Our Vision

We envision a world where all people are empowered to use bicycles as transportation and have access to the space to learn bike repair skills regardless of their gender, age, income, ability, ethnicity, or geographic location.

Our Mission

The WRENCH is a non-profit charity that creates stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles with a focus on educating youth. We make bikes accessible to the public by:

  • Providing programming, education and resources for community members, groups and organizations.
  • Supporting emerging and existing school and community bike shops.
  • Promoting bike use and culture within our city & beyond.

Our Staff

Geoff Heath – Executive Director, Schools and Shop
Geoff is an educator, nature lover and bike nerd who was completely oblivious about how to fix much of anything until he got involved with The Bike Dump community bike shop in ’05. Since then he’s gone on to volunteer with community bike shops all over the US, Mexico & Guatemala, as well as help develop dozens of community & school bike shops here in Winnipeg & beyond. He has spent the past 5 years co-directing The WRENCH, working with youth to build & use bikes as vehicles for social change. When he isn’t slinging wrenches you might find him in the garden, in the woods, in a book or in the basement with his screen printing supplies.

 

Sarah Thiessen – Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah first became involved with community bike shops in 2011 while at the University of Winnipeg completing her degree in Biology. She initially began volunteering to spend time with peers she admired (and gain cool-points), but this quickly spiralled into a profound love affair with the puzzle of bicycle repair. Throughout her years involved with the Bike Lab, she took on the position of the coordinator of the Ice Riders, the campus’ friendly winter bike gang; the co-founder and co-lead mechanic of Fab Lab, the shop’s women, trans* & femme (WTF)) hours; and the volunteer coordinator.
In 2015 Sarah was hired by the Wrench to co-instruct an all girls bike club, which eventually lead to her becoming a regular mechanics instructor for the Wrench’s youth programming. In addition to instructing and volunteer coordination, Sarah also helps run Mellow Vélo, the shop’s WTF hours.
In other facets of her life she is a freelance artist/graphic designer, a hobby mycologist and a dad joke connoisseur.

 

Anders Annell – Resource Reclamation, Shop Management

 

Our Board

 Marty Cielen
Manager of Rail Transportation for Richardson International Ltd., volunteer community bike mechanic, also an active of the Hospitality House board.

 

Fanny Drouet
Avid Winnipegger. Occasionally seen walking. Loves going to the landfill to salvage bikes, helping people learn how to fix their bikes, and building bikes for kids who can’t build their own.

 

Stephanie Fulford
NorWest Co-op; sustainable transportation and community development advocate.

 

Anthony C. Kowalczyk
In addiiton to being a partner at The Good Will Anthony is also a Founder and the Managing Director at CHR Media Group, a digital media agency. In this position, he leads the firm’s critical work through the creation of strategic third party relationships, enabling the group to offer highly specialized production, strategy and execution services.Anthony is also heavily involved in the community. He sits on multiple boards and committees including Nuit Blanche 2015/2016, The W.R.E.N.C.H, and acting Co-Chair of The Juno Awards Album Package and Design Selection Committee.

 

Kate MacKay
Kate is a city planner, landscape architect and active transportation enthusiast. Her passion for bikes ignited while cycling (mostly uphill) while living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her daily Winnipeg life includes parks and rec planning, raising two future active transportation enthusiasts, and enjoying time exploring Winnipeg by bike, skis, in skates or on foot.

 

Mathew Raffey
Founding board member of the WRENCH and former bicycle mechanic at the Bike Dump. Professionally he is a ​founding partner at WRMG Law where he predominantly practices criminal law and civil litigation. In addition to his work with the WRENCH he continues to sit on the Executive of the Winnipeg South Centre Liberal Riding Association.

 

Andy Rudolph
Andy Rudolph is an electro acoustician whose work spans nearly all facets of audio creation: musical composition and performance, interactive installation, audio engineering, field recording, software development and most points in between. In these roles, he has performed, exhibited and lectured the world over. Some of his various projects include enabling musical interactions with Beluga whales in the Hudson Bay, producing hip-hop (as alter-ego Grey Jay) and serving up classic surf rock as drummer for The Catamounts. He has performed as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, playing the world premier of Venetian Snare’s The Hopeless Pursuit of Remission during the 2014 Winnipeg New Music Festival. His work with electronic rock outfit, Mahogany Frog, earned him a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award and a 2014 Juno nomination. Andy also serves as the audio/electronics technician for Video Pool Media Arts Centre and serves on the board of the Wrench, a Winnipeg-based cycling charity

 

Anders Swanson
Anders Swanson is a former bicycle mechanic and founding board member of the WRENCH. He works as a multi-disciplinary artist, strategic planner, designer and policy expert and runs an independent sustainable transportation consultancy out of Winnipeg, Canada. He leads numerous local and international projects on behalf of the Green Action including ASTEP, BikeWalkRoll, CounterPoint and local school travel planning. His volunteer work at home led to the development of Ciclovia, Bike Week, Bike Winnipeg, Orioles Bike Cage, Ralph Brown Bike Cupboard and Winter Bike to Work Day. He is Secretary of the Winter Cycling Federation, Coordinator of Winnipeg Trails Association and the Chair of Canada Bikes, Canada’s national cycling advocacy organization.

 

Nathan Wild
Howell Data Systems Inc., WRENCH volunteer representative, SkullSpace Hacktivist, Ralph Brown Community Centre, St. John”s Residents” Association, Father, Herbivore, Disco Superfly.

Funders and Partners

Thank you for all you do to help The WRENCH serve Winnipeg’s diverse communities!

Funders

  • City of Winnipeg
  • Environment Canada (EcoAction)
  • Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities (After School Leaders, ASL Work Experience)
  • Richardson Foundation
  • The Winnipeg Foundation (Summer Camps, Community Grants, Youth in Philanthropy)
  • Carolyn Sifton Foundation
  • Grahan C. Lount Family Foundation
  • Hunter & Gunn Barbershop
  • MEC
  • Assiniboine Credit Union
  • Emterra
  • Service Canada (Canada Summer Jobs)
  • Local Investment Toward Employment
  • Province of Manitoba (Urban Green Team, Neighbourhoods Alive!)
  • Johnson Group
  • Manitoba Tire Stewardship
  • Pollard Bank Note
  • Southeast Resource Development Council
  • United Way of Winnipeg
  • Thank you to the many individuals who have donated to support the WRENCH’s activities!

Supporters:

  • Bikes & Beyond
  • Black Pearl Coffee
  • CWS Logistics Ltd.
  • El Izalco Market
  • Jonnies Sticky Buns
  • Kendrick Quality Printing Inc.
  • Natural Cycle
  • Salibury House
  • Sleepy Owl Bread
  • To-Le-Do Foods
  • Vantage Print Shop