Our association is growing faster than we could have possibly imagined, and the enthusiasm & ownership downtown residents have for our community is amazing. We were energized by the article published in the Winnipeg Metro, introducing our association to the public, and hope we can continue this momentum!
Thanks to our special guest, Jason Syvixay who attended our meeting on behalf of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, and who spoke to our group about some of the initiatives offered by the BIZ.
The meeting focused primarily on further outreach to get more residents involved:
We officially booked a DCRA table for the DT BIZ’s ManyFest, where we hope to be able to produce information pamphlets about the association, collect contact information from other residents of the area, and begin mobilizing for a large community meeting in late-September.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the table, so please contact us here to sign up! It will be a great way to meet neighbours and talk about issues in our area (volunteer as little or as much time as you like!).
We discussed formalizing the organization, including drafting ByLaws (thanks to Christa Bishop from our neighbouring association, the Central Neighbourhoods Development Corporation for offering a template), as well as creating a vision for the structure of the DCRA – including smaller committees to discuss individual issues (ie; Environment Committee to discuss community gardens/composting in the area). These committees will be established at the September general meeting. Some options for meeting location include: The Broadway Disciples Church, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Millennium Library, Union Centre. We also discussed inviting our area’s political representatives to this meeting.
We discussed our poster, which will be printed and made available at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ office (426 Portage Ave.), for residents to post in their building bulletin boards or doors, as well as outreach to other businesses and community/business groups in the area.
Finally we had conversations about issues in our area, such as safety, noise, green space, health & wellness facilities, and resources available for the area’s residents. Ben discussed the importance of ensuring that our association has resources in french for our francophone residents.
Our next meeting will be held at the Starbucks on Broadway at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 23rd (once the Fyxx is re-opened, we will move our meetings there).
Our community has residents with diverse skills and backgrounds. If you feel you have something to contribute to make our organization grow (eg. photography, art, networks, gardening, writing, language, design, organizing skills) please let us know and get involved!