Professional Property Management Association (PPMA)
The PPMA was first organized in 1984 and currently represents 60,000 rental units, over 1/3 of the total rental universe in Manitoba and 60% within Winnipeg - both private and public sector housing - 64 property owners and managers and over 126 Associate members from the supply industry. PPMA is the sole voice for the residential rental industry in Manitoba.
Habitat for Humanity
The HFHW was incorporated in 1987 and owes its start to the 1985 Mennonite Economic Development Associates' annual convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was at the convention that Winnipeg's Al Doerksen took inspiration from Millard Fuller's keynote speech that chronicled his journey of providing housing to those in need.
Mr. Doerksen was so moved by Fuller's exuberant vision to build houses for those less fortunate that upon returning home, shared his enthusiasm with friend Paul Hiebert and urged him to sign up for Habitat's next Blitz Build in Chicago. The two friends also recruited Jake Pauls and Hugo Jantz and together they served at the 1986 Jimmy Carter Chicago Work Project.
Caught up in the movement, they returned to Winnipeg the following year and started the first large city Habitat affiliate in Canada to help eliminate poverty housing. The first Habitat Winnipeg office was located in a church basement on Church Street.
Today, the vision has become a reality.
Winnipeg Harvest is a not-for-profit, community-based organization committed to providing food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. We are also committed to maximizing public awareness of hunger while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. Founded in 1984, Winnipeg Harvest opened its doors July 1, 1985. Our immediate goal was, and continues to be, to feed hungry people.
Christmas Cheer Board
The Christmas Cheer Board attempts to coordinate all Christmas giving in order to eliminate duplication. The Cheer Board provides assistance to families receiving Employment Income Assistance as well many of the working poor. More than half of all the food and toys are donated by individuals and companies, the balance of everything that is required is purchased by the Cheer Board.
Volunteers look after all aspects of the Cheer Board and involves almost 5000 people. Hampers are packed by school children, seniors knit all year to provide little extra gifts, volunteer drivers deliver all the hampers and individuals, community groups and companies help raise the money needed.