Charter Signatories

Organization Charter Signatories

Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg’s vision is to support a self-sufficient, healthy, vibrant urban Aboriginal community, where families and children are ensured a good quality of life, through equal opportunity and choice so that Aboriginal people are a part of all things – a distinct presence throughout Winnipeg. The Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg was engaged in the development of the Vibrant Communities Charter.

Signed: November 30, 2010
Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba’s is a partnership of organizations and individuals that have an interest in the field of aging and encourages older Manitobans to maintain and enhance their well-being through a lifestyle that embraces daily physical activities throughout Winnipeg.


The Association of Manitoba Municipalities identifies and addresses the needs and concerns of its members in order to achieve strong and effective municipal government.

Signed: September 22, 2011

The Broadway Seniors Resource Council is committed to supporting seniors in our community to age in place. We as a council understand that seniors are an integral part of our communities. Some of the services the BSRC provides to older adults 55+ include: advocacy, weekly calls to reduce isolation, educational presentations on health and safety issues and the provision of information and referrals to resources including housing, food security, transportation, meal programs, homecare, legal support, and home maintenance, to name a few. The BSRC understands that to provide our services well, we must work in strong partnerships with other community agencies and individuals. As such the BSRC has a strong commitment to healthy and vibrant communities.

Signed: September 28, 2011

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba has been publishing progressive social and economic research since forming in 1997. We have established a reputation for working in collaboration with the community, conducting research that is relevant to the issues of importance to Manitobans, and presenting viable progressive policy alternatives.

Signed: January 28, 2011

The Canadian CED Network believes in sustainable and inclusive communities directing their own social, economic and environmental futures.
We are committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that improve environmental and social conditions.
Our members are part of a movement creating community-based solutions to local and global challenges. The Canadian CED Network and its members are committed to the values of inclusion, diversity and equity. Our methods are participatory, democratic, innovative and entrepreneurial.

Signed: January 28, 2011

The Central Neighbourhoods Development Corporation is a vibrant socio-economic development agency that helps residents build stronger and safer neighbourhoods in Centennial, Central Park and West Alexander communities of Winnipeg.  Our focus is on safety, education, health, local business growth, recreation, area revitalization and capacity building.  Our projects are built around the ideas and commitment of our community members and led by them.

Signed: January 17, 2011

The Elmwood Community Resource Centre’s purpose is to enhance the quality of life in Elmwood by building community capacity ECRCAA provides resources and leadership so the people of Elmwood can work together in building a stronger and safer community, making it a more desirable place to live, work, and raise a family. We accomplish this by: developing programs to meet the changing needs of the people in our community and connecting people, ideas and resources.

Signed: August 31, 2011

Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (FFNRC)  is a community based organization that helps residents works towards enhancing community well-being by empowering citizens, improving neighborhoods, fostering community spirit, and building capacity of our community organizations and residents.  Our focus is on housing, recreation, wellness and well-being, safety and crime, community capacity building and empowerment, beautification and image.

Signed: February 14, 2011

Food Matters Manitoba (home of the Manitoba Food Charter) engages Manitobans towards healthy, sustainable, and fair food for all. We cultivate community food skills, develop partnerships and networks and provide food systems public education. In partnership we have developed over 30 community food projects, host the annual Growing Local Conference,Golden Carrot Awards,youth and school outreach projects, policy work, Farm to Cafeteria, and the Manitoba Food Security Network.

Signed: March 24, 2011

The Frontiers Foundation Manitobas vision for northern housing is for every family to have a home that is healthy, well-constructed, well-maintained and energy efficient.A good housing strategy is composed of partnerships which build capacity as well as homes using as many local materials as is ecologically or economically practical.The goals of Frontiers Foundation Manitoba are:

  • to improve the quality and quantity of housing in northern Manitoba while lowering the unit cost
  • to build skills and feelings of ownership and pride in youth, the underemployed and home owners
  • to recruit volunteers to work with northern people and communities
Signed: September 28, 2011

Gimli High School Enviro Club is a dynamic group of students, grades 9 to 12, who are dedicated to making their school, community and world better, more sustainable places for all living things.

