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Loren Remillard

Loren Remillard, President & CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Throughout the pandemic, I’ve seen families juggle writing business reports from home while also doing book reports with their kids. Every day, I hear from business owners with stressed voices, struggling to maintain the health and well-being of their business and staff, while their own well-being suffers from the crushing weight. Like all Manitobans, I […]

Geraldine Shingoose, Knowledge Keeper, Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation

Geraldine Shingoose’s spirit names are Sky Woman and Northern Lights Woman. She comes from the Bear Clan. She is a Sauteaux woman from Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation in Manitoba. She has grown into a grandmother (and great-grandmother) of faith, belief and kindness, from the love of her family.  She is pleased to have received her COVID-19 […]

Perla Javate, President, Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba

Perla Javate, President, Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba

Three years ago, I retired from the Winnipeg School Division, where I was a community liaison officer for 35 years. But I like to keep myself busy. I volunteer as co-chair of the Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba, president of the Coalition of Filipino Canadians for Stronger Families Inc, and president of the Philippine Heritage Council […]

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Heather Lawless

Heather Lawless

When I got the vaccine, I was expecting an emotional experience. Instead, I felt something strange I hadn’t felt in a long time—optimism. I had a sense of calm and relief seeing how many people were getting vaccinated at the same time as me. Dealing with the pandemic has been exhausting. Of my four sons, […]


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Claude Chancy, Street Supervisor, Auxiliary Force Cadets

Claude Chancy, Street Supervisor, Auxiliary Force Cadets

I booked my vaccine as soon as I was eligible. My vaccination day started with a highly anticipated drive from Winnipeg to Morden, Manitoba. I made the three-hour round-trip because it meant I could get vaccinated sooner. It was quick and efficient — I was in and out in 30 minutes. Getting vaccinated was at […]


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Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training, MLA for Lakeside

Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Jobs, MLA for Lakeside

On April 19 I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It was given to me by one of our healthcare-hero nurses at the RBC Convention Centre. I arrived for my five o clock appointment at four-forty-five. I was promptly attended to and directed where to go by the navigators on duty. There were […]


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Wab Kinew, Leader of the Opposition, MLA for Fort Rouge

Wab Kinew, Leader of the Opposition, MLA for Fort Rouge

A heartfelt Miigwech to Dr. Marcia Anderson for honouring me with the vaccine at Ma Mawi’s new vaccine clinic. This past year we’ve all made sacrifices. Think of your kids’ last birthday party. Think of how long it’s been since you hugged someone you care about. Think of those we weren’t able to say goodbye […]


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Gabriel Simard

Sergeant Gabriel Simard, Fisher Branch RCMP Detachment

I have to begin my COVID-19 vaccination story by recognizing and thanking the incredible people and healthcare teams of Peguis First Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation and the RM of Fisher; they have worked tirelessly and have done so much to keep their communities safe throughout the pandemic. In particular, I need […]


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Loren Remillard

Loren Remillard, President & CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Throughout the pandemic, I’ve seen families juggle writing business reports from home while also doing book reports with their kids. Every day, I hear from business owners with stressed voices, struggling to maintain the health and well-being of their business and staff, while their own well-being suffers from the crushing weight. Like all Manitobans, I […]


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Tony Pimentel, Mayor of Winnipeg Beach

Tony Pimentel, Mayor of Winnipeg Beach

I was vaccinated at a pharmacy in Winnipeg Beach, which seemed more convenient than driving to the Super-Site clinic in Selkirk. When I first called, all the doses were spoken for but I asked the pharmacist to call me if anyone cancelled an appointment, and I was able to get a shot of AstraZeneca pretty […]


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Doug Chorney, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission

Doug Chorney, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission

When I was given my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in my home community of Selkirk, I was in and out in less than 40 minutes. This brief moment out of my day will have a long-term impact, for which I’m truly grateful. I know the vaccine is the only way forward to protect […]


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Rt. Reverend William Cliff, Bishop of Brandon

Rt. Reverend William Cliff, Bishop of Brandon

My work as Bishop of the Diocese of Brandon has always been about connecting with the people of the congregations I serve. That has proven to be extremely challenging since the beginning of the pandemic from both a community and personal perspective. Health protocols have evolved to a point where it really isn’t feasible for […]


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Scott Fielding, Minister of Finance, MLA for Kirkfield Park

