What makes a city great? It’s not the professional sports team (the Jets proved that again this season), the festival that draws thousands or even a new public space. It’s the people; that everyday person we see walking down the street, the barista behind the counter or the accountant crunching numbers. It’s the entrepreneur and the CEO. It’s the Mayor and the artist. It’s anyone and everyone who has a passion for their community and an appreciation of the person next door. It’s the faces that we see but often don’t notice.
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
― Jane Jacobs
Winnipeg has all that but sometimes we’re just too busy in our own lives to see the life in others. Our series, “Faces of Winnipeg” is meant to highlight those people. You may not know them, but you’ve definitely seen them.
Without a doubt, real estate and sales are in Scott Moore’s DNA. We’re sure you’ve seen his signs around town or maybe you follow him on one of his social media feeds. But, what caught your attention was how, in typical Winnipeg tradition, the award winning realtor used the Christmas season to give back.
Scott and members of the Moore Group have been running a breakfast food drive to supplement a great community school down on Powers Ave, called William Whyte Community School.
Scott took time away from his busy schedule to let us get to know him a little bit more.
How long have you lived in Winnipeg?
“It’s been six years, but I grew up in northern Ontario, so Winnipeg just feels like the bigger badder brother of the cold, dark, hockey-obsessed town of my youth.”
What area of the City do you live in?
“We moved to Bridgwater Lakes in 2013. Before that, we lived in Wildwood Park and Norwood Flats.”
What’s your favorite Winnipeg neighborhood?
“One of the things that is most impressive about Winnipeg is how many fabulous areas there are all over the city. I can’t even tell you how many times in my travels all over the city that I’ve stumbled into absolutely awesome little pockets. I live in Bridgwater Lakes and its such a family-friendly area so we are really happy here. I also love the Crescentwood and River Heights areas—how great to be able to walk out on a nice summer evening for dinner or drinks.”
What do you like most about Winnipeg?
“The weather and the people. Now the first might sound a bit crazy, but I’m a four-season kind of guy. My favorite season is fall, then winter, summer, then spring. Winnipeg allows me to fully appreciate all that Canada offers, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. The people are incredible too. A couple years ago, I ran into someone ranting away at the CO-OP on how bad Winnipeg was, and how slow-paced the people were as compared to the bigger cities in Canada. He mentioned the city and people were stuck in another era, and I kinda smiled at him and said, “funny you say that, because that’s exactly what I like about this city. By the way, I spent 5 years in Toronto, and 7 in Vancouver; the grass isn’t much greener on the other side, just more expensive.”
What do you dislike about Winnipeg?
“I wish the city had more money to spend on infrastructure, a major road system overhaul, transit, maybe sky trains, indoor water parks, and rec centre upgrades. As we approach a million person population, this is are such big priorities to be taken seriously as a major metropolitan area. But at the same time, I can appreciate that the money just isn’t there.”
If you had three wishes for Winnipeg, what would they be?
1. “Fix the many problems that exist in the North End of the city, such as unsuitable housing for Winnipeg’s poorest people.”
2. “The Winnipeg Jets to win the Stanley Cup. Yes, this may just sound like a Winnipeg thing to say, but I honestly feel this city needs a win. The city would benefit financially, be recognized on a world stage and showcase the many attributes this city offers, and most importantly bring the whole city together as one. GO JETS GO!”
3. “To not change. Prairie cool is the new trendy way to dress and act. So Hollywood hipsters break out the lumber jackets, grow the beards, and act like us for a few years. But when the next wave comes in, let’s just keep being ourselves.”
If you had 30 minutes with the Mayor, what would you ask or tell him?
“I would love to know, completely off the record/circle-of-trust, what a guy that literally spends 40+++hrs a week on what’s going on with every quadrant of the city, really thinks. What is his true vision for the city? What would he do with an extra billion dollars? With an extra 100 billion? What does he think are the city’s biggest problems? Are there any good solutions, and if so, what are the barriers? Thirty minutes wouldn’t really cover that, so maybe I’d use the first two mins to find out what his favorite spot for dinner is, and then use the remaining 28 mins convincing him to join me for a nice meal where we could hash it all out over a few drinks and a nice meal.”
Your perfect evening out would be:
“Hmmm. Spa Thermea with my wife Julia, then take in the 3rd period of the Jets game at home with my 3 boys!”
Favourite spot for;
Breakfast: Pineridge Hollow
Lunch: Pizzeria Gusto
Dinner: Spa Thermea
Comfort food: TH Dang for bowl of pho, and Matzo soup at Bernstein’s Deli?
How long have you been in real estate?
“Eight years and two Provinces.”
What have you learned about the business?
“I suppose I could write an essay or small novel on the subject of residential real estate, but the basics are this. You truly get what you pay for in this business, and although an expensive service, it’s so much more complex than the average person thinks it is, and not the type service to cut corners on. Marketing has been the most interesting learning curve of this business, because it changes constantly, and you really need to focus to keep abreast of everything it takes to execute an effective package for my clients.”
Being in business can be extremely stressful. What motivates you?
“Security. I’m a bit of a cave man when it comes to motivation. I want to work hard enough to know my family has a good safe home, and every opportunity to excel. The other thing is competition; I’m very competitive and thrive on the existence of that Gold Medallion/top 1% spot in Winnipeg’s Real Estate business. Having had it two years in a row, makes it pretty easy for me to wake up in the morning!”
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone starting their own business?
“Work hard and listen to the people.”
What would be your most memorable Winnipeg moment?
“Easy answer: the birth of two of boys born here in Winnipeg, one at HSC and one at home. Real Answer: after spending almost a decade away from the North, the winter of 2013-14 has to be the most memorable. As much as I love the winter, I was absolutely blown away by how much snow and how cold the 4th coldest city in the world actually gets, and how wonderfully crazy the people of this city were to not think it was a big deal.”