2016 Grand Marshals
2015 Grand Marshals
He was born in 1963, diagnosed with autism at the age of three, institutionalized at six, and non-verbal until he was ten. He moved back home at eleven, graduated from high school seven years later, and eventually became one of the most recognized and adored figures in a city of almost a million people.
But his story could have been so different, were it not for those who helped him along the way. Every time little Gabe wandered from home, someone brought him back. One cold night, when he wandered away from the institution, someone saved his life. A few years later, he found himself in a special needs class with a very special teacher who eventually brought him back home, to stay, for good, and to thrive. And when he faced bullying, his brothers came to his defence.
Anyone who has attended major sporting events in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has seen Gabriel Langlois—Dancing Gabe—in action, rocking, twisting, hi-fiving, and cheering on the home teams. It’s difficult to imagine how, as a child he never liked noise and would put his hands over his ears whenever he heard any noise.
In the new book, ‘Dancing Gabe One Step at a Time’ written by Daniel Perron, the author takes us on a fifty-two year journey, up-close and personal, with Gabe Langlois, his mother Angélina, his family, the many friends, medical professionals, foster parents, and media and sports figures who influenced his life. His story will inspire you; parts will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and still others may shock you.
Hear the music, feel his passion, and dare to get up and groove with Dancing Gabe.
Order ‘Dancing Gabe One Step At A Time’ online here
Rod Hill, Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni
Rod Hill was born in Michigan, U.S.A. and attended Kentucky State University earning a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance). He was an All-American Football Player for two years and lead the nation in punt returns for two years.
Rod was a Dallas Cowboys’ First Round Draft Choice and played with the NFL for six years before joining The Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club.
Hill signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May of 1988, where he became a dominant player. He was the team’s Starting Cornerback for 5 seasons and was part of two Grey Cup championships. He received CFL All-Star honors in 1989 and 1990.
Rod retired at the end of the 1992 season, After 90 games he held team records for most career interceptions (47), most interceptions in one game (5) and career blocked punts (8), five fumble recoveries and 2 touchdowns.
In 1996, Rod Hill was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Hall of Fame.
His volunteer commitments include President’s Choice Children Charities, Breakfast for Learning and other local organizations. He’s a frequent guest speaker for multiple business and non-profit organizations on the topics of leadership, education and athletics.
A message from Rod… ‘First – Do No Harm! Second – Compete Against Perfection!’
2014 Grand Marshal – Team Jones
Canada’s Olympic Curling Gold Medal Champions
2013 Grand Marshal – Tim Hague Sr.
Winner Of The Amazing Race Canada 2013
2012 Grand Marshal – Desiree Scott
Canada National Soccer Team