Who Are We

The WRENCH operates the largest and best equipped community bike shop in western Canada and is an international leader in community bike programming. Since 2010 the WRENCH has utilized volunteer labour and bike parts reclaimed from the waste stream to create community bike programming aimed at educating youth, empowering volunteers and providing people with affordable, sustainable active transportation options.

Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone is empowered to experience their community by bicycle.

Our Mission

The WRENCH is a registered 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 by:

  • Providing programming, education and resources for community members, groups and organizations.
  • Supporting school and community bike shops.
  • Promoting bike use .

Our Staff

Geoff Heath, Education Director
Founding director, Nov. 2010
Educator, nature lover, bicycle traveler.

Kate Sjoberg, Managing Director
Starting October 2020!
John Howard Society Board member.
Instructor, U of W Urban & Inner City Studies
Dog lover & passionate auntie.

Anders Annell, Shop Coordinator
Hired July 2016, previously with U of M Bike Dungeon
Bike nerd, pragmatist, teacher, never leaves a bike in the field, resident bike shop whistler.

Sarah Thiessen, Wheels of Courage Lead Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator
Hired 2015, previously with U of W Bike Lab
Freelance Artist/Graphic Designer, hobby mycologist, dad-joke connoisseur.

Pat Neufeld, Resource Reclamation Coordinator
Hired 2015, previously with South Osborne Bike Hub
Urban design nerd, passionate about injustice, and resident dump boy.

Greg Allan, Forks Coordinator & Lead Instructor
Hired in 2016
Educator, resident musician, snacker, and ambassador of cycling .

Erika Bormann, Administrative Assistant
Hired 2019, previously with the Salvation Army
Traveler, dog lover, practitioner of dressing in costume.

Fidel Pacay, Wheels of Courage Newcomer Mentor
Hired in 2019
Fitness enthusiast who loves listening to music, especially listening to my record collection. Originally from Guatemala, has lived in BC and Alberta, but I have fallen in love with Winnipeg since I moved here back in 2013. I love the bike community and my work.

Merrill Grant, Wheels of Courage women, girls & trans/non-binary mentor
Hired 2020, previously with West Central Women’s Resource Centre & Mt. Carmel Clinic.
Bike lover, outdoorswoman, pun queen.

Jessica Canard, Indigenous Mentor for Wheels of Courage.
Hired August, 2020.
Artist, Sundancer, and lover of Punk Rock.

 

Our Board

Matthew Raffey, Board President
Founding member, September 2009
Lawyer and Founding Partner, WRMG Law.
Former Bike Mechanic, The Bike Dump Community Bike Shop.

Anthony C. Kowalczyk, Co-Treasurer
Appointed July 2015
Partner – VP Ad Operations and Technology, Forward Media. Partner, The Good Will Social Club.
Co-Chair, The Juno Awards Album Package and Design Selection Committee.

Nathan Wild, Secretary
Appointed May 2012
Senior Programmer, Howell Data Systems Inc..
Board Member, Ralph Brown Community Centre.
St. John’s Residents’ Association.
Board Member, SkullSpace.

Marty Cielen
Founding member, 2009
Past president of the WRENCH.
Active board member of Hospitality House.
Director of Rail Transportation, Richardson International Limited.

Fanny Drouet, Board Vice President & HR Committee
Appointed December 2013
Translator, City of Winnipeg.
Volunteer, Various Winnipeg Community Bike Shops.

Andy Rudolph, Co-Treasurer
Founding member, September 2009
Manager, Digital Arts Program, Art City Inc..
Composer, Musician, Artist. Volunteer community bike shop mechanic, Orioles Bike Cage.

Anders Swanson
Founding member, September 2009
Coordinator, Winnipeg Trails Association.
Secretary, Winter Cycling Federation.
Chair, Canada Bikes.
Consultant on sustainable transportation.
Multi-disciplinary artist.

Claire Friesen, HR Committee
Appointed Sept 2019
Community Engagement Coordinator at Mt. Carmel Clinic.
Safer Spaces Coord. at Good Will Social Club.
Outreach Coord. at Shakespeare in the Ruins,
Director of Shakespeare in Stony Mountain.
Lead Shop Steward with CUPE.

Funders and Partners

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

FUNDERS

  • The Government of Canada – Service Canada, Youth Justice
  • The Province of Manitoba
  • The City of Winnipeg
  • The Richardson Foundation
  • The Winnipeg Foundation
  • Lount Family Foundation
  • The Forks
  • Brady Road Resource Management Facility
  • Headingly Correctional Institution
  • Local Investment Toward Employment
  • MEC
  • The Carolyn Sifton Foundation
  • CN
  • Community Foundations of Canada
  • Canada Life
  • Assiniboine Credit Union
  • The United Way of Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Manitoba Tire Stewardship
  • Johnston Group
  • Investors Group
  • Telus Friendly Future Foundation
  • Urban Systems
  • Dillon Consulting
  • Pollard Bank Note
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Southeast Resource Development Council
  • Youth Employment Services
  • Thank you to many individuals who have donated to support the WRENCH’s activities in 2020!
In-Kind Supporters:
  • The ForksEmterra Environmental
  • Green Action Centre
  • Manitoba Eco Network
  • Sports Medicine Council of Manitoba
  • Vantage Print Shop
  • Jonnies Sticky Buns
  • Sleepy Owl Bread
  • To-Le-Do Food service
  • Salisbury House
  • El Izalco Market
  • CWS Logistics
  • Barn Hammer Brewing
  • Manitoba Tire Stewardship
  • Art City
  • Graffiti Gallery
  • Bike Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Housing Family Centers
  • Enterprise Truck Rentals
  • John & Becky Sitarek
  • Capital K Distillery
  • Manitoba Cycling Association
  • Orioles Bike Cage
  • The Bike Dump
  • South Osborne Bike Hub
  • Ralph Brown Bike Cupboard
  • The U of W Bike Lab
  • UMCycle
  • Co-op Vélocité
  • The many many school bike shops
  • Natural Cycle
  • Bikes and Beyond
  • MEC
  • Alter Ego Sports
  • Woodcock Cycle
  • The support of many generous individual donors – Thank you!