I’d like to send a shout out to Siloam Mission Director Floyd Perras for writing this strength based column in the Winnipeg Sun highlighting 3 Winnipeggers who have made a difference. I met Floyd inititally participating in the CEO Sleepout a couple years ago. I am very humbled to be included in this list, alongside WPS Police Chief Devon Clunis, as well as Loving lunch time hero Nathan Unrau! Check out the article below:
Michael Champagne is a passionate North End advocate who founded Aboriginal Youth Opportunities — a youth movement that brings together volunteers in Winnipeg’s core.
Three years ago, Champagne started “Meet Me At The Bell Tower — Stop The Violence.” Every Friday, youth and people in the neighbourhood come to the Bell Tower at Selkirk Avenue and Powers Street to talk about how to make the North End safer.
When two strangers assaulted Champagne in November his only complaint was that it was hard to smile with a fat lip.
“Events like this emphasize how important it is for us, as residents and citizens, to look out for one another,” he told media afterwards.
I first met Champagne at the first CEO sleepout a few years ago, and I’ve been following his efforts every since. He is a light to many.