Presenting the 2020 Casera Community Awards.

Denis Gautron
2020 Casera Community Leadership Award

(L-R) Brent Thomas, CEO of Casera, presents Denis Gautron with the Community Leadership Award.

For 12 years, Denis Gautron has been an active member of, a determined advocate for, and an inspiring leader within Save Our Seine River Environment Incorporated (SOS). Since 2009, Denis has been tireless in helping SOS raise awareness of the natural area’s beauty and benefits.

Over the years, he has spent countless hours leading the Board as President and now Past-President. Denis has represented the organization in negotiations with the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba and acts as a public school liaison and bilingual media and community spokesperson for SOS.

Under his leadership, SOS has grown, and the area has become a much-loved natural experience for Winnipeggers of all ages.

Board of Directors of Transcona Jaycees Day Care Centre Inc.
2020 Casera Community Enrichment Award

Roger Tychonik, President of the Board of Directors of Transcona Jaycees Day Care Centre, displays the Community Enrichment Award.

Caring for our community’s most precious citizens begins with maintaining a safe space for pre-schoolers to grow and learn. The Transcona Jaycees Day Care Centre Inc. is a home away from home for 78 youngsters between the ages of two and 12, staffed by a warmhearted team of early childhood educators led by Executive Director Jennifer Stewart and Assistant Director, Gail Pilcher.

Ensuring that the pre-school and before and after school programs meet standards and expectations is the responsibility of the Centre’s Board of Directors — President Roger Tychonick, Vice President and Director of Personnel Harold Erickson, Secretary Tudra Kolesar, Treasurer Peter Owen, and Members at Large Lindsay Riel, Lisa Medina, and Melissa Burgess.

The Board’s success is a testament to their hard work and caring.

Save Our Seine River Environment Inc.
2020 Casera Community Enrichment Award

(L-R) Past President Denis Gautron, President Laurie Ringaert, and Secretary Anita Moyse of Save Our Seine River Environment accept the Community Enrichment Award.

The Seine River is significant to Winnipeg’s development. However, forgotten over time, the river became a dumping ground until the early 1990s when a committed group of the river’s neighbours took action and organized a community river cleanup. Four years later, Save Our Seine River Environment (SOS) was incorporated.

Through river cleanups, environmental advocacy, and public programming, SOS has evolved into a respected protector and educator. SOS spearheaded the preservation of Bois-des-Esprits Forest and collaborated with the Manitoba Eco-Network to construct the Niakwa Trail Rain Garden. It also established an Adopt-a-River program that provides students with hands-on learning opportunities.

SOS’s advocacy ensures that tomorrow’s generations will continue to enjoy the Seine River environment.