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NO pressure, but there may be a bit riding on the three young Manitobans recognized this week by Future Leaders of Manitoba.
The independent organization, which has been around for nine years, looks to recognize young people who excel professionally, are active in the community and who become, knowingly or not, ambassadors of the city and the province.
Patricia Katz, president of FLM, said, "The organization’s bigger mandate is to support the economic and social growth of the province and show appreciation for the people who chose to live work and thrive in Manitoba."
With a rigorous nomination and judging process, FLM casts its net across all facets of society from business, the community service world and the arts to award people in three different age categories.
Dayna Spiring, the CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, was this year’s honorary chair for the Manitoba-themed event held Thursday night.
She said she was thrilled to be involved in an organization whose sole purpose is to celebrate young people doing great things in Manitoba. She said she was especially tuned in to the criteria used for the selection of the finalists and winners — professional experience, giving back to the community and their role as ambassadors.
"Since I joined EDW, one of my big pushes is that we all need to be ambassadors," Spiring said.
"Here in Winnipeg we talk about the cold and the mosquitoes and potholes and whatever, whatever, whatever. It has to change. We have to change the dialogue."
The FLM board, past award nominees, finalists and winners all strive to improve Manitoba through positive, lasting change.
• 20–25 category: Laryssa Sawchuk, public health program and project manager — Canadian Diabetes Association
At 25, Sawchuk has already produced a substantial body of work. A University of Manitoba graduate in genetic sciences and adult education, her volunteer work in health sciences led her to her current role at the Canadian Diabetes Association. "I really like being involved in the community and the good thing about my job is that I get to go out there and connect with people in the community and empower them to take control of their diabetes," she said. "For me, the value of getting this recognition is that I get to meet other people who are doing great things." She has benefitted from mentorship in her short career and looks forward to being able to do the same for others. (Other finalists were Derek Elliott, Brandish Agency; and Chris Moskal, student at University of Manitoba.)
• 26–32 category: Margaux Miller, business development — Genuwine Cellars
Miller, 28, is one of those people who can’t help herself from joining committees and getting involved. "It is innate," she said. "I have been involved in the community for years and years. I have a goal of helping to support the community and the province and having people be proud of the community." She said she doesn’t do the things she does in the hopes of getting recognition and believes all of the people nominated feel the same way. "None of us do what we do for recognition." The company she works for, Genuwine Cellars, has established a global reputation building the best and the biggest custom wine cellars in the world. Miller said it is an excellent way to spread the word about how great Winnipeg is around the world. (Other finalists were Mike Deluca, Proximity Mobile; and Jordan Meagher, Forks Renewal Corporation.)
• 33–39 category: Jessica Dumas — Prime Image Life Coaching
Dumas embraces the idea of leadership as service. "There are times when I am in position to speak at a boardroom table in a voice that has not been there before, I believe that it’s my responsibility to do that." At 38, she is the former chair of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and current board member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. She is re-starting a training company and is one of those people who really does practise continuous improvement in her own life. While she sometimes thinks about pursing some kind of leadership role in her home community of Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, she says she has to be honest with herself. "I’m a city girl." (Other finalists were Kevin Freedman, University of Winnipeg; and Alana Cuma, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.)
Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.