Rossbrook House Hires New Executive Director
Rossbrook House Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the hiring of Patricia Mainville as the incoming Executive Director of both Rossbrook House and the Rossbrook House Foundation.
Pat begins her tenure as Executive Director on September 6, 2022, alongside outgoing Executive Director Phil Chiappetta, who will officially retire at the end of September.
“As our beloved Phil steps down, we couldn’t imagine a better person to guide our way into a new era of Rossbrook House,” said Board President, Brenda Hasiuk. “We interviewed several very qualified candidates, and Pat brings a mix of both personal and professional experience that will make her an ideal leader and ambassador for what Rossbrook is all about.”
Pat is Anishinaabe, and a proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has a long history with Rossbrook House – a former participant, a junior staff member, a graduate of Rising Sun School, and later a Board member. She has also been giving back over many years as a dance and cultural advisor for the annual Rossbrook House Pow Wow. Recently retired from a 20-year career as a teacher and principal in the Winnipeg School Division, Pat is also a Board member of the Winnipeg Foundation, serving as past-chair of their Reconciliation Grants Committee and chair of their Grants Committee.
“I am honoured and excited to begin the next phase of my journey with both Rossbrook House and Rossbrook House Foundation,” she said. “For me, it is coming full circle and a return to my humble roots. My work and experience in education, reconciliation, and community has afformed me the knowledge and passion to continue with my work of ‘legacy building’ for all. I give thanks to my teachers and mentors at Rossbrook House over the years that have instilled a foundation to continue the work in the Spirit of Rossbrook House and looking forward to meeting all the stakeholders.”
With over 40 years at Rossbrook House, Phil will be retiring September 30, 2022. Phil has worn many hats, including Program Manager and Co-Executive Director. He has been leading the team as the Executive Director since 2016.
“It is with joy and a sense of fulfillment I pass the torch of leadership to Pat,” he said. “I know the values and inspiration she will bring to staff and participants will continue to increase Rossbrook’s ability to be a place where young people feel a strong sense of belonging and grow into who they are meant to be!”
The search for the Rossbrook House Executive Director was done with the cooperation of both Boards and an outside leadership search firm. With new leadership, as well as the support of Rossbrook House staff, volunteers, and supporters, our doors will continue to remain open every day for children and youth because ‘no child who does not want to be alone, should ever have to be.’