Gregg Hanson Saluted by Lt. Gov. for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Community

Oct 19, 2012 | Chamber News

L-R Julie Turrene-Maynard, Chair of the Jury Panel, Gregg Hanson, His Honour Philip Lee and Graham Starmer, CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Community

Award Sponsored by MTS Allstream

 Anyone who knows Gregg Hanson agrees that he is an ideal choice as the 2012 recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor’s 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

“I feel humbled and honoured by this award,” says Gregg . “I sincerely appreciate joining the ranks of past recipents whom I respect and admire like Don Penny who taught me an awful lot.”

Gregg served as president and CEO of Wawanesa Mutual for 15 years until his retirement in 2007. His career with Wawanesa totals a remarkable 28 years; during which he held several positions including branch manager, vice president and general manager. Now retired, Gregg remains active in Manitoba’s business community and currently sits on the boards of Wawanesa, James Richardson and Sons Ltd., the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.

Today, Gregg is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute, the Insurance Institute of Canada and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In addition to this evening’s recognition, his honours include the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Manitoba and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gregg has also served as past chairman of fundraising for Salvation Army Grace Hospice, chairman of The Winnipeg Foundation from 2005 to 2009, the 2009 Fundraising Campaign for Habitat for Humanity as well as United Way Winnipeg where he served as its 2010 Campaign Chair and presently sits as a member of its Advisory Campaign Cabinet.

According to Gregg, a true highlight of his career in community service has to be his role as Chair of Finance with the 1999 Pan American Games. “It was among the toughest and most rewarding work I’ve done,” he recalls. “My colleagues and I were in the trenches every day; facing challenges of all kinds. Yet these were far outweighed by the life-long bonds we established, the success of the games themselves; and, of course, the level of appreciation of Winnipeggers we experienced.”

Gregg and his wife Mary are the very proud parents of two adult children. Their son Adam shares his father’s passion for community service as the 2012 United Way Campaign Chair at Great-West Life Assurance in Winnipeg. Meanwhile their daughter Janine recently brought home a Silver medal in rowing at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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