Celebrating Phil Chiappetta

On Thursday, September 22, Rossbrook staff and Board of Directors held a community barbecue and family-friendly farewell party for our beloved leader.

After 42 years with the organization – and leading the team as Executive Director since 2016 — Phil is retiring. Wearing a variety of hats over the years, he has been a mentor, confidante, friend, and fearless leader. His relaxed style, sense of humour, and kindness will be missed by all.



“For his entire career, Phil devoted his enormous heart and gentle but formidable leadership skills to the young people of Rossbrook House,” said Brenda Hasiuk, President of the Rossbrook Board of Directors. “He has been an essential part of our drop-in centre’s long history and ongoing success while also lending his talents and experience to other community initiatives.  Whether it’s as a board member of The Winnipeg Foundation or End Homelessness Winnipeg, Phil has touched so many with his wisdom, warmth, and tireless dedication to our city’s charitable sector.”


The community barbecue was a fitting celebration with music and food, plus face painters and fun activities for children and youth.

Thank you to all who came out to shake Phil’s hand. And to the many folks who had a hand in the planning- we salute you!


City of Winnipeg Police Services brought their caravan that opens into a stage, where we heard many kind words about Phil from Board and staff. Phil was also presented with an award for his 42 years of community service from Chief of Police Danny Smyth.

Jazz Winnipeg’s Bridge Performance Academy performed on the stage as well with middle school students from Hugh John MacDonald School.

Thank you to Tim Horton’s for the donation of coffee, hot chocolate, and Timbits.

Children ran around with bedazzled faces from Eveliny Cordero- Parties by Eveliny.

We laughed and shed a few tears, but mostly we celebrated what Phil has meant to the community, to Rossbrook House, and to all of us who have had the privilege of working with him.


Listen to Phil’s interview about his 42-year career, recorded September 22.



Watch the video by clicking here.