Our Board of Directors

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SISTER MARYLYN GIBNEY

Sisters of the Holy Names
of 
Jesus and Mary (SNJM) 

 

Founding Member

SNJM Representative

Board of Directors

Sr. Marylyn Gibney is a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She has been involved with the Next Step Program from its beginning in the early 1990's. As a member of Ross Convent, she was there most Thursday nights with coffee ready for men as they arrived for their meeting. Sr. Marylyn has a Masters in Religious Studies.

Sr. Marylyn is a strong believer in the goodness of people. She is committed to the full development of each person, with a particular concern for those on the margins of society. This belief has been strengthened over the years through her ministry in education, her involvement at the Immaculate Conception Parish Drop-In, and her living alongside of the Rossbrook House Community.

Since her retirement after 30 years at the St. Mary's Academy, she serves on the St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Board and volunteers in the Alumnae Office, maintaining connections with alumnae and their families.

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FATHER JOHN PERRY

 Society of Jesus (SJ)
Jesuits of Winnipeg

Founding Member

SJ Representative

Board of Directors

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Fr. John Perry is a Jesuit priest and has been a resident at Quixote House for the past several years. Before Quixote House, his last Jesuit assignment was teaching at the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation in Monrovia, Liberia. Previously to that, he spent many years working for the Royal Government of  Bhutan in their school system. He holds a doctorate in theology and has specialized in bioethics. He has also written several books on theology, the slave trade and genetically modified plants among others.

Fr. Perry is currently completing work on a book on nuclear proliferation and the environment which will be published in the USA by Lexington Books. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, he appreciates the time for long walks and reading novels. Fr. John is grateful for his weekly zoom gatherings held every Friday with his siblings, three brothers and three sisters. Fr. Perry faithfully attends the Next Step Thursday meetings with his comforting and solid presence, and is always willing to provide non-judgmental listening and a compassionate ear to Future Hope clientele. 

MICHAEL CALIGIURI

Chairman
Board of Directors

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Dr. Michael Caligiuri is an alumnus of the University of Manitoba and the University of Ottawa, where he earned multiple degrees in both the sciences and humanities at the undergraduate, masters and PhD levels. He is a Research Fellow of St. Paul’s College and an instructor in Catholic Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba. His areas of focus include religious and secular bioethics, issues in body modification technology, cybernetics and nanotechnology, as well as science, ethics, and religious systems.

Initiated into the work of social justice by the Jesuits of Winnipeg via St. Paul’s College, he is one of the original board members of Future Hope. Dr. Caligiuri has served in several roles and continues to aid the organization at all levels. His specific skill sets include organizational and financial oversight with a pragmatic outlook as to how Future Hope is best suited to continue its mission in serving the community.

BO GAJDA

Vice-Chair
Board of Directors

Chair
Succession Committee

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Bo Gajda has enjoyed an enriching and rewarding work history in the not-for-profit rehabilitation services and church ministry sectors. He is a retired prison chaplain with over sixteen years’ experience within Manitoba federal medium and minimum-security institutions. In the community, he continues to work with church and non-profit organizations and groups with social and restorative justice missions. The focus has been on initiatives in support of a successful return to our communities of those completing prison sentences.

Bo has served on the advisory team for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Winnipeg for over eighteen years and is a founding member of the national Board of Directors, CoSA Canada Inc. For several years now, Bo has escorted offenders approved for temporary passes to the Thursday Next Step peer group support program, a core program of Future Hope’s reintegration support services. This volunteer engagement flowed from his continuing experience on the Future Hope Board of Directors, which is currently engaged in its own process of transition and growth period.

LOUIS BALCAEN

Member 

Board of Directors

 

Chair 

Fund Development Committee

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Louis Balcaen is retired from operating a large dairy and grain farm for 40 plus years. He has been involved in residential and commercial property development for several decades. He represented the milk producers at provincial, national and international levels and is the past president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Louis is a motivated philanthropist and has had much community involvement in business, seniors housing projects and sports. Louis is greatly involved in his church in La Broquerie, Manitoba.

He comes to Future Hope with a long line of board and committee experience with several provincial boards, commissions and committees related to agriculture. He is a past board member on the Bethesda Foundation. Over a 15-year span, Louis still enjoys prison ministry visiting the inmates and accompanying those released in their re-entry into the community. He has been on the Future Hope Board for 6 years and is presently the Chair of the Fund Development Committee. Louis is the proud father of two sons and a daughter with his late wife Jeanne Lavack.

