Ku­dos to MHBA’S 75th-an­niver­sary year

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - Iy Mike Moore

AS 2012 draws to a close and a new year be­gins, 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-bil­lion im­pact — more than 24,300 jobs and $1.2 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 10 stand­ing com­mit­tees of the as­so­ci­a­tion with ap­prox­i­mately 10 rep­re­sen­ta­tives per com­mit­tee. That means 100 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 MHBA presents both large and small events. The Spring and Fall Pa­rades 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 Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. More than

120,000 peo­ple at­tend th­ese four very pub­lic events an­nu­ally.

The MHBA also 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 the Province of Man­i­toba and the City of Win­nipeg.

The MHBA is the envy of other lo­cal and pro­vin­cial home builders’ as­so­ci­a­tions due to the co-op­er­a­tive rather than con­fronta­tional ap­proach taken by the city and province.

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.

This past year was the 75th an­niver­sary of the MHBA. Thank you to ev­ery­one who made it a tremen­dous year. Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba

Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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