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I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate three of my constituents who were named as part of the Honour 150, presented by Canada Life as part of the Manitoba 150 celebrations.

Earlier this year, 150 people from across Manitoba received this well-deserved recognition. Honour 150 recipients were nominated by people in their own communities based upon their dedication to philanthropic projects within our province.

Dr. Ernest Cholakis is the founder of Cholakis Dental Group. He has contributed to numerous public health initiatives in Winnipeg over his 40-year career.

File photo Gunvor Larsson was named one of Manitoba’s Honour 150 for her many contributions to the growth and recognition of Swedish culture in Manitoba.

Through endeavours such as The Tooth Fairy Carnival and The Open Wide campaign, Dr. Cholakis has proven himself as a champion of educating parents and children of all economic sectors of the importance of oral hygiene practices and healthier nutritional habits.

Beyond his dedication to dentistry, Dr. Cholakis is also passionate about arts and culture in Winnipeg.

Since joining the Winnipeg Art Gallery board of governors as chair, he is proud to have been a part of numerous WAG projects including Quamajuq (the Inuit Art Centre) which showcases the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

Gunvor Larsson is 97 years young and is a trailblazer for the growth and recognition of Swedish culture in Manitoba since immigrating in 1958.

 She has taught Swedish, owned an import store and was a writer for the Swedish Press. Her cookbooks featuring traditional Swedish recipes have been sold across Canada.

Mrs. Larsson continues to volunteer at Folklorama 50 years after being one of its founding members. She has hosted countless fikas (Swedish for “coffee and cake break”) to welcome Swedish students to Winnipeg. Her fikas have also included recruited hockey players coming to Winnipeg since 1970.

Karyn Lazareck is a champion for youth with social, intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a parent of a child with autism, she was a leader and inspiration in forming the steering committee for Persons with Disabilities in the Jewish community by engaging parents, business owners, educators and service providers.

But for Mrs. Lazareck, this was just a start. Spearheading her next project, she was the driving force behind a life skills program called Gaining Resources Our Way (G.R.O.W.).

G.R.O.W. began as a summer program in Gimli and has expanded into four additional program opportunities that support the special needs population in our province.

Her efforts and “can-do” attitude led to the establishment of the Jordan Lazareck Special Needs Endowment Fund which has grown to over $1.7 million to support persons with special needs.

I would like to sincerely congratulate these three most deserving individuals who have all impacted so many lives within our community and province.

To all Honour 150 recipients – thank you! Manitoba would not be the same if not for your tireless dedication to the people of our province.

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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