"I had the privilege of meeting Cindy 12 years ago and the pleasure to get to know her over the 5 years that I took my daughters to the wonderful drop-in program at a school where she was working. Cindy is very outgoing, personable and caring. She was involved with both the kids and parents through the program and is equally good at interacting with both kids and adults. She was able to make everyone feel welcomed. Cindy was always enthusiastic about all aspects of the program that included songs and stories to expose the kids to language and learning. She is very committed to the people in her community. In addition to the program, Cindy spent time gathering donations to be passed on to new immigrants in the community that she knew were in need of help. She would be an asset to the community as a school trustee looking out for the interests of all kids."
Dr. Roberta Krawat
Pembina Trails Parent/Resident
"I have known Cindy for the last 25 years as our children have learned, grown and changed within the community we call Fort Richmond (Ward 3). Cindy has continued her involvement in a very hands-on way with reading programs, lunch programs, early years school preparation and social services agencies within the area, well passed her own children's involvement in the school system.
Cindy is often, truly, the bridge between new families, new cultures and new learning opportunities for all ages in Ward 3.
Cindy is well aware of the changing socio-economics which challenge the community in this day and time. She works well in team situations towards good solutions for the betterment of children, families and the community at large.
Cindy is proactive in her vision for the Ward and a real supporter of potential all-day kindergarten. Daycare spots are a challenge to find for all working parents and Cindy is keen to ensure children are safe and well provided for at all stages of their journey through the school system.
I wholeheartedly support Cindy for school trustee. Her voice will make a difference around the school board table, bringing fresh ideas and initiatives which all of Ward 3 constituents would benefit from. When the least of these is cared for, we are all cared for!
Cindy is compassionate, caring and courageous in living life. The Ward will continue to be strong with a leader like Cindy helping us to chart the way."
Rev. Cathy Kinsman
Pembina Trails Resident
"I am writing to provide my personal and professional endorsement of Cindy Nachtigall for School Trustee for Pembina Trails School Division. I have known Cindy for 16 years now. I first met her when I started taking my daughter to the Ryerson Family Center. I was so impressed with Cindy’s creativity and energy while leading the programming there. I had two of my own children that I took there, they absolutely loved it! They called it “Cindy School”. When I returned to work, I was working in the neighbourhood with single mothers, I would often refer them to the family centre as a way to end their isolation and to provide their children with social interaction. Cindy was the main selling point – I always raved about her creativity and boundless energy. I have sat on the board of the Fort Garry/St Norbert Healthy child coalition as well and had the pleasure of working alongside Cindy. Her energy and enthusiasm is evident in everything she does. I have also had Cindy present information on the local Family Centres in the Fort Garry River Heights area for a group of Social Work and Nursing students that were doing practicums in our office building. They too were quite impressed with Cindy, her energy, dedication and all that the family centres have to offer the community.
I honestly feel that the families of Pembina Trails School division would be very lucky to have Cindy represent their interests and advocate on their behalf if/when necessary within the school division."
Megan Ludlow B.S.W.
Community Services Worker
River Heights and Fort Garry
Department of Families - South Winnipeg Integrated Health and Social Services
"Cindy and I both work with newcomer families. We plan and implement programs for immigrant parents and their children; in some cases we run joint events. During this time, I have gotten to know her deeply.
Ms. Nachtigall brings to the table a unique experience and energy that enhance the support services and programs for newcomer parents and their children. She holds strong family values and a worldview that helps her provide non-judgemental services to people from different background. She has innovative ways of approaching challenges which encourage parents to participate in programs.
The many lives she touched through her work are remarkable. I strongly recommend Ms. Nachtigall because her work with newcomer families goes beyond normal duty calls."
Neighborhood Immigrant Settlement Worker
Fort Garry Access Centre
"Cindy Nachtigall is a dedicated professional, and a compassionate role model that our community members can rely on. I had the pleasure of meeting Cindy almost a decade ago when my children and I were living in the shelter system. I started working for the lunch program at the elementary school where Cindy worked. Cindy was my greatest supporter who not only helped me adjust better in a new job, but she also made me feel welcomed and valued as a team member. Cindy inspired me to feel empowered as she helped me to build valuable skills. I have worked with Cindy in multiple capacities, and as my mentor she has taught me to trust my strengths and strive for resilience. I have been privileged to observe Cindy’s great deal of passion for our community and its members.
Cindy is always there to lend a helping hand and a compassionate shoulder for anyone in need. Cindy’s wisdom and achievements are clear indicator of a lifetime history of living and working in our community. Cindy has a wealth of knowledge to offer, and she will be a great asset as a Trustee in the Pembina Trails School Division."
