Volunteer Board

In 2008, a group of dedicated Inuit volunteers incorporated the Manitoba Urban Inuit Association (now known as the Manitoba Inuit Association). Since then, we have worked to obtain financial support, connect with Manitoba organizations, conduct research and lay the ground work to start linking Inuit to a range of services that meet the needs of both long-term Inuit residents, and newly arrived Inuit.

Board Members 2019

Fred Ford (President/Board Chair)

Fred is an Inuit Beneficiary of Nuavut and lived in Baker Lake for 25 years, connecting to his family from the Kivalliq region in Nunavut, where his father was born. His grandmother was from Labrador (now Nunatsiavut). He was educated at Brock and York Universities and went North in 1980 where he remained, until he and his wife Gela relocated to Winnipeg in 2006. Fred has a long career working with Inuit artists - in both visual and performance art. He and is now officially 'retired', putting in many volunteer hours supporting MIA and various other organizations dedicated to promoting art, music and community in Winnipeg.

Grace Clark (Secretary/Treasurer)

Grace was born in Nunavut, and is the second child of John & Frances Voisey. Grace lived at Wilson River on her father's trap line for 7 years before moving to Churchill where she grew up and went to school. Grace is now a Nunavut elder, and has resided in Winnipeg for the last 38 years.

Grace has been active as a volunteer and board member since 2011. she is very willing to help in any way possible. Professionally, Grace works as a Retail Manager at Asham Curling Suppliers in Winnipeg over the past 21 years.

Joachim Ayaruark - Vice President

Joachim is an Inuit Beneficiary from Nunavut and from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and lives with his wife Joyce in Dauphin, Manitoba. He has been an active volunteer and board member since 2018.

Peter Clark - Board Member

Peter is an Inuit Beneficiary from Nunavut and lives in Lorette, Manitoba with his family.

Nicole Luke - Board Member

Nicole is an Inuit Beneficiary from Nunavut and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is completing her Masters in Architecture at the University of Manitoba. She has been a volunteer and active board member since 2018.

Grace Tookoome - Board Member

Grace is an Inuit Beneficiary of Nunavut and from Baker Lake, Nunavut. She works at the Kivalliq Inuit Center and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been a volunteer and active board member since 2016.

Erica Sammurtok - Board Member

Erica is an Inuit Beneficiary of Nunavut from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut. She works as a family support worker and lives with her family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been a volunteer and active board member since 2018.

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