Colette and Susan, and Taya and Susan, worked together to improve SEED’s annual report

Long, long ago (ok, 11 years), Spark was called CEDTAS, and was housed at SEED Winnipeg. We’ve come a long way since then, but we wouldn’t be where we are today without that initial support. And so, when SEED contacted us to get some help building communications tools, we were more than happy to help out.

Susan Belmonte, SEED’s Office Manager and Network Administrator – who also plans and puts together the annual report – asked Spark for a two-part match to help them not only update their annual report, but also provide them with some capacity building around some of the interviews they include. They were also hoping for some graphics to represent the five pillars of financial empowerment SEED focuses on, to use within the annual report and possibly elsewhere.

We matched Susan with graphic designer Colette Boisvert, and communications specialist Taya Rtichsheva. Colette worked with Susan to capture the right graphic feel for the annual report, and provided a designed template for Susan to input all the information into. She also designed 5 icons, one for each of the pillars of financial empowerment: you can check them out on the second page of this PDF of the annual report.

Taya interviewed 9 individuals who have benefited from SEED’s programming, and took their photos.¬†An experienced journalist, Taya provided a helpful foundation for Susan to create the stories as they appeared in the annual report.

Check out their annual report here. Congratulations on another great year, SEED!

Supporting Economic & Employment Development (SEED) Winnipeg, Inc., has been helping build strong communities and increase opportunities for people through financial empowerment programs and services since the late 1980s. They have an impressive strategic plan for 2015-2018, including

  • working in partnership with Aboriginal community members and organizations to reduce the ongoing impact of colonization and to increase understanding of its effect on Aboriginal program participants and program design.
  • increasing financial capacity and well-being through the provision of financial literacy and asset building opportunities.
  • providing opportunities for meaningful livelihoods through business ownership and enterprise creation.
  • demonstrating and promoting Community Economic Development (CED) principles as an effective and attainable approach to local development.


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!