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Alex Aleshka

has qualified for the 10th time for the prestigious "Top of the Table" of the Million Dollar Round Table -- The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Aleshka is a 24-year member. The exclusive Top of the Table status is the highest level of MDRT membership and places Aleshka among the best of the best in the global life insurance and financial services industry.


Gloria Spence

is the new general manager of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. She brings with her an extensive administrative and managerial background. Spence was instrumental in setting up the offices and all its functions for the Manito Ahbee Festival and served as the general manager for seven years.




is proud to announce the appointment of Dan Blanchette, P.Eng., as a partner, responsible for the Winnipeg office. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Blanchette is also a member of the IEEE and IEC TC57 WG10, the body responsible for the development of the IEC 61850 standard. As part of his new role, he will participate in the business development of his sector and will be involved in various major projects.



Distinguished Service Award

for extraordinary service to the Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba was presented to Peggy Prendergast of Winnipeg at the RTAM annual general meeting.



Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba

elected its board of directors for 2013-2014: Wayne Hughes, Winnipeg, president; Marvin Krawec, Portage la Prairie, vice-president; Judith Olmstead, Brandon, secretary; Carol Pelton, Thompson, treasurer; Richard Benoit, Winnipeg, past president. Directors-at-large: Winnipeg, Alex Boyes, Peter Carney, Guy Hansen, Barbara McDole, Peggy Prendergast; Rosalie Bornn, Dauphin; Ralph Cibula, Gladstone; Joan Dawson, Thompson; Jag Malik, Gilbert Plains; Vel McAdam, The Pas; Doreen Sage, Neepawa; Ray Sitter, Brandon; John Sushelnitsky and Norman Wiebe, Portage la Prairie.


The Manitoba School Library Association

has announced its 2013-14 board members and standing committee chairs: past president, Joyce Riddell (St. John's-Ravenscourt School); president, Jeff Anderson (Technical Vocational School); president-elect Jonine Bergen (St. Paul's High School); secretary, Niki Card (Sherwood School); treasurer, Laura Cowie (Library Support Services, Winnipeg School Division). Members at large: Christine Robinson (Chief Peguis Junior High School) and Janet Ledger (Sister MacNamara School); publications, Heather Eby (Linden Meadows School); membership, Candice Philips (Westwood Collegiate); SAGE Conference co-chairs, Jonine Bergen (St. Paul's High School) and Cathy Bilyk (Shaftesbury High School); awards, Joyce Riddell (St. John's-Ravenscourt School); advocacy and publicity/public relations, Brandi Nicholauson (Henry G. Izzat Middle School); website, Kevin Mowatt (Library Support Services, Winnipeg School Division).


Rob Penner, executive vice-president and COO of Bison Transport Inc.

recently announced the following appointments: Dave Fulawka, director, network analytics and development; Mike Ludwick, senior vice-president; Trevor Fridfinnson, senior vice-president; Jeff Pries, senior vice-president, sales and marketing; Brad Chase, vice-president, logistics and multi-modal; Doug Romanuk, vice-president, western region sales and operations.


The Dream Factory

has appointed its 2013-14 board of directors: president, Tom Malkiewicz, Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.; past president, Leilani Kagan, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP; vice-president, Kyle Romaniuk, ClarkHuot/Cocoon; treasurer, Jan Huth, Seccuris Inc.; secretary, Marc Simard, M.Y. Professional Planning Inc.; Shaun Chornley, Winnipeg Police Service; Don Grant, Armtec; Don Smith, ORG Canada; executive director, Grace Thomson; honorary spokesman, Andrew Ladd; medical adviser, Dr. Victor Chernick, Children's Hospital; wish liaison, Cathy Bourne, CancerCare Manitoba.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 10, 2013 B6


Updated on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM CDT: Andrew Ladd is honorary spokesman for the Dream Factory.

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