Signed: January 24, 2011

Green Action Centre promotes greener living through environmental education, by sharing practical solutions and advocating for change. Our organizations activities related to the Vibrant Communities Charter stem from our fundamental principles and beliefs. The Green Action Centre was involved in the development of the Vibrant Communities Charter.

Signed: December 20, 2010

The Harvest Moon Society works to  educate, raise awareness and ultimately be more inclusive about our food, how it is grown, processed and distributed. All who are involved will ultimately determine the shape and direction of this initiative and we want you to be a part of the journey! In order to leave our communities as better places for future generations we need to reconnect urban and rural communities by building awareness of the contributions of farmers and farmlands to the development of vibrant rural and urban cultures and the maintenance of native habitats. The Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative is an effort to try and create a more local, fair and sustainable food system in Manitoba.

Signed: January 25, 2011

Healthy Brandon is a community coalition of committed residents and organizations with a shared vision to create a healthier Brandon. Part of the Healthy Together Now movement, our purpose is to reduce chronic disease by promoting physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco reduction, and stress management. As a community-led coalition we provide a venue for the community to identify barriers to good health and to act together to find solutions to make Brandon a Vibrant Community.

Signed: March 31, 2011

IRCOM strives to empower newcomer families to integrate into the wider community through affordable transitional housing, programs, and services. Strong, healthy and inclusive communities help all members feel safe, valued and dignified.

Signed: January 24, 2011

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a Canadian-based, public policy research institute that has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research into sustainable development. The institute is a non-partisan, charitable organization specializing in policy research, analysis and information exchange.  The institute champions global sustainable development through innovation, research and relationships that span the entire world. It is devoted to the ongoing communication of its findings as it engages decision-makers in business, government, non-government organizations and other sectors.

Signed: October 5, 2011

Klinic provides a full range of health related services from medical care to counselling and education; promotes health and quality of life for all; helps people make choices about their own health; addresses the special needs of our neighborhoods and helps communities organize on issues of concern. Klinic looks to the community for direction.

Signed: December 1, 2010

The Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance seeks a socially and environmentally just, culturally relevant, healthy food system that is controlled by local communities. We work toward this mission by empowering people and communities by providing funding for community projects, documenting outcomes through research to support the activities of our member organizations, seeking to work and communicate with both academic and non-academic communities and providing support and facilitate the work of other groups and organizations that work towards food justice in Manitoba.

Manitoba Eco-Networkis a non-profit organization which promotes positive environmental action. Our organization’s mission is to facilitate environmental awareness and expand community connections. We act as an umbrella organization for environmental non-governmental organizations as well as connecting all Manitobans to environmental information and education through our diverse programs, projects and activities.We educate, we facilitate, we celebrate!

Manitoba Public Health Association
The Manitoba Public Health Association (MPHA) is a non-profit voluntary organization whose members work with many sectors to influence emerging and re-emerging health, social, environmental and economic policy decisions to improve the quality of life and well being of Manitobans. MPHA promotes awareness of public health by discussing issues from different perspectives, creating meaningful dialogue between Manitobans and the health professional community. Through our networking, MPHA can provide advice and support to communities and organizations concerned about public health and provide advocacy on issues that matter most to Manitobans.

Signed: June, 2010

With a vision for healthy people in healthy communities, and a mission of working together to improve our health, the NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority coordinates and delivers (both directly and in partnership) a range of programs and services that promote health and well being. The values of respect, compassion, integrity, teamwork and leadership guide our staff each day as we plan and provide health care programs and services for the residents of the NORMAN region and surrounding area.

Signed: September 12, 2011

The purpose of the Northern Association of Community Councils is to be a meaningful and effective advocacy group. To improve the quality of life in Northern Association Communities by having positive, proactive meetings with ministers and cabinet on issues affecting our communities and to inform and involve community councils and residents in our progress. We believe that all communities are unique and that their needs and interests should be recognized.

