BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-2022
 

Christian Kennedy, Chair

Christian Kennedy has lived in the Dakota catchment area since 2006. He started playing in the Dakota Adult Hockey League right after moving into the neighbourhood. Christian has taken time out of his busy schedule to coach his son’s hockey team for the last 4 years as well as coaching baseball for two seasons for both his daughter and son’s Dakota teams.

Since 2015 Christian has been a committee member with the United Way and has most recently taken up the Chair position for their annual fundraising efforts in the 2019 Golf Tournament. He also held the position of trustee for the University of Manitoba Alumni Fund from 2005 until 2008.

Christian is a graduate from the University of Manitoba. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree majoring in both Finance and Marketing. He presently is an Investment Advisor and Financial Planner with BMO Wealth Management. He also holds two professional designations, i.e. Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).


Cory Shangreaux, Vice Chair

Cory Shangreaux has lived in River Park South since 2006. Cory is married and has two boys ages 14 and 16 who have taken part in soccer, baseball and hockey programs based out of Dakota Community Centre. Cory is an active member of the Dakota Fieldhouse and enjoys the use of the running track on a regular basis. Cory coaches minor hockey with St Vital Minor Hockey Association and is an active volunteer.

Cory is employed as an In-House Counsel with Manitoba Hydro and has a law degree from The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law. Prior to joining Manitoba Hydro, Cory practised law in a variety of industries with employers such as SkipTheDishes, IG Wealth Management, Tribal Councils Investment Group and Pitblado LLP.

Cory is also a volunteer board of directors member at Mother Earth Recycling Inc., an Indigenous social enterprise providing recycling services and job opportunities.


Darren Neufeld, Treasurer

Darren Neufeld and his wife Mandy have enjoyed living in the Dakota catchment since 1992.

He and his family have been enjoying the club’s sports programs and facilities since 1996. He earned his CPA (CMA) designation in Manitoba and has been a member since 1993. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg. He is currently the Controller at one of Canada’s largest and oldest transportation companies, TransX Ltd. In March 2019, CN concluded its acquisition of TransX Ltd. Previously, he has held other senior financial roles including a minority shareholder of a Manitoba trucking company.

Darren’s volunteer work at Dakota has consisted of coaching various teams in mini-soccer, hockey and ringette. Other volunteer work has included treasurer duties for the Manitoba Optimist Jr Golf Tournament, an event that provided additional funding to the University of Manitoba Golf Team. Darren has served on the centre's Board since 2016 as our treasurer.


Sandy Nemeth

Sandy Nemeth has been a resident of River Park South for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba, and has been employed by the UM for more than 30 years, currently as Buyer for UM and Bisons brand apparel at the Fort Garry Campus Bookstore.

Since 2010, Sandy has been a trustee representing ward 3 on the Louis Riel School Board. She is currently board Vice-chair, Chair of the Riel-Evate Endowment Fund Committee, and serves as Vice-President on the Manitoba School Boards Association executive.

Sandy’s interest in serving on the Dakota CC board stems from a firm belief in community centres as valuable hubs of both recreation and sport excellence. She has watched DCC expand and evolve to meet the many and varied needs of the growing community it belongs to and is appreciative of the work and dedication of the centre staff and volunteers in making this happen.

Michael Raimondi

Mike Raimondi and his family have lived in the Dakota catchment since 2008 and are active participants of the club. They very much appreciate the various programs and activities the club offers for the community.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and earned his CPA designation in 2003 as well as his Certified Internal Auditor designation in 2015. He has worked at Canada Life for the past 15 years, previously as the Director of Internal Audit and currently as the Director of Individual New Business Operations & Underwriting. Prior to Canada Life, he spent approximately 5 years working in public accounting performing financial statement audits and taxation work for a variety of organizations.

Mike also volunteers on the Board of Directors at Epic Opportunities, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities.

He is passionate about health and wellness and strongly believes in the club’s vision of an engaged, healthy and vibrant community.


Karlee Batchelor

Karlee Batchelor and her family have lived in River Park South since 2014 and her two young boys continue to keep her busy, having participated in soccer, baseball, curling, swimming, karate and golf.

She holds a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) designation and is also a LEED Accredited Professional. She is currently Senior Estimator for Graham Construction & Engineering, and also a member of the Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba.

An ongoing passion project of Karlee’s has been her involvement with the Manitoba Kidney Foundation; she has actively volunteered and fundraised for the foundation for the past nine years.