Staff & Oversight Council


Custodian Emmanuel (Manny) Kambale

Emmanuel, who prefers to be called Manny, arrived at PSUC as our new permanent custodian in early May.   

Manny arrived in Winnipeg in 2010 from the Congo via Uganda as a refugee.  Just imagine his first Manitoba winter!  Brrrr!  Manny is fluent in English, French and Swahili.

If you happen to be in the church when Manny is working, be sure to say hello… or bonjour… or hujambo…  he’ll happily respond to all three!

Office Administrator Sherri Van Aert

Sherri is a fellow St. James’er. Although new to the Prairie Spirit Team, she has many years of experience in the United Church. As Office Administrator, she is available during the week to answer your questions and keep you in touch with what’s happening in our church community. If you are seeking a new church home, she would welcome a chat with you!

Her responsibilities are varied from being the first person you meet as you enter our building to answering phones and emails, data entry, publishing the Weekly Friday Update and PS newsletter and as they say on job descriptions “other duties as assigned”. Sherri is very knowledgeable about office procedures and as she says she “knows what it takes to pull an office together”. She has indicated that “she is glad to be working with the good folks at PSUC”. She invites you to drop in at sometime and ask her about her friendly furry friend with which she is pictured.

Oversight Council Executive

Chairperson Val Goodridge
As a member of the former Silver Heights United Church and now a committed member of Prairie Spirit, I am proud to be the Chairperson of the Oversight Council.  I enjoy working with the dedicated group of people who sit on the Council and I look forward to welcoming new members as they volunteer to take on leadership positions.  This is an exciting time for Prairie Spirit United Church as we build a strong, vibrant community of faith in St James.

Past Chairperson: Joycelyn Fournier-Gawryluk
Vice-Chairperson: Open
Secretary: Open
Treasurer: Mike Hill
Regional Representative: Heather Friesen
Trustee’s Representative: John McLeod
UCW Representative: Donna Little

Standing Teams Leaders

Congregational Life: Heather MacMillan
Christian Education: Open
Finance: Mike Hill
Ministry & Personnel: Open
Pastoral Care: Open
Property: Dennis Bitton
Social Justice: Linda Uhrich
Stewardship & Sustainability: Open
Worship: Pat Rothney
Trustees: John McLeod