Manitoba's top sporting fan is learning he has fans of his own with his latest achievement.
Gabriel Langlois (Dancing Gabe) will be honoured on Tuesday at Red River College's (RRC) Winter Convocation, receiving an Honorary Diploma in Community Development.
"When Red River College received his nomination, it included letters of support from leaders across Manitoba, which reinforced his devotion to volunteerism and the positive impact that he continues to have on our communities," President Fred Meier says. "While ‘Dancing Gabe’ may be Manitoba’s number one fan, there is certainly an entire community of us who are fans of the contributions he makes to our province every day.”
Langlois was nominated by Daniel Perron, author of Dancing Gabe: One Step at a Time.
The President says the Honorary Diploma is given to " an individual who demonstrates high standards of excellence in their personal and professional achievements," something Langlois demonstrates well.
For decades, he has been known as Dancing Gabe, motivating local sports teams and crowds alike. Last week he was the only person in the 'crowd' at Saturday's Winnipeg Jets game, motivating the team with his moves.
While best known for dancing, Langlois's community support goes much further.
“Gabriel Langlois is a Manitoba icon, devoted volunteer and inspiring community hero. He reflects the very best of our community — and the best of Red River College, with our commitment to learning, respect, inclusiveness, integrity and community values,” RRC’s Vice-President, Academic, Dr. Christine Watson says.
For the past 35 years, Langlois has volunteered as worked part-time at the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg. recently this dedication landed him the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Congrats, Gabe! What a well-deserved honour. https://t.co/omtFwFXrJQ— YMCA-YWCA Winnipeg (@YWinnipeg) February 19, 2021
True North’s Mark Chipman, Mayor Brian Bowman, and Perron will make appearances at the virtual celebration.