With the redevelopment of Merchants Corner and the addition to the “North End Community Campus,” the culture in the North End will gradually begin to shift. Today, for far too many North End students and youth, attending post-secondary education is simply not something that is considered possible. The presence of Merchants Corner on Selkirk Avenue and the various community outreach initiatives delivered out of Merchants Corner, will start to shift the culture, such that completing high school and attending post-secondary education becomes as normal in the North End as it is in Winnipeg’s suburbs.
The result will be more North End residents attending school at all ages, including post-secondary education; more North End residents graduating high school and earning university degrees; and more North End residents in the paid labour force, and in well-paid jobs. This in turn will strengthen families. Stronger, healthier communities will result. We all benefit when this is the case.