FUTURE LEADERS BASH -- Nothing stodgy about this awards evening. Talk about a room full of young Manitoba talent -- 500 movers and shakers gathered on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Fort Garry Hotel for the Future Leaders of Manitoba (FLM) awards evening. Popular DJ Mama Cutsworth entertained and the noisy crowd of VIPs from Winnipeg's business community noshed on gourmet food stations, with wine pairings. Ace Burpee of Hot 103 MC'd, and a Jumbotron showed a continual run of the nine finalists, event sponsors, funny and congratulatory tweets, many from the floor. Later, as the festivities wore down, the Jumbotron popped up with the NHL game between the Jets and Sharks. Chairs and sofas were scattered about, with lots of networking going on all night long. Organizer Gloria Blacklaw couldn't have been happier. "The atmosphere was so vibrant!"
Future Leaders of Manitoba's three winners? Cameron Krisko, founder of Making Waves Winnipeg, a non-profit providing one-on-one teaching to children with disabilities; Lindsey Mazur, a dietician with the Women's Health Clinic and the provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program; and John Gunter president and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures, which provides northern adventures such as polar bear tours. Winners received an award and a painting from Graffiti Gallery, done at the event by Nereo Eugenio Jr. Engaging speaker Kevin Chief, provincial minister of children and youth opportunities (and a former FLM winner) talked about the young movers and shakers and their passion to make a mark in the world.
"It was a younger crowd this year -- our sixth year -- so many bright, ambitious people in the room," said Jordan Farber, Qualico's manager of banking, who created the annual event six years ago with Lesley Hamilton of Hamilton Bergen Private Wealth Management, Andrew Kirk of Polar Bear Rubber, and Jen Kennedy of Wi-Band. "We saw a lot of younger people moving on to what they thought would be greener pastures and wanted to honour those who stayed here or who had returned," added Farber.
Spotted: Honorary chairwoman Stephanie Forsyth, who also addressed the crowd; Jodi Moskal, chairwoman of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce; former honorary chairmen of FLM Bob Silver, co-owner of the Winnipeg Free Press, Western Glove Works, Warehouse One and other businesses, and Jim Carr, president of the Manitoba Business Council,
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DATES WITH THE STARS! -- The Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (LDAM) warmed up the galaxy with a matching of sponsor tables to Winnipeg stars for dinners at stellar restaurants all over the city. After a cocktail party with drinks and substantial appetizers at the Fort Garry Hotel, sponsor groups found out which stars would head up their tables and trooped off to find their restaurants awaiting them. In most cases, they could order anything off the menu!
Entertainers Fred Penner and Joey Landreth of The Bros. Landreth headed up the Winnipeg Free Press table at the Garry Street Keg. When everyone was full, Penner crowned the evening by teaching the table how to do magic tricks with napkins and spoons that dance in the air. This year's stars included magician Brian Glow, Free Press humour columnist Doug Speirs, Glenn January and Doug Brown of Blue Bomber fame, burlesque queen Miss Robin Red Breast, singers Renée Lamoureux and Sheena Grobb, and artist Jordan Van Sewell. Media stars also headed up tables, such as Breakfast TV's Drew Kozub and Jenna Khan, FAB 94.3's Kelly Parker, Shaw TV's Tracy Koga and 99.9 BOB FM's Beau and Sabrina Carnivale.
Happy-hour MC was CJOB's height-challenged Dahlia Kurtz, who warmly introduced LDAM executive director Marilyn MacKinnon and association president Dr. Norm Goldberg. "He used to be my pediatrician," she beamed, noting she's not much taller now. Comedian Big Daddy Tazz warmed up the crowd just before everyone hiked off into the frozen tundra to their restaurants.
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