The Headingley Community Foundation Inc. is a collection of funds and resources given by caring citizens and businesses that have chosen to help make their community a better place to live, now and in the future….

The Foundation serves as a “philanthropic partner” for people wishing to establish a permanent, yet flexible, method to handle current and future charitable gifts. This is done through the creation of endowment funds, the earnings of which support innovative projects and organizations within the community.


Donors derive many benefits by giving to their community through the Headingley Community Foundation Inc.


The Headingley Community Foundation Inc. is a flexible organization through which donors can help a variety of community needs.   Donors can establish their own fund to assist a specific area of interest or charity…or may choose to support one of the Foundation’s existing funds. We also help donors target their dollars toward projects that meet Headingley’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. We believe that by strengthening community organizations, we strengthen our community as a whole.


The Foundation is operated by a volunteer board,

the majority of who are Headingley residents.

2019/20 Board of Directors, from left to right
Paul Franzmann, John Van Massenhoven, Tom Roche, Jill Ruth, Deborah Thorlakson, Georgia Taillieu, Dan Caron, Janine Girard.
Missing: John Davidson, Jim Robson, Steve Sykes

  • Georgia Taillieu - President

    Georgia married into a long-time Headingley family with roots in the community going back to 1934. She and her husband, Roger, built a home and moved here in 1990 where she became an active volunteer over the years. First, with Phoenix Recreation Association as a board member and a baseball coach.  Later, as a member of the Headingley Historical Society where Georgia co-authored a local history book:  Headingley:  Pioneers, Past and Present.  She was involved in the construction of Jim’s Vintage Garages and on the museum board. Georgia has been on the board of the Headingley Community Foundation since its beginnings, and became its first President.

  • Jill Ruth - Vice President

    Jill moved to Headingley in 1963 and spent the next 38 years immersed in the community, eventually raising her two boys who both attended Phoenix School and played hockey and baseball under Phoenix Recreation.  She has served on several volunteer boards including:   Headingley Youth Club, Phoenix Parent Council, Phoenix Recreation Association, Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-Canada Marine and Powersports Association.   She also was co-owner of a local family business, Headingley Sport Shop, until her retirement in 2018.    Jill credits her parents,  John and Gail Killbery, who served on the founding Phoenix Community Club executive, as inspiration for serving her community.   Jill has been a board member on the Headingley Community Foundation since its inception.

  • Paul Franzmann - Treasurer

    Paul moved to Headingley in 2004 along with his wife Yolande and children Sydney and Cameron.   They would agree that there is a great sense of community here in Headingley and that it has been a great place to raise a family.  Paul has many years of volunteer Board experience as a Treasurer, including six years with St. Mary’s Academy and several years with a large Charleswood daycare.   Paul is currently the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Pollard Banknote Limited.

  • Janine Girard - Secretary

    Janine is a lifelong resident of Headingley where she and her husband Ben raised their three children and were involved in sports in the community.   Janine was born a Keough, an early nineteen hundred historical Headingley family.   To say her roots run deep in Headingley is an understatement.    She has served on numerous volunteer committees throughout her residency in Headingley and during her lengthy teaching career with the St. James-Assiniboia School Division.

  • Dan Caron

  • John Davidson

  • Jim Robson

  • Tom Roche

  • Steven Sykes

  • Deborah Thorlakson

    Deborah has been a resident of Headingley since 1988.  At this writing she sits on five other volunteer boards:  The Canadian Frailty Network (chair Audit and Finance and Nominating), The Manitoba Foundation for the Arts (treasurer), The Health Sciences Honorary Directors Advisory Board, The Sharon Carstairs Caring Community Award Selection Committee and the International Centre for Dignity and Palliative Card.   She has held leadership positions with a variety of organizations including:  The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Arts Council, Prairie Action Foundation, The Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  In addition to her leadership role she has sat on a number of other non-profit boards including:  The Headingley Library Board, the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Center, The Health Sciences Centre Board, The Diabetes Treatment and Research Foundation, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Manitoba Heart and Stroke.  Deborah is the recipient of the Order of Manitoba, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Premiere’s Volunteer Award and has served on the Headingley Community Foundation since its inception.

  • John Van Massenhoven

    John moved to Headingley in 2000 along with his wife Jane and have been actively involved in the Community since moving here along with their two sons.  John worked as an employment and labour lawyer for many years and was also a Vice President with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  Eight years ago John assumed his current role as a Mediator/Arbitrator in the healthcare system.  Five years ago John was elected to Municipal Office as a Councillor for the RM of Headingley and is the Council Representative on the Foundation’s Board.  John has been actively involved as a volunteer since 1985 with the War Amps of Canada after losing his arm in a farm accident and is currently one of the Manitoba Representatives for the War Amps programs.