Working Groups

Barrier Free Manitoba

Representative: Leanne Fenez

Background: Barrier-Free Manitoba is a non-partisan, non-profit, cross-disability initiative that was formed in 2008 with a goal of getting the Province Manitoba to enact strong and effective legislation that requires the removal of existing barriers and prevents the creation of new ones.

This legislation was passed and proclaimed on December 5, 2013 in the form of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act. This was accomplished because of the widespread support provided by organizations and individuals from and beyond Manitoba’s disability communities.


  • Manitoba Possible
  • New Directions
  • Abilities Manitoba
  • Children's Coalition
  • Manitoba Supported Employment Network
  • Cerebral Palsy Association

Red River College Advisory Committee

Representative: Jeannie Alexander

Background: This committee meets twice a year to provide guidance and advice on all matters related to the Disability and Community Support Program at Red River College to ensure program relevance to both students and employees.


Red River College representatives
Student representatives
Family Services Representative
Community representatives

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Professionalization Committee

Chair: Jeannie Alexander

Background: This working group was established to assist with developing a province-wide strategy that will enhance training standards and wages for direct staff and make recommendations to Abilities Manitoba.


  • Charmayne Dube
  • Jeannette DeLong
  • Krista Bissett
  • Kristin Knockaert
  • Leanne Fenez
  • Maria Freeman
  • Scott Smith
  • A representative from the Alliance of Direct Support Professionals of Manitoba (ADSPM)