Meet the Team


Denae Penner (She / Her)

Director of Central Neighbourhoods

Denae Penner is a dedicated member of the Winnipeg community with 10 years of experience in event and program management. She has a passion for equitable and accessible urban communities, with a keen interest in placemaking, children’s mobility and community engagement. Outside of work, Denae is an avid skier and trail runner, exploring Manitoba with her dog Rhubarb.

Braydn Matheson (She / Her)

Community Well-being Coordinator

Braydn is a Scottish, English, and Swampy Cree woman with maternal relation to St. Peters Reserve on Treaty 1 Territory and paternal relations to the UK. She graduated from UofM in 2019 with a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development, and has been working with community engaged organizations since she was old enough to have a job! She is really excited to run programming for all ages and hang out with the people who make up Central Neighbourhoods. When she’s not at work you can usually find her with her dog Teggau, walking around the neighborhood or paddling a canoe!

Melvin Daligdig (He / Him)

Programs Intern

Melvin is a Filipino cis-gender man living on Treaty 1 territory. Melvin is a University of Winnipeg student currently pursuing degrees in criminal justice and conflict resolution studies. He is passionate about sharing culture through food and providing healthy meals to community members. He has a wide skill set that he utilizes to support the various programs that Central has to offer and is always willing to lend a hand. One of his favorite spots in the neighbourhood is Central Park because it is iconic, has a nice splash pad and serves as a good place to enjoy the outdoors. Melvin also enjoys playing video games, teaching/ participating in dance workshops, and film making.


Aine Dolin (She / Her)

Aine is a white settler, cis-gender woman living on Treaty 1 territory. She has volunteered with Central Neighbourhoods since September 2020. Outside of her work at Central she is a sexual and reproductive health educator, whose work is rooted in anti-oppression and harm reduction. She is also a medical anthropologist currently examining the intersections of pleasure, autonomy and risk. She is passionate about strengths-based, community-led work, and enjoys spending time with her neighbours and learning from them – which is why she loves door service and lending a hand at Central!

Courtney Clark (She/Her)

Courtney is Métis, queer, and uses she/her pronouns. She resides on Treaty 1 Territory, homeland of the Métis Nation. Lately, she’s been spending her socially-distanced time playing chess, volunteering as a mentor, and beading to connect to her Métis heritage. Courtney values non-judgmental and inclusive safe spaces for all members of the community, and is enjoying meeting and connecting with community members through her work with Central Neighbourhoods Winnipeg.

Lou Gandier

Peer Harm Reduction Chair

Hannah Spence

Peer Harm Reduction Chair