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HyLife Local Heroes Inspires Southeastern Manitoba

We are pleased to celebrate the successful end of our HyLife Local Heroes community campaign. This project highlighted people and organizations that continue to go above and beyond.

The idea behind HyLife’s Local Heroes is to give back to our community. It's been humbling to learn about the countless selfless people that make our community better places to live. We have received so many thoughtful nominations- people taking the time to share the contributions of family, friends and neighbours.

Our winners had the opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared by our HyLife Corporate Chef from our brand new Pork food trailer.  And that’s not all; we wanted to help continue our local hero’s community impact by giving them $1000 to give to the charity of their choice.

Congratulations to our four winners:

  • Joan Mitosinka
  • Jim Ste. Marie
  • Terry Johnston
  • Les P’tits Brisous Day Care

We are proud to give $1000 to the following charities:

  • Joan: Thrifty Treasures - $500; Manitoba Cancer Care - $500 (Lorette/Winnipeg)​
  • Jim: Buote Family Trust Fund (Ste. Anne)​
  • Terry: Steinbach Family Resource Centre (Steinbach)
  • Les P’tits Brisous: Treasure Keepers Daycare (La Broquerie)

To show our appreciation to the entire community, we brought out our HyLife food truck to the heart of Steinbach and offered 200 free lunches. Donations raised went to Soup’s On and will support 150 school lunches.

Our hope is to bring this HyLife gives back campaign to other regions in our province and the U.S. as we continue to emphasize our commitment to our communities.

Congratulations to all! 

 

Winner:

JOAN MITOSINKA

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: My mom had a community birthday calendar and everyday she made calls to people in her community that were celebrating a special occasion. She did this for over 20 years adding to the calendar every year. Sadly my mom passed away a month ago at the age of 82. To the people in her town that we meet, they tell us how much those calls meant. They always looked forward to her calls, especially those who lived alone.

Winner:

JIM STE. MARIE

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: We nominate Jim from Ste.Marie Plumbing& Service locsred in our town Ste.Anne We lost our water for 2 weeks as well as our local grocery store here in Ste.anne he did his best to come by day or night to make sure we could have some water even if it only lasted a few minutes to an hour that helped alot during the hot days hes a very nice man and hard worker he also had side calls to deal with but he always came and helped use he dug 3 holes,he relocated our unmarked well we are very happy with our service from him aswell as our new friendship!

Winner:

LES P'TITS BRISOUS DAYCARE

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomintation: Every single member of my staff are selfless in their everyday job. Day in and day out they care for children who are not their own and give them the love and attention the need and deserve. They make sure these children grow independently as well as part of a group. During the pandemic (as well as before and after), they have come in to work without blinking an eye and helped these children find a sense of normalcy in their lives when the world around us was not what they were used to. Every day my staff gives a little piece of themselves to the children, to the parents and to each other regardless of what is happening around them and in their own lives. I honestly do not know what our community would do without these people who are selfless, loving, patient and above all kind. I speak from the heart when saying these people are my family and my home away from home.

Winner:

TERRY JOHNSTON

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomintation: Terry is a trucker and worked all through covid. He travels to the states every week. He was diagnosed with prostrate cancer last February and underwent radiation treatments for six weeks and yet continued to drive his truck and make his deliveries. He’s a husband of 36 years, a dedicated dad and grandpa and gives tirelessly in all aspects of life. I think it’s amazing that all through covid he continued to work even though he spent unending hours driving to do his part to keep our stores supplied with things we need for everyday life. He is an essential worker and did his part during the pandemic even while facing his prostrate cancer! Men like him are the true hero’s. He does it without recognition and I’d like him to know what he does daily is appreciated!

Nominee:

MADELEINE THIESSEN

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: Mad has been a pillar in our community, volunteering for Community Outreach Today House, and other organizations. She cooks and bakes for vulnerable community members, drives them to appointments, finds safe places for people to live and sleep. She is someone you can speak to and she listens wholeheartedly. When her son Lucky had a stroke last year, she drove to Winnipeg every single day to be with him. She is selfless and will not think twice about helping someone in need.

Nominee:

HANK KLASSEN

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: Hank has always given to people within the community, has been part of The Lion's Club and was instrumental in keeping the Southeast helping hands operating. He is always involved in projects to help the less fortunate in the Southeast

Nominee:

KEN FRIESEN

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: My dad is literally my hero, he is an rcmp officer in steinbach and was diagnosed with blood cancer last year and is on medical leave. He is amazing every where he goes, helps anyone out and always has time to visit with you no matter his day. Anyone who knows him knows what an amazing guy he is and always has a great story to share. Even while he has been going through his cancer journey he is always making sure me and my sisters are ok and good. He is constantly putting other people above himself. He truly is an every day hero!

