NECRC Leadership Transition Announcement:

March 3rd, 2021

It is with mixed emotion that the Board of Directors and staff at the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) is sharing with you that Dawn Sands has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the North End Community Renewal Corporation and the North End Revitalization Inc.  After five years as Executive Director of both organizations, she will depart on March 12, 2021.

Dawn’s commitment to our organization’s mission, vision and values was instrumental in her effectively leading the implementation of the 5-Year Community Plan, building new relationships while maintaining existing ones with key stakeholders and supporting the completion of Merchants Corner Inc.  Please join us in thanking Dawn for her service and wishing her all the best in in her new role.

The board will launch an executive search process to find a suitable candidate to succeed Dawn as Executive Director.  In the meantime, we are pleased to announce the appointment Jessie Leigh as Acting Executive Director.  Jessie has held several roles with NECRC over her 15-year community development career with the last three years in senior leadership roles.  Jessie will remain in this capacity until a permanent replacement has been selected.


NECRC Response to Code Red Effective November 12/2020

We are still open during the Covid-19 pandemic but some of our services have had to adjust to new safety protocols at all locations. The safety and well-being of staff and the people we serve is a top priority for all NECRC programs. We have adapted our programming throughout the pandemic to ensure safe delivery and intend to continue while following Code Red guidelines. We are taking clients by appointment at all of our buildings. Drop-ins will be assessed on a case by case basis subject to staff availability and using covid-19 screening process. All buildings are locked to ensure proper access and allow for screening process to take place.

509 Selkirk – Tenant Landlord Cooperation (204)-927-2335. Support for evictions, utility disruptions and illegal lock-outs continues. Winnipeg RentNet (204) 417-2110. Not accepting drop-ins, RentSmart class delivery done virtually.
607 Selkirk – Citizens’ Bridge (204) 927-2332. Identification pickup by appointment. Walk-ins subject to space and urgency/need. Appointments are recommended. New clients/referrals are being accepted and provided an appointment time. Outreach is ongoing but limited to the Outreach Coordinator’s discretion. Driver Education classes and in car training cancelled until further notice. BCMP continues to operate.
627 Selkirk – PATH Employability Centre (204) 927-2300. Open for referrals from EIA. Appointment only. Walk-ins on a case by case basis and subject to space and urgency/need. Access to computers by appointment, limited duration when busy. Workshops are available online also. Gateway to Learning- Open but limited class size and duration.
Check out our Facebook page for ongoing info and updates!

North End Community Renewal Corporation Informs Public of Cybersecurity Incident


The North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) confirms that the Organization recently experienced a cybersecurity incident in which an unauthorized third-party encrypted a small amount of NECRC’s data and program files. Upon detection of the incident, NECRC immediately carried out countermeasures to minimize the encryption of its systems. As a result, only a small amount of information has been effected. Learn more…


Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies Branch advises that two measures put in place to help protect tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended until September 30th.

‘They can live with dignity’: Community groups work to make sure tenants know, and exercise, their rights

Tenants program that started in North End has expanded to rest of Winnipeg due to demand for services Cameron MacLean · CBC News · Posted: Mar 28, 2019 5:00 AM CT | Last Updated: March 28 Housing is a basic human need, learn more about why housing advocacy is such an important to service to the people of Winnipeg. Read the full article on CBC Manitoba, direct link here:... read more

NECRC Named a Finalist for 10th Annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards

We are excited to announce we are named one of the finalists for the 10th Annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards! NECRC is one of the three Non-Profit and Social Enterprise (sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union) finalists, alongside two wonderful candidates! Thank you The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for creating this event in recognition of all the organizations that are making Winnipeg a great place to live, work and play. read more

‘Buy social’: New holiday market gives Manitobans a chance to shop local, fight poverty at the same time

Peruse locally made products that help vulnerable Winnipeggers at the Buy Social market in support of LITE Lindsay MacKenzie · CBC Communications ·  Posted: Nov 28, 2018 12:59 PM PT | Last Updated: November 29, 2018 Read the full story here. McDonald works at the North End Food Security Network, a program of the North End Community Renewal Corporation. NECRC is a non-profit organization committed to the social, economic and cultural renewal of the North End of Winnipeg. “As the co-ordinator of North End Food Security Network, we believe in the equal right to healthy food for all,” she said. “I really enjoy my job, because I get to work with food and incorporate healthy eating into the community through our programs and workshops. “LITE has given North End Community Renewal Corp. and North End Food Security Network the privilege to package and distribute hampers this year as well as provide short-term employment opportunities for residents.” Melissa McDonald is co-ordinator of the North End Community Renewal Corporation’s North End Food Security Network. ‘I really enjoy my job, because I get to work with food and incorporate healthy eating into the community through our programs and workshops,’ she says. (Justin... read more

Knowles Centre benefits from ‘gift of sleep’

