While these are still GCWCC’s primary responsibilities, our mandate has broadened to encompass leadership in the areas of governance, capital investments, operations and programming. To support Community Centre volunteers and promote sound practices, GCWCC has developed programs and services that provide leadership development, financial accountability and training, governance support with standard constitutions, board orientation and training, workplace health and safety, as well as support with administrative matters (job descriptions, labour relations, etc.).
Winnipeg is renowned for its volunteers, who have been the backbone of the Community Centre movement since the Post War Era. Winnipeg is home to 63 Community Centres, all as diverse as the neighbourhoods they are in. More than 17,000 people volunteer at Community Centres, which represents over one million volunteer hours.
The community centre model in Winnipeg is unique from other Canadian cities. While they are owned by the City, they are not run or staffed by the City. Instead, each is governed and operated by a group of volunteers with a community-elected Board of Directors. The City provides an annual operating grant to cover basic maintenance and utilities expenses, while the Community Centres are responsible for covering all other costs including staffing, programming, capital improvements and equipment.
Winnipeg is home to 63 Community Centres, all as diverse as the neighbourhoods they are in.
Like the Community Centres themselves, GCWCC is run by a volunteer board that is supported by five staff. GCWCC’s Executive Director and a City of Winnipeg Community Services representative are ex-officio members.
GCWCC provides leadership and guidance to volunteers to develop and sustain Community Centres for the citizens of Winnipeg.
To lead and guide Winnipeg's unique volunteer-based Community Centre model into a strong and vibrant future.
|Lora Meseman:||1st Vice President|
|Mike Purdy:||2nd Vice President|
|Larry Gledhill:||Past President|
|Marlene Amell:||Executive Director|
|Bill Jost:||District #1|
|Donna Jenkyns:||District #2|
|Tom Thompson:||District #3|
|Val Rusnak||District #4|
|Paul Pelletier:||District #5|
|Ryan Rolston:||Board Member|
|Jill Knaggs:||Board Member|
|Dr. Gerry Michalski:||Board Member|
|Jeff Smithson:||Community Services
|Paul Skutnik:||Community Services
|Mary Bruneau:||Office Assistant|
|Cindy Fox:||Community Centre Facility
and Program Coordinator
|Clive Wightman:||Financial Officer|