Ace Burpee’s Most Fascinating Manitobans of 2012

United Way volunteers and agency partners are some of the most fascinating people out there!

A pretty fascinating man himself (not to mention a longtime United Way volunteer, donor and supporter), Ace Burpee has just released his list of the Most Fascinating Manitobans of 2012 in the Winnipeg Free Press, and it includes many United Way volunteers and agency partners. We’re so proud of all of them, and honoured to be able to work with such incredible people that are making our community a better place for everyone!

On this year’s list, we spotted:

93: Chelsea Caldwell: An active human rights champion, Chelsea is current co-chair for the Global College Student Advisory Council working to establish the Winnipeg Chapter of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and was recently awarded the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award by The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties. And much more.

Chelsea’s a dedicated volunteer for the United Way of Winnipeg as well – as Vice-Chair of our Youth United Council, she’s helping youth connect with their community!

92: Ginny Witkowski: A tireless and inspiring United Way speaker who has overcome great odds to become one of the greatest assets and most positive people in our city.

We couldn’t agree more! Ginny’s story is a true inspiration to us.

89: Louise Simbandumwe: The founder of Run for Rights and the head of Asset Building Programs at SEED Winnipeg, Louise is a tireless advocate who just recently received the annual Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba.

With Louise’s help, the SEED program, funded by United Way, offers supports and resources for individuals and families in low income situations as they work toward financial independence.

13: Ken Opaleke: The heart and soul of West Broadway Youth Outreach. Makes this town a much, much better place.

“Dedicated” only starts to describe Ken’s work as a leader and mentor, helping kids in Winnipeg be all that they can be at agency partner West Broadway Youth Outreach. Kids like Norm McLean, aka Dr. #1.

4: Muuxi Adam: Somali refugee who escaped from the civil war and its horrible aftermath, and since arriving in Winnipeg in 2004, has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee communities. Is currently a Program Coordinator at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, and is a huge asset to our town.

An inspiring person! Muuxi helps newcomers to Winnipeg through agency partner Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba.

Congratulations to everyone on the list – you’re doing incredible things for this city!

See the full list on the Winnipeg Free Press site

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