JOHN HUTTON

Member 

Board of Directors

Member
Succession Committee

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John Hutton, MSW, is a senior level manager and mediator with over 30 years’ experience in the social services sector. He brings expertise in policy development including planning using collaborative approaches. John’s experience includes a strong focus on entrepreneurial innovation, creating and overseeing community-based initiatives and programs. His eleven-year employment as the Executive Director with the John Howard Society of Manitoba as well as his sessional instructional services on restorative justice at the Menno Simons College/Canadian Mennonite University aligns perfectly with Future Hope’s mission and brings a fresh perspective to the organization.

As former Manager of the Community Investment Fund with United Way of Winnipeg, John was directly responsible for reviewing and maintaining agreements with funded agencies under the overall direction of the Community Investment Committee. This valued experience in reviewing proposals for funding and development of funding policies and procedures allows for great mentorship possibilities to Future Hope staff and will assist to initiate collaborative relationships with other funders.

PRASHANT TIPNIS

Member 

Board of Directors

 

Member
Succession Committee

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Prashant Tipnis, a certified Adult Educator, has extensive international experience with small to medium-sized enterprises, educational institutions, corporate and non-profit organizations. He has held senior executive positions with various management responsibilities. As an independent consultant he has led and facilitated many training, coaching and business process improvement initiatives.

Prashant is passionate about social service and has over 20 years of volunteering experience in Winnipeg and East Africa. He has contributed to and successfully led several non-profit and charitable organizations such as India Association of Manitoba and Giants Group of Kenya. Prashant’s multicultural background gives him a deep understanding of various perspectives which adds tremendous value in Future Hope’s continued journey in building an inclusive culturally competent organization.

HEATHER GRANT-JURY

Member

Board of Directors

Member
Fund Development
Committee

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Heather Grant-Jury is a lifelong Winnipegger who has, along with her husband and one daughter, contributed countless hours giving back to the community she calls home. Heather has over thirty years of experience in the trade union movement in Winnipeg and was the first woman elected as President of the Winnipeg Labor Council. She then moved on as director of a trade union training center and developed her skills in management, course development, and delivery.

 

Heather’s deep sense of community has made a difference through fundraising and volunteering initiatives with the United Way of Winnipeg, Community Unemployed Help Centre, Friends of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, and the John Howard Society to name a few. Her passion for helping people and giving hope to those who need it led her to join Future Hope.

ROSALINDA AMATO

Member 

Board of Directors

 

Member 

Succession Committee

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Rosalinda Amato has been teaching in the Adult EAL Program in Winnipeg School Division for 20 years. As an immigrant herself, she brings a lifetime of compassion and understanding to the many struggles of leaving your family and home and the difficulties of navigating a new life in a new world. She feels privileged and honored to be the first person to teach her refugee students the literacy skills that they were denied in their countries.

Rosalinda’s passion for serving her community started early with visiting patients at Health Sciences Center, evolving to serving on the women’s Health Clinic board, helping homeless teens with housing and employment at Yonge Street Mission while living in Toronto. She has been teaching Sunday school for over 20 years at Holy Rosary Parish as well as initiating and chairing the fellowship committee. She sits on both St. Alphonsus School and St. Mary’s Academy Parents’ committee and is Secretary of the SMA Parents Guild.

Rosalinda’s caring spirit to serve women in the community continued with her involvement at House of Peace - a home for refugee women downtown.  Before Covid restrictions, she started volunteering on-site at the Women’s Correctional Center. Rosalinda has found her calling, she believes, in volunteering with people in and transitioning out of the prison system. She has found great fulfillment in this area in starting her volunteer journey at Future Hope with our Next Step program, supporting men in their re-entry journeys. 

BRIAN GODKIN

Future Hope Director

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Brian Godkin brings over 20 years of experience managing a large family cattle farm as well as launching a custom feedlot cattle operation. Brian served on the Future Hope Board of Directors for 3 years as a member representing Future Hope’s clientele. In the spring of 2019, he was asked by the Board to assume the role of Quixote House and Massie House Manager. In February 2020, a capacity building mentoring grant permitted the Board to hire Brian as Future Hope Director. And in April 2020, Brian obtained his Spiritual Director Certificate after participating in Shekinah, a 2-year formation program at St. Benedict’s.

With good knowledge of the corrections system and the challenges of re-entry, Brian establishes easy rapport with Future Hope clientele and knows what supports and programs can provide the best practical help needed by the men in their transition from prison to living in community. His business expertise and his life experience are great assets in Future Hope’s own transition and planning for a sustainable future.