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Celebrating Dancing Gabe

When I first arrived in Winnipeg,  I attended a few Moose games and always had a great time. There was so much energy and commitment to the team of the day. It felt good to be in the building and a part of the positive energy.

It was at these first few Moose games that I was introduced to Gabe Langlois, better known as Dancing Gabe.

Anyone who has ever met Dancing Gabe knows that he is a very polite and positive man. I watch him at every stoppage of play as he takes to the stairs to generate excitement from his fellow fans.

It’s amazing to see how the thousands of fans Gabe entertains treat him like a rock star! As time has passed I have been fortunate to catch some Goldeyes, Bisons and Bombers games and at each one, there is Dancing Gabe leading the home-team charge.

Over the years I have even seen Gabe attend business openings, walking Corydon on Canada Day and at The Forks for special events. This man is everywhere and with one focus energize the masses make sure they have a good time. Whatever the event, win or loss, rain or shine, minus-40 or plus-30, there he is giving it 100% from start to finish.

Recently, a book was released on the life of Dancing Gabe and I was fortunate to attend a special reception in his honour. There I met Gabe’s Mother, Angelina and brother, Mike I realized after only a few moments of speaking with them that Gabe is part of a very special family. Gracious, caring, friendly, accepting, and sincere. I struggle to find all the words that are the Langlois family.

The book takes you on a walk with Gabe and through his past, present and future. I found myself wiping a few tears, at times from sadness and other times from joy. Author Daniel Perron has done a wonderful job.

One of the best parts of this book is that  Gabe continues to lead by example and gives to charity. For every printed book sold, $1.00 will be donated to the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation and $1.00 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation to support autism initiatives. As well, $1.00 will be donated to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ commitment to anti-bullying initiatives for young people in Manitoba. Part of the proceeds of the sales of the book will also go to a fund for Gabe.

You can buy it at McNally Robinson or online at dancinggabethebook.com and I highly recommend it. All these years, Gabe has never asked for anything. It would be great to see the corporations of Manitoba use this book as gifts to visitors, clients or even staff?

I can’t imagine attending a sporting event without Dancing Gabe in the stands. He is a Hall of Famer and I hope one day that he’ll be properly recognized and be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

-Kevin Klein, MyToba.ca

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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