Our 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.


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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.



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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.


Sisters of the Holy Names
Jesus and Mary (SNJM) 


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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.


 Society of Jesus (SJ)
Jesuits of Winnipeg

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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. 



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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.



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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.



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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 honoured 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-19 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. 

Larry Pelzer


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Larry Pelzer, a long-time community and trade union activist has devoted countless hours, dollars and mental consideration toward making a difference in his community. His commitment and contribution to increase social connections for people needing support has changed lives. His unique set of skills, and extensive board experience as President of the Winnipeg Labour Council, Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council as Chair of The Workers of Colour Representative, and Winnipeg Area Representative.


Board member of both the United Way of Winnipeg and the Community Unemployed Help Centre will bring considerable support in the execution of Future Hope’s growth strategy. Larry has over 30 years as an active member with Optimist International, District 35 Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota, as Past Governor, Distinguished Past Governor and President of the SouthWinnipeg Optimist Club. His understanding of the significant​ barriers ex-offenders face will help Future Hope address how best to enable participation in community and cultural activities among people with lived incarceration experience.






John Hutton, MSW, is a senior level manager and mediator with over 30 years’ experience in the social services sector with a strong background in policy development, planning by 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.