Winnipeg’s Francophone community welcomes Urban Exchange!

January 24, 2008

More Winnipeggers are adding their voices to nearly 3000 others’ in a dialogue on social issues begun by United Way’s Urban Exchange initiative.

Urbex Fr Lnch imgPremier Echange: Etablier des Liens, a French-language version of Urban Exchange’s first survey, was introduced to Francophone community leaders at a luncheon at St. Boniface’s Norwood Hotel.  Dozens of people lined up to take part and share their thoughts on issues important to them.

Urban Exchange is a United Way Advisory Panel providing Winnipeggers with a unique forum to discuss their priorities for our city and be heard. Through it, United Way can connect and respond to the concerns of our community in an ongoing dialogue. Co-chair Markus Chambers emphasized the key to the success of the initiative is a response that reflects Winnipeg’s diverse makeup – participants of all ages, from all cultural backgrounds, and all neighbourhoods. Together, these panelists’ priorities will help direct United Way’s work and investment in our community. Interested city leaders and organizations as well as panelists will also hear reports on what other Winnipeggers are saying about our city’s direction.

Michel Lagacé, a 6-year veteran of United Way’s volunteer Board of Trustees, sees it as an innovative way to find solutions to social issues that concern us all. “It’s a bold and exciting initiative, the first one of its kind,” said Lagacé. “I believe it will inspire new ways for individuals and groups to think about and participate in the community.”

Exchange One: Getting Connected is available in both English and French and everyone is invited to become an Urban Exchange panelist. If you or your community wants to get involved contact United Way at 477-5360 or visit to take the survey.