Board of Directors

Recreation Manitoba is a volunteer-based organization, comprised of individuals who work in parks, recreation and related fields.


 Laine Wilson, President,

Rockwood-Stonewall Recreation Committee

Laine is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development undergraduate degree program. She is currently the Recreation Facilitator for the Rural Municipality of Rockwood and Town of Stonewall, in which she proudly calls homeAs the proud mom of three active young kids, she sees the fundamental, proactive role recreation and community development play in increasing the quality of life for everyone. Recreation, community and leisure have been an integral part of her life and Laine is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for our work, alongside the other board members of Rec MB and all of Manitoba. Laine enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, fishing, majority of mainstream sports, volunteering and relaxing at the lake.  



 Leila McVannel

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist - Manitoba Developmental Centre - Portage La Prairie 

Graduate from University of Manitoba - Physical Education Degree. I have worked in the field of recreation and therapeutic recreation for approximately  30 years with many to go - really enjoy meeting and working with new people. My husband Rob and I have two daughters - Taylor and Tamara 

My interests include spending lots of time with family and friends - we love the outdoors and everything that goes with it!  Hiking, kayaking, camping and bonfires to name a few. We are a sports family and have taken part in lots of wonderful opportunities through sports -  Hockey, softball, curling, high school sports, volunteering and coaching. 

Being part of the Recreation Manitoba Board has been a wonderful experience for me and I recommend it to everyone!


 Amber Mamchuk

B. Kin, Municipality of Ritchot

Amber Mamchuk is the Director of Recreation Services for the Municipality of Ritchot.  With a passion for community development, planning and parks, Amber brings 20yrs+ of experience in the recreation sector to her role on the Recreation Manitoba Board.  Prior to becoming a board member, she spent 3yrs on the Recreation Manitoba Conference program committee.  Amber believes in the power of recreation to strengthen community connections and enhance quality of life.  In her spare time, Amber enjoys camping, cross country skiing and hiking with her two young daughters, husband and dog.  


 Stephanie Jeffery

BMGMT, Manitoba Fitness Council

Stephanie holds almost 25 years of experience in recreation, fitness and community development. She believes in not only talking about physical activity but getting out and being active. In addition to her role as the Executive Director of the Manitoba Fitness Council, she is a certified fitness leader, leading classes weekly.  


 Justine Friesen

City of Brandon

Justine has worked for the City of Brandon since June of 2015, first as the Youth Centre Coordinator and now as a Recreation Programmer. She has been involved with the annual Recreation Manitoba conference since 2015 and has been a Board Member for the organization since 2020. Knowledge gained through prior positions with the City of Winnipeg Recreation Department, working at a golf course, ballpark, multiple daycares and a placement with the Manitoba Provincial Department of Recreation and Regional Services has prepared her for a career in Recreation. In addition to her work and volunteer experience, she possesses a degree in Recreation Management and Community Development with a minor in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Justine is passionate about working with her community and providing opportunities to increase overall well-being! 

   Emily George, President-Elect Sport Medicine Council of Manitoba
   Brady Clark, Treasurer, City of Selkirk
   Tara, Cowan, Pipestone Albert Recreation Commission

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