Future 40: CBC Manitoba unveils 10 more finalists
Groups of the 40 finalists to be revealed Monday-Thursday all week long
From a chef who put Winnipeg on the map by bringing fine dining to a frozen river to a Manitoba researcher making a major splash in plant development -- another 10 rising stars have been revealed.
CBC Manitoba and Metro called on Manitobans to nominate people under 40 making a big impact on their community.
More than 195 nominations came in, and CBC Manitoba is unveiling 10 new finalists a day between Monday and Thursday. Here’s the second set of 10:
He is the former executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba where he helped support and advocate for newcomers.
Now, he's part of the Social Planning Council's Local Immigration Partnership, which brings together different levels of government to plan and research the best strategies to help newcomers.
He came to Canada as a refugee 10 years ago, and now regularly opens his home to newcomer youth who need extra support or mentorship.
He’s an active member of Winnipeg’s Somalia and Muslim community, and recently got a Citizen’s Appreciation Award from the Winnipeg Police Service for building relationships between the newcomer community and police.
He also helped found Humankind International, an NGO that recently opened the first ever kindergarten for Somali refugees and Kenyan locals in Daadab Refugee Camp in Kenya.
Ahmed also won the United Nations Fellowship as a People of African Descent Fellow at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
She recently started the process to get her pilot’s license so she could fly food up to the north herself.
She is also an established researcher who works on new funding models for advancing food security.
Sharma will share that work at the World Food System conference in Switzerland later this year.
Finally, she’s a strong advocate for environmental protection and has spent six years volunteering with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Doucette has worked in Kenya with women’s farming groups, community farm initiatives and addressing the food needs of people living with HIV.
She also has spent 10 years volunteering in the inner city, growing and harvesting food.
She also launched the Spence Neighbourhood Association’s community garden program in 2001.
He’s also an ambassador for the organization, teaching students about local food, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
He’s helping lead young people to healthier eating and sustainable living while studying in the University of Manitoba’s faculty of social work and human ecology.
Harper has been involved in a number of initiatives, including a localvore cook off, Habitat for Humanity and bringing farm-to-fork education to inner city kids.
She began volunteering at the centre six years ago when she was 19, and applied for grants to start the program that serves students age four to 17.
Now, she’s a full-time music teacher and spends her off-time fundraising, recruiting music teachers, teaching voice and organizing recitals so the students can showcase their talents.
She also volunteers with EcoKids on Campus with her dad, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury. Together they teach young people about brain injuries.
He’s also done a lot of community volunteer work including the CEO Sleep Out, Resource Assistance for Youth’s coldest night of the year campaign and is the director of the C.P. Loewen Family Foundation.
The gym uses group workouts to help people get fit, and Fukumoto connects members with local farmers to get free-range chickens and veggie boxes to promote local food and better nutrition.
He has represented Manitoba at fitness events across Canada and the United States including the World’s Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas.
He’s also organized workouts for charity in support of Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.
Fukumoto has raised thousands of dollars to send Romanian orphans to a healthy summer camp. He has visited three times to help lead the work in Romania.
Dr. Mark Belmonte
Belmonte works with next generation molecular and plant laser microdissection techniques and has helped put Manitoba on the world stage when it comes to agricultural research.
He has published 39 publications in academic journals, and teaches in the biological sciences department at the U of M.
Chefs from all over the world come to contribute to the pop-up, and Hitzer has used the event as a way to raise money for charity by sleeping in the pop-up restaurant in freezing temperatures.
In 2007, Hitzer opened Deer + Almond in the Exchange District.
He launched the Haitian school Without Borders in 2011 and has authored four books of French poetry.
Bolivar is on the Board of Société Franco-Manitobaine, the Peer Review Committee for Creative Writing (Canada Council of the Arts), Amicale Francophone du Manitoba and Regroupement des Haitiens du Manitoba .