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Little Big Shots

by Lucille Nolasco

Photos by Samantha Rae Photography

Talented child performers took centre stage for the Manitoba’s Little Big Shots talent competition held on November 20th in Winnipeg at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (The MET). The talent show featured kids ranging in ages from 3 to 14 who competed in singing, dancing, juggling and cultural performances.

Participants submitted video auditions of their performances, which were uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. Friends and family were encouraged to share online.

“We hit a record 100,000 views to the Manitoba’s Little Big Shots Facebook page in one week!” Tina Lussier, Turning Leaf’s Director of Communications said.

“Almost every post shared on Facebook tagged the Turning Leaf Facebook page and this resulted in an increased number of views and likes on our page as well.”

A total of 29 gifted children performed at the 1st Annual Manitoba’s Little Big Shots. Big winners in each age category were:

Age 3 - 6: Apphia Limosinero, age 5, who performed Give Thanks by Dave Moen

Age 7 -10: Sheryl Lynn Padua Policarpio, Age 8, she performed Listen by Beyonce.

11-14: Lee Angela Igne, Age 14, demonstrated Sikiran Arnis Martial Arts

The People’s Choice Award went to Ben Chapman & Angelina Werestiuk-Kucinic, ages 12 yrs & 10 yrs. They performed the Kozachok Duet Ukrainian Dance

All proceeds raised from the event go to Turning Leaf Community Support Services. Turning Leaf is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing crisis and treatment programs for people living with intellectual challenges and mental illness.

Lussier said the final tally isn’t in yet, but she estimates that the event was able to raise approximately $20,000 for the organization.

“We are so pleased with the turnout that we are in the process of planning the 2nd Annual Manitoba’s Little Big Shots for June 2017! “

For more information about the Manitoba Little Big Shots and Turning Leaf Services, visit: turningleafservices.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/MBLittleBigShots.