The Winnipeg Blue Bombers strive to be community leaders in Manitoba and are proud to recognize other individuals who make a positive impact of their own. If you know of a Community Hero deserving of recognition, nominate him or her for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers IBAM Community Hero award today! Chosen IBAM Community Heroes will be given Winnipeg Blue Bombers merchandise, tickets to a regular season home game and will be recognized on-field during the pre-game show. The nomination form can be found below.

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June 15, 2017 – Danielle Sicotte

Danielle is the founder of the University of Winnipeg’s chapter of, a national network of young leaders working to end the stigma around mental illness. Danielle’s work with gave her the chance to meet the duke and duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate, and talk about mental illness amongst youth last fall. Congratulations Danielle!
July 7, 2017 – Kyle Mason

Kyle is the founder and executive director of the north end family centre. The idea came after Kyle noticed the need for community-based services to the Luxton and St. John’s areas of the north end. He received the Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee medal in 2013 for funding and leading the centre. Congratulations Kyle.

July 13, 2017 – Strini Reddy

Strini created the community school investigators, a summer enrichment program for inner city children. Despite being retired, he continues to work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, the newcomer youth education support services and the rotary club of winnipeg where he fundraises in support of clean water projects in Zimbabwe. Strini also co-ordinates the breaking barriers building bridges program which works to diminish the divide between students in the inner city and suburbs. Congratulations Strini.

July 27, 2017 – Steve Sawatzky

Firefighter Paramedics have been saving lives in Winnipeg for years, but recently they had to save one of their own – Firefighter Paramedic Steve Sawatzky. Steve suffered a complete cardiac arrest at a recent firefighter summer picnic. Firefigher Paramedics kept him alive for an hour until he arrive at hospital, where they then got a weak pulse.

Steve’s recovery is a miracle but it is because of his fellow Firefighters and Paramedics who saved his life. We are proud to announce Steve and his family are here today surrounded by their brother and sister Firefighters and Paramedics who saved Steve’s life.


August 17, 2017 – Master Seaman Jay Jaskiewicz

Tonight’s Community Hero is Master Seaman Jay Jaskiewicz. He has been serving in the Canadian Armed Forces since 1992 and is currently the dive petty officer at her majesty’s Canadian Ship Chippawa. He is a loyal member of his community, often volunteering his time, experience, and knowledge to various causes.  He is part of search and Rescue Manitoba and the urban search and rescue team, and an active member at his local community centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg. Congratulations Master Seaman Jay Jaskiewicz.


September 9 – Kate Holden

Kate Holden. Kate has been involved with The Dream Factory for 6 years, as a sponsor, committee member, and as a member of the board of directors. Kate has helped to make many dreams come true for Manitoban children living with life-threatening illness. Recently, Kate was the co-chair of The Dream Maker Auction and has signed on to chair next year too. Through her commitment to charity work and De Luca Fine Wines, she supports many charities in Manitoba.  Congratulations Kate.


September 22 – Kirk van Alstyne


October 6 – John Iacozza

John is a 16-year volunteer of the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. He got involved with the run because several members of his family have  been affected by breast cancer. He says the most amazing part of his role is getting to see the courage on the faces of survivors, and being part of the huge group of people who come together to support this cause. Congratulations John.

October 28 – Darrel Nadeau

Darrel was nominated for his outstanding contributions to the Winnipeg Pride Festival. He championed the 2017 theme- Resurgence: Taking Back Space, which aimed at refocussing efforts to ensure no member of the LGBTTQ community are left behind. He also led community consultations to develop initiatives aimed at making the festival more diverse, inclusive, accessible, and safe. Congratulations Darrel.