People passionate about nature

Board of Directors


President - Sandy HayGlass: Sandy joined Nature Manitoba in 2014 and leads the Discovery Evening Program Committee. She has an Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from Queens University. Sandy loves working with people to get things done. She has 25 years diverse business and senior management experience at the Canadian Grain Commission. Since retiring, she chairs the 55 Plus Program Committee at the University of Winnipeg. Walking, enjoying nature, cycling, travel and growing plants are among Sandy’s favorite activities.

Executive Vice President - Donald Himbeault: Don joined Nature Manitoba in 2010, and since then has been active at many of the organization’s indoor and outdoor activities, as well as the board room where he currently serves as President. He is a Professional Engineer with a passion for the environment, sustainable living, and pursuing an active outdoor lifestyle. Don’s interests include cycling, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and also includes an innate curiosity for the scientific and historical aspects of our natural world. Don looks forward to sharing his prior experience with other boards and promoting the mission of Nature Manitoba.

Vice President - James Whitelaw: James Whitelaw has a B.Sc. (Ecological Sciences) from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. (Zoology) from the University of Liverpool. He was a staff scientist at the Royal Society Aldabra Research Station and worked on urban nature conservation projects in London. He was a member of the management committee of the Scottish Wildlife Trust (Tayside), on the regional committee of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, and was for seven years chairman and secretary of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Tayside Branch, before fleeing back to Canada in 2004. James has been a Nature Manitoba member since 2004 and has greatly enjoyed the bird outings, indoor meetings and workshops. James is a keen birder and is interested in all aspects of natural history and environmental issues. He enjoys his family, his dogs, and his birding trips. He has been moved on by the military in Venezuela, detained by the army in Ecuador, and robbed at knifepoint in Gambia, and is looking forward to more birding adventures.

Treasurer - André Laberge: André joined Nature Manitoba in 1991 and has been involved in the Outdoor Committee, trip leader workshops, Victoria Beach cabin, and has previously served as treasurer. He has also been involved with the Mantario program as a committee member, trip leader, and contributed extensively to the rebuilding of the cabin. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, travelling, and has passed his love of canoeing onto his family. André attended St. Boniface College and is a certified financial planner who has been practicing for 20 years.

Secretary - Katrina Froese: Katrina is an environmental educator. She has worked with K-12 students at FortWhyte Alive since 2009, but prior to that, completed a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and worked as a field assistant in insect biodiversity and environmental impact research. Katrina became connected with Nature Manitoba through a guided winter trip to the Mantario Cabin in 2011, and has since enjoyed guiding winter and summer trips to the cabin, and serving on the Mantario Cabin Committee with coordinating cabin maintenance. She loves cross-country skiing, canoeing, bird-watching, and volunteering to ensure more people can access special places and experiences in nature.

Past President - Jack Dubois: Jack was born and raised in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (Zoology/Botany) in 1972. He is recently retired from his position of Director of the Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch, Manitoba Conservation, where he worked for ten years. Previous employers have been the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature and Parks Canada. Jack has been active for many years in community issues in Manitoba and has taken active roles on many boards including the Manitoba Eco-Network Inc., Wapusk National Park, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, The Fur Institute of Canada, and the Manitoba Naturalists Society, as Nature Manitoba was known then. Jack and his family like to canoe and otherwise spend time in remote areas of Manitoba. He is also known to do a little hunting, fishing, spelunking and bird watching in his spare time, when not at their cabin on Hecla Island.



Director - Lesly Andrews: Lesly joined Nature Manitoba in 1986 and worked on the Mantario and Outdoor committees. She greatly enjoys participating in physical activities and outdoor adventures offered by Nature Manitoba.  She has been a trip leader for many years and has been involved in Mantario’s Family Week. A long time resident of Winnipeg, Lesly has a BSc. in Environmental Science and is a Public Health Inspector CIPHI(C). She operates FoodSafe, a Manitoba based food handler training business. 

Director - Les McCann: Les is currently retired after 30 years as a welfare officer for the Province of Manitoba. His major involvement now is a variety of activities with Nature Manitoba, with whom he is currently past president of the board. Apart from the board Les is involved in most activities of Nature Manitoba including the Outdoor Program, the Mantario Program,the Discovery Evening and Workshop Program, the Kiosk, as well as being on the committees related to Environmental Action, the Nominations, and the Bridging the Gap Programs. In Headingley, Les enjoys being part of the trails committee and he and Helen conduct a 4H program in Outdoor Living.

Director - Maria Mitousis: Maria is a lawyer in Winnipeg and a partner at her firm who enjoys volunteering in the community. The need to “escape” the office and to celebrate the outdoors led Maria to join Nature Manitoba and participate in many of its wonderful birding and hiking programs.  As a relatively new member of Nature Manitoba, she has learned that it is never too late to learn about our responsibilities to our environment and community. Maria is so pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the organization by joining the dedicated group of volunteers on Nature Manitoba’s board. The members of Nature Manitoba are truly welcoming, generous and “passionate about nature”.

Director - Marika Olynyk: Marika is an environmental educator and ecologist. She holds a Masters in Natural Resources Management, and has worked as an ecologist in the areas of pollination, avian, and prairie ecology. Marika currently works with Parks Canada and is a co-founder of Urban Ecology Winnipeg. She has a background in community engagement and is passionate about developing meaningful ways for people to interact with the natural world. In her spare time, Marika loves hiking, camping, and canoeing, and enjoys exploring new places across the province.


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