Lyle Bauer

Although known best for his service over 25 years in the Canadian Football League, as both a player and an executive with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as well as an executive with the Calgary Stampeders, many Manitobans have gotten to know Lyle on a more personal level.

Through his own battle with cancer in 2004, Lyle realized something needed to be done to provide assistance and support for cancer patients and their families throughout their journey and regardless of outcome. “When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I can tell you that in spite of family and friends, I had never felt so alone and unsure of what the future would bring,”

With Lyle’s initiative and the support of friends and co-workers, the Never Alone Foundation was formed. Committed to improving the lives of people affected by cancer, the Foundation’s objective is to ensure that no one fighting their battle against cancer, ever feels alone in their

Over the years, the Never Alone Foundation has provided funding to numerous agencies and programs working to defeat cancer, in addition to supporting initiatives that provide assistance to the families of cancer patients, both before and after diagnosis. Funds totaling over $1 million dollars, in addition to the supporting programs implemented by the Never Alone Foundation, have been donated to cancer fighting agencies including CancerCare Manitoba, Canadian Cancer Society, Health Sciences Foundation, Riverview Health Centre Foundation, Camp With the support of his wife Heidi, as well as their three children, Danni, Brodie, and Wesley, Lyle continues his work with the Never Alone Foundation, serving as Board Co-chairman.

Jordan Bighorn

Born in Seattle, WA in 1978, Jordan is of Lakota heritage, hailing from Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux communities. In 1991, his family moved to Duncan B.C. where he attended Maxwell International Bahá’í School. In 1997, they moved back to the US where he attended Whitman College, graduating in 2002 with a degree in Sociology.

After moving back to Seattle for work, Jordan had a life-engaging experience that shifted much of his focus and energy, leading him to his present day activities. In 2004, while presenting at the Association for Bahá’í Studies conference in Calgary, a young woman approached him with an offer to collaborate on a music project. They would eventually marry move to Winnipeg where Meleyna’s family had settled in 1997.

It was in Winnipeg that Jordan was presented a life path that would take him throughout the Province, into the homes and lives of many families and individuals, and strike up relationships with all levels of government, agency, and institution. With his first job he invested himself entirely at Southeast Collegiate, where the First Nations youth there made a massive impact on his life through the vibrant relationships of trust, hope, and resiliency. During his time at Southeast, a youth movement began that became the Mino Bimaadiziwin Program.

Seeking health, balance, and true happiness, the youth who committed to the program began to transform many of the generational cycles that have hindered growth in the lives of their families. Jordan considers this experience to be at the core of all of his efforts in service to individuals, families, and communities.

When Jordan became a father, many of the teachings of his grandfather, Phil Lane, Sr., came to life. Transmitting his knowledge, love, and connection to the family’s rich heritage has since become a pivot around which Jordan tests his own growth and transformation. Presently Jordan serves as the Program Manager for Pathways to Education, a student support program that accompanies youth on their journey to graduation. He is an active member of the Winnipeg Bahá’í community and cherishes the opportunities to work for the betterment of his community, or wherever he finds himself. He is an avid volleyball player and recently coached a team for Manitoba at the North American Indigenous Games. Again, the bounty of witnessing the beauty of health, balance, and true happiness continues to demonstrate that Winnipeg, Manitoba – Manitoh Ahbee – the place where the Creator sits – is a mysterious nexus of potential, inspiration, and vision of what is possible when unity is established between all avenues of life.

Ace Burpee

Working in the radio business for over a decade, in almost every capacity, Ace is very well known Winnipegger. One of the hardest working young professionals in Winnipeg, he is the host of the Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio, a columnist with Metro Winnipeg and the host of The Great Tastes of Manitoba on CTV.

Using his celebrity status to drive awareness, Ace also lends his name and donates his time to hundreds of fundraising events and charities throughout Manitoba each year. It would be difficult to name a Manitoba cause to which he has not been somehow involved with. He is a philanthropist, emcee, motivational speaker, event organizer and volunteer.

In recognition of his many contributions to community, Ace is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Susan Krepart

Working in Winnipeg’s diverse entertainment community for almost two decades, Susan was the Music, Features, and Assignment editor at Uptown Magazine for seven years before leaving to work as the Music Industry Training Coordinator at Manitoba Music. She left the hoopla to become a stay-at-home mom to her two children while still punching the proverbial clock with stints on-air at Corus Entertainment (first at Power97 and now on 99.1 Fresh Fm and CJOB).

Susan was listening to the radio one day when she heard that Winnipeg Harvest was down to 11 tins of formula. She knew she needed to help and knew she had to do something to help.

She decided to use her Facebook account to begin a plea for donations. “Don’t share this post, don’t like it, just give me $5 or a can of formula and I’ll drive to your house and get it.” Susan’s mission was to stockpile baby formula for Winnipeg Harvest, beginning with a goal to raise $200. Within eight days she had driven all over the city and had raised $7,486.96 in cash and approximately $900 in baby formula.

Overwhelmed by a donation from a young mother who volunteered formula just days after her own baby had died, with the mother’s permission, Susan christened her campaign in his honour: The Magnus Hay Formula Drive for Winnipeg Harvest.

Chris Albi, Communications Director for Winnipeg Harvest had been following Susan’s efforts on Facebook all week: “This is amazing from one person. She’s not a business, she’s one human being who got in her car, with her kids in the back, and drove around picking up donations. She started a movement. It’s very cool”.

Her tally to date is over $26,000 in cash and more than $10,000 in formula and she is determined to continue her campaign.

Carson Shields

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carson grew up in River Heights, where he graduated from Kelvin High School. Participating in many sports and earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, it was evident at an early age that hockey was Carson’s true passion and he would play for the AA Assiniboine Park Rangers and then the AAA Winnipeg South Monarchs. He was an assistant captain and WHSHL all star in his final year playing hockey for the Kelvin Clippers.

When Carson moved on to junior hockey, he experienced a hazing that sent his life into a downward spiral. He was traded all across Canada, eight teams in total, before leaving the game in 2009. After his junior hockey career was over, Carson struggled in day to day life, constantly wrestling with what happened to him during his hazing experience. His actions and behaviour out of control, he enrolled into an anger management program where he began to peel back the layers of the person he had become.

Knowing full well that he could not continue on the path he was headed, he returned to the game as a coach, under his old teacher/coach/friend Bruce Sirrell, first at the high school level, then onto the junior level with the Transcona Railer Express of the MMJHL. During that season, Carson established a bond with the players which gave him the strength to come out with his story of the hazing.

Carson was and is determined to make sure what happened to him never happens again to anyone, in any sport. He set up an e-mail account receiving hundreds of messages from athletes sharing their experience in a wide variety of sports. Corresponding with these athletes and in some cases, their parents Carson offered support for what they had been through.

Carson has spoken at numerous schools, hockey programs, and at the University of Winnipeg, where he recently graduated with a degree in Conflict Resolution Studies. Along with his speakings, Carson volunteers at a downtown shelter called the Red Road Lodge, helping to collect clothing donations for the homeless in the core area. They have brought in over two tons of clothes which were distributed in the downtown area and also sent up to remote Manitoba Reserves like Tadoule Lake.