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Free The Spirit Festival

Huge thank you to everyone who joined us! So far we raised $190,000 to support inclusion and community for people with developmental disabilities. You can still make a pledge through the links below.

50/50 Draw winner: Georges Desrochers

 To assist us in our planning for next year’s event, we would appreciate it if you would take the time to answer a few questions in regards to your experience at the Free The Spirit Festival. Please click the link below.


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Festival schedule:

10:00 Welcome! Artisans’ Market, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Kids’ Activities open, U of M Bisons Training Drills start
10:00 – 10:45 Dancing Gabe ‘One Step At A Time’ book signing
10:40 Heart Shaped Group Picture
10:45 Warm-up Begins led by Exhale Dance Studio
11:00 Walk begins down River Road to St. Mary’s and back
 with free Slurpees available
11:00 BBQ starts
1:45 50/50 Draw Winner Announced

Live entertainment:

11:00 Kieran West, singer/songwriter performs
11:30  Marijo performs
12:00 Guerillas of Soul perform
12:40 Slava! Ukrainian Contemporary Dancers perform
1:00 Mike Kostanski and the Power Bullet Band perform

What is the Free The Spirit Festival?

It’s a celebration! We’re inviting all of the people we support, our staff, volunteers, your family & friends and the whole community to celebrate the value of people with developmental disabilities and autism in an inclusive environment. Admission is free and after the fundraising walk, the Buhler Gardens will be set up with food, games, music and a petting zoo – activities for the whole family.

The Festival is free for all to attend!

We love St.Amant!

Why are we raising funds?

St.Amant works to improve the quality of life of people with developmental disabilities in Manitoba so they can fulfill their true potential. Our goal is to provide supports to each individuals that enhance choice and quality of life. Proceeds from the Festival will support:

  • St.Amant Leisure Guide: similar to the City of Winnipeg’s program however offering modified activities specifically tailored to one’s ability (e.g. crafts, dance, swim, Funky Monkey café, etc)
  • Recreation: support positive social relationships, restores balance in life and provides a variety of choices (e.g. attend sporting and cultural events, community activities, or even have the chance to visit one’s family that live out of Winnipeg)
  • Personal Items & Equipment: priority to support the purchase of prescription glasses, hearing aids, power units for lifts, speech and communication devices, dental procedures
  • Education & Technology: provide an opportunity to continue post- secondary education, literacy and computer classes, driver’s education course, tutoring and more with the appropriate technology needs to help ensure a positive experience.

How can you help?

There are four easy ways to get involved:

Top Individual Fundraiser receives a $300 Walmart Gift Card!

Top Fundraising Team receives a Boston Pizza party!

Free The Spirit Festival Artisans’ Market
This year we will be adding a new element to our event, an Artisans’ Market which will be set up for all attendees to browse and shop in during the Festival. The vendors will donate 10% of the day’s earnings to the St.Amant Foundation.

St.Amant School Bake Sale
Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time (book signing 10-10:45am)
St.Amant UnderArmour Boutique
Thirty-One: bags, purses, totes, wallets, thermals, etc., able to customize
Avon: Avon products
Steeped Tea Inc.: loose leaf steeped tea & accessories
Epicure: spices, etc.
Bijou Canoe: hand made jewelry
Norwex: cleaning supplies
Scentsy: home fragrance products, scented wax, lotions, soaps, children’s products

Heartleaf Design: wire crochet accessories and jewelry
XOXO Knits: hand knit hats, scarves, slippers, etc.
Mini Donuts & More: mini donuts, snow cones, lemonade, coffee
Krafty Gal Designs: homemade paper crafts
Darla’s Custom Hats: crocheted items (hats, slippers, scarves, etc.)
Michele’s Lucky Charms: European charm jewelry
It All Started With A Bow: children’s fashion accessories
Creative Pleasures Etc.: hand made jewelry

Origami Owl Jewelry: customizable locket & charm jewelry
Tiber River Naturals: natural home, body, and bath products
The Honey Pot: honey and beeswax candles
Sandy’s Soaps: homemade vegetable oil soaps, body balm, deodorant, kids glycerin soaps
Kirkatures: live caricature drawings
Rings & Things: scarves, jewelry, and henna tattoos
Desjardins: information booth
Vendors subject to change

Free The Spirit Festival 50/50 Tickets
New this year at the St.Amant Free The Spirit Festival is a 50/50 draw which replaces the raffle prize draws of previous years. You can purchase a 50/50 ticket for $10. They will be available to purchase at the front desk during reception hours, including weekends. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Festival, with the draw happening at 1:45 pm on Saturday, September 26.

More information is still to come, check this page often! For more information or to help setup a fundraising page email hmilne@stamant.ca.

Major Sponsor

Bockstael 4C


Friend Sponsors


Companion Sponsors

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 Volunteer Sponsor

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Station Sponsor


Activity Sponsor


Food Sponsor


Incentive Prize Sponsors

co-op Safeway

Design Sponsor