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  • Share your skill as a St.Amant Leisure Guide facilitator

  • July 12, 2018
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    The St.Amant Leisure Guide offers leisure and recreation opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism who are supported by St.Amant.

    St.Amant is pleased to announce the continuation of the St.Amant Leisure Guide this fall, from September 17 to November 18. Programs will offer a variety of activities for all ages and abilities – both on-site and in external community settings. Previous program activity examples have included yoga, baking, oil & water painting, instrumental jamming, collaborative video-gaming, karaoke, crafting, and more.

    We’re currently:

    • Accepting proposals from those who have skills to share and wish to facilitate a proposed activity.
    • Looking for individuals to deliver suggested activities that participants have asked for.

    Apply online: Deadline July 25, 2018.

    Submission Criteria:

    • Offers opportunities for meaningful and interactive leisure activities
    • Offers opportunities for relationship building between participants and/or between volunteers and participants
    • Fosters universality and participation
    • Does not rely on incremental learning and application of skills from prior weeks
    • Relevant skills and facilitator experience required to deliver the program including life or work experience with individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain injuries

    Facilitator Responsibilities:

    • Design and facilitate (8) 30-90 minute weekly program sessions to run between September 17-November 18, 2018
    • Or design and facilitate (4) 60-90 minute bi-weekly program sessions to run between September 17-November 18, 2018.
    • Attend a 1-hour facilitator orientation session (or a shorter version for past facilitators)
    • Create a safe and respectful environment for participants, families and volunteers
    • Create an environment that encourages relationship building
    • Set-up