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Bernard Rosello, the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation’s 13-year-old youth ambassador, sparkled at the podium at its gala fundraiser Oct. 20 at the RBC Convention Centre. Wearing a suit and standing on his two legs — one of which is a prosthetic — he delivered a dynamic speech to the 460 people in attendance.
"Children’s Rehab Foundation helps with everything. Without them I wouldn’t be able to play sports," Bernard said. "It makes me feel normal and my disability doesn’t show... I can choose the life I want!"
Christine Schollenberg, the foundation’s executive director, presented the Miracle Worker award to Rene Pereux of Pereux Financial, who has chaired their July golf tournament for 20 years and raised $10,000 the first year. This year they banked $103,000. The total in 20 years? More than $1 million.
Every year Tony Guertin Jr. has taken insurance out so some lucky golfer can win a "hawg in a hole-in-one." Yes, the prize is always a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but nobody’s has ever won it, so they haven’t had to buy the bike — yet! Still, the contest is a huge draw for the tournament and offers lots of excitement.
SPOTTED: Kim and Richard Enright of Boston Pizza; Jamie Pope from Tim Hortons; Alison Grysiuk of Grysiuk Queen Bee Honey; the Olivier family from BOMImed; Jason Sargent of Steeltown Ford; Sandra and Mike Romani from MASI Design, Janet and Kevin Cheveldayoff, the general manager of the Winnipeg Jets and Todd Tanchak of Tanchak Wealth Management.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba’s (MDAM) 35th anniversary celebration took place at Government House, the Victorian-style official residence of Manitoba’s lieutenant-governor. The first floor consists of perfectly appointed party rooms, and there is no shortage of red velvet chairs with ornate wood, perfectly suited for hosting the Queen.
MDAM’s Tara Brousseau Snider pointed out people with mood disorders had nowhere to go 35 years ago, before or after treatment in a hospital. Today, the MDAM is open 365 days a year, and last year received nearly 100,000 contacts by phone or in person.
The MDAM provides public education, public awareness and advocacy and holds more than 100 monthly support-group meetings, one-on-one peer support and self-help all over the province to reach out and improve the lives of those who are touched by mood disorders.
SPOTTED at the Government House reception: Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon and her husband, former premier Gary Filmon; Pamela Mann, the MDAM’s board chairwoman; board members Jeremy Ruban of Richardsons GMP; Steve Zacharias from PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Michelle Walker from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and past MDAM board chairmen Richard Walker and Trevor Jones. Also on hand were Peter Ginakes of the Pony Corral; Josephine D’Andrea of Kellburn Health and Wellness Centre; psychiatrists Dr. Tanya Sala and Dr. Randy Goosen; lawyer Meghan Riley; Carmyn Aleshka of Upside Down Tree; Colleen Martens, the daughter of MDAM founders Roy and Gwen Finnen; Klinic’s Nicole Chammartin; River Heights MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard; Ken Westman of Amying for a Cure; Janelle Curtis DePeazer of Turning Pages; and volunteers Stewart and Ann Ferguson, Bev Geddes and retired employees Bill Ashdown and Doreen Johnson.
RUMPELSTILTSKIN: What a surprise awaited the audience at Dramatic Theatre’s production of Rumpelstiltskin. Who knew we would all be part of the play?
The play, which ran from Oct. 18-21 at the Dramatic Arts Centre on Ellice Avenue, starred Omar Benson as the scary Rumpelstiltskin, and managed to involve all the children and their parents in the audience by getting them to make the sounds of the wind and barnyard animals — and yelling out their guess as to what the villains would do next.
The cast included the bombastic king played by Terry Hamel, the Miller (Vern Bird), Annette (Diana Renee Faucher), Gladdy (Kelly Hirst) plus Maria Antonio, Gwen Bird and Hope McBride.
Dramatic Theatre is looking for people who want to join them in doing fun community theatre. Contact artistic director Justin Danyluk at email@example.com for more information.
WHAT A SPANK! Ego Spank and Juno Award-winning Jack Semple rocked the house at the West End Cultural Centre with a combo of funk, jazz, rock, and wild jamming on Oct. 18. Ego Spank includes Murray Pulver on lead guitar, Gilles Fournier on bass and vocalist Daniel Roy on drums.
After the break, Semple, acknowledging the fast-paced openers, said, "We’re going to have to slow things down now because I think that’s the only direction we can go."
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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.