Board of Directors

Marilyn Schneider, President m. schneider

Marilyn is a permanent resident of Grand Marais, she has raised her family here, her children attended Walter Whyte School. Marilyn actively participates in the family business which has operated for over 35 years. She is an active participant in many community organizations and was elected Chair of the Foundation in September, 2012.


Roger Batchelor, Vice Presidentroger batchelor

Roger and his wife Audrey have been permanent residents of Lakeshore Heights since 1992 when they made a life changing decision to a more peaceful life at their cottage.
Prior to this move, Roger was employed by Camco Inc. (manufacturers of G.E., Hotpoint and Moffat appliances) as their Mid-West Distribution Manager. Roger enjoyed this position until the closure of the Winnipeg operation.
His love of photography, which was a lifelong hobby, took him in a new direction and an entrepreneurial spirit to run his own Sooters Studio in Selkirk. He was there for five years until Sooters went out of business. Roger then began a short but most interesting position with the RM of St. Clements as their Transfer Station attendant. This is where he met many of the full time and part time residents and enjoyed chatting with all of them.
Since his retirement with the RM he continues to meet and greet these friends and customers at one of the kiosks on Grand Beach where he sells sunglasses and many of his photographs taken from travels to Egypt, Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, Mexico, and all throughout Europe.
Rogers’s interest in businesses has him currently in the position as President of GBADC (Grand Beach and Area Development Corporation). He enjoys working with board members and volunteers of this group.


Dennis Wasylyniuk, Secretaryd. wasylyniuk photo

Dennis has been a cottage owner in Lakeshore Heights since 1987 and a permanent resident since 2002. Dennis is a graduate of SSTI in Electronic Engineering Technology and University of Saskatchewan in Education. Over his career, some of Dennis’ responsibilities have included: Research Technologist for the National Research Council (Ottawa), Tech. Ed. Dept. Head for E.D. Fehan High School in Saskatoon, Graphic/Drafting Instructor at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg, Acting VP of Grant Park High School in Winnipeg, Pres. of the Mystery Lake School District Teacher’s Society, President of the Manitoba Industrial Arts Association, Chair for the Manitoba Catholic School Board, and Vice Pres. of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association.
Dennis is a Past President of the EBRC Board.

 

Lea-Ann Stevens-Malthouse, Treasurerl-stevens-malthouse

Lea-Ann has been lucky enough to have a cottage in Lakeshore Heights since 1960 as a child and now with her family.
Lea-Ann is self-employed as a bookkeeper and has volunteered as a treasurer for various organizations. As well, Lea-Ann is a journey person painter/decorator and splits time between bookkeeping and painting.

 

Catherine Chapman, DirectorC. Chapman

Catherine, (Cathy) has been enjoying weekends and vacation time in Grand Marais since she was a toddler with her Family. Upon retiring from a 33.5 year career with MTS (MTS Allstream) in Winnipeg, Cathy moved in April 2013 to Grand Marais and now resides full-time on the same property her grandparents purchased in 1958. Her career at MTS began in Plant Operations and she soon moved to Customer Services where Budgeting was her prime focus and love. A short stint in Marketing had her again Budgeting and then on to managing a Distribution Channel Customer Database.
During her career Cathy also had a chance to travel and has been as far north as Denali National Park, Mt McKinley, in Alaska, and as far south as the most southern City in the World, Ushuaia, Argentina, and has cruised around the Horn. Many road trips have taken her to southern California, as well as the back woods of Arkansas and everywhere in between. These days she prefers the quiet of the beautiful East Beaches in Manitoba. Cathy hopes to continue to meet more full time residents of the area as she becomes more involved with the Community, the EBRC Inc., and the Living360 Project.

 

Barbara Kaukbarb kauk

Barbara, resides in Winnipeg and has been a regular visitor to Grand Marais since 1987. As of 2015 she and her husband became seasonal tenants in the Grand Marais RV Park. Barbara’s career started at Great West Life in Reinsurance, then Education Coordinator in the Information Centre. She worked 3 years with Office Overload.
She is currently retired from 28 years with Bell MTS. Her position was Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Information Technology. As well, she supported 250 staff. Previous to that, she was a Budgets & Results Clerk in Finance. She volunteered as secretary for the Trans Canada Telephone Employees Curling Association with such duties as coordinating the Sponsors and layout for the program book. She was also an ECT (Employee Charity Trust) representative for United Way in which included fundraising and event coordination.
Currently Barb is involved with the Manitoba Mustang & Ford Association and was just appointed Events Coordinator on the Board of Directors.

 

Terry Neplyk, DirectorTerry Neplyk

Terry has been a cottage owner in Grand Beach for over 20 years and he and his wife Dale Boss since January 2015 become permanent residents now of Grand Marais. Terry holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) and a Masters in Business Administration. Besides currently being a self employed management consultant, over his career, some of Terry’s responsibilities have included senior financial positions for large Manitoba based national and provincial in scope corporations. He is a past President of the Grand Beach Cottage Owners Association as well as having served on many volunteer boards including most recently the Elmwood High School Legacy Fund, Eastern Beaches Regional Health (Living 360), Grand Marais Community Central Inc., Ukrainian Professional and Business Foundation and Association and the Manitoba Children’s Museum. He is also a long standing member of the Grand Beach Area Development Corporation as well. Together Terry and Dale have a combined five children and two grand children. In 2015, they have permanently moved their Grand Beach kiosk business "Juan More Thing" from the boardwalk to a building he know owns on Grand Beach Road in Grand Marais.

 

Susan Prohaskas-prohaska

Susan is the 3rd generation in her family who have been enjoying Grand Beach since 1960. Her and her husband Joe Prohaska recently built a year round cottage at Grand Beach with future plans to retire there. She started her 30 year Career with CIBC as a teller and over the years moved up the ranks to Branch Manager and then onto Area Sales Leader (MB/SK/AB). More recently she has held positions as Emergency Operations Manager and Accounts Receivable Supervisor. She is a strong, visible supporter of the community as evidence of being a Grand Beach Cottage Owners Association board member for 26 years. She held the position of Treasurer for 11 of them. Susan was a United Way Employee Campaign Chair for 5 years. She was the recipient of the President’s Award for GBCOA and received the CIBC Senior Vice Presidents Award. She has been a member of the Wellness Institute in Winnipeg for over 20 years.