Staff and Volunteers

Senior Management:

Louise (Desmarais) Champagne, Volunteer, staffing and management coordination; President of Neechi Foods Co-Op since its inception 27 years ago; recipient of  the Cooperative Achievement Award from the Canadian Cooperative Association and the Worker Co-op Merit Award from the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation; initiator of Payuk Inter-tribal (housing) Co-op; and co-chair of the Winnipeg Native Child Welfare Coalition that created the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Canada’s first urban Aboriginal child and family support agency.


Milandro Gregario, Meats Manager; experienced butcher with business training background.

Russ Rothney, Volunteer, financial management; previously Community Economic Development Manager, Assiniboine Credit Union; Treasurer since Neechi’s inception.

Other Volunteer Technical support:

David Kerr, Volunteer accountant;  former senior cooperative business officer with the Province of Manitoba and chartered accountant; specialist regarding cooperative financial and business structures.

Beatrice (Culleton) Mosoinier, spear-headed the creation of the “Neechi Niche” arts store and cultural centre; celebrated Aboriginal author.

Dennis Lewycky, labour, communications and community development specialist; former Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

Susan White, bookkeeping and administration support; administrative clerk, Winnipeg Women’s Health Network; professor, Anthropology Department, University of Winnipeg.