Scott Fielding, Minister of Finance, MLA for Kirkfield Park

Last week I was very happy to receive my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Academy Skin Centre. The immunization process was safe and efficient, and the staff was all extremely professional throughout the entire process. I strongly encourage all Manitobans to get their shots when eligible. Getting vaccinated plays a huge part […]


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Jennifer Chen, School Trustee, Winnipeg School Division

Jennifer Chen, School Trustee, Winnipeg School Division

I am an immigrant and a mother of two young children. I plan to become vaccinated as soon as I’m eligible. I want to encourage my fellow newcomer friends and community members to take the COVID-19 vaccine to protect ourselves and the people around us. My parents wanted to be vaccinated when they learned online […]


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The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and The Honourable Gary A. Filmon

We eagerly awaited the news that we were eligible to receive the vaccine, and booked our appointments the moment we heard! It is very important to us to ensure we do all we can to protect not only ourselves, but our fellow Manitobans as well. We are thankful to have received the vaccine. The extraordinary […]


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Geraldine Shingoose, Knowledge Keeper, Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation

Geraldine Shingoose’s spirit names are Sky Woman and Northern Lights Woman. She comes from the Bear Clan. She is a Sauteaux woman from Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation in Manitoba. She has grown into a grandmother (and great-grandmother) of faith, belief and kindness, from the love of her family.  She is pleased to have received her COVID-19 […]


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Perla Javate, President, Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba

Perla Javate, President, Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba

Three years ago, I retired from the Winnipeg School Division, where I was a community liaison officer for 35 years. But I like to keep myself busy. I volunteer as co-chair of the Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba, president of the Coalition of Filipino Canadians for Stronger Families Inc, and president of the Philippine Heritage Council […]


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Dr. Leonard Minuk, Head of the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, CancerCare Manitoba

Last week, the provincial government opened up the AstraZeneca vaccine eligibility to everyone over 40, so my wife became eligible. She asked my opinion about getting the vaccine in the context of the concerns regarding blood clots. Without hesitation, I told her to get to a pharmacy as fast as possible and get the shot. […]


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Dr Chris Cottick

Chris Cottick, President, Manitoba Dental Association

I’ve been a dentist for 31 years. When a call came out from the province allowing dentists to be vaccinators, as president of the Manitoba Dental Association, I wanted to set an example, so I signed up. I went for training and then started working shifts as a vaccinator at the RBC Convention Centre in […]


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Heather Stefanson, Minister of Health and Seniors Care, MLA for Tuxedo

Heather Stefanson, Minister of Health and Seniors Care, MLA for Tuxedo

On April 22 I was pleased to join over 300,000 other Manitobans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. I booked appointments for my husband and I at Shoppers Drug Mart in Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre and received the AstraZeneca vaccine. I’m proud to see how our province has come together in the largest and most […]


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Irvine Ferris, Mayor of Portage la Prairie

Irvine Ferris, Mayor of Portage la Prairie

I had my shot at a pop-up clinic at the Herman Prior Activity Centre in Portage la Prairie. The pop-up clinic was a godsend in our city, especially for seniors who couldn’t do the drive to Morden, Brandon or Winnipeg. As Mayor, I’ve been contacted by a few seniors who were worried about the drive—one […]


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Maggie Yeboah, Social Worker/Community Outreach, Hope Centre Health Care

Maggie Yeboah, Social Worker/Community Outreach, Hope Centre Health Care

I chose to be vaccinated because I want to show my love to everyone around me and have the chance to protect my family, my coworkers, my community, and my city. I’ve had both my shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. With the first vaccine, I did not feel anything. With the second, I was okay […]


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Jake Thomas, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Jake Thomas, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

#95 Defensive Tackle Jake is the longest-serving Blue Bomber, having first signed with the team in 2012 after being drafted in the fourth round, 29th overall, in the 2012 CFL Draft. Jake was the first player to hoist the Grey Cup during the celebration following the victory over Hamilton in 2019.


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Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

#94 Defensive End Born in Dallas, Texas, Jackson has been with the Bombers since 2017. He won the 107th Grey Cup with the team in 2019, a game in which he recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks and forced a fumble.


