Our Team Members

Grace Eidse

I have a Master’s degree in Education and have developed and delivered training programs in Canada and in Africa. In 2005 I established a not for profit company that helps immigrants settle in Manitoba. My personal strengths are learning languages and facilitating communication between people and cultures, and I also love gardening.

My work has been very rewarding, but after spending 20 years at a desk job, I felt an urgency to leave the city. I wanted to get out on the land – live a more physical life. I want to reduce my dependency on fossil fuels, hydro-electric power and imported goods. I want to join those who are working to live more respectfully and harmoniously in nature. I want to plant trees, regenerate the soil, grow and preserve my own food, harness power from the sun and wind, and live more sustainably by using local resources.

I was drawn to Myriad Village because it provided me with a community that shares my vision. I want to help Myriad become a place where people from around the world come to learn, teach, practice and develop skills for self-sufficiency.

Brad O'Neill

I would like to share a few bits about me here and hope to share so much more with you in person. Others might think my journey long and hard, but I have seen it to be the exact thing that got me to HERE.  I have a great passion for building and fixing and working with natural building materials and methods. There are many trending words to describe what I simply call building for Beings and the Earth.  I love sharing my experience with those that wish to take it to the next level. You will often hear me asking others to come,  “ be part of…” “ BEYOND ”  Creative Design & Carpentry,  is collaboratively growing a social working co-op with Creativity and Responsibility at its Heart.   The next Generation is where I choose to invest. 

My hope is to be seen as a brother, a father, a grandfather, and a loving friend to all.  I believe in being discerned by my actions more than my words. I have endless faith in the young people of today and strive to share my never give up attitude with great passion!  Children are a blessing I enjoy Beyond words, but is ever present in the smiles they bring me.  What more is possible? 

There is much work to be done and together we can be the change that we wish for in our lives and in the world.

Monika Pudelko

I have dreamed and prepared for many years a vision of a land based community where businesses and organic farming support each others and enable holistic education.

I have helped create Myriad Village since its initial stages in 2015.

Through these stages I got to enjoy the beautiful landscape of our property and gained off grid living skills like cooking with fire, solar energy, and the basics of building.

I am a certified and experienced waldorf teacher and artist. While running a waldorf day care in Winnipeg I started with bio-dynamic gardening and was able to have fresh vegetables all summer and fall. Now I am doing bio-dynamic gardening at Myriad Village and am eager to learn and develop more in that context.

I am also developing a knitwear collection, color flow design, which I hope to integrate into Myriad businesses.

Over the last two years I have designed and organized an earth-ship built, the first sustainable off grid building at Myriad Village with the help of many members, friends and guests.

Justin Lecocq

For 12 years, my partner Nickeeya and I  have committed our life to making a meaningful contribution to the environmental crisis. Myriad Village represents the next step for our family to build a sustainable future for humanity. Our goal is to function as a carbon negative family while developing models and opportunities for others to do the same. While reducing our cost of living, we can create space in our life to continue our meaningful contributions to this beautiful planet.

For 10 years I worked for a non-for profit wildlife advocacy group, I was able to play a role in numerous effective campaigns to preserve the integrity of our natural environment. For 8 years I have studied green and natural building methods applicable to Manitoba’s climate. Including 1 year working as a timber framer. I have gone on to work in partnership with “Beyond Creative Design” as a general contractor and designer. I have spent a better part of these 8 years designing our own house. Our “Eco-Nest” is a 980 sq ft, passive solar Strawbale Timberframe house. I  am also a certified permaculture designer.

Above all I value Honesty. Love. Humility. Nature, and Change.

I live in awe of the cosmos and honour life in all forms, from the Bacteria and Fungi that live inside of me to the brilliant universe that encompasses my true form. I have committed this life to embody harmony within the earth.

Holly Alexandra

I am grateful for all the roots before me, network connections, and all the new projects that are setting a space of inclusion and togetherness. Myriad Village is a key component in the vision of a happy and healthy future, and I am eternally grateful to have been invited to learn more about it soon after it began.

Self-motivated to adapt, persist, and persevere resiliently along with the community of Myriad. I aspire to meld my work/life together holistically by supporting and advocating for peace-building, alliances with key players in community development, and maintaining passion and current knowledge of environmental healing techniques. I feel that life can become purely a miracle and full of love from the state of being in harmony with nature.

“No one is to blame. But we are all responsible.” (to heal…)

Most notable backgroundCommunity Economic Development Program, Red River College. Practicums were served at the Spence Neighbourhood Association, NorWest Health Co-op, and the Sustainability Office at one of the campuses, where she also worked and volunteered at the food bank. Still in collaboration with CEDNET.

Nickeeya Malenfant

I grew up in rural Manitoba, on the edge of town by the river. I remember the silence of laying in the grass, or snow, bringing me to a place of total relaxation and security. I’ve lived in the city for 12 years now, yearning for that country silence and feelings of security once again. Being part of Myriad Village provides my family with these fundamental values of community, sustainable living and the possibility of food security. I love my family, friends… and  food! I’m passionate about growing healthy organic foods, having clean water and air, being in contact with the earth and being part of the entire process of nourishing and sustaining these bodies. 

All the while, not doing it alone but as part of a community! I truly enjoy traditional methods of cooking and sharing the bounty with good company. Before having my two beautiful children, I spent my early adult life working in the health food industry and studied horticulture and farming on small farms. I’m a mother, partner, artist,  dancer, hostess, cook, reiki master and a palmist! I’m an open person who values family and friends above all else, for I truly believe we are here to make meaningful connections and heal, ourselves and our home, planet earth.

Rebecca Popoff

As a business owner and world traveller, I have had the opportunity to share tea with, and learn from artisans and spiritual healers around the globe. I believe that collective consciousness is alive and real, and we all have the power to create positive change, one loving thought at a time. 

What I hold dearest to my heart is family, and the chance to relax in nature after a satisfying week of hard work.

rebecca

Kathryn Funk

Hello! I am a mama to two incredible children ages 10 and 14. 

As a family, we value creating a home deeply connected to land and community, in harmony and reciprocity to the earth. 

Myriad Village has become the place we see this vision as possible.

We homeschool/unschool but like to call it Life Learning. 

My background is in holistic home birth and postpartum care, herbal medicine and women health. in 2015 I launched Earth Alchemy Herbals, and now mainly focus on growing and wildcrafting our local medicinal herbs and weeds. From these often overlooked plants, I create deep relationship, sustainable herbal tinctures, first aid care and facial care. 

Jaclyn Marquis

A mama to two teenagers, devoted naturalist Jaclyn walks in the tradition of her grandmother who was amongst many things, homesteader & seamstress.

Owner and operator of Black Hive Honey which  surfaced in 2015 as a one-woman venture, designing and producing sturdy hand-dyed / hand-stitched leather goods – bags/belts/harnesses, leather, metal and stone jewelry and all things bees : honey, wax candles, natural food wraps, soaps and body creams made with all natural ingredients foraged and gathered by hand on the prairies & boreal forests of Manitoba. 

A sequel to the first venture, Arbutus clothing (2008-2015 : upcycled anti-fashion wear), Black Hive Honey evolved when Jaclyn began studying bees, acquiring land-share as one of the founding members of Myriad Village.