Margerit and Chuck, ready to build some programs for Thunderbird House

Margerit and Chuck, ready to create a pilot program template for Thunderbird House

The Circle of Life Thunderbird House is an iconic building on the Winnipeg landscape, and has a reputation as a place where people can reconnect with, learn about, and practice traditional Indigenous culture. Since its incorporation in 2000, Thunderbird House has gone through some internal changes, but its commitment to community has never wavered.

Referred to Spark by Eric Friesen of Oshki-Giizhig (who rents office space at Thunderbird House and had his own match), Chuck Copenace got in touch with us about some of the plans and dreams he and the Board of Directors have for Thunderbird House. Specifically he was looking for help with developing some programs that would enhance the space and continue to draw community there.

Once we met with Margerit Roger of Eupraxia Training, we knew we had the right person to work with Chuck. She’s got an extensive background in evaluation and program development, and has a keen interest in helping organizations develop programs that meet the needs of their community – and programs that can be evaluated easily.

As part of the match, Margerit will share her program planning expertise, and help Chuck improve his program development skills. Together, they’ll develop a planning and evaluation template for a Fire-Keeping Program, a pilot program that Thunderbird House hopes to launch this summer.

We’re excited to help our Main Street neighbours, and are looking forward to seeing this program get underway!

If you work for a community development organization in Winnipeg and are looking for short-term, project-specific help, or if you’d like to volunteer your expertise, start here. Our matches make it possible for organizations to achieve what they can’t do on their own – be part of that change today!