As a valued creative- thinker, doer, tinkerer, innovator, maker, or
supporter- in our community, we’re inviting you to participate in an event introducing an exciting addition to Winnipeg’s creative
scene. 

Join us on December 4, 2020 as we prepare to launch the official Winnipeg chapter of CreativeMornings in 2021. Here’s our application video!

Please email winnipeg@creativemornings.com for more details and to be sent a link to the registration portal. Hope to see you there!

Hello! I’m Christine Watson, the host of the new Winnipeg CreativeMornings chapter. Here’s our introduction video!

Our wonderful steering committee made this video as part of our application to start a CreativeMornings chapter in Winnipeg. Now that our chapter has been officially approved, my volunteer team and I will be making these ideas reality and bringing the community together in Winnipeg!

About Winnipeg:

Nestled in the geographic centre (aka: the heart) of North America, Winnipeg is situated in Treaty One territory on the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), Inninew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Nations, as well as the birthplace and heart of the Métis Nation. The Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers has been a place of meetings, trading, worship and exchange where objects, worlds, and cultures have been shared for thousands of years. It is through this spirit of sharing that Winnipeg has become a braid for culture, innovation, and art. It is the perfect place to start a Chapter of CreativeMornings!

A bit about me

I acknowledge that I am a non-Indigenous person located on Treaty One territory. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, I value hard work, resilience and community connections – all of which are essential when you face brutal winters (-40C) and scorching summers (+40C). Before arriving in Winnipeg in 2013, I lived and studied all over the world and across Canada (including Japan, Australia, Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan). My experiences have instilled a love of travel, diversity of perspectives and adventure.

Since 2013, I have made Winnipeg my home with my two sons, Michael (13) and Matthew (11) and my wife, Alisa, who works with the Government of Manitoba. I came to Winnipeg to join Red River College as Vice-President Community Development and most recently have spent the last several years as Vice- President Academic, the position I currently hold. These roles have allowed me to support the power of transformative education through applied learning at the largest polytechnic institution in Manitoba with 22,000 students, 120 programs and 9 campuses.

My commitment to diversity is strong, as I strive to be a positive influence for my two Indigenous sons and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

I am honoured to be the host of this CreativeMornings™ Winnipeg Chapter because I believe we have the right steering committee to guide it along with the passion of our city and the many people in it who deserve an opportunity to celebrate and share their incredible work with each other and with the world.

A bit about the team

Every CreativeMornings event is free and run by a team of volunteers. Our volunteers have come from many different backgrounds and bring many different talents to our vision for CreativeMornings!

Our Chapter commitment to diversity:

Located in one of the most diverse communities in North American, the CreativeMornings Winnipeg Chapter is fully committed to inclusion and diversity in all its forms, from age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, perspective, and more. We are as inclusive as we are creative. We believe in the value of diversity of perspectives, audiences and industries as we create safe events to debate and discuss what it means to be successful and what it means to be creative. We will celebrate multiple approaches and points of view and be mindful and purposeful in building a culture where difference is valued. As our commitment to inclusion, we will ensure all venues for CreativeMornings Winnipeg Chapter events are fully accessible. Services for participants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are available.

How to participate

Want to be the first to know about our first event? Sign up for the CreativeMornings/Winnipeg newsletter. If you’re interested in partnering or volunteering, please email Winnipeg@creativemornings.com. Stay tuned for details and I hope to give you a (virtual) high five at our launch event!