Giv­ing thanks for a great year of build­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - A LOOK AT RECENTLY SOLD HOMES IN AND AROUND WINNIP - By Mike Moore

AS 2014 draws to a close, the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion wants to take this op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize and thank those peo­ple who made this past year a suc­cess. The res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try is a huge part of Man­i­toba’s econ­omy, ac­count­ing for a $3.9 bil­lion im­pact, more than 27,000 jobs, more than $1.4 bil­lion in wages and gen­er­at­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in gov­ern­ment tax rev­enue. Of course, ini­tial ku­dos must go to the vol­un­teers and staff that drive the MHBA. There are nine stand­ing com­mit­tees of the as­so­ci­a­tion with ap­prox­i­mately 10 rep­re­sen­ta­tives per com­mit­tee. That means 90 peo­ple are giv­ing their time and ex­per­tise to the MHBA each year. That means that nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of be­ing in­volved in their pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion. It doesn’t work with­out this kind of com­mit­ment. The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion presents both large and small events. The spring and fall Pa­rade of Homes are the largest and best run in Canada. The Home Ex­pres­sions Show in March and the Kitchen Bath and Ren­o­va­tion Show in Jan­uary are the largest events held in the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in th­ese four very pub­lic events. At the other end of the spec­trum, the MHBA hosts hous­ing fo­rums, ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars, awards evenings, din­ner meet­ings, golf and curl­ing out­ings and a va­ri­ety of other ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tion and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment among mem­bers. A huge thank you goes to all of the var­i­ous spon­sors, too many to list, but many of whom can be found in the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories of the MHBA web site.

Leg­is­la­tion , poli­cies, prac­tices and pro­ce­dures can be frus­trat­ing at the best of times. How­ever, with­out full con­sul­ta­tion, they can be almost im­pos­si­ble. Recog­ni­tion and thanks must go to the open door poli­cies of Premier Greg Selinger and the many min­is­ters and their staff whose port­fo­lios have a tremen­dous im­pact on the res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Sim­i­larly, across the floor, Brian Pal­lis­ter and Jon Ger­rard en­sure that all sides are be­ing heard. May­ors Brian Bowman and Sam Katz, all of Ex­ec­u­tive Pol­icy Com­mit­tee and Coun­cil and ev­ery­one at Plan­ning Prop­erty and De­vel­op­ment work very hard un­der try­ing cir­cum­stances to keep Win­nipeg vi­brant and pros­per­ous. The MHBA is the envy of other ma­jor ur­ban cen­tre based hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions due to the co-oper­a­tive ap­proach taken by the City of Win­nipeg. Lo­cal me­dia ask tough but fair ques­tions and re­port things as they are; fel­low in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions bond to­gether for a common cause; and let’s never for­get those char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions (es­pe­cially Habi­tat and Va­ri­ety) who are so close to our hearts and rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of hous­ing. Wish­ing ev­ery­one a most happy 2015.

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

JOE BRYKSA / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Mike Moore, pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion, left, talks with

lo­cal home­builders.

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