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Stefan Cebara, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Stefan Cebara, Valour FC

Cebara returns to Valour FC after signing with the club on March 6, 2020… During The Island Games in 2020, Cebara made seven appearances for Valour FC, totalling 540 minutes, tallying one assist and drawing one penalty. He suited up with Vojvodina Novi Sad in Serbia in 2017-18. A potential contract deal fell through for […]


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Austin Ricci, Valour FC

Ricci returns to Valour FC after signing with the club on July 10, 2020… During The Island Games in 2020, Ricci made six appearances with the club, totalling 365 minutes played and drawing two penalties… Before joining Valour FC, Ricci spent the inaugural Canadian Premier League season with York9, making nine appearances, totalling 199 minutes […]


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Rochelle Squires, MLA for Riel

Rochelle Squires, MLA for Riel

I am pleased to say that on Tuesday night I had the opportunity to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine along with my husband Daniel at my local pharmacy.  I want to start by thanking local pharmacists, staff, volunteers and every other Manitoban that has stepped up to deliver the vaccine. My experience was quick, safe and […]


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Ravinder

Ravinder Garcha, Health Care Admin

I work at CancerCare Manitoba. Since I’m in contact with vulnerable people every day, I was eligible for the vaccine fairly early. I received my first shot in February and my second in March. I was very happy that I was able to get the vaccine and I was really looking forward to it leading […]


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Tiffany Kautz, Director of Quality, Patient Safety, Policies and Guidelines, CancerCare Manitoba

Tiffany Kautz, Director of Quality, Patient Safety, Policies and Guidelines, CancerCare Manitoba

From the moment I knew I was eligible for the vaccine I was eager to book my appointment. I felt very comfortable with the idea and really didn’t have any anxiety about it at all. Being a nurse, the current position I am in and where I work have a lot to do with that. […]


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Diljot Garcha, U of M Student

Diljot Garcha, U of M Student

One of the hardest things about COVID-19 for me has been how suddenly everything changed. I’m 22 years old and about to graduate from Computer Science at the University of Manitoba. Last year when it all began, I remember I was with my friends in a study room on March 13, 2020, and we had […]


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Dennis Beyak, Hockey Broadcaster

Dennis Beyak, Hockey Broadcaster

From both a personal and work perspective, my life has always revolved around making connections with people, so the last year has been difficult in that way because we just don’t have that right now.  With that in mind, my wife and I registered at ProtectMB.ca for our COVID-19 vaccine early on so we could […]


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Loryn Evans

Loryn Muswagon, Youth Addictions Counsellor, Neecheewam

Getting the vaccine to me means I can return to my home community. I was born and raised in Pimicikamak Cree Nation. I come from a large family of 14 siblings, and 26 nieces and nephews. I grew up in a house that was always full. In that chaos there was always space for love, […]


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Ace Burpee with Bally

Ace Burpee, Host, 103.1 Virgin Radio

There are those who have coped fairly well through the past year. Their mental health is ok, they’re safe, their income hasn’t been affected, and they’ve managed to stay connected to friends and family.   For countless others though, this is not the case. Anxiety, uncertainty, loneliness, fear, despair and stress have had a huge impact […]


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Queenie Trinidad, LPN, St. Amant Centre

Queenie Trinidad, LPN, St. Amant Centre

For me, getting the vaccine means gaining a sense of freedom and feeling less stress about contracting the virus. Mentally, I know that having the vaccine means I’m more protected now from COVID. Getting immunized is one more step toward getting things back to normal. I’ve been impacted at my work by COVID, because my […]


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Marlon Bruan, Rec. Instructor II, St. Amant Centre

Marlon Bruan, Rec. Instructor II, St. Amant Centre

Getting the COVID vaccine means we’re immune from COVID and that we’re helping to protect everyone. Being immunized means that when I go out to places like grocery stores, I’m not as afraid of getting the virus.  I’ve been impacted at work by COVID-19 by not being able to take my clients at St. Amant […]


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Pam Dussome, Inclusion Support Facilitator, St. Amant Centre

Pam Dussome, Inclusion Support Facilitator, St. Amant Centre

For me, getting the vaccine means that we still have to be cautious, but it will allow us to socialize and not be hesitant about being around other people. You probably won’t be spreading the virus and it would be harder for you to contract the virus as well. With the immunization, we will have […]


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Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba

Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba

This morning I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, administered by Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer at Winnipeg’s immunization Super-Site, located in the RBC Convention Centre. 


