Community leadership was honoured at last week’s Capturing Opportunities conference.
“Every community has people who work hard, often without any kind of acknowledgement, to make their town or region a better place to live and work,” said Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers who presented the awards at a banquet here last week.
“These awards allow us to recognize the people and organizations that benefit their communities and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
This year, the Rural Youth Achievement award was presented to Zoe Peckover from Homewood who has fundraised for Teens Living with Cancer while battling cancer herself.
The Outstanding Community Leadership award was presented to Dorothy Braun of Altona for her work with a number of community groups including the Altona and Area Family Resource Centre.
The Economic Development Innovation award for community involvement by an organization or municipality went to the Elkhorn Development Corporation (EDC) which brought together investors to finance the building of six new homes in this small southwestern Manitoba town.
The Economic Development Innovation award for community involvement by a business was presented to the Boundary Trail Railway Company (BTRC) of Manitou. The BTRC acquired abandoned rail materials from CP Rail to establish the first producer-owned, short-line railway in the province, which runs between Morden and Manitou.
The winners received a commemorative glass award and $1,000 to contribute to the community organization of their choice.