Pembina Place PCH

Pembina Place Mennonite PCH is housed within 285 Pembina - Manitoba Housing complex located at 285 Pembina Highway and provides personal care home services to 57 older adults. This includes space specially designed to support the unique language and cultural needs of Deaf persons through specialized programming and staff who are conversant in American Sign Language (ASL). There is a large dining areas for Residents who are able to independently enjoy their meals, which are cooked on-site.


In 1970 an ad-hoc committee chaired by Sister Olive Fiola began exploration of feasibility of a 50 Unit Senior Citizens Home for Deaf People. Proposals to government were made. In 1971 the Elmwood East Kildonan Kiwanis Club formed and alliance with Winnipeg Community Centre of the Deaf (WCCD). In 1972 the decision was made to expand the project to 200-units. In 1973 the name Kiwanis Centre of the Deaf was chosen and a Board of Directors established.

Construction of the building began in 1974 with the demolition of 10 buildings. The City of Winnipeg granted a request that the complex be given the address 285 Pembina Highway to correspond with the address of Deaf Hall at 285 Balmoral Street.

The first resident moved in on November 17, 1975. On January 23, 1976 the building was officially opened as the Kiwanis Centre of the Deaf.

In 1990 the name was changed to Deaf Centre Manitoba.

1998 The Bethania Group assumed responsibility for the Personal Care Unit. Renovations occurred to 2nd and 3rd floors increasing the personal care unit from 22 to 57 rooms, with priority placement given to individuals from the Deaf Community.