WINNIPEG, MB — The boards of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada and MCC Manitoba announce the sale of the organizations’ shared property at 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, finalized on June 1, 2022.
“I am grateful to all who were involved in the sale of 134 Plaza Drive, from realtors to staff to community members. The property has been a gift to us for more than thirty-five years. Looking forward, I’m enthusiastic about MCC Canada’s vision for a new location that will better meet the organization’s current needs,” says Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada. “We are committed to a smooth transition, as we look for office space that provides an inspiring work environment, fosters a healthy culture and community, is digitally well adapted, takes climate and energy concerns seriously and supports a hybrid working model.”
MCC Canada has not yet determined a location for its new office but plans to lease space within the city of Winnipeg. The organization has hired a local architectural firm to help ensure the new space will meet today’s workplace needs.
MCC Manitoba will lease space in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District and anticipates a move in early 2023.
“MCC Manitoba’s move to the Exchange District will cultivate strong staff relationships, with all employees housed at a common campus. The location will position us to serve our participants and partner organizations well,” says Darryl Loewen, executive director of MCC Manitoba. “While MCC Manitoba and MCC Canada will no longer share office space, I know we will continue to build on the strong relationship that we have fostered at 134 Plaza Drive for more than three decades.”
MCC Manitoba is working with a local architectural firm to design a welcoming, community-facing home for the organization.
The organization’s new location will feature Sam’s Place, as a street level café and social enterprise offering employment training to vulnerable youth, and Material Resources as a hub for volunteers to prepare items like comforters and relief kits for people facing conflict and disasters around the world. Flexible office and meeting spaces will surround this work on the first and second floors. The site will be fully accessible with parking options for visitors and volunteers.
MCCs Canada and Manitoba will continue to lease the building at 134 Plaza Drive into early 2023 to accommodate a coordinated and thoughtful relocation process.