Cash Akoza Mural | Photo: Braeden Jones (Winnipeg Metro August 24 2016)
The Spence Neighbourhood Association works with the people of Spence to revitalize and renew their community in the areas of Holistic Housing, Community Connecting, Community Economic Development, Environment and Open Spaces, and Youth & Families.
The purpose of the Spence Neighbourhood Association is to activate and engage the people of Spence in building and rebuilding their neighbourhood in the primary areas of:
Spence Neighbourhood: Welcome Home.
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History of SNA
Spence Neighbourhood Association was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit housing group formed by five volunteers who wanted to work together to improve the living conditions of the area. Those volunteers originally worked together to clean up one back lane, and then decided to renovate a house for a young family.
Next, they began to expand their activities and found funding through the Winnipeg Development Agreement for the Light Up Our Neighbourhood program, which provided dusk-to-dawn security lighting on houses in the area to improve safety. The Lighting project allowed volunteers to meet hundreds of residents in the area who received lights. This network allowed more ideas for projects to grow, more volunteers to help, and more energy to tackle further issues.
The organization continued to grow and take on more projects, and eventually was able to hire staff. In January 2000, the organization moved to Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre at 430 Langside Street, and activities continued to grow in the new community space. With this growth the organization made the shift to a representative community development group and developed a new constitution and elected a board from the neighbourhood.
Guiding Principles of SNA
The Spence Neighbourhood Association (S.N.A.) will continually work towards the sustainability and continual renewal in the development of the Spence neighbourhood, guided by and committed to the following principles:
People of the Spence Neighbourhood Association (S.N.A.) will have opportunities that offer meaningful participation within the S.N.A.
The members of S.N.A. will participate, take action, and have decisive control in their Association/neighbourhood and thereby will increase their participation in decision making at a municipal level.
The process the S.N.A. embarks on will have an impact on the goals defined by the community (such as: health, safety, community economic development, youth, housing and neighbourhood image).
The board will promote and foster community economic development (CED)
The S.N.A. Board will be accessible for feedback, input, direction, and participation to the neighbourhood and to the staff they may employ.
The S.N.A. will have respect for all people (whom live, work and volunteer here).
The Board will be representative of the neighbourhood.
The Board will receive and act on community needs and input, and advocate when and/or where necessary.
In decision-making, the S.N.A. will work towards concensus as defined by the membership or board.
The S.N.A. will develop connections amongst the people living, working or volunteering in the Spence Neighbourhood, and as well to other organizations and resources.
Research is an integral component of the Spence Neighbourhood Association.
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