The Jubilee Program is supported and guided by a group of people with many different skills and experiences. The people on the Jubilee Council believe in the program and its ongoing success. These people are contemplative listeners that hear where the association is and respect what it is called to do.
Formerly a social worker, teacher, and healthy child facilitator, Brenda Brand is on the spiritual care staff at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg. She studied clinical training in spiritual health care and completed the Prairie Jubilee program in Spiritual Direction as part of her M.A. in Theology degree. Brenda is an active lay volunteer at various levels of the United Church of Canada, and supports healing grief as Chapter Leader and newsletter editor for The Compassionate Friends of Portage Plains. She lives, skis cross-country, and gardens on a small farm outside of Winnipeg.
Gerard Bzdel is a teacher, theologian, spiritual director, and gardener. He is a graduate of the Prairie Jubilee Program, Advanced CPE program, and holds masters degrees in Theology from St. Paul University in Ottawa, St. Michael’s College University of Toronto, and from the University of Winnipeg. He also has years of training in counselling and in enneagram work from New York, San Francisco, and Winnipeg.
Dana McWhirter is a spiritual director and is currently a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Direction and Ministry Practice student at the University of Winnipeg. Dana’s journey includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology and a Human Resource Management Certificate through the University of Manitoba. Several years ago she felt called to deepen her understanding of Scripture and to grow as spiritual guide and friend. Dana has recently completed the two-year Prairie Jubilee Program in spiritual direction and is a member in a professional supervision group
Bob Dueck is a teacher and spiritual director who has studied the Enneagram extensively under the guidance of Carol Ann Gotch and David Walsh. He is a graduate of the Prairie Jubilee Program and the Enntrain Advanced Enneagram Training Workshops. Bob brings to the world a curiosity about all aspects of life and creation, bridging the gap between the sciences and the humanities. For the last 30 years, he has taught Electronics Engineering Technology at Seneca College (Toronto) and Red River College (Winnipeg) and has written a textbook on Digital Electronics. He belongs to a male-voice liturgical choir that is based in St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba. He wonders a lot about life on other planets.