“Over a dozen people and a handful of charitable organizations were chosen to receive new bed sets, including 25 beds for the North End Community Renewal Corporation…” Winnipeg Free Press By: Sheldon Birnie Posted: 12/14/2018 11:31 AM Over a dozen people and a handful of charitable organizations were chosen to receive new bed sets, including 25 beds for the North End Community Renewal Corporation and 10 beds for the Knowles Centre’s Supported Advancement to Independent Living program.   Read the full story... read more

Growing a financial community in Winnipeg’s North End

By Jason Halstead on December 21, 2018 Determination, hard work and partnerships have contributed to the revival of a neighbourhood that is steeped in history and pride. Assiniboine Credit Union’s North End branch at 360 McGregor Street opened nearly seven years ago in January 2012. At that time, mainstream banks had all but abandoned the neighbourhood — leaving fringe financial services like cheque-cashing and payday loan outlets as the only options for many. In the lead-up to the opening, ACU, along with the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC), SEED Winnipeg and other organizations, set up the Community Financial Access Centre to better understand the neighbourhood’s needs. Citizens’ Bridge, which is part of NECRC, helps people acquire birth certificates so they can open accounts. “We work closely with ACU,” said Eva-Marie Stewart of Citizens’ Bridge. “When people are finding employment, many employers won’t take them on if they don’t have a bank account.” “We’ve worked with people up to two years trying to acquire birth certificates through Vital Statistics,” Stewart said. “Accessing a bank account is magical for some people. Some go decades without one and live with all the hardship that goes with that.” Read the full story here: Growing a financial community in Winnipeg’s North... read more

LITE Holiday Hamper creates employment opportunities in Winnipeg

December 20, 2018 4:21 pm By Eva Kovacs Community Producer  Global News A Winnipeg program that blends community volunteers with paid helpers to build and deliver holiday hampers, gives those involved lasting benefits. The Winnipeg hamper program supported by Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) has a little twist. Eight people, including Brian Helgason, were hired to make 300 hampers through the North End Community Renewal Corporation.   Read the full story here:... read more

April 28, 2018 – Winnipeg Free Press – Winnipeg housing complex honoured nationally

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association presented the North End Community Renewal Corporation with the Community Builder Award at a luncheon held during the 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness in Ottawa on April 26.   The award recognized the community impact that the Lord Selkirk Park Housing Project continues to have in the promotion of affordable housing and the prevention of homelessness within the North End of Winnipeg. By: Ligia Braidotti Posted: 05/28/2018 11:25 AM   Read the full article here: read more

Building An Arts & Culture Centre In The North End: Summary Launches

MEDIA RELEASE October 25, 2017 For Immediate Release BUILDING AN ARTS & CULTURE CENTRE IN THE NORTH END: SUMMARY LAUNCHES Winnipeg, MB –As a result of the consultations for the most recent North End Community Development Plan, the need for an Arts and Culture Centre in the North End was identified as a priority project. In late 2016 and early 2017 the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) worked closely with community members and partners to establish the projects initial design, including centre’s vision, mission, guiding principles and the framework for a Five-Year Strategic Plan. This will provide clear direction and shape with guidance from our community, the Artists this centre will serve, and Arts organizations. Dawn Sands, executive director of NECRC is excited about the project’s potential. “Art and culture contribute greatly to the wellbeing of communities and creating a vibrant arts scene is integral to the North End’s revitalization goals. Winnipeg’s North End is home to Canada’s largest Urban Indigenous population as well as many new Canadians. Using a lens of art and culture as part of our community-led renewal efforts, offers a wonderful opportunity for us to foster meaningful and respectful relationships and rejuvenate our community together.” The summary is a snapshot of the work being done by the community through NECRC, and its intention is to attract some more capacity to the committee to move the project forward, and potential funders to continue the work of the project coordinator. “This centre will be the first of its kind in Winnipeg, and will serve as a beacon for Artists who feel disenfranchised from the Arts community.... read more

Province Announces New Single Portal To Access Community Development Programs

New Online Access Now Available: Clarke Following thorough review and consultations, the Manitoba government has revamped its community development programs and created a single portal for intake, assessment and awarding support, Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today. “We have heard from community groups and stakeholders alike, who told us to centralize the intake process and make it simpler to follow up on applications and approvals,” Clarke said.  “We’re going to focus on planning for better outcomes and support programs that build better communities or sustain important community efforts.” Core funding will continue for existing services, while the intake begins for new projects, the minister noted.  Applications will be accepted for funding from Community Places, Community Planning Assistance, Hometown Manitoba, Neighbourhoods Alive! – Community Initiatives, Neighbourhoods Alive! Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, and Partner 4 Growth. The minister said priority will be given to new applications focused on the following strategic areas: accessibility and reducing barriers for Manitobans of all ages, gender, cultural background, sexual identity, physical or mental ability or income; green space and active transportation such as parks, playgrounds and trails; and newcomer support, either through building on or encouraging involvement in the community. Application deadline is Sept. 11.  For more information, or to submit an application, visit  – 30... read more