On Tuesday four Manitoba residents were honoured by governor general for bravery and dedication.
Governor general Julie Payette gave Meritorious Service Decorations, Decorations of Bravery and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to forty people from across the country. Four of them were from Manitoba.
These four lucky people were musician Robb Nash, constables Trevor Joseph Bragnalo and Steven Ashley Thompson and retired football player Israel Idonije.
Robb Nash became known throughout the country after he gave hundreds of free concerts in schools and talked with students about suicide, depression and addictions. In addition, the musician made tattoos with the names of his fans, who gave him discarded records of suicide.
Bragnalo and Thompson rescued about 10 residents of the city in a terrible fire that occurred in a condominium in Winnipeg in February 2017. They showed themselves to be very brave and courageous guys, and going through the fire they were able to save all the people who were trapped in their own apartments.
Israel Idonije now lives in Chicago, but he is from Manitoba. He created iF Charities that helps disadvantaged youth in Chicago, Winnipeg and West Africa. At the moment, his organization has helped more than 10,000 young people develop social and emotional life skills and start a new life.