Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2014: Part 3
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50) to 47) Myles, Janelle, Maryn, and Greg Lavich
In 1996, the quadruplets were born 10 weeks premature and weighing only three pounds each. Here we are, 17 years later, not only did they survive but all graduated from Carberry Collegiate this year. Unreal.
46) Floyd Wiebe
Since losing his son TJ 10 years ago, Floyd has been a passionate and tireless advocate for promoting a drug-free lifestyle and making better choices.
45) Yale Michaels
Named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 this year, this dude started early. At 12 years of age he secured a lab position at the U of M. His passion for science has now led to a mission to find a way to destroy harmful cells in the human body, while leaving healthy ones intact. Yale is currently at school. Ironically, not at Yale, but Harvard.
44) and 43) Ella & Aiden Anderson
Two of the nicest kids you will ever meet and also extremely caring: Ella and Aiden's annual Lemonade and Muffin sale has become, well, a big deal. They do it every year in support of the Children's Hospital and every year it grows. Aiden also battles Situs inversus and dextrocardia - a condition where ones organs are reversed from their normal positions - and will assume the role of the Children's Hospital Foundation Champion Child for 2015.
42) Yvette Cenerini
Yvette Cenerini is a Franco-Manitobain visual artist living and working in Winnipeg. She has a unique understanding of both animal and human behaviour having studied psychology, zoology and education before obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her work is amazing and really saw her shine while hosting an event a few months ago. Yvette was tasked with creating an original piece of art while attendees dined, which ended up auctioned after the meal was finished.
41) and 40) Russell Listmayer & Kelsey Forrest
I had the pleasure of meeting both individuals in the summer and better for it. Both were tremendous ambassadors for the Arthritis Society, both comfortable and honest with sharing their stories.
Russell, 12, has a disease that has created a list of symptoms that include joint pain and uveitis, an inflammation of the eye that has created a long list of complications. He's endured at at least 10 surgeries and counting to protect and heal his eyes.
Kelsey, 9, lives with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which she controls through medication, exercise and is one of the coolest kids I've ever met.
39) Cameron Krisko
Cameron is the Founder and President of Making Waves Canada and the recent recipient of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 award. Making Waves provides affordable swimming instruction to children with special needs; an excellent concept and great program execution.
38) Corey Cook
Yet another Manitoban named as one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20, I've had the pleasure of hearing him speak a couple of times. A proud member of Mimo Bimaadiziwin (Ojibway for "the good life"), Corey has turned a difficult childhood into an inspiring and bright future for not just himself but for countless others through public speaking and engagement on drugs, alcohol and dealing with crisis.
37 and 36) Jenna Rae and Ashley Nicole
Partners (and twin sisters) in Jenna Rae Cakes, which Instagram can tell you is wildly popular. Martha Stewart named Jenna Rae Cakes one of the 20 cake makers to follow on Instagram. Likes are nice and all, but your product has to deliver and Jenna Rae Cakes boutique bakery on Academy does just that and has been crazy busy since it opened.
35 to 32) Braden Calvert, Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch & Brendan Wilson
Check out the reigning Canadian Junior (under 20) Men's Curling Championships. Manitoba now has back-to-back champs in this tournament after Matt Dunstone's crew won the prize the year prior. We're going to have some great men's curling teams coming.
31) Johanna Stein
Her "Momhead" video on YouTube features actual comments her daughter made is nearing three million views. Her book "How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane" is now being made into a sitcom pilot - produced by Will Arnett - for CBS. Big time talent.
30 and 29) Jeremie and Janelle Wookey
In the summer I watched a documentary called Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees. It was about the 2011 flood in our province and it was riveting, raw, sad, frustrating and real. Jeremie and Janelle (pictured above) made the film, which is well worth your time.
Bruce is a Mosasaur. Basically the T-Rex of the sea and these animals used to swim around here. Bruce lives at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, and is now officially in the Guinness World Records book as the largest ever of its kind. I went and saw Bruce this past summer and he's impressive.
27) Jeannette Montufar
As accomplished and interesting as any woman we've ever been fortunate to have in our city, Jeannette is an author, professor at the U of M, a Women of Distinction winner and founder of the Hummingbird Education Fund. The fund was created to encourage Canadian women with limited resources to pursue post-secondary education in engineering, natural science, health, medicine or law.
26) and 25) William Kohler and Jordan Tully
In what was probably the most underrated local sports story this year, Manitoba won gold in both the male and female Under 17 National Basketball championships, which is crazy. It's the first gold medal for either program. It's huge!
William and Jordan were the MVPs for the male and female teams respectively.