DAVID ‘ACE’ BURPEE
Diploma in Journalism (S.A.I.T.)
WEDNESDAY, October 19
Mr. David ‘Ace’ Burpee is a Winnipeg radio personality and tireless volunteer who lends his voice to dozens of charitable organizations in Manitoba. This recognized community builder donates his time at more than 250 events every year, bringing his creativity, enthusiasm and authenticity to each person he meets.
In 2013, Mr. Burpee received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his staggering commitment to Manitoba communities. A year later he was recognized as a Manitoba Hero for championing organizations like the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, the United Way of Winnipeg and the Children’s Hospital.
Early on in life, Mr. Burpee learned about the importance of not only working hard but of giving back and having fun along the way. He grew up in the rural town of Cooks Creek, where he spent his childhood tending to farm animals, catching frogs, and building rafts to float down the creek with his sister.
From his dad, who was CEO of Winnipeg’s YMCA-YWCA, he learned about breaking down barriers so everyone had equal opportunities in life. His mom, who was an occupational therapist at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, taught him about compassion. Mr. Burpee is now a steadfast ally and advocate for those with mental illness.
A storyteller at heart, he earned a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and has since worked in the communications field in various capacities. His column with Metro Winnipeg, the Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans, is a favourite of many and is evidence of Mr. Burpee’s reach and impact in our province.
For 13 years he has co-hosted the Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio, a role that allows him to be creative while offering a helping hand and building community spirit.
Mr. Burpee is known for bringing good ideas to life, from designing a T-shirt that supports disaster zones to producing a Winnipeg Jets anthem that unites a city.
He has made it his life’s mission to be kind, to work hard and to take any opportunity to help others that he can.
The University of Manitoba is proud to recognize Mr. David ‘Ace’ Burpee with the Distinguished Service Award.