Peer Outreach Worker
Community Housing with Supports
Canadian Mental Health Association
"I met Cindy 13 years ago when I was new to the city, a new mother, newly married, and new to being "out of the work force". So many things were new - a challenging time. One bright spot I could consistently count on was Cindy Nachtigall's smiling face at the Ryerson School Play Group. Cindy has worked there enthusiastically and consistently for decades, alongside volunteering for many community improvement network committees. I can't tell you how many parents (and grandparents) in the south end of Winnipeg owe their sanity and lifelong friendships to Cindy's welcoming nature and her amazing gift of connecting people.
Cindy's life experiences allow her the ability to relate to single parents, working parents, homemakers, homeschoolers, and everything in between. She has worked successfully with every type of child behaviour and seen every parenting style. She is the kind of person who treats you with respect, kindness, and humility regardless of your skin colour, language, or financial status. She loves children and has a grass roots understanding what children need. She gets it. She's been there. We need Cindy in a new role in the community. We need to vote her in as a school trustee for Pembina Trails School Division."
"I moved into the Fort Garry community with two children having lost my job, home and without friends or family support as a result of an abusive relationship. I met Mrs Nachtigall while looking for a job as Lunch Supervisor in Ryerson Elementary School and right away I felt like I had known her forever. Her encouragement and help made me discover a new me and my passion of caring for children. Because of her support I now work as a Child Care Assistant for a local daycare which gives me such joy and laughter every day, I feel restored."
Single Parent in Pembina Trails
"Cindy has been a positive part of my life since arriving here in Canada as a new immigrant. She helped the transition by being a resource from small matters to large ones. She is very committed. I have referred new families to her and she has been a great help to them too. I would strongly recommend Cindy as a School Trustee."
Parent in Pembina Trails
"Cindy has resided in South Winnipeg for over 35 years. She has always been and still is an energetic, enthusiastic, advocate for positive progress for her fellow neighbor, neighborhood, community, District and City.
Through her creative and innovative thinking, she continues to provide solutions to todays changing neighborhood needs. She always conducts her self with the highest standards of professionalism, work ethics and values and is a mentor to so many that look up to her.
She has earned the respect of a diverse community through her passion, commitment and dedication to do the right thing for all people, and by always being honest, representing divergent interests fairly, competently and respectfully.
She is very well informed and knowledgeable of all community issues and accomplishments and is actively involved in many community organizations. Utilizing strategic thinking, she continues to go over and above to develop collaborative partnerships, plans and solutions to whatever scenario that is presented to her, maintaining the best interests of the public, always achieving high quality results.
I have known Cindy for 35 years plus, both as a neighbor, co-worker and good friend. I feel very privileged to have been able to meet such a fantastic person, that Cindy is and to watch her raise her family while residing in our community. Cindy Nachtigall always puts her heart and soul in all she does and will be an amazing School Trustee, an asset for the City of Winnipeg."
Assistant Director - Department of Families Government of Manitoba (Administration & Finance)
"I have been lucky enough to have known Cindy for over 20 years when my oldest and her youngest child started kindergarten together. As she had 2 older children already in the school division she was the utmost support to me and other parents new to "school life". My connection continued with her work on the school parent council, many school activities, and the lunch program at Ryerson Elementary. I also took my youngest children to the Ryerson Family Centre where Cindy facilitated and still facilitates a wonderful program for the families in our great community. Cindy has had a profound affect on hundreds of families in her over 20 years of supporting and her work in the community.
I will certainly and proudly vote for Cindy as I can't think of anyone better to represent children and families in Pembina Trails."
Pembina Trails Resident
"I have known Cindy virtually my entire life which is over 40 years. We have been attending the same church ever since I was a young boy. I just wanted to take a minute to speak to the character of this lady. Considering our roots and connection formed in our church I would like to begin by saying she is not just one of those “Sunday morning” Christians but one that truly embodies what it is to be a good Christian when she walks out that church door. She lives Christ’s message 24/7 by being a humble servant full of compassion and love for all around her. How do I know this? Well if you ever met the children she raised you would understand how remarkable she is because they are the greatest kids. She taught her children to be loving, kind and respectful while nurturing their talents so they could realize their potential. I have always marveled at what fabulous young adults they have become and how strong a relationship they have with each other. You can learn a lot about a parent by how well the kids get along with them which always tells me they must have done something right at home. She lives the adage that if you want to fix the world you fix the family and she has certainly contributed to our community in a profound way by raising those wonderful children.
Cindy has not only used her gifts to prepare her children so well for the world but she has also shared her talents with other children. For over 20 years children all around the community have benefited from her ever cheery and positive disposition full of encouragement and love. She has volunteered her time and given all her energy to mentor and teach kids all over South Winnipeg. I know with her out there in our community teaching our young the same messages she taught her children that the world will be better for it. She is a true gem and walks the walk of all we have learned in church. I cannot think of a better person to represent our kids interests as the new School Trustee. I hope she gets the opportunity to continue to inspire all both young and old with a much larger platform as School Trustee. We will all be better for it."
Parent & Pembina Trails Resident