At the entrance of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, there is a Realtor welcome recognizing the real estate community’s $2 million contribution to the national centre for human rights education.
“Realtors’ commitment to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been a remarkable indication of the generosity of the real estate industry. It didn’t come from any one single person or corporation but rather through a grass-roots approach to reach out to over 100,000 national members of organized real estate,” says Diane Boyle, CEO with Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
The museum has been open for more than a year and has welcomed more than 400,000 visitors, including more than 21,000 students from January to June. More than 50 per cent of the summer visitors were from outside Winnipeg. It is expected that more than 30,000 students will visit during the 2015-2016 year.
“Realtors across Canada participated in an extraordinary effort to support the establishment of this jewel in the heart of the continent,” says Harry DeLeeuw, who worked alongside other leaders throughout the capital campaign.
In the museum’s most recent visitor survey, 97 per cent of respondents were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the visitor experience. And, more than seven out of every 10 visitors said they will talk with family and friends about what they learned at CMHR.
“That’s exactly what we hope will happen. Learning and dialogue are vital, and through education on human rights we all will be better equipped to understand the changing nature of our land and the diverse people throughout,” says DeLeeuw.