On October 26, 2013, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Doug Warkentin co-chaired the first annual Manitoba Heroes Dinner Gala. Manitoba Heroes was founded by the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football team Alumni as a means to pay tribute to Manitoba’s Heroes: everyday people doing extraordinary things!
This spectacular event honored five very special Manitobans: Ken Opaleke, executive director of West Broadway Youth Outreach; Aboriginal Youth Opportunities founder Michael Champagne; Got Bannock? founder, Althea Guiboche; entertainer Fred Penner; and “Pennies for the Homeless” founder Owen Settee.
When asked why he wanted to be involved with this program, Doug Warkentin replied, “I became involved with Winnipeg Heroes because it’s an incredibly important operation here in Winnipeg. Through it we are able to truly honour these incredible people and the amazing work they do! Doug Warkentin also added, “Plus, funds raised through the Gala go to help support valuable programs like Siloam Mission and inner city school breakfast programs, to name a few”.
The Heroes involvement with Siloam Mission was also a reason that Doug Warkentin wanted to be a part of the Gala. Doug Warkentin has been a staunch supporter of the Mission where he has been volunteering since 1990 and sees it as an important resource in Winnipeg providing valuable community service to the homeless.