award nominee Jackie and Cecilly

award nominee Jackie and Cecilly, both excellent on their own, ready to be even more excellent together


Each year we present the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award at the Volunteer Manitoba Awards. We look forward to this day because it gives us a chance to recognize one of our volunteers and the impact their work has had on the community, as well as celebrate volunteerism throughout Manitoba.  


A number of organizations we worked with this year nominated their Spark volunteer and wished to recognize them for their fantastic leadership and coordination, the outcome and impact of the match on the organization’s work, the depth and quality of their expertise, and their commitment to doing pro bono work for a stronger Winnipeg. So for the month of March, we are celebrating these nominees for the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award, and their contributions to their community through a series of volunteer profiles.  


Today we profile Jackie Hogue, consultant and Spark volunteer since 2012.  


Jackie has led an extensive 20-year career within the community development sector.  Her experience includes teaching at the University of Winnipeg within the Urban and Inner Studies department and the Conflict Resolution and International Development programs as well as serving as the Executive Director at the West Central Women’s Resource Centre for six years.


At present, she leads a consultancy firm, J. Hogue and Associates, that specializes in enhancing nonprofit organizational health, efficiency, and strength through services including facilitation, cultural competency, strategic planning, training and support.


Jackie’s extensive background in nonprofit development made her the ideal person for a mentorship match with the new Executive Director of Candace House, Cecilly Hildebrand.  


Candace House is an emerging, first of its kind organization in Winnipeg, working to bring a comforting home-like day refuge for victims and survivors of crime.  As a new organization, Cecilly and Candace House needed assistance in partnership development, program and service delivery best practice, and large-scale and capital fundraising.


To tackle these issues, Cecilly and Jackie met once a month for one year, as well as exchanged emails and phone calls when needed.  For Cecilly, these conversations contributed to the strength and ongoing development of Candace House.  In the end, Cecilly reported that Jackie’s “knowledge and passion of nonprofit management, leadership, conflict resolution, and work involving training in the areas of dismantling racism and cultural competency contributed to Candace House operating as a more resilient, efficient, and effective organization.”  


Since Jackie and Cecilly’s match ended, Candace House has continued to develop. In fact,  Candace House recently announced that it was beginning renovation construction on their first physical space. The organization also recently won the grand prize at The Winnipeg Foundation’s Fast Pitch competition. 


Check out the profiles of Foster Lyle and Stephen Pitre, Jill Knaggs and Elise Epp, Dinis Prazeres, and George Harris and follow along with other nominee profiles this month!