Volunteer Board and Committees

shaping the work of IIWR-MB

IIWR-Manitoba is governed by a board of volunteers elected from the membership at the Annual Meeting.  Membership in IIWR-MB is open to all people and organizations supportive of women’s human rights. 

Board 2020 - 2021


Co Chairs: Teruni Walaliyadde & Sahla Mitchell
Secretary: Christine Williams
Treasurer: Sanjida Ahmed

VPs & Committee Leaders

VP Administration: Fiona Vowell
VP Diversity:  Jessica Da Silva
VP Youth: Shayne Bloomfield-Wong
Co Chairs, Advocacy: Micaela Crighton & Leah Wilson
Chair Communication: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski


Elizabeth Aluk
LeAmber Kensley
Renata Meconse
Anita Neville
Florence Okwudili
Darci Todoruk

There are many ways for members to make a contribution to the work of IIWR-MB.

We encourage participation by all our members on committees if they wish, or to represent IIWR-Manitoba in community activities. Examples of committees are the Advocacy Committee, Communications Committee, Program Committee and the Event Committee. An example of outside representation would be sitting on the Winnipeg UN Safe Cities Steering Committee. If you are interested in becoming involved on the Board, or on a Committee, please contact us.

Everyone is welcome to participate in our programs and events. For more on what is happening, visit our Events Calendar .

Visit our Membership page to learn how to become a member.


Get to Know the Current Board

Sahla Mitchell

It is a powerful thing when women come together to fight for a better, more just world. I'm proud to be making those changes with the strong women who are part of IIWR-MB.

Teruni Walaliyadde
Growing up amidst a civil war and being witness to atrocious human rights violations encourage me to continue pursuing human rights particularly pertaining to women’s and children’s rights
Christine Williams
My passion is fueled by the fearless women who surround me. Together we can undoubtedly create the change we wish to see.
Sanjida Ahmed
I want to let other women and members of vulnerable commuunities know freedom from gender based violence is possible. Working as a board member of IIWR-MB will help me spread this message locally and globally.
Fiona Vowell
VP Administration

I am passionate about building community and advancing women’s rights.

Jessica Da Silva
VP Diversity

I want to be active in the movement that transcends our so called normal, and prioritizes equality, respects all forms of life, and creates a better future for everyone.

Shayne Wong
VP Youth

I am inspired by the strong and powerful women I have met both inside IIWRMB and beyond; being on the board I’m part of the conversation about women's rights locally and globally.

Micaela Crighton
Co-chair Advocacy
I believe that by supporting women to breakdown barriers we can make a better world for all. I am in awe of the women I have the pleasure to work with, support, and know through IIWR-MB.
Leah Wilson
Co-Chair Advocacy

Women can be seeds for change, roots of empathy, and branch out to create transformation. I am proud to support and work to advance rights for all womxn

Jessica Botelho-Urbanski
Chair, Communications

I believe storytelling can help make the world a more just place. My goal with IIWR-MB is to communicate our advocacy far and wide, in hopes of helping women and girls achieve equality.

Elizabeth Aluk
Board Member
I am delighted to be in the midst of women and men making a difference. I advocate for equal opportunity for women, for educating girls, for respect of human rights, and equality for the globe
LeAmber Kensley
Board Member
I joined the board as a way to give back to the community and ensure that women the world over have the opportunities that I have been privileged to have.
Renata Meconse
Board Member

I’m honoured to be part of IIWR-MB, it’s board and members. Together we can support and empower women, share their stories and make a difference.

Anita Neville
Board Member

It is a privilege to be part of a community of women working to raise awareness and reduce the oppression of women locally, nationally and internationally.

Florence Okwudili
Board Member
To add to to the many voices of women around the world asking for change and better treatment of women especially in the developing countries.
Darci Todoruk
Board Member

Being the voice of change isn't a single voice nor a single conversation, I am very proud to be a member of the IIWR-MB Board to be a part of the voice for women's rights.