A Whopping $42,000 Raised at First Time Event to Support Autism Awareness in Manitoba
- June 12, 2018
The Autism Awareness Ride raised $42,000 net at their first-ever motorcycle poker derby last Saturday.
The event took roughly 160 participants from St.Amant’s head office on River Road to stops in Morris, Morden and Carman before returning to the final stop at Fort Garry Brewing Company for a BBQ, live entertainment and incredible raffle.
“We wanted to give something back to our community as a thank you from our family for supporting us through the diagnosis of autism and as we journey with our son,” said Laurent Chapdelaine, who organized the event with his wife Allison and their friends and family.
“Our goal was to raise awareness and hopefully about $5,000 for a cause that helps people with autism. So, the community response; from sponsorship and donations to this weekend’s participation really blew us away,” said Chapdelaine.
Chapdelaine, who is an avid motorcyclist, came up with this idea while on a ride with friends last year. Having participated in charity rides, he thought he would like to rally his community to give back to other families on the autism journey. All proceeds from the event will support St.Amant Leisure Guide activities for kids and adults on the autism spectrum.
“The passion and dedication that Laurent and Allison put into making this event a success is a testament to their love and dedication to their son Wyatt,” said Juliette Mucha, Director of St.Amant Foundation.
“We are so grateful they chose St.Amant as their charity partner. We’ll ensure that all of the funds raised are used to help people with autism participate in recreation and leisure activities that are tailored in a way to make them feel comfortable and that encourages connection to others and new friendships.”
Riders had all kinds of reasons for supporting the event, from a personal connection to the family, a connection to the cause or just because they love to ride. The consensus at the end was that the event was one of the best around, and for a first-time event, that is high praise!
“The Autism Awareness Ride held this past Saturday was an incredible experience. It was mind-blowing to see the motorcycle community rally in their generosity and support of such a worthwhile cause. The event was well organized and well attended and really make us proud to be a part of this community,” said Joe Kresnyak, participant and pledge collector.
Joe Kresenyak (left), pledge collector and participant, and Laurent Chapdelaine, event organizer, at St.Amant’s head office before the motorcycle ride departed.
Community Invests in Recreation and Leisure for Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Autism at St.Amant Pool House Grand Opening
- May 31, 2018
What goes well with a million dollar cottage tucked away by the Red River in Winnipeg? An accessible in-ground pool and a brand new pool house and change room donated by community partners!
Lead partner, Bockstael Construction offered to build the pool house as a team building project. All of their staff donated their time and Bockstael worked with their subcontractors to contribute to the project as well.
“We know St.Amant really well and this was a fantastic opportunity to rally our team and the contractors we work with to do something beneficial for an organization that contributes so much to our community,” said John Bockstael, President & CEO of Bockstael Construction.
The pool house, which looks more like a mini cottage, needed an area for a bath stretcher and change room, shelter from the sun and insects as well as a proper lift for people who use wheelchairs to get in and out of the pool safely. These additions make the area safe and accessible to more people supported by St.Amant.
“Bockstael Construction has been a supportive partner for a long time. They’ve seen the benefits of the St.Amant Spirit Cottage by Hans Kraus Family & Qualico and their contribution of the pool house means that all people who stay at the cottage now have the option of using the pool,” said Juliette Mucha, Director, St.Amant Foundation
In addition to the pool house, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries also supported the installation of deck-side bathroom facilities.
“Being able to get away as a family to this cottage and swim in the pool and host our kid’s birthday parties here, just means so much to us,” said Roy Otaki, whose children have received services from St.Amant.
$1.4 Million Living Unit Opening at St.Amant’s River Road Place
- May 23, 2018
There’s no place like home or the place you call home for awhile. St.Amant’s River Road Place was built nearly a century ago and with just a few small renovations, the living areas in the complex care facility are far from homey for the over 100 people who stay there at any given time.
“We’re working toward making major changes in the way we offer services at River Road Place and human rights for people with intellectual disabilities is the driver for the changes,” said John Leggat, President & CEO of St.Amant.
Those changes include seeing the facility on River Road change from a developmental centre to a complex health care facility, meaning that people with intellectual disabilities will come to stay when they need some extra health support, rehabilitation, end of life care, respite and behavioural stabilization.
“A big part of the changes include refreshing the living areas, moving to one person rooms, warming up the environment so it’s less sterile and more conducive to natural living patterns of shared meals, family time, privacy and dignity,” said Leggat.
The major funder for this renovation is The Winnipeg Foundation, with the goal of using this living unit as an example to show other potential funders what can be done with their support.
“We are so pleased to be part of this important project that serves our most vulnerable citizens. St.Amant has a long history of helping ensure a Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all,” said Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation.
There are still five more units to renovate, and it’s a goal that the St.Amant Foundation has taken on all on its own without any funding from the government.
“We’re so grateful to The Winnipeg Foundation for being the first to support this huge initiative,” said Juliette Mucha, Director of the St.Amant Foundation. “With their support, we’ve already been able to get other supporters on board to help with the other living areas. They have always been visionary supporters of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them.”
The new living area is now re-opened for the residents staying there and the response from them and their families has been really positive.
“When I come to visit my sister, we have a private place to visit now. I know that she has her meals in the beautiful kitchen with others and the lighting and décor make it feel so much more like home,” said Josie Lucidi, sister of Cathy Romeo.
A Meaningful Legacy
- April 27, 2018
Janet Franczyk is a committed and devoted mother, a successful retired business woman, a top fundraiser for the St.Amant Free the Spirit Festival and also a thoughtful planner.
As soon as you meet Janet, you know that she enjoys engaging and getting to know the people around her. She has many community connections and a very busy social life. Most importantly she loves her family, her two sons and her daughter Donna-Marie. Donna-Marie has lived at St.Amant’s complex residential care facility for over 40 years.
“I’m very happy with the care my daughter receives. When I learned that people were collecting pledges for the St.Amant Festival, I felt compelled to help out and give back,” said Janet.
It’s that desire to give back that also led Janet to make a planned gift to the St.Amant Foundation in her will. Donna-Marie’s two brothers visit weekly, Janet lives nearby and attends Sunday mass at St.Amant’s chapel with her daughter. The entire family comes to St.Amant’s River Road Place at Christmas for dinner and the Franczyk family celebrated Donna-Marie’s 50th birthday at the St.Amant Spirit Cottage.
St.Amant is truly a part of the Franczyk family. Janet’s planned gift is a way of thanking St.Amant for always providing her daughter with excellent care and utmost respect.
A planned gift is a popular way for individuals and families to leave a significant or “ultimate” gift to St.Amant. It’s a wonderful tribute to a family member or the staff who have supported a loved one for many years. Planned gifts are also a good way to plan and manage estate and capital gains taxes.
“I am inspired by Janet’s family stories and honoured by her commitment to enrich the quality of lives of the individuals St.Amant supports through her legacy gift,” said Juliette Mucha, St.Amant Foundation Director.
If you are interested in legacy giving, please contact the St.Amant Foundation at 204-258-7052 or email@example.com.
Janet with her daughter Donna-Marie and her son Chris.
Unleash your creative spirit at Paint Nite in support of the St.Amant
- April 12, 2018
Unleash your creative spirit for Mental Health Month!
The Health & Wellness Committee has organized a Paint Nite in support of the St.Amant Foundation. Unwind with guided painting, laughing, and maybe a few beverages.
Best of all, $15 of your ticket price will go back to support the St.Amant Foundation.
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Triple B’s (121 Scurfield Blvd)
Cost: $45 (with $15 going back to the St.Amant Foundation)
*Note this event is 18+