Upcoming workshops with CCEDNET Manitoba

CCEDNET has two workshops coming up. Click on the links to register!!!

-Planning for Your Organization’s Financial Sustainability – 4 part series, starting Feb. 26, taking place here at the SEC: http://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/node/13240

-Build and Grow Your Social Enterprise – enp-Manitoba’s core workshop that satisfies an small grant eligibility requirement – April 1 at the United Way: http://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/enpmb.events


Did you know that LITE was originally created around the Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign? In 1994 LITE began as a response to a dramatic decline in sales at inner city grocery stores as a result of the influx of hampers at Christmas time.  LITE’s long term solution to this problem was to create the Alternative Christmas Hamper which uses your donations to directly purchase products from inner city businesses and social enterprises. Not only does this money get used to alleviate need, but it goes towards ensuring employment opportunities exist for inner city residents breaking the poverty cycle!

Contributing to LITE’s Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign around the Holidays is a wonderful and key way to get involved with LITE! You can donate as an individual or start an office Campaign! We take all the work out of shopping for a hamper. Simply donate the money you would normally use to build your hamper directly to us and we will do all the shopping for you, making sure precious jobs in the inner city are sustained and protected.

Click HERE to download a copy of our Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign Brochure and get involved today!

Find out more about our Alternative Christmas hampers at www.abetterhamper.com.

Donations can also be mailed to LITE directly at:
203-765 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB
R2W 3N5

Job creation through geothermal installation- Aki Energy growing it’s reach

Aki Energy continues to show leadership in job creation and energy conservation. Last week, the Province of Manitoba announced that it would continue to partner with social enterprise Aki Energy to expand its work to create jobs through geothermal installation to six more reserve communities. Aki Energy’s work at Fisher River Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation has already reduced family energy bills by an average of $1000. Congratulations on your on going success, Aki!


Sec Open house-page-0

Tuesday, December 17, 3-5pm.

Who is the North End’s Don Cherry?* Who can take on Brendan Reimer at centre ice and live to tell the tale? Do Neechi Commons staff have a leg up with all their bison and fresh fish? Does Tammy Christianson still have the stick handling of her youth? How many bets would be placed on a SEED Wpg vs NECRC face off? Favouring which team? Will a Mount Carmel Clinic vs SEC challenge finally end our historic, much maligned spit ball wars over Main st?
FIND OUT! Sign up your team by emailing secwpg@gmail.com. Invite your staff and boards, encourage your community partners to bring a team. Put the grudge match over who should have got that Winnipeg Foundation grant to rest. With a puck sandwich**.
*my guess is not rob neufeld, but possibly tom simms.
**i don’t mean that.


kate sjoberg and lindsay stewart.


The results are in. After counting up all the raffle proceeds, ticket sales, donations, and the  generous support of our sponsors the 17th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast has made a whopping $23,892.50! The best part of this unique event is that even our operating expenses go to support inner-city employment initiatives meaning that almost every single cent raised will stay in the inner city. After paying all of our amazing inner-city caterer’s, musicians, and food suppliers we are happy to report that we are left with over $16,000 towards our Alternative Christmas Hamper Program! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event such an amazing success!

New Podcast Features the SEC

Hear the Social Enterprise Center’s Chris Courchene, Tyler Pearce, and Shaun Loney as they lead in a new podcast series being launched this weekend.

The series, Twelve Canadians, consists of half-hour audio docs about Canadian women and men who stand out from the crowd; people who’ve been devoting their lives to social, economic or environmental justice, and to the healthy development of Canadian communities and the world — “building a better world from the inside out,” the series subtitle goes. Each episode, (including one on Winnipeg’s Good Food Club) examines a specific issue or situation, through the eyes/voices of people who’ve been active in that area.


Photo Caption: A math class at BUILD.

The project is a creation of independent radio producer Dave Kattenburg and his company the Green Planet Monitor. Kattenburg is also a regular contributor to CBC Radio.

The series will launch on CKUW 95.9fm, University of Winnipeg radio with other stations soon to follow across Canada. The first episode, on the Social Enterprise Centre is available NOW at  www.greenplanetmonitor.net. Click on the link to go to the story page, where you can click on the audio button to listen.

To subscribe to the podcast feed — and download episodes — enter http://feeds.feedburner.com/GreenPlanetMonitor into iTunes or any other podcast client. Alternatively, you can download episodes at:


Series episodes:

The Power of Social Enterprise: A profile of Winnipeg’s Social Enterprise Center — featuring Chris Courchene, Shaun Loney, and Tyler Pearce

The Watershed Sentinel: B.C.’s groundbreaking environmental magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary — featuring Delores Broten, Kell Kelly, and Lani Keller

Fracking: The voices of concerned citizens from New Brunswick, B.C. and Alberta

Jessica Ernst: This Rosebud, Alberta resident is taking on the Encana Corporation for fracking her well water; a tireless champion for environmental justice.

The Prairie School for Union Women: A labour education success story from Saskatchewan — featuring the voices of Adriane Paavo, Cindy Hanson, Aina Kagis, and Carol-Anne Wilson

Fundy Baykeepers: Matt Abbott patrols the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick, on behalf of the Conservation Council of NB. We also hear from Janice Harvey and Inka Milewski

The Nashwaak River: Listen to Alma Brooks, Stephanie Merrill, Gary Spencer and Larry Woest travel up this Class A NB river, speaking about salmon and a proposed tungsten/molybdenum mine

Inka Milewski: Trained as a marine biologist, this New Brunswick researcher has focused her attention over the past decade on the health of communities threatened by dirty industry.

Ken Lewenza: A profile of the recently retired president of the Canadian Autoworkers Union. Ottawa journalist Stephen Dale is preparing this profile.

Midwifery: Midwives help people out. This episode features the voices of B.C. midwifery educator Elaine Carty, B.C. community midwife Lee Saxell, and MB homebirth midwife Marla Gross.

Climate Change: This story is in process. Listen to the voices of University of Victoria researchers Ken Denman and Andrew Weaver, and a couple more TBA

The Good Food Club: An innovative community development project in one of Winnipeg’s most engaging neighborhoods.

From Dave Kattenburg, producer: Huge thanks to the Social Justice Fund of the Canadian Autoworkers Union, for making the series possible, and to CKUW, Winnipeg and CFUV, Victoria, for their generous contributions.

Multipurpose Spaces for Rent at the SEC!

The Poirier, Woods and Computer rooms are available for public use at reasonable rates! All rooms are adjacent to a public use kitchen with sink, coffee maker, and water heater. Washrooms are also located within a few feet of each room.

The Poirier Room features meeting space for 20 with a large white board, overhead projector with screen, and lots of light.


The Woods Room is a smaller classroom with black board, and plenty of light.20131030_090610

The Computer room is a large, multipurpose space that can accommodate up to fifty people in a classroom style gathering, 30 people comfortably in a roundtable format, and also provides 22 computers for learning purposes. The space is completely flexible, with moveable desks and chairs; and the computers are on rolling tables that can be moved to an adjacent storage area. The space features ample natural light, and high ceilings.20131030_091206

Contact Kate at 204 299 9114 for further information.


This year’s AGM will feature Trevor Lambert, a past BUILD trainee, who has worked his way up to level two apprentice, currently employed with Manshield.

Please join us to celebrate BUILD’s work achieving economic justice in supporting marginalised workers towards employment

Friday, November 1, Thunderbird House, 715 Main St.

Join us for lunch, at 12pm

Meeting will run 12:30- 2:30pm

RSVP by Friday, October 25 to Melissa Chung 204 943 5981.

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