Carmyn & Peter

Carmyn and Peter are the root system for this family foundation. Together, they are not only leaders in the community, they are also leaders in their everyday life. 


Family and legacy are the two true passions that fuel their innovative efforts. They know that in order to be able to help others, they must be the best people they can be, in all areas of life. As role models for their children and peers, they ensure their overall well-being is a top priority. This means embracing nature, prioritizing health, wellness and fitness and taking time for self-care, including their mental health. 

Through the Upside Down Tree, Carmyn, Peter and their family have collectively focused their passions into six areas of support, creating the “Tree of Support” which focuses on causes and areas in need that are important to their family. 

Founder & Board Member


Aly is an award winning Mental health & Human rights advocacy speaker. Her initiatives have earned her some tremendous awards in the past few years including:  The University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award in 2018, CBC Manitoba Future 40 finalist in 2017, YMCA-YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award in 2017 and the Achievement Award Art’s Celebrating Art’s at the University of Manitoba in 2017.  Aly was also listed as one of the 8 Influential Millennial's in Winnipeg to Watch in 2017. 


She sits on the board of directors for the Alpha House Project where she advocates to end gender based violence.  She was also appointed to the first Human Rights Committee of Council for the City of Winnipeg.  She now is the Chair of both the Citizen Equity Committee of Council as well as the Accessibility and Inclusion Sub Committee of Council for the City of Winnipeg. 

Like Carmyn, Aly has a passion in her soul to help others grow their roots. 

Director of 


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Dana started working as an Executive Assistant for Paradigm Insurance in April 2017.  She soon began to help out with the Upside Down Tree's financials as well as helping out with events



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Oliver & Sara

Oliver began regularly volunteering with The Upside Down Tree in May of 2017.  By December, 2017,.  Oliver adopted myriad responsibilities associated with UDT events: from graphic and web design to setting-up venues and checking in guests.  Sara has volunteered at every UDT event from 2017 onward.  Sara was inspired by the passion Carmyn displayed for various causes and she remains committed to dedicating as much time as she can to further UDT’s mission. 

The Young Philanthropists

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