Peg releases annual well-being report; Winnipeg improving in many key areas.

Peg releases Our City: A Peg report on Winnipeg's well being.

Today Peg released its first annual Winnipeg well-being report, Our City: A Peg report on Winnipeg’s well-being (PDF).

It outlines how we’re doing on 16 key indicators, and the good news is Winnipeg is improving on the majority.

Peg Winnipeg Well-Being Overview

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.

There’s been no change in readiness to learn—the skills children need upon entering kindergarten that go a long way towards future success. Up to 40% of Winnipeg children are entering school not ready to be thereImproving readiness to learn is one of the goals of our involvement in the Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund.

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.

The Scrap Came Back: upcycled art, a unique social purpose.

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.

Storefront of The Scrap Came Back, social purpose art workshop.

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.

Welcome sign at the Scrap Came Back.

“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.

Fred Penner hugs some of the store's founders.

Detail of "Kitchen Prep" by artist Jodi Hlidebrand.

Detail of “Kitchen Prep” by artist Jodi Hlidebrand.

Interior of the Scrap Came Back.

Handmade soaps and scrubs at The Scrap Came Back.