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Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2014: Part 3

50) to 47) Myles, Janelle, Maryn, and Greg Lavich

 Myles, Janelle, Maryn, and Greg Lavich. Courtesy Facebook

Myles, Janelle, Maryn, and Greg Lavich. Courtesy Facebook

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

 Floyd Wiebe. Courtesy Metro Winnipeg File

Floyd Wiebe. Courtesy Metro Winnipeg File

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

 Yale Michaels. Courtesy Ivyrugby.com

Yale Michaels. Courtesy Ivyrugby.com

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

 Ella and Aiden Anderson. Courtesy Goodbear.mb.ca

Ella and Aiden Anderson. Courtesy Goodbear.mb.ca

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. Courtesy The Projector.ca

Yvette Cenerini. Courtesy The Projector.ca

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

 Kelsey Forrest. Courtesy BT Winnipeg

Kelsey Forrest. Courtesy BT Winnipeg

 Russell Listmayer. Courtesy Instagram

Russell Listmayer. Courtesy Instagram

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 Krisko. Courtesy GooglePlus

Cameron Krisko. Courtesy GooglePlus

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

 Corey Cook. Courtesy GooglePlus

Corey Cook. Courtesy GooglePlus

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

 Jenna Rae and Ashley Nicole. Courtesy Facebook

Jenna Rae and Ashley Nicole. Courtesy Facebook

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

 Braden Calvert, Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch and Brendan Wilson. Courtesy Curling.ca

Braden Calvert, Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch and Brendan Wilson. Courtesy Curling.ca

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

 Johanna Stein. Courtesy YouTube

Johanna Stein. Courtesy YouTube

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_28-8ud-jus

30 and 29) Jeremie and Janelle Wookey

 Jeremie and Janelle Wookey. Courtesy La-Liberte.mb.ca

Jeremie and Janelle Wookey. Courtesy La-Liberte.mb.ca

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.

28) Bruce

 Bruce the Mosasaur. CFDC

Bruce the Mosasaur. CFDC

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

 Jeannette Montufar. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Jeannette Montufar. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

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

 William Kohler. Courtesy Basketball Manitoba

William Kohler. Courtesy Basketball Manitoba

 Jordan Tully. Courtesy Basketball Manitoba

Jordan Tully. Courtesy Basketball Manitoba

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.

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