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Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns

Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns

As an Indigenous woman, I have a sacred responsibility to do my part to protect all Manitobans; more specifically the most vulnerable in this pandemic. As a Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, I have a double responsibility to show and highlight the need for certain activities. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of them. […]


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Grand Chief Garrison Settee, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)

Grand Chief Garrison Settee, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)

I am extremely pleased to have received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As the Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), I chose to receive my COVID-19 vaccine because I want to be a role model for the First Nations I represent. I want to help protect both myself as well as my […]


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Tom, St. Amant Resident

Tom, St. Amant Resident

Tom, a resident at St. Amant, recently got his COVID-19 vaccine and shared that he is looking forward to being able to leave the building again and go on outings, and maybe even have a vacation!  Tom hopes everyone will stay healthy and safe. He also said the needle didn’t hurt, and he felt fine […]


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Joni Wilson, Director, Pandemic Response, Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin

Joni Wilson, Director, Pandemic Response, Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin

As the Director of Pandemic Response for Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM), I’ve worked in partnership with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) to support northern First Nations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Marielle Gagne, Recreation Instructor, St. Amant Centre

Marielle Gagne, Recreation Instructor, St. Amant Centre

For me, getting the vaccine shot means relief, that life can return to semi-normal. I feel confident that I won’t be passing COVID on to others or getting it as our chances of being infected will be lower. With immunization, we’ll have more freedom to return to normal life sooner.  COVID-19 has impacted my work […]


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Ruth & Her Mom Susan

Ruth & Her Mom Susan

Ruth Joseph misses hanging out with her boyfriend and friends at her Winnipeg condo, where the 35-year-old likes to play board games and card games. “I like Monopoly Deal: it’s quicker than the actual board game.” She also misses going to the gym and hanging out at her favourite coffee shop. COVID halted Ruth’s volunteer […]


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Michael Schumann, Supervisor of Environmental Services, St. Amant Centre

Michael Schumann, Supervisor of Environmental Services, St. Amant Centre

Getting the vaccine means a lot to me. It means keeping my family, the people we support at St. Amant, co-workers, friends and myself, safe! This is the first step for all of us to get back to some kind of normal routine. Getting immunized will hopefully allow me to socialize more with family, friends […]


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Dr. Marcia Anderson, Health Lead for Manitoba’s First Nations Pandemic Coordination Team

Dr. Marcia Anderson, Health Lead for Manitoba’s First Nations Pandemic Coordination Team

It’s extremely personally rewarding after a very difficult 10-11 months to be able to sit with some knowledge keepers and healers, offer them the vaccine, and pray together. I think it’s a real landmark, hopefully a turning point for where we’re at in the pandemic. And it was a good opportunity for me to pause […]


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Jordan Miller, Cre*ery Art Gallery Owner

Jordan Miller, Cre8ery Art Gallery Owner

l learned of COVID in early March 2020 when an artist cancelled her show opening reception where we’d normally have 50 to 100 people at cre8ery, a gallery I own in Winnipeg. I worried that if one person wasn’t well, it could infect more people. Even before the public health order in March 2020, I […]


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RBC Convention Centre Immunization Supersite

Joan Reenders, Immunizer, Retired Nurse

During my nursing career at Health Sciences Centre I have seen a number of local viral epidemics, from the frightening Respiratory Syncytial Virus affecting premature babies to the H1N1 scare in 2009 while working in Diagnostic Imaging. I saw first-hand how a contagious virus can quickly overwhelm a hospital, severely affecting even patients my own […]


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Linda Wilton sitting and smiling in her home

Linda Wilton, Immunizer, Retired Registered Nurse

I’ve had a really interesting career, and it has felt really great to be back caring for people, providing immunizations at the RBC Convention Centre.  I was a nurse for 45 years. I started off working in the ER at St. Boniface Hospital. I taught nursing in Prince George, and Red Deer, but eventually returned […]


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Jessi Bittner, Paramedic

Jessi Bittner, Immunizer, Paramedic

There isn’t a single person out there who’s life hasn’t been affected by COVID. Me personally, I had COVID back in November. Luckily I was symptom free, but it goes to show that even someone who is 23, healthy and complies to all social distancing and mask wearing rules can’t escape this virus. I had […]


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Lin, retired nurse - two headshots, one normal and one with PPE

Lin, Immunizer, Retired Nurse

When the pandemic suddenly became a reality for Manitobans in March of 2020, I was in Mexico, blissfully unaware of the impending shutdown of life as we knew it. I was fortunate to get back into Canada prior to flights being cancelled worldwide, and then proceeded to self-isolate for two weeks to ensure I wasn’t […]


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