Pictured: Mitch Bourbonniere speaking to the Grade 9 Human Ecology sewing class at Windsor Park Collegiate.
Mitch Bourbonniere, community activist and a former social worker in the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD), recently received the Order of Manitoba. The award recognizes Manitobans who have contributed to the province in a meaningful way.
Bourbonniere has devoted his time to mentoring, counseling and supporting at-risk youth. He is a founding member of the Bear Clan Patrol and volunteers with numerous local organizations including Drag the Red, Mama Bear Clan and Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin.
During his time in LRSD, Bourbonniere provided support for students and families. Since his retirement, has stayed connected with students as an esteemed guest speaker in classrooms.
Bourbonniere has also received two Governor General's Awards, a Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division) and a Royal Canadian Humane Association Canada Bravery Award.
Alongside Bourbonniere, 11 other Manitoban’s were also chosen to receive the province’s highest honour including Mary Cochrane, Scott Oake and Tina Jones.