Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2014: Part 2
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75) Rowan Horrick
You’re sitting in traffic, maybe going through a million different things on your to-do list in your head. Then you see something awesome. That something you see is Rowan Horrick, cruising the streets of Winnipeg on his retro motorcycle, “Doog” the dog sitting proudly beside him in the sidecar. Rowan died earlier this year, but he remains a legend.
74) J.D. Renaud
Local comedian, writer and visual artist, he creates the most amazing original pieces of art from what were formerly movie posters. He's on to something — like on to something where this could be a living. I also recently saw a new original piece he made from a Robert Falcon Ouellette campaign sign and it was brilliant. Google his stuff.
73) Darcy Oake
Darcy Oake from Winnipeg won over the entire world by winning Britain's Got Talent with some of the most ridiculous illusions we've ever seen. More importantly, he's supposed to be a great guy and is good to people.
72 to 69) Braedon Jane, Riley Jane, Ian Wilmer and Kyle Fox
Together, they are PANICLAND. They're a band. They sell out shows, they've racked up tens of thousands of YouTube views and the music biz is taking notice.
68) Derek Laxdal
Born in Gimli and raised in Stonewall, Laxdal coached the Edmonton Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup championships this year, and has now moved up in rank as head coach of the AHL's Texas Stars. Along with winning the Memorial Cup, he has two WHL titles to his credit and another championship as head coach in the ECHL.
67) Lindsey Mazur
An inspirational and tireless advocate for health — body, mind and spirit — through the Health at Every Size initiative, Mazur is a Future Leader of Manitoba award winner and a role model for many.
66 and 64) Chris Johnson, Kevin Buckner and Scott MacAulay
Creators of the Permission Click app, 2014’s “Most Promising Start-Up of the Year.” Permission Click is a digital permission slip and payment collection for schools. Super smart.
63) David Zyla
David Zyla is always there for people and causes including the United Way. He's a great person, an inspiration and friend to many, and also President of Rainbow Resource Centre.
62 and 61) Sean Vincent and Ed Mehanovic
Vincent and Mehanovic are the two construction workers who came to the aid of Rinelle Harper, who had been badly assaulted and left for dead under the Midtown Bridge. She's alive in part thanks to them.
60) Ryan Dion
A 2014 Hero of Mental Health award winner, Ryan Dion has been working towards his recovery by participating in the Rehabilitation and Recovery Service at CMHA Winnipeg. While committed to his own recovery, he also takes time to help others with their path to wellness. Dion had a vision of a peer network at CMHA, and he created the Action in Recovery peer support group that meets at the centre. He has also set up an online forum for group members to communicate and set up social activities outside of CMHA.
59) Carson Burr
I met this beauty just a little while ago, and I'm better for it. Born with a congenital heart defect, Carson Burr has spent plenty of time in hospital. What he learned through his struggles was that others were going through similar hardships, and once back on his feet he would give back and help others by raising money for the Chiildren's Hospital. He's relentless, having raised more than $40,000 so far and this year received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award. Kid is only nine years old but he gets it.
58) Ian Goodall-George
Ian Goodall-George is an example of the very rare, living and anonymous organ donor. Correctly figuring he could live well with a single kidney, Goodall-George donated one to save the life of someone he will never meet, and who will never know the story — crazy selfless.
57) Avery Skog
Avery Skog is the founder of the Brick by Brick project, which builds schools in Kenya, at just 10-years old. I was lucky enough to present Skog with his Young Humanitarian of The Year award in 2014. I also heard him get a shout out from the Kielburger brothers at WeDay. Oh, he also received the Governor General’s “Caring Canadian” award this year.
56 and 55) Bill Ayotte & Didier Foubert-Allen
Bill Ayotte was awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, and Didier Foubert-Allen also played a major part in saving Erin Greene during a polar bear attack in Churchill. Armed only with a shovel, Ayotte went after the animal as it attacked Greene. The bear then turned on him and totally rag dolled him, at which point Foubert-Allen stepped in. Everyone lived.
54) Talia Syrie
Many in this town mourned the loss of The Tallest Poppy restaurant, which operated for about six-and-a-half years in the Red Road Lodge on Main Street. Syrie ran the original, and after a bit of break, the Poppy is born again in The West End, and people are stoked.
53) Nicolina Ammazzini
I remember when I first met Nicolina Ammazzini, but I’ll tell you where you all first saw her, and it’ll be all you need to know. Remember that Jets game called “Hockey Fights Cancer?" Ammazzini was the tiny girl who came out to centre ice after first speaking with Chris Thorburn on the bench. I was hosting and cycling in Cancer Care MB’s Inside Ride a few months ago and Ammazzini was the star that night as well. Love her.
52) Yvon Dumont
This former-Manitoba lieutenant-governor was the first Metis-born person to hold the position. He was a champion for Metis rights and inclusion, and this past year he received the Order of Canada.
51) Lorraine E. Brandson
I’m a huge, huge fan of the North, so when I heard about Lorraine E. Brandson, I thought it was interesting and cool that she was named to the Order of Manitoba this past year for something not usually recognized by award ceremonies. Brandson was recognized for her devotion to preserving and promoting the culture, heritage and environment of our north as curator of Churchill's world-renowned Eskimo Museum and archivist for the Churchill-Hudson Bay diocese.