studies. Amna has over 15 years’ work and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector working with all ages, stages and abilities.

She loves working in the community to help people feel a sense of belonging, as fostering relationships helps us survive. She uses her facilitation and mentoring skills in capacity building with newcomers, families, and seniors.

As the Training Coordinator for Communities 4 Families. Amna uses her empathy, creativity and resourcefulness to develop and deliver early years workshops and trainings. She partners with other organizations to meet their unique needs in supporting staff through resiliency workshops that enhance personal and professional skills.

Some career highlights include creating popular workshops like Tapping into Resiliency Through Storytelling (TRTS) and Gentle Heroes. Amna has recently developed her storytelling skills in the pandemic as means of connecting to participants and using storytelling to develop skills in areas of resiliency and attachment. Amna has been part of Families Canada webinars on a 3-year pilot project on intergenerational volunteering that she successfully led for a newcomer organization. She has recently participated in storytelling internationally as one of two Canadian participants out of 44 global storytellers for a European Museum project.

Amna loves art, especially water colours and calligraphy, and is happiest when she is learning new things like languages or cross-cultural interactions.

 

Chris Voss – Mentor/Facilitator

Chris Voss is mentor and facilitator at Communities 4 Families.  She is a trainer for the Wiggle Giggle and Munch activity and nutrition program.

Chris’ goal is to make every interaction fun and meaningful. She is from Brazil, and has her second degree in Applied Psychology from Booth University College. Chris has three years of training in parenting and literacy programs and six years of experience volunteering with newcomers.

Chris is a friendly and outgoing person with a positive attitude. She loves storytelling, and is up to any challenge. Living in Winnipeg since 2015 makes Chris love every moment outside. She loves everything, from +40 to -40 degrees Celsius!

 

Cheri Wright Kaguah – Outdoor Play Specialist

Cheri is the Outdoor Play Specialist with Communities 4 Families.  Her goal is to help – in partnership with our wonderful partner agencies! – parents, caregivers, and service providers to better understand the importance of outdoor play in early childhood, how to effectively set our children up for successful outdoor play experiences, and to help families feel connected to their downtown communities. Cheri moved with her family to the West End while her children were still pre-schoolers, and she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

Cheri has a Masters Degree in Social Work, Certificate in Adult Education, and a TESOL Certification. Her formal education was really about learning how to assist people identify areas of their life where they may need help, and then support them in any way that she can. One of her favorite things to do professionally is facilitate workshops and sessions, though virtual facilitation is a whole new ball game for her… and she is the first to admit she was never a natural at sports!

Currently, Cheri identifies most as being a mom – it is hard to be anything else while raising young children in a pandemic. She loves the science behind parenting and childhood development and spends much of her spare time researching these areas. Cheri would tell you that parenting is the most challenging job she’s ever taken on! She hopes that between her research, educational background, and both professional and personal experiences, she will be able to successfully support other parents and service providers to better serve their children and clients. Cheri would like you to know, “I’m here to serve!”

 

Ingrid Peters Derry – Special Projects and Communications Coordinator

Born in Saskatchewan, Ingrid has also lived in Kansas, Ontario, and Manitoba. While always a Prairie Girl, annual vacations to the Canadian Rockies provide a lovely distraction. She enjoys three adult children, one living with her, another in Winnipeg, and one often traveling elsewhere.  Ingrid lives in Winnipeg with her partner, son, dog and three cats – sometimes peacefully.

Ingrid has worked with Communities 4 Families, as one of its first coordinators, since 2003.  After nearly 20 years, in the fall of 2020, she began to work part-time as co-coordinator, focusing particularly on Special Projects, such as our Gentle Heroes workshop, and Communications for the Coalition.  Updates to the website, workshop posters and registration, and a weekly e-digest are pieces of Ingrid’s work.

Ingrid has come to love the work represented by the family resource programs in downtown Winnipeg and has found it a privilege to be able to bring various agencies together to share expertise and to support each other.  We truly are stronger together.

Ingrid’s training was in theology (BAs in Theology and Religious Studies, Master of Divinity from Queens University), and she has many years of experience in prison chaplaincy and supporting small faith communities.  Later, nearly 20 years experience in administration and networking followed.  Ingrid has a passion for disadvantaged communities and a desire to help families be as strong and resilient as possible.

Free time activities include walking the dog and keeping kittens out of trouble, biking in spring, summer and fall (fair-weather biking only!), creating things (sewing, painting, writing, baking) and much, much reading (especially mysteries and fantasy to escape thinking about a real-life pandemic).