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Meet 5 Future 40 winners of 2016

Meet five more exceptional CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 winners: Jaris Swidrovich, Tracey Steel, LJ Kimbley, Ashley Howard and Osemis Isbister-Bear.

CBC Saskatchewan is unveiling 2016's winners all week online, on radio and TV

Meet five more exceptional CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 winners: (clockwise from upper left) Jaris Swidrovich, Tracey Steel, Osemis Isbister-Bear, Ashley Howard and LJ Kimbley. (Photos submitted to CBC)

From an amazing sky-travelling nurse to a winning curler, this group of CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 winners is as diverse as it is accomplished.

From Monday to Thursday, March 14-17, CBC Saskatchewan is announcing five winners each morning and evening.

With this latest group, we've now revealed 15 winners. 

Listen to Saskatoon Morning with Leisha Grebinski on 94.1 FM in Saskatoon and The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles on 102.5 FM in Regina and 540 AM across the province each morning to hear about a fresh group of winners. Then, tune in to CBC Saskatchewan News with Jill Morgan each evening at 6 p.m. CST for another five winners, announced on television.

Make sure to check cbc.ca/sask and cbc.ca/future40 and visit CBC Saskatchewan and CBC Saskatoon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at any time to keep up to date with the announcements. 

The winning submissions below were written by nominators. 

Here are five more Future 40 winners of 2016:

Jaris Swidrovich

Age: 29

Category: Teaching/Healthcare

Jaris Swidrovich is a doctor of pharmacy and member of Yellow Quill First Nation, Sask. (Submitted)

Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and is the first self-identified First Nations doctor of pharmacy in Canada.

He is passionate about aboriginal health and is working with various faculty members at the University of Saskatchewan to assist with indigenizing the school's curricula. He is currently a lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the U of S, the creator and chair of a national aboriginal health pharmacist specialty network, and the former president of a provincial pharmacy association.

His current community work and volunteerism includes being a member of the City of Saskatoon's cultural diversity and race relations committee; serving as a director on the Sanctum Care Group board; and a pharmacist/mentor at a student-run health clinic in Saskatoon's core, called SWITCH.

Since becoming a pharmacist in 2010, he has been recognized with a New Practitioner Award from three pharmacy associations (two provincial and one national). He's also the co-recipient of a national Patient Care Enhancement Award.

Tracey Steel

Age: 37

Category: Teaching/Healthcare

Tracey Steel is the clinical operations manager for STARS Air Ambulance. Tracey is also actively involved in participating in fundraising activities that are responsible for half of our funding model. In addition to her management duties, she is a flight nurse and provides critical care transport to the critically ill and injured residents of the province of Saskatchewan. (Submitted by Jocelyn Orb)
​Tracey Steel is the clinical operations manager for STARS Air Ambulance. Tracey is also actively involved in participating in fundraising activities that are responsible for half of STARS's funding model.

In addition to her management duties, she is a flight nurse and provides critical care transport to the critically ill and injured residents of the province of Saskatchewan. Tracey has been employed with STARS since it began in Saskatoon and was instrumental to the establishment of the Saskatoon base.

Tracey still works casual as a registered nurse in the emergency room at Royal University Hospital. Her positive attitude along with her wealth of expertise in critical care is a welcome addition to the department.

Tracey has two children who are involved in extracurricular activities. She's often volunteering as medical personnel at such activities or is involved in co-ordination of the event itself.

Through all of this, Tracey also completed her master of nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.

LJ Kimbley

Age: 21

Category: Arts/Culture/Entertainment

LJ, 21, currently sits as a Director of the Prince Albert Winter Festival board. (Submitted by Amanda Goller)

LJ Kimbley is a singer/songwriter, event planner, youth mentor and community leader from Prince Albert, Sask.

LJ spent his early years touring across northern Saskatchewan speaking to youth about bullying and acceptance. As LJ's musical success propelled forward, so did his dreams of empowering youth through music.

LJ currently sits as a director of the Prince Albert Winter Festival board. This year he piloted and produced a youth singing competition which gave 12 youth the opportunity to work with professional recording artists and musicians. LJ has also been a mentor for the Northern Spirits music workshop that takes place every fall.

Last year he started North Events and Planning. North planned and produced a benefit concert for the northern fire evacuees this past summer which ran for close to 10 hours and showcased nearly 50 musicians.

LJ is in the process of releasing a full-length album titled, The Spaceman, which is a collection of his writing over the past decade.

Follow LJ on Twitter: @ljtysonmusi.

Ashley Howard

Age: 26

Category: Sports/Recreation

Since moving to Saskatchewan in 2014, Ashley Howard has made her mark. At only 26, Ashley represented the province at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Photo submitted by: Kaytlyn Barber)

Since moving to Saskatchewan in 2014, Ashley Howard has made her mark.

At only 26, Ashley represented the province at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Her tournament play was impressive, but even more notably, Ashley was recognized among her peers and awarded the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes sportsmanship and dedication to the sport. Her passion for the sport was also recognized by the CurlSask board of directors who recently appointed Ashley as their executive director.

Ashley's marketing background gained at the University of New Brunswick and with KPMG will play a key role in continuing to grow the Saskatchewan curling community.

Ashley will be one to watch, both on the ice and off, as she continues to contribute to the province that she now calls home.

Osemis Isbister-Bear

Age: 35

Category: Community/Social Activism/Volunteerism

Osemis (Don) Isbister-Bear, 35, is a First Nations community leader in Saskatoon. (Submitted by Melissa Thomas)

Osemis (Don) Isbister-Bear is a thriving First Nations community leader in Saskatoon. Osemis is both a professional and community builder through his volunteer efforts. He is currently the strategic initiatives lead with the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional Association (SAPA).

Osemis, 35, recently graduated with his master's degree in northern governance and development and hopes to one day work with or for the Department of Northern Saskatchewan in some capacity.

Osemis is now the general manager of the Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre Company. Osemis is an alumnus of the very first circle of voices program when the theatre company first opened its doors.

On top of his dedication to his professional career, Osemis also works as a casual child support worker with the Saskatoon Tribal Council's 24-hour homes. Both staff and children within the homes enjoy Osemis' energetic, positive demeanour. 

Osemis is well deserving to be recognized under this title.

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