Nathalie Vander Zaag
Haitian-born, Nathalie VanderZaag was adopted as an infant and moved to Canada in 1997, eventually settling in Winnipeg. She believes that listening with the intent to understand, not respond, is a key to good human interactions. Nathalie has made inter-racial adoption identity formation her focus in her work as Children and Families programming coordinator here at IFC. She received her BA Honours in Psychology from Canadian Mennonite University.
Connie Budd is from Norway House Cree nation, and is the Elder at the Indigenous Family Centre.
Book keeper, Shuping Zhang does a great job with the finances at IFC. Her bright smile is welcomed when she is around, and her attention to small details is a wonderful asset.
Janessa’s role as Textile and Traditional Handcraft Social Enterprise Coordinator allows her to bring together two great passions in her life: social justice and craft. Much of her joy is composed by sitting in a circle of women and men, creating, listening and sharing. Sewing ever since her Grandmother put a needle and thread in her hands, if she isn’t to be found in front of textiles, looms, beads or leather, she will be out for a hike or paddling a canoe.
Feathers' ancestors came from the arid forests of Australia, but he has made Winnipeg his home since he was an egg. He became part of the IFC team in 2011 and loves Ritz crackers, bannock, and celery along with his usual bird seed. Stop by to meet him in his usual place by the window where he keeps watch on Selkirk Avenue.
Michele Visser-Wikkerink is the director of Indigenous Family Centre, a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. She grew up in Southern Ontario and is a graduate of Kuiper College. She began working as a youth pastor in Winnipeg in 1989 and has made Winnipeg her home since that time. She is married to Robert Visser and has two grown sons and a five year old daughter.
Her work has always centered on her interests in food security, social justice, and matters pertaining to marginalized people. She is the author of several textbooks including People and Stories of Canada to 1867 and The World Today, its People and Places. She has also written articles for The Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Free Press and contributed to educational materials for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Maria Elena (Male) is volunteering at the IFC through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) under the International Volunteer Exchange Program.