For more than 2 decades The Westshore Community Foundation, Inc. has been a vehicle for the betterment of the community.
Incorporated in 1998, The Westshore Community Foundation Inc., was developed through the old Johnson Memorial Hospital District when it was replaced by the new Interlake Regional Health Authority. The formation of a community foundation was considered a good vehicle by which funds could be used to benefit the surrounding communities.
The Board of volunteers has continued to strive to build permanent endowments and other funds to support community projects. The Foundation is proud of the growth since incorporation and has reached assets in excess of $5,000,000. This has allowed the foundation to invest in our catchment area and help grow a lasting legacy for all.
It is the mission of The Westshore Community Foundation to continue to grow in order to offer even greater support to the ongoing needs of groups and individual dedicated to the betterment of the communities of Riverton, Gimli, Fraserwood, Winnipeg Beach, and Dunnottar. We believe philanthropy is alive and well in our areas and your contribution to the Westshore Foundation will provide a lasting legacy.
Tim was born and raised in Gimli and later moved to Winnipeg for his post-secondary education and employment. Tim enjoyed a 35 year career with Manitoba Public Insurance, highlighted by a Senior Director position in Auto Theft Prevention and Special Investigations. Tim and his wife retired back to Gimli.
Tim has shown a strong commitment to volunteerism and community service and was recently recognized with a Manitoba 150 Honor Award for his over 40 year record of mentorship and community leadership.
David and his wife, Charlotte, retired to Gimli in 2005 after a lengthy career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He retired with the rank of Chief Superintendent as the National Organized Crime Officer for the Pacific Region. He has been a Director on various Boards at both the provincial, national and international level.
David enjoys working with community-based organizations and the not-for-profit sector in developing strategies that enhance the quality of life for those who live within our catchment area.
Tristin has 25 years of experience in various capacities of business development including senior management, retail operations, consulting and strategic development. Currently employed at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, she is interested in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the community.
Tristin has volunteered with many community organizations and sat on numerous boards related to Arts and Cultural Organizations; she enjoys living in Gimli where she is often outdoors riding a bike, kayaking, cross country skiing, or walking along the shores of Lake Winnipeg.
Darcy lives in the Gimli area with his wife and 2 boys. He enjoys giving back to the community and has participated on various boards and volunteer organizations at a regional and national level. He has passion for curling and golf.
Darcy’s professional career involves working within the financial services industry. Academically, he holds an MBA and Bachelor of Commerce.
Nikki is a lawyer and owns a law firm in Gimli. She lives within the R.M. of Gimli with her husband and dog. Nikki enjoys volunteering at community-based events and served as a volunteer student and volunteer lawyer for the Legal Help Centre in Winnipeg for several years.
Nikki loves taking part in community activities and is involved in the Gimli Slo Pitch league and Gimli Beach Volleyball league. In her spare time, you can find Nikki in her garden or on the lake ice fishing.
Don has been a resident of Gimli since 2000 and a cottager here for many years prior to that. His main focus within Westshore is on furthering its financial strength and growth. This utilizes to best advantage his extensive academic success in the financial field and almost 50 years’ experience as a banker, investment advisor and insurance specialist.
Don is proud to have been a past President and a Director since 2002 having had the opportunity to work with fine individuals within Westshore ,a grassroots organization that contributes greatly to the success of our community.
Eric has been a director of the Westshore Community Foundation board since it’s inception in 1999. He has served as Board Chair, Treasurer, Chair of Board Development, and Granting Chair. He brings to the board decades of Community service through several different organizations. He is retired from a 37 year career with the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, with about 30 years in store management. He resides in Gimli with his wife Barbara, and they have 3 adult children, and 1 grandchild.
Rosanna resides with her husband in the Gimli area, where she was born and raised. She and her husband are the proud parents of two grown daughters. Being a contributing member of society is important to her and she has participated in various opportunities and organizations in the Interlake area over the years as a volunteer or committee member. Rosanna loves music, sports, cooking, nature, and spending time with family, friends, and colleagues.
Rosanna has been an educator for thirty-four years and is Principal of Sigurbjorg Stefansson Early School in Gimli. She has attained her Bachelor of Education, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education, and her Master of Education, all from the University of Manitoba. She also has her Level 1 & 2 Administration Certificate.
Ron moved to the area in 2017 with his wife Terese and their 2 children. Ron has been the Treasurer for the Westshore Community Foundation since 2020. Ron is a Chartered Professional Accountant and owns Lighthouse Accounting in Gimli. Community Service is important to Ron, as he is also on other boards in the Gimli area, and is currently the Treasurer for the Gimli Chamber of Commerce.
Randy recently moved to Gimli with his wife Dawn. He has been a member of several community-based boards including credit unions and provincial, national and international boards for his profession. He is currently a member of the Betel Home Foundation board of directors.
As president of Acornhill Partners Inc. and a Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) Randy helps owners and managers to develop and implement more successful strategies. He also works with social enterprises and not-for-profit clients
Darlene grew up in a small MB farming community, moved to Gimli after meeting her husband and they raised 3 daughters here. She believes active members create a strong community with opportunities for all ages and interests.
Darlene is retired from her career as a speech-language pathologist providing and promoting therapy services for preschool children in the Interlake region. She continues her role within her husband’s local business. Gardening and family fill her days. Darlene has participated professionally and as a community member on local and provincial boards and committees and enjoys volunteering to support local events.
Teri grew up in Gimli and moved back three years ago when she retired from CancerCare Manitoba. She has been very involved in the communities she lived in while she raised a family of five children,and was the recipient of a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2007. She now works part-time at Gimli Physiotherapy. She is currently on the Gimli Environmental Advisory Committee and the Gimli Pride Committee in addition to the Westshore Community Foundation.
Teri’s professional background is in rural development and community engagement and she spent her career working primarily with municipalities and non-profits. She is enjoying being semi-retired, which allows her time to give back to the community, swim regularly and walk her puppy, Thor, on the boardwalk.