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.

Emmanuel Allieu (He / Him)

Community Well-being Coordinator

Emmanuel is a first-generation newcomer to turtle island and currently refers to Treaty 1 Territory as home. Emmanuel uses He/Him pronouns. He is of Mende ethnicity and was originally born in Sierra Leone – West Africa. Emmanuel has worked with youth and families for over 10 years in various settings. He is passionate about community development, and conflict transformation practice. Emmanuel is interested in exploring and taking-action on strategies to reduce barriers for newcomer and all marginal populations. On his spare time he is often healing from fast paced life by reading, biking and connecting with nature.


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