West Broadway Development Corporation (WBDC)

West Broadway Development Corporation (WBDC)

West Broadway Development Corporation (WBDC) was formed in 1997. It was initially formed to deal with safety and housing issues and neighbourhood planning.

The offices for West Broadway were previously located in the basement of 640 Broadway. The location lacked visibility and was not handicap accessible. During the summer of 2006, an opportunity was presented to the Board to purchase a building that had been vacant for eighteen months at 608 Broadway. It was in excellent condition, had good visibility and large enough to provide space for all the staff to be located in one location. More importantly, it provided West Broadway an opportunity to develop equity for their organization. Robert Loiselle, Chair of the Board approached the Jubilee Fund to secure the loan for the second mortgage. In speaking with Robert, he explained "the loan was vital for the purchase of the building and to provide the organization with long term stability."

Nigel Basely was the Executive Director at the time. Nigel had to leave his position late in the Fall of 2006 due to health reasons. However, prior to leaving we spoke with Nigel. He explained that West Broadway Development Corporation receives its funding from Neighbourhoods Alive, Manitoba Education & Training, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development and the City of Winnipeg. With the funding, West Broadway runs four core programs:

  • Housing Development and Coordination
  • Greening West Broadway (including the empty lots)
  • Good Food Club helps to provide food security to residents in the area
  • Job Resource Centre provides employment resources, including counselling and job postings and access to computers and telephone.

In addition, West Broadway is involved with Community Partnerships, Neighbourhood Planning and Community Economic Development.

The goal is to provide safe neighbourhoods and to accommodate diversity; where neighbours can meet and live happily together. West Broadway believes it is important that the community has input on the priorities they want addressed. Community consultations are held with local residents and organizations that provide services in the neighbourhood.

The Board at West Broadway wants to ensure that newcomers to Canada that move into their community are not isolated and have their needs addressed. To help residents meet, a Welcoming Supper for members of the Aboriginal community and recent newcomers takes place in the Fall.

In 2013, West Broadway Development Corporation changed its name to the West Broadway Community Organization to better reflect its activities in the community at large.

Greg MacPherson is the current Executive Director.