Statement Banner

Matt Wiebe, MLA Concordia
May 16, 2013


Mr. Speaker, to emergency responders in Winnipeg, the term “status4” means “on the scene.” However, Status4 has also come to be known throughout the city, province and country as an inspiring community-driven non-profit organization that is making a positive difference in the lives of our children.

Status4 was founded in 2011 by Constable Kevin Gibson of the Winnipeg Police Force. As a police officer, Kevin saw first-hand the challenges that youth face in today’s society. His own passion for music and dedication to improving the lives of young people drove him to start an after school music program for youth in the inner city.

Bringing new life and purpose to the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre, Status4 has been successful in connecting with at-risk and underprivileged youth from many different communities. It provides opportunities that pique their interests such as dance, music and recording in a state-of-the-art music studio.

The Status4 official mission, “Be Yourself and Free Yourself,” calls youth to become the best version of themselves that they can be. Dedicated staff, generous music industry professionals and volunteers help youth build confidence, learn new skills, and strengthen the communities they live and play in.

Mr. Speaker, Status4 is the type of organization that changes lives. Our government is pleased to be able to support this incredible initiative through our Neighbourhoods Alive! program. Providing opportunities for youth is one of the best ways to ensure that we are enriching their lives and building healthy communities.

Today we are joined in the gallery by Status4 President and CEO Kevin Gibson as well as volunteer instructor Gentil Misigaro. I would like to ask all members of the Legislative Assembly to join me in thanking the board members, the volunteers and the youth who participate in this outstanding organization.