Ken Opaleke

My choice for a Manitoba Hero is Ken Opaleke of West Broadway Youth Outreach. Ken has worked tirelessly for over 20 years with inner city kids to develop their skills & abilities to reach their full potential. His enthusiasm, energy & passion for this program is unmatched. WBYOprovides after school & summer programs, giving these kids a safe & fun environment, physical activity and healthy snacks at no cost. Their programs include Homework Club, Cooking Club, Swimming, sports & music lessons and event outings to name just a few. He always goes out of his way to recognize the children’s achievements often by visiting their classrooms & making a big fuss over an “A” on a report card etc. Among his greatest accomplishments was having 2 of his former “students” now graduate from medical school as doctors with more on the way. Both of these doctors continue to give back to WBYO as volunteers & mentors. Ken won’t stop there. His goal is to have 10 doctors graduate before he retires.