Nominee:

ILENE GOSHKE

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: Started a volunteer group in paradise village to help people with yard work, meals, and whatever is needed for seniors who are unable to do this as a result of injury, poor health, or surgery. The group has delivered hundreds of meals, soup, homemade bread, and desserts. They can be seen raking leaves and cutting grass as well.

Nominee:

HENRY & EV STAM

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: A family in Grunthal just lost everything in a house fire about 2 months ago. Henry and Ev let them stay in their camper on their yard until they found a place to rent about a week ago. The whole community helped out with everything. Henry and Ev are always helping where they can without wanting anything in return.

Nominee:

MARTIN BAZIN - PRINCIPAL ESJ

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: For the past 2 years this school principal, new to his role, has had to deal with Covid 19 in his school of 404 students from Kindergarten to grade 12. He has put in many many hours and he has done so remarkably. I have not heard a single complaint from his staff, his students and community members. He has ensured his staffs safety, his students safety while also putting an emphasis on their mental health all while ensuring a great education. He has never failed to reply to any of my concerns, doing so professionally, with empathy and with a smile on his face. He knows the names to all the students, greets them at the door every morning, he respects them and challenges them. He makes the school a better place, one I enjoy sending my kids to.

Nominee:

JEAN GAGNON

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: For the third year in the month of August he’ll be riding in the Great Cycle Challenge throughout Canada to fight Kids Cancer. So far he raised over $20,000. His goal this year is to ride 200 km. throughout the month. For him kids should be living life. Not fighting for it.

Nominee:

CHERYL HEINRICHS

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomination: Cheryl found out about a man who was struggling to make ends meet during Covid and decided she would help out by making meals for him. She pretty well kept him fed for months and is still cooking for him. Besides that she picks up extra expensive groceries for him like coffee and lunch meat while she is getting her groceries. Cheryl is a very kind caring generous person and she deserves to be recognized for her generosity. Please consider her for this local Hero award as she is a local hero.

Nominee:

REYNALD COLLETTE

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomintation: This persons is the in St. Malo, when you need help or need information about the community, Ralph is always there to help. He gives hundreds of hours every year to help his community and never wants to be recognized and nevers asks for anything in return. From helping someone who is homeless, sitting on a volunteer board, coaching hockey or helping his community with a project ... he is selfless, kind and always lends a hand no matter what the situation. He is very proud of his roots and his community - he is an ambassador for St. Malo. Most people in town know him because he is a great social person and takes the time to talk to everyone. Ralph is our St. Malo Hero and deserves to be recognized 🙂 Merci-Thank you

Nominee:

LOUIS BALCAEN

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomintation: I got to work with Louis on many projects and fundraising events to help in our community. Louis and Paul Vielfaure were 2 people that always looked at where they could make a difference. Louis and i developed a friendship over time and recently worked on bringing refugee to Manitoba as a project through our parish; here are some of the work Louis done and why I'm nominating him :
- involvement in the community: building sport facilities; leadership in sports organizations; church related responsibilities; led fundraising activities to provide to the expansion of seniors housing.

- led and contributed to fund raising to sponsor several refugee families, and assisted with their settlement and integration in our communities

- long involvement as a prison volunteer and presently a member of the board of directors of Future Hope Inc.

- member of the National Council of Development and Peace/Caritas Canada an international aid organization.

- represented Saint Boniface Diocese at several Western Social Justice Conferences.

Nominee:

DIANE GIROUARD

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomintation: Diane (and her family) have been taking care of our very popular ever-growing Farmer's Market for many years. Every saturday from mid-June to the first weekend in September, she oversees the set-up and take-down of the tent canopies for the vendors. Even through Covid she has made sure protocols were followed, organized vendors, taken care of advertising, made all contacts for the market. Also because the market had grown and Covid required more distancing, Diane had to find a new location for the market to happen. She did it! She is a very humble person and deserves a "big shout out".

Nominee:

JAYMES HIEBERT AND THE HANOVER FIREFIGHTERS

Submitted Nomination

Reason for nomintation: My son is the assistant deputy chief of station #4 in Blumenort and one of the lead trainers for Hanover Fire Dept. He also works full time as a fire/paramedic in the city of Winnipeg. The work of these men is tireless and selfless and deserving of recognition they don’t often see. The work they do for their communities goes above and beyond.