An entrepreneur who works with disabled children, another who works with polar bears and a dietitian with the Women's Health Clinic have been named Future Leaders of Manitoba Award winners for 2014.
The three -- Cameron Krisko, Lindsey Mazur and John Gunter -- were presented with their awards at an event Thursday night in Winnipeg attended by more than 500 people.
The awards, now entering their seventh year, recognize Manitoba's best young talent in three age categories: 20 to 25 years, 26 to 32 years and 33 to 39 years.
Krisko was the winner in the 20-to-25 years category. He is the founder and president of Making Waves Winnipeg, a non-profit program that provides one-on-one instruction to children with disabilities. He also volunteers with Special Olympics, Count Me In Winnipeg, Lighthouse Mission and the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg, is an assistant coach of the St. Paul's High School Hockey team, is a student in the University of Winnipeg's faculty of science, and is the 2013 recipient of the Youth in Motion Top 20 under 20 Award.
Mazur was the winner in the 26-to-32 years category. She is a dietitian with the Women's Health Clinic and the Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program. She is also a volunteer board member and the farm-to-school liaison with the Manitoba Association of Home Economics, and is a certified facilitator of health and wellness classes.
Gunter was the award recipient in the 33-to-39 age category. He is president and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures, a family-owned and operated business that has been providing polar bear tours and other adventures in Canada's North for three decades. He also serves on the advisory council for Polar Bears International, and his volunteer activities include creating Churchill's first recycling program, helping with shoreline cleanup in the Churchill area, working with a group that broadcasts live video of wild polar bears on the Internet and fundraising for Continuity Care, a non-profit organization that aids Manitoba families with an intellectual disability.
The annual awards event is organized by the Future Leaders of Manitoba Council, with the support of the Business Council of Manitoba.