Winnipeggers Have Their Say

February 28, 2008

Progress is best achieved by taking many small steps in the right direction.

Comm news Urbex article imgFor United Way, the first step to a stronger, more vibrant city is to get Winnipeggers talking; about their concerns, priorities, vision for the future and ideas for improvement.

People from every corner of the city and all walks of life have been encouraged to lend their voice to this important discussion.

A summary of that dialogue is featured in a report titled Urban Reflections, officially released by United Way on February 27, 2008 during a media conference at the Forks.

The report is the product of an ongoing advisory panel known as Urban Exchange, initiated by United Way nearly 18 months ago to help shape our focus in the community.

The initial findings in the report include how Winnipeggers view their quality of life, the top social issues that concern them most, and whether they feel they can help.

Almost 3000 people contributed their thoughts and ideas to the report, which will also be shared with leaders and decision-makers interested in building a broader understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Winnipeggers.

Issues like crime, poverty and youth violence topped the list of concerns, with “people” identified as one of the best things about Winnipeg.

Don’t worry if you didn’t have a chance to take the survey: you can still have your say simply by visiting or calling 477-5360. Your responses will be featured in an updated report.