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 also taken time out of his busy schedule to coach his son and daughter’s hockey teams over the last number of years, as well as coaching baseball for two seasons. 

Christian was Chair of the United Way Winnipeg Golf Tournament from 2018 until 2022, and spent a total of seven years as a committee member.  He also held the position of Trustee for the University of Manitoba Alumni Fund from 2005 until 2008.  

Christian graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2004 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree majoring in both Finance and Marketing.  He is presently an Investment Advisor & Financial Planner with Mahoney-Kennedy Wealth Management at BMO Private Wealth.   He also holds three professional designations as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®).


Cory Shangreaux, Vice Chair

Cory Shangreaux has lived in River Park South since 2006. Cory is married and has two boys ages 16 and 18 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 previously coached minor hockey with the St Vital Minor Hockey Association for many years and is an active volunteer.

Cory is employed as Corporate Counsel with Richardson International and has a law degree from The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law. Prior to joining Richardson International, Cory worked as in-house counsel with employers such as Manitoba Hydro, SkipTheDishes, IG Wealth Management, Tribal Councils Investment Group and Pitblado LLP.

Cory also serves as chair of the executive committee for the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s Manitoba section (The CCCA is an independent section of the Canadian Bar Association and is Canada’s home to in-house counsel.) 


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’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.

Since 2010, Sandy has been a trustee on the Louis Riel School Board, currently in the role of board Chair and she also serves as a regional Director on the Manitoba School Boards Association. She is employed by the University of Manitoba and has been a resident of River Park South for over 25 years.  


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.