LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR TO PRESENT GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP

On behalf Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon will present honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership to 15 Manitobans tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Government House.

Eight recipients will receive Sovereign’s Medal’s for Volunteers, and seven recipients will be awarded Meritorious Service Decorations – Civil Division. These awards will honour some of the provinces most dedicated Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders who are working to strengthen urban and rural Indigenous communities and create an environment in which reconciliation is possible.

About the Meritorious Service Decorations

The Meritorious Service Decorations are given for contributions in any field of endeavor. Its recipients excel in a broad range of areas, from advocacy activities to healthcare or research, and from public service to humanitarian aid. Past recipients have tackled poverty in their community, improved education opportunities for children in Canada and abroad, or raised awareness of important causes and issues bringing considerable benefit or honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

About the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, created in 1995 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

Recipients and their citations are attached.

Contact: Kate Gameiro, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 204-945-2752.

SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL’S FOR VOLUNTEERS RECIPIENTS

Michael Patrick Belhumeur – Winnipeg
For nearly 40 years, Belhumeur has contributed significantly to the care and support of his city’s most vulnerable members. Through his work with the Urban Knights and Ladies Veterans Ambassador Peace Patrol, he has given much-needed assistance to Indigenous youth and veterans.

Lucille Bruce – Winnipeg
Bruce has worked with Winnipeg’s Indigenous population for more than 25 years. A resourceful and collaborative leader, she has a proven record of producing results and is greatly admired for her dedication to ensuring community development.

David Chartrand – Duck Bay
Chartrand is the longest-serving president of the Manitoba Metis Federation. During his presidency, he has advanced the cause of the Métis nation at both the provincial and national levels. His dedication to the community has created greater opportunities for all Manitobans.

Philip Chiappetta – Winnipeg
For more than 35 years, Chiappetta has worked with Rossbrook House, an inner-city drop-off centre for at-risk youth. His dedication to helping troubled adolescents has saved many lives and inspired others to volunteer.

Hazel and Jim Corman – Herb Lake Landing
Since 2003, the Corman’s have been known as the most dedicated volunteers in the Herb Lake Landing community. Within this small municipality, they promote traditional culture and encourage other residents to volunteer.

Greg Shedden – Stonewall
For 15 years, Shedden has inspired his students to be good citizens by teaching them that they can make a difference in the world. In addition to his contributions in the classroom, he volunteers his time to a number of student-run social justice clubs and initiatives including the anti-tobacco group and the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

Harold Westdal – Winnipeg
Westdal became a board member with the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in 2004, while also serving as president of the Manitoba Recreational Trails Association. His dedication to connecting Canadians through both organizations has contributed to the success of the TCT in Manitoba.

MERITORIUS SERVICE DECORATIONS – CIVIL DIVISION RECIPIENTS

Mitch Bourbonniere – Winnipeg
Bourbonniere, a social worker, has devoted his career and his personal time to mentoring, counselling and supporting at-risk youth in Winnipeg. He has changed the lives of hundreds of young people leaving the foster care and the criminal justice systems, dealing with addiction or struggling to cope with mental health challenges by combining Indigenous traditions and the doctrine of helping yourself through helping others.

Michael Redhead Champagne – Winnipeg
Champagne has demonstrated outstanding leadership as the founder of Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, a community-based organization offering support to at-risk youth in Winnipeg’s North End neighbourhood. A true mentor to local Indigenous youth, he guides them through numerous community projects to help give them a sense of accomplishment and build their
self-esteem.

James Favel and Larry Morrissette (posthumous) – Winnipeg
Favel and the late Morrissette were leaders in establishing the Bear Clan Patrol, a grassroots outreach group in north Winnipeg. Trained volunteers patrol the streets at night, handing out food packets and hygiene items to the homeless, helping people under the influence of drugs or alcohol to safety and, when needed, searching for missing people. Their presence is imbuing the neighbourhood with a stronger sense of community and security.

Althea Guiboche – Winnipeg
Guiboche, once homeless herself, founded Got Bannock?, an organization that helps Winnipeg’s most vulnerable. Since 2013, the program has delivered more than 10,000 meals to people in the city’s north end. She has become an important voice for the city’s disadvantaged and an advocate for the eradication of poverty.

Ry Moran – Winnipeg
Moran led the team that amassed thousands of statements and millions of documents for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, collecting testimony and creating a sensitive environment for individuals affected by the Indian Residential School System. As the director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, he is now ensuring that those historical records are honoured and kept safe for future generations.

Diane Louise Roussin – Winnipeg
Roussin’s leadership at the helm of the Winnipeg Boldness Project has resulted in innovative projects benefitting children and families living in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood. Through programs celebrating Indigenous culture, she offers teachers tools to encourage young people to proudly explore their roots.