Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Dianna Bussey – Appointed in 2019. Dianna is the Executive Director of Correction and Justice Services for the Salvation Army in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has extensive experience working with individuals who have suffered marginalization, abuse, incarceration, homelessness, and mental health issues.

Scott Groen (Vice-Chair) – Appointed in 2019. Scott is the Pharmacy Manager with Tache Pharmacy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has been a long time supporter of Forward House, bringing many years’ experience working with men’s groups and their support.

Mark Matthewson (Treasurer) – Appointed in 2019.  Mark is the founder and principal in MKM Management Inc., a financial and management consulting firm, with extensive corporate experience in executive and financial leadership positions. His firm have extensive experience working with non-profit and charitable organizations.

Ernie Warkentin (Chair) – Appointed in 2019. Ernie is the founder and President of Ernst David International Inc., a management consulting firm, and has extensive experience working with various ministries in Canada and the USA, in refocusing and reorganizing these ministries towards greater achievement of their Vision and Mission.


Staci Bailey (Executive Director) – Appointed in January 2020, following many years of experience in working with the marginalized, homeless, and abused, having previously been engaged with the Salvation Army and the Main Street Project.  A graduate of the University of Manitoba, she also has formal training and education in Applied Counselling, Restorative Justice and Childhood Development.  She leads a staff of 5 full-time and part-time staff, some of whom are also residents at Forward House.