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Client: First Nations of Southern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority
The client expressed a need to establish a safe shelter for youth in the buildings previously occupied by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions.  McKay Finnigan and Associates were asked by the proponents to help organize a public consultation meeting as part of a change to the property’s current zoning.
The overall approach taken to the meeting involved reaching out to the existing residents in the area as new “good neighbours” and inviting all within a block of the site to an out-of-the-ordinary, exciting event.  Everyone, young and old, was encouraged to come out.  Approximately forty people attended the meeting.

Through a survey presented at this event, the 40 people who attended indicated that they had reviewed the proposed plans and were “in support/do not object” to them.  In the end, there were no objections expressed by residents of the proposed development through the rezoning hearing.