Executive Director’s Comments

Executive Director’s Comments

As I reflect on my years as the Executive Director of Wolseley Family Place I am proud of all the accomplishments we have achieved through the years.

We have been recognized for our innovative and creative programs and services throughout the years. Our core values are the heart of our organization and we have not wavered. We continue to practice inclusion and emphasis our interdependent by providing holistic, flexible, voluntary and accessible programs and services.

As one of many nonprofits we attempt to create a better place by addressing the needs and interests of people living in Canada and Manitoba.

Investing in people’s well-being and supporting the nonprofit sector creates a better place for all and grows the economy at the same time.  I believe that in order to maintain a long term plan for economic well-being and stability we need to invest in people and the nonprofit sector

I was drawn to my work as executive director of a nonprofit organization because of my idealism and belief in our ability to create a better world. Investing in people’s well-being and supporting the nonprofit sector which supports them creates that better world, but it also grows the economy. We are a large, diverse and vibrant sector of the economy, and that is too often overlooked.

I believe our government has a responsibility to sustain society and provide a quality of life for its people. To do that, our government needs to invest in the non-profit sector. We are the front-line workers in ensuring all Canadians have a suitable quality of life. We are the foundation of our society.

But from a purely financial perspective, we provide employment and that means money spent in our community. In 2003, the most recent figures available, Manitoba’s 8,220 non-profit organizations had 95,221 paid staff members, representing $7,620,000 pumped into the local economy. That is according to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

In Canada we are also a significant employer. Canadian non-profit and voluntary organizations employ the full-time equivalent of more than 1.5 million workers.

We are as significant an employer as the country’s entire manufacturing industry. Canada’s non-profit and voluntary sector employs almost two-and- one-half times as many workers as the country’s construction industry, roughly twice as many workers as its transportation industry, 14 times as many people as Canada’s largest private sector employer, and 15 times as many people as its utilities industry. In fact, the country’s nonprofit and voluntary organizations engage nearly as many fulltime equivalent workers (2.073 million) as all branches of manufacturing in the country (2.294 million).

Not only do workers in the non-profit sector work in the community, they also spend their money in the community; provide services and programs that assist people live a productive life, aka hold down a job and pay taxes. We assist people throughout their   whole lifespan whether you are 0 years of age to 120 years old.