Zainab Zubair

Zainab is an articling student with Gilmour Braul Hiebert Law Office and hopes to be called to the Bar soon. She is an Internationally Trained Lawyer. She is a graduate from the Oba Ereduwa College of Law at Igbinedion University Okada in Edo State, Nigeria, and  called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2015.

Prior to her immigration to Canada, she volunteered her services with the Legal Aid Community Development Services (CDS), wherein she provided free legal advice to the indigent of the community. Zainab was part of a team that provided reformatory programs for  persons in prison, the programs ranged from teaching inmates the three Rs to setting up tutors for advance classes for willing inmates.

With respect to the Morden Area Foundation, she intends to passionately service the foundation and assist in the growth and advancement of its mission and vision to the community

Lenore Laverty

Armed with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Science from Purdue University, Lenore began a long career in the Provincial civil service. She worked in several departments (recreation and culture, tourism and highways and transportation), and in three locations – Thompson, Winnipeg and Morden.


Lenore moved to Morden in 1998 and was hired as the MAF “Our Millennium” coordinator to promote the development of legacy projects to mark the millennium – a great way to get to know the community. Soon after arriving, she secured a position in the Pembina Valley regional office of Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism.


Through her work, she developed a keen interest in Morden’s history and served as Chair of the Historical Society and co-chair of the125th Anniversary Celebration Committee. She was responsible for the development of two books about Morden and its residents – “Women in Morden” and “Life as They Knew It”, as well as several booklets and pamphlets on Morden’s history.


Now retired, she happily spends time on creative projects at home. She is an avid reader and prolific quilter. Lenore is a previous MAF board member, having served as chair in the early 2000s.

Maia Vicente – Community Foundations Coordinator

Maia holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with license as Professional
Teacher and Environmental Planner. She has nearly two decades worth of experience
in municipal relations, rural development, and youth programming in her home
country, Philippines, through her diverse employment history that includes roles as
Project Development Officer, Statistician, Child-Friendly Movement Focal Person, and
Teacher. She has developed versatile skills that enables her to adapt quickly to new
environments and engage with the community of various age groups and cultures.

Moving to Morden, MB Canada with her family in May 2023 is not only a big challenge
but also a good opportunity for them. By God’s grace, she feels like her dream came true
when she was chosen as the Community Foundations Coordinator of the Community Foundations in South Central region of Manitoba which includes Morden, Pembina-Manitou, and Morris because she loves working with people who help to turn communities into better