It outlines how we’re doing on 16 key indicators, and the good news is Winnipeg is improving on the majority.
Winnipeggers have been making many improvements, from increased high school graduation rates and more disposable income to environmental successes like using less water, recycling more and more rides on the bus.
Areas where Winnipeg is declining include rate of children in care, the condition of our dwellings, lower voter turnout, less volunteerism and escalating diabetes.
While caring about our city is important, caring alone is not enough to make change. It’s also important to measure and report on how we are doing.
Measuring and reporting on economic, social and environmental issues can help us rally and work together toward an even stronger Winnipeg. Measurement encourages us to ask questions, to seek innovation, to drive results, and to celebrate progress.
Art helps people express themselves. For some, it’s the best language to communicate their daily experiences and their observations on life.
And now, art is helping people with intellectual disabilities gain employment skills, make a living and find an audience for their self expression.
“The Scrap Came Back“—a name generously loaned by Fred Penner—is a new social purpose retail gift store and art space at 153-A St. Anne’s Road that provides barrier free employment and artistic opportunities.
It also diverts objects from the landfill—hence the return of the scraps to usefulness. Artists reimagine items donated to the workshop, upcycling them into unique gifts.
Social purpose enterprise: a business venture created by a nonprofit that creates real economic opportunities and better social conditions.
The store is also an alternative funding source for Project: Home, DASCH‘s program for purchasing and renovating wheelchair-accessible home for people being released from Manitoba institutions.
“United Way were the first ones to step up,” said DASCH CEO Karen Fonseth Schlossberg, of the funding we provided for Scrap’s feasibility study.
Detail of “Kitchen Prep” by artist Jodi Hlidebrand.