Signed: September 1, 2011

One Green City is a volunteer effort dedicated to building a comprehensive network of safe and convenient bicycle infrastructure in Winnipeg as soon as possible.

Signed: December 21, 2010

In partnership with community, Partners Seeking Solutions with Seniors empowers people in making informed choices that support healthy aging. Current focus areas include mental health, substance use and gambling. Our primary activities include: Leadership, networking, partnerships, community development through pilot projects, resource development, information dissemination, website, education and awareness, lobbying to influence system changes.

Signed: January 11, 2011

Reconnaissance Management Consulting Group Inc. provides consulting services to organizations that have the potential to fulfill the charter mandate. Our consulting enhances the ability of organizations in the non-profit sector, cooperative organizations and social enterprises to be more effective at what they do.

Signed: September 28, 2011

Right to Housingis a Winnipeg-based coalition of 150 individuals and 41 organizations working together to address the current housing crisis and the chronic need for social housing. We promote and lobby for safe, quality social housing (where rent is geared to income) and housing policy solutions on a local, provincial and national level as part of a comprehensive strategy to eliminate poverty.Right to Housing maintains that adequate, affordable housing is a basic human right. Canada has signed UN agreements to ensure adequate housing as a basic human right, yet over the past decade the commitment by the Federal Government to put this human right to housing into practice has been significantly eroded. In 2006, the United Nations called housing and homelessness in Canada a “national emergency,” a finding confirmed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing after his official fact-finding mission to Canada in 2007. Many Canadians now face impossible obstacles as they try to house themselves.Right to Housing meets regularly. We are committed to achieving our goals by working cooperatively, respectfully and inclusively. Contact us if you would like more information, to attend a coalition meeting, or to support Right to Housing.

Signed: September 30, 2011

Sexuality Education Resource Centre envisions a diverse society that celebrates sexuality throughout life. As a community-based, non-profit agency, our services and programs are designed to respond to community needs and issues. We work closely with numerous communities to help ensure that our response is culturally appropriate.

Signed: December 1, 2010

SMD (Society for Manitobans with Disabilities) Self-Help Clearinghouse is a network of organizations that share resources and collaborate in order to learn from each other. The network promotes self-help/mutual aid as model of health promotion for the community of people living with disabilities.

Signed: October 3, 2011

Since its formation in 1996, both the Province and the amateur sport community have recognized Sport Manitoba as the key leadership and funding body for sport in Manitoba. In striving to fulfill our mission statement, Sport Manitoba supports the broad spectrum of sport from grass roots participation and community development to the highest levels of athletes, coaches and officials achievement.

Signed: January 10, 2011

UNPAC is an organization of Manitoba women committed to equality and empowerment. We are a non-profit organization that supports women’s skill building to increase their success in community and workplace leadership. We follow a popular education model that is interactive and participant centered. We work to educate women on topics such as economic literacy and equality, gender budgets, leadership skills, working with decision makers and getting their voices heard. We work both in Winnipeg and throughout rural Manitoba to offer programming to women who are new to community building and to women who are already agents of change in their communities. UNPAC is active in government policy analysis on issues affecting women – including safe and affordable housing, poverty reduction, child care, access to education and training, transportation and health care. We believe that when women thrive, communities thrive.

Signed: April 26, 2012

With a vision for healthy people, vibrant communities and care for all, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority coordinates and delivers safe and caring services that promote health and well being. The values of dignity, care and respect guide our people each day as we plan and provide health care services for the residents of Winnipeg and surrounding Regions.

Signed: April 18, 2011

The Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada Inc is a volunteer organization dedicated to the improvement of women’s health in its broadest terms — social, psychological and physical well-being.  Our long term goals are to improve women’s health through research, education and advocacy.

Signed: September 25, 2011

The RM of Woodlands Community Development Corporation‘s mission is to provide strategic leadership and support for sustainable economic development in order to retain and employ our youth, enhance community services, amenities and pride, and to facilitate on-going growth in population, business and economic activity to the benefit of current and future residents of the municipality.Our activities are based around for main objectives:

  • to improve community engagement & pride
  • to foster business development
  • to enhance tourism industry development
  • to enhance community services

Our work plan is developed around these objectives and involves regular stakeholder involvement to set and confirm the action plans.

Signed: September 21, 2011


Individual Charter Signatories

  • Robert Annis
    Signed: January 11, 2011
  • Byron Beardy
    Signed: September 12, 2011
  • Allen Bleich
    Signed: August 30, 2011
  • Wanda Charles
    Signed, April 2, 2012 
  • Angela Chotka
    Signed: April 4, 2012 
  • Bret Collett
    Signed: September 1, 2011
  • Mary van Eerd-Cook – I live fundamentally by the ideaology that kindness counts. To that end, whenever and wherever possible, I share supportive information, act to support stability of individuals and organizations whose mission ads stability to our community.
    Signed: January 15, 2011
  • Carol Finlay
    Signed: April 5, 2011 
  • Don Gamache – I have been involved with The Pas Neighborhood Renewal Corporation as Chair and Past Chair for the past 3 years. I have been a coach for the past 20 years in swimming and x-country skiing. I am currently the acting chair for Health in Common and have been involved in developing an emergency shelter for people who do not have anywhere to call home.  I have also been involved in developing a wellness centre for The Pas and surrounding communities.
    Signed: May 19, 2011
  • Sherri Garrity – I believe that communities are strengthened when individuals are physically and financially fit. To go from survival to thriving, self sufficiency through either great jobs or creating their own ventures. This allows people to give back because they have more to give, and everyone wins. I support organizations to keep their workers and customers happy, and support new businesses launching. Both are important to vibrant communities.
    Signed: February 9, 2011
  • Francois-Pierre Gauvin – I am a public engagement researcher and practitioner. My work aims at engaging citizens to influence the adoption of healthy public policies.
    Signed: August 22, 2011
  • Vera Goussaert
    Signed: August 20, 2011
  • Judith Harris – As a university instructor in Urban and Inner-City Studies, I value the Charter’s acknowledgement of the interdependencies among people and the natural world and its emphasis on meaningful participation. A sane humane world will evolve as each individual and community’s voice is respected and each commits to taking responsibility for the legacy that we leave the next seven generations.
    Signed: August 22, 2011
  • Catherine Hynes – Regional Manager Decision Support, NORMAN Regional Health Authority
    Signed: January 10, 2011
  • Dianne Hiebert – Rosetta Projects has worked with Healthy Together Now/CDPI to promote healthy living in Manitoba communities. They produced Manitoba Stories and the Healthy Together Now video in conjunction with Betty Kozak and the CDPI committees.
    Signed: August 22, 2011
  • David R Kerr, C.A. – Business Development Consultant within the Community Economic Development (CED) and Co-op Community.
    Signed: January 11, 2011
  • Lynn Ann Lauriault – Community Developer and Instructor
    Signed: January 12, 2011
  • Sonja Lundstrom – Community Volunteer with Canadian Blood Services, SNOWMAN CITY, and is involved in Active Transportation and developing cycling, skiing, walking groups throughout the city and province.
    Signed: December 21, 2010
  • Laura MacDonald
    Signed: September 22, 2011
  • Grant McManes
    Signed: August 22, 2011
  • Tricia Robinson -Memer of Fort Garry/St Norbert Healthy Child Coalition, Coordinate, faciliate and promote Parent Child programs; Family Literacy Certificate Student
    Signed: May 22, 2011
  • Shirley Thompson
    Build community food security and renewable energy.
    Signed: April 19, 2012
  • Kerri Twigg – Humane Educator
    Signed: January 24, 2011
  • Erika Wiebe
    Signed: January 11, 2011
  • Linda Williams – Safety Coordinator and supervisor of Youth Outreach at the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.
    Signed: January 20, 2011