The Prince of Wales is lending his support to revive a business community in Winnipeg’s Historic Selkirk Avenue through his Canadian charity two weeks before he and the Duchess of Cornwall embark on their Canadian tour.
Prince’s Charities Canada met with the North End Community Renewal Corp, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Boldness Project on Tuesday to develop an ‘innovative business community collaboration’ on Selkirk Avenue.
The meeting included a tour of the former Merchant’s Hotel site, which will get a new lease of life as part of the regeneration plans.
Michael Shapcott, director of business and community for Prince’s Charities Canada, said: “The power of convening under His Royal Highness and also the ability to bring good ideas and adapt them to the community, those are the contributions we are making to this project”.
Plans include transforming the old hotel site in to an education centre and making Selkirk Avenue a centre of commerce for the North End and its many ethnic communities. News of a business plan was welcomed by many inhabitants of the area, including Mike Watts, who has owned Brothers Pharmacy on the avenue for the past three years. Watts said: “Everyone’s got a smile on their face, we’ve built some great relationships over the last three years, and it’s good”.
The Prince of Wales will be further briefed on the project when he tours Winnipeg. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Manitoba on May 20th and 21st as part of their Canadian tour, which will also include stops in the Maritimes. While in Winnipeg the Royal couple will see Assiniboine Park and drop by the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Meanwhile, crews were busy in the Bonshaw Provincial Park on Monday ahead of the Royal tour later this month. The Prince will be visiting the park on Tuesday May 20th in the afternoon while his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown.
Prince Charles will view Bonshaw’s wilderness park and walk along the new trail there. The park is one stop on the 22 hour visit to the province.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were last in Canada in 2012 when they visited New Brunswick and Ontario as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.