Jamie routledge (President)



Evan husack (Vice president)

Being Deaf since birth, living through both worlds and experiencing language barrier is what inspired my involvement in the Deaf community. Since then, I have been advocating in the community through politics, sports and arts. My previous experience involves assisting the ASL/LSQ Recognition Action rally in 2018. Through my passion with volleyball, I have formed various competitive teams, practices and events for my Deaf and hearing friends to participate to improve their skills.  My goal is to cherish and maintain the Deaf community values and culture, hence, my participation with MCSD Board to reach that goal. I look forward to the new challenges the future may bring.

Katie butz (sECRETARY)
Dianna Rasing (ASSISTANT)

Hi! My name is Katie and I am excited to be sharing the position of Secretary on the MCSD board. Some of my passions include learning new languages, reading, spending time with family, and travelling and hiking with my husband, our dog and our friends. For the past seven years I have worked part-time as a note-taker with hard of hearing students. I recently graduated from the ASL-English Interpretation Program at Red River College and I am looking forward to meeting more people within the Deaf arts community in Winnipeg!

Dianna was an ASL-English Interpreter in post-secondary, theatre, and in the community for over 16 years until 2016 when she suffered a major stroke. She still wants to stay connected with the Deaf community by volunteering. Dianna is involved in the Winnipeg theatre community as an actor, director, playwright and stand-up comedian. She has volunteered on the MAVLI board in various positions and looks forward to working with the MCSD board in whatever capacity they need.

Dianne Mondor (Treasurer)

She received her Business Administration Diploma with an Accounting Major in 1999.  Presently, she is employed by SMD Alliance as an Accountant II where she has worked for 16 years.  She has also been involved in a few community organizations, auditing/reviewing their financial reports.. Recently, she became the treasurer for MCSD.  She is looking forward to a rich experience and challenge.

Alice Crawford (Project director) 

Partially deafened at an early age, I spent two years at the school for the Deaf in Belleville before my family moved to Winnipeg. I still retained some words and the alphabet in spite of suppression of ASL by my parents. I have just enough ASL to get by and regret I was not allowed to maintain the language I learned in Belleville.

I am a printmaker and collage artist with a deep interest in accessibility to education for Deaf artists. My passion on this board is to enlighten government and policy makers about Deaf Culture. I hope to help make grants Deaf-friendly so Deaf artists grow in their arts practice and perhaps become future teachers for new generations of Deaf artists. MCSD has made this happen with 100 Decibels, a Deaf Mime Troupe and currently are working to make it happen for Deaf photographers. In the future, we will do the same for other arts disciplines so Deaf artists can reach their full potential.

Shannon Guile (Liaison Director)

Shannon has been creating and performing in theater and film for over ten years. A founding member of both the three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch troupe Hot Thespian Action and 100 Decibels: A Deaf Mime Troupe, Shannon adorns several hats including actor,writer, director, manager and mentor.  In addition to her work as an artist, she is a stunt performer for film & TV, fight choreographer and has been a physical theater and stage combat instructor for students across Manitoba, most recently as an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. 

Film acting credits include: Journey Back to Christmas (Hallmark), Break My Heart 1000 Times (Gold Circle Films), Snowed Inn (Lifetime)

Stunt Credits include: A Dogs Purpose (Dreamworks), Reasonable Doubt (Entertainment One), Burden of Truth (CBC)

Theater credits include: Death of a Salesman (WJT), The Miser of Middlegate (TPM/Zone41), The History of Manitoba... (MTC)

Crystal miles (Membership DIRECTOR)

Deaf since birth, I have been at Gallaudet University, went to Puerto Rico to work with Deaf children at the school, and I have three children who are now adults, and now, I have become Oma (German word for grandma). I am into many crafts such as knitting, crocheting, making bead jewelry, and doing 5D diamond painting. I used to be involved with Deaf Community which was put on pause when I had children. My children grew up so now I have more free time which I am able to get involved with Deaf Community. Doing the ASL tutoring, and some private ASL lessons. To get involved with MCSD will guide and will help me to give supports for Deaf Community.


Dana Zimmer is a storyteller who speaks through her lens. Her photography is the stage on which her images sing, her sensitivity to subject matter whispers respect, and her content speaks volumes to her audience. the dialogue she invites through her art brings the deaf and hearing world together in a celebration of life. Dana is dedicated to providing photographic services which honour people's personal stories while offering artistic excellence.

Rick Zimmer (PAST President)

Rick Zimmer comes from a very large family; he has 10 siblings, four of which are also Deaf. He graduated from Manitoba School for the Deaf and went on to earn a Communication Arts degree from Gallaudet University. Rick is a long-time advocate and leader in the Deaf and communities with a passion to support and encourage growth in Deaf arts and the preservation and exposure of our language, ASL. He is currently the coordinator of the Deaf Studies and ASL-English Interpretation Programs at Red River College in Winnipeg, where he has taught since 1989.