Five Winnipeg homes will receive a “brush up” this weekend. 

The 2016 Brush Up Winnipeg program, sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance and Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba, aims to beautify the community by painting the exterior of homes around Winnipeg. Homes are selected based on financial or physical restraints of the home owner. This program, run by Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc., will be painting its 100th house this weekend, since the program’s inception in 2006.

“Take Pride Winnipeg! was established in 1991. As an organization, we attempt to keep our city more beautiful and clean,” says George Sigurdson, president of the board of Take Pride Winnipeg!. “As we reach this thrilling milestone of painting our one hundredth house, it shows us that Winnipeg businesses are proud partners in our programming. We are helping to improve neighbourhoods around Winnipeg, one house at a time. The board of directors extends a huge thanks to Tom Ethans as our executive director.”

“Brush Up Winnipeg improves the curb appeal of the entire neighbourhood, and brings a huge smile to the face of the homeowner,” says Tom Ethans, executive director. “We have seen many homeowners over the years even brought to tears at the sight of their newly painted homes. They are so grateful to the corporate teams who put in the time to make their home beautiful again.”

Teams of corporate volunteers will be participating in a one-day large-scale Paint Day, September 17, 2016. The houses being painted this weekend are:

447 Greene Avenue                   painted by MacDon Industries

263 Dorothy Street                    painted by Coghlan’s Ltd.

997 Garfield Street North           painted by Starbucks Coffee

130 Dudley Avenue                   painted by KalTire

499 Beresford Avenue               painted by Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba and Manitoba Public Insurance

Take Pride Winnipeg! is pleased to acknowledge Manitoba Public Insurance and Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba as Title Sponsors of this year’s program. Other major partners include Winnipeg Free Press, Dulux Paint and City of Winnipeg.