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.

2020/21 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.

  • John Davidson

    A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, John Davidson has been immersed in Canadian Aviation for 50 years. He has served as National President for 15 years, Manitoba President and member of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association for 33 years. As a Mooney owner he has been a member of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association for 45 years and has served as the Manitoba Nunavut Director for 11 years. A 20-year member of the Experimental Aircraft Association he has also belonged to the Canadian Aviation Historical Society for 50 years. A continuous board member of the Western Canada Aviation Museum (now the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada) for 49 years, he served as President when HRH Queen Elizabeth opened their new facility in 1984. Currently First Vice President and a Building Committee member, he is overseeing construction of the new $46 million RAMWC facility to be opened in 2022. He is also the Membership Chair for the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba and is a Board Member and Past Treasurer of Jim’s Vintage Garages, Inc here in Headingley. Raised in a First Nations community, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and spent his professional career managing the development of military and civil airports, and air navigation projects across Canada. These included arctic airports as far north as Eureka, accumulating first-hand knowledge of Cold War operations across the north, as well as the growth of arctic airlines and off-strip operations. He and Elaine have been married for 30 years, have 2 adult kids and 1 grandchild; they moved to Headingley in 1993.

  • Dan Caron

    Dan was born and raised on the family farm in Headingley. The Caron family homesteaded began there in 1880 and Dan is proud to be a 4th generation grain farmer. He and his wife Heidi have 2 children and are actively involved in the Headingley Community. Dan has an Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Manitoba and worked as an Ag Rep for the Province for 17 years before deciding to “retire” to full time farming in 2016. He has served on various provincial and municipal boards/committees as well as local boards, most notably the Starbuck Credit Union Board and Headingley PAC.

  • Jim Robson

    Jim and his wife Jean have been Headingley residents for over 40 years, raising two daughters and enjoying the active life style the community has to offer. Jim is currently the Deputy Mayor for the RM of Headingley. He was first elected in 2000 and for the past 19 years has been an active member of council with interests in community services, land use, commercial and residential development, active transportation, and parks and recreation.  In 2015 he was a member of the discovery committee that eventually launched the Headingley Community Foundation. Jim has been an member of the HCF since that time.  In addition to serving on several municipal boards and committees he is also a member of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, Chairperson for the Cartier Water Coop and the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation.  Jim retired from Great- West Life in 2016 where he was the Senior Vice-President responsible for Global Technology Services in Canada and Europe. Over the years Jim has been an active member of the information technology community in Manitoba, serving on several boards and committees.

  • Tom Roche

    Tom Roche has been a Headingley resident since 2002 when he relocated with his wife Velvet and their three sons to our community. Tom served as a member of the Phoenix Recreation Association Board for eight years and the Canadian Institute of Management Winnipeg Chapter for four years. He joined the Headingley Foundation Board of Directors in 2017, and was successful in his bid to become a Councillor for the RM of Headingly in 2018. Tom’s background includes 20 years of executive leadership with StandardAero in Winnipeg and Sydney, Australia and more recently as the Senior Director of the Royal Canadian Mint.

  • 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.