We are alive
With the spirit of our passion
Michael Franti, Passion
|On your mark, get set, GO!|
Start line, West Broadway Youth Outreach, 5-isk km Run
photo credit Community News Common
Ken is original director of the West Broadway Youth Outreach. He's never taken a sick day in his 27 years at the helm. He refers to his deceased grandmother, Naomi Sullivan, as his spirit guide and credits her unconditional love with the success he has achieved. His love of this often maligned community is immeasurable. The children he serves sees him as a lighthouse to navigate the rough waters of West Broadway.
I arranged to meet Ken because I wanted to learn more about the annual 5-ish km run that has it start and finish at Mulvey School. I plugged a couple of toonies in the parking meter thinking an hour would be plenty. Little did I know that an hour simply scratched the surface of this most amazing man. I may have wanted to meet to learn the nuts and bolts of the run, but I left with a new and profound love of my community.
|Photo Credit Canstar Community News|
The WBYO centre exist on an annual budget of about $115 000. The Winnipeg Foundation generously donates $100,000 and the 5-ish km Run raises an additional $15,000 (based on 500 participants).
Two full time staff and six part timers deliver 30 programs ranging from team sports to homework clubs and so much more. If The Winnipeg Foundation keeps the lights on, the 5-ish km run enables a sweeting of the pie. This is an organization we want to support for the good of our community and for the future of our children.
|Photo Credit Canstars Community Newspaper|
|Ken (left) at the finish line.|
To register and learn more about The West Broadway Youth Outreach Centre click HERE.
Ace Burpee, if you're reading this, I nominate Ken Opaleke for your 2019 Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans list... just saying.
Postscript. I have just learned that Ken will be receiving the Order of Manitoba on July 12, 2018. Go here for information.
It's a good day to be alive.