Winnipeg has no shortage of heart and community spirit. The 6th annual Manitoba Heroes recipients reflect these characteristics wholeheartedly. Nominees are put forward by family, friends, coworkers, and neighbours and as the June 30 deadline for submissions approached the Manitoba Heroes website was buzzing with nominations. Now after the selections committee worked diligently to rank the submissions and deliberated, the final list for 2018 is decided.
This year, the results show a diverse group who have made extraordinary contributions to the lives of Manitobans. Here are the 2018 Manitoba Heroes and the respective organizations they have chosen to support with their award.
- David Beakley – The Dream Factory
- Mitch Bourbonniere – Drag the Red
- Leila Castro – 204 Neighbourhood Watch Inc.
- Shirlee Preteau – Never Alone Foundation
- Valarie Thompson – Orange Daisy Project
Our Manitoba Heroes recognizes, celebrates, and awards Manitobans who do extraordinary things to contribute to their community, without thought of reward for themselves, and follows their example by raising funds through our events and gala to donate to their named charities. Past winners include Hannah Taylor of the Ladybug Foundation and Ed Johner of Ride for Dad.
“To be in be our sixth year and still be impressed and amazed at the calibre of nominees is humbling. It’s an honour to recognize these very deserving individuals, their work, and help their charities in a small way so they can continue helping Manitobans,” shared Paul Bennett, Manitoba Heroes’ founder.
The submissions are narrowed down by the selection committee. Each nomination is only as strong as the details the nominator provides to give as much context as possible and prove how much the nominee and his/her work has affected the community in a positive way, and strongly demonstrate why the nominee is worthy of the award. Then remaining nominees are judged and ranked, with five award recipients named annually.
“Being named a Manitoba Hero in honour of my work with Ride for Dad has been humbling and motivating. The charity event benefitted from the awareness this award program created and it’s been growing ever since,” said Ed Johner, a 2015 Manitoba Hero. “I am thrilled to congratulate this year’s recipients.”
The Manitoba Heroes Gala will be held Saturday, October 27 at the Club Regent Event Centre. That night, the 2018 heroes will be recognized and celebrated among their family, friends, and community. Each of the recipients’ designated charity will receive a monetary donation—this builds community awareness and credibility for their continued work. The Gala is open to the public and everyone is invited to celebrate these Manitobans who do extraordinary things to contribute to their community.