City of Brandon Looking for Feedback on Draft Culture Plan

May 24, 2016


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Community Development Department wishes to invite all members of the community to provide feedback on a draft Culture Plan aimed at broadening recognition of Brandon as a creative and vibrant hub in southwestern Manitoba, where the cultural sector is valued and fostered as a vital component of the community’s social and economic well-being.

Work on the Brandon Culture Plan began in late-2015 by Community Development Department staff who, with the assistance of MDB Insight, engaged with community residents, stakeholders, municipal staff, and City Council, identifying areas of potential opportunity and competitive advantage, and areas that require attention for improvement.

With a draft plan now developed, the Department will be hosting a community town-hall style forum on Wednesday, May 25th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the City of Brandon Cultural Resource Centre at the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex, 638 Princess Avenue. All residents and stakeholder groups are warmly invited to participate in discussions about the Culture Plan.

“Culture plays an increasingly important role in growing local economies and enhancing quality of life in the community,” notes City of Brandon Community Development Coordinator Angie Veilleux. “The purpose of our Culture Plan is to leverage the rich cultural resources of the community to support sustainable planning and economic development, and to increase awareness of these resources for both residents and tourists.”

For those unable to attend the May 25th forum, a draft of the Culture Plan is available for viewing on the City website at After reading the plan, the public is also invited to provide comment via a short online survey, which can be accessed by clicking the following link:

“Once finalized, the Culture Plan will be used as a living document to guide municipal and community planning and celebration in all aspects of cultural development in Brandon for the betterment of our community and economy,” adds Veilleux.

It is anticipated the final draft of the Brandon Culture Plan will be presented to City Council for its official endorsement this summer.