The Manitoba government has launched the MYMB youth outreach program to help young people from different cultures work together to break down ethnic barriers and help promote a greater respect for other cultures.
Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick made the announcement Saturday at The Forks to coincide with Multicultural Day.
“This exciting program will bring together positive, volunteer role models and young people so each can learn from one another, share their stories of overcoming cultural obstacles and build stronger selves and communities,” Melnick said.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber players will greet fans at the Bomber Store on Saturday afternoon.
From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., fans can meet recently-retired offensive lineman Obby Khan, as well as Troy Westwood, Lamar McGriggs and Glen Scrivener at Canad Inns Stadium.
The Bomber Store will be carrying merchandise with the team’s new logo in anticipation for the 2012 season. New team jerseys will be unveiled at a news conference on Monday, but can now be pre-ordered.
The Blue and Gold open their first home game of the pre-season June 20 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
What’s next for Obby Khan? The restaurant business.
Khan formally announced his retirement from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Wednesday afternoon, and then revealed plans to open up his own restaurant.
Shawarma Khan will have a Middle Eastern-inspired atmosphere with a Western twist located in downtown Winnipeg. Khan will be the owner, operator and face of the restaurant, set to open this summer.
“I didn’t know much when I started to think about retirement, but I knew that I wanted to stay in Winnipeg. I love it here and have felt so welcomed and loved ever since I got here,” Khan said in a news release.
The restaurant will have several Blue and Gold ties, including items such as the Milt Stegall-inspired salad, a Doug Brown “Big Bird” Shawarma and a “Wrath of Khan” Shawarma item. The menu will feature many locally grown products, including free-range chicken.
Shawrama is described as a Middle Eastern style of cooking, in which meat is slowly cooked on a vertical split, then carved and served to order.
Offensive lineman Obby Khan has announced his retirement from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“It’s with mixed emotions that I make this announcement today as football has always been a big part of my life,” Khan said in a release. “At the same time, when one door closes, another one opens and I am looking forward to the next phase of my life. I want to thank all the fans in Winnipeg for their support over my career.”
The 31-year-old veteran spent eight seasons in the CFL, including six in Winnipeg.
Reports out Wednesday suggested Khan was asked by the football club to retire, making him the second player this year to end his career with the team. Doug Brown retired earlier this off-season.
Khan has been an active member in the community, volunteering to fundraise for several organizations, including the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. He also sits on the planning committee of the SMD Foundation.
“Obby has always been a very hard worker and an excellent ambassador to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers throughout the province of Manitoba,” said vice-president and general manager Joe Mack. “We’d like to thank him for everything he has done for this organization and wish him well as he turns the page on a new chapter in his life.”
Khan was selected by Winnipeg with the second pick in the 2006 Ottawa Renegades’ Dispersal Draft and went on to become the Blue Bombers’ starting centre on the offensive line. He started all 18 games and the East Semi-Final in his first season, before missing much of the 2007 and 2008 seasons with a serious illness. With a will to persevere, Khan fought back and returned to form in 2009, playing in all 18 games and making 16 starts.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Obby Khan has been named the recipient of the Cal Murphy “Heart of a Legend” Award for the third time.
Khan is also the nominee for the CFL’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, which the league gives out annually.
The Ottawa native plays an active role in the community, co-founding Project Echo, a fundraising group to bolster fundraisers and volunteerism by creating a network of citizens willing to make a difference to improve the lives of Winnipeggers. Khan is also very involved with the Crohns and Colitis Foundation and sits on the planning committee of the SMD Foundation, as well as volunteers with Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
He was recognized for this same award in 2008 and 2009.