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St.Amant Recognized as a Top Manitoba Employer for the Eleventh Time

St.Amant Recognized as a Top Manitoba Employer for the Eleventh Time

Two years into the pandemic, St.Amant continues to adapt to the challenges and embrace the opportunities it provides. We still ensure the best possible service for the people we support. 

This is the eleventh year that St.Amant is being recognized as a top Manitoba employer. Its investments in people continue to pay off as the pandemic evolves. The culture that has been nurtured across the organization has allowed them to step up to make sure the 2,200 people supported have their needs met with the safety measures in place.

“I personally have been quite overwhelmed by the good that I’ve seen. Each of us cares deeply about our work and the people we are supporting and our response to the pandemic demonstrates our caring, compassion, and commitment. I truly cannot find the words to say thank you to all of our staff. The inspiration and respect I feel for each of you is enormous,” said John Leggat, president and chief executive officer.

Since the pandemic started, weekly communications have been shared providing updates on new public health guidelines, new infection control protocols for various program areas, as well as mental health resources available to staff. PPE is continually provided to staff to keep them safe. 

Some staff work from home with the help of laptops provided to them. Reliable technology solutions are provided by St.Amant’s IT services team to employees across the province. Town halls continue to be live-streamed and archived, along with hosting a virtual focus group after the events to receive feedback from staff to ensure the town halls are meeting their needs.

Listening to our employees has led to the development of an extensive mental health resources page on our intranet, as well an inclusion & diversity page that states the organization is committed to an environment that is safe, inclusive, and allows all people to achieve their full potential.

St.Amant was once known as a place where people with disabilities would spend most of their lives. Today, 85 percent of St.Amant’s work happens in Manitoba communities and in Winnipeg neighbourhoods; not inside the original buildings at 440 River Road in St. Vital. As a large, multi-faceted resource for Manitobans with developmental disabilities and autism, the organization now employs over 1,800 staff. 

The 440 River Road location is a place where people come to receive short-term health and stabilization services before they return to their homes.

The more than 700 staff in St.Amant’s community residential program not only provide basic daily life supports, they also enable and advocate for meaningful social inclusion opportunities, jobs, and friendships in approximately 80 homes.

St.Amant has four community-based early learning autism sites with an additional classroom expected to open soon. 

The pandemic has not stopped the organization from working with children and families in nearly 50 First Nations communities across Manitoba through Jordan’s Principle. The various members of the team use their skills and passions and provide support through videos and mail. They also have begun flying back into the northern communities.

St.Amant is also fortunate to have an occupational health team to screen staff and answer questions they may have regarding the pandemic or COVID-19 vaccine. They dispel myths that cause anxiety. St.Amant staff were also able to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses onsite or at drive-thru clinics (first in Manitoba) outside our head office. 

A consistent pillar of St.Amant is a strong focus on personalized and ongoing professional development, with continuous opportunities for staff to enjoy long-term, rewarding career growth. The team that sustains St.Amant’s culture of learning now works from home and has used this time to expand the capacity of the online learning system that develops our staff. Training at St.Amant covers a range of topics, from safety and health, to accessibility and human rights, to critical incident stress management.

Staff practice mindfulness at St.Amant in formal and informal ways. St.Amant encourages staff to perform it daily, by starting most meetings with a “mindful moment” and offers training opportunities throughout the year. St.Amant recognizes the scientifically-proven positive benefits and the fact that we can all use a deep breath now and then to keep our day on track.

Last summer, thirty staff representing all work areas were invited to participate in a campaign thanking all staff for being “healthcare heroes”. Professional photos were taken, branded graphics were added, and the final product was shared daily on social media and on our intranet. We know we can never thank our staff enough for what they’ve done but we will keep doing so.

To explore St.Amant, check out their Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and browse all the exciting career opportunities at stamant.ca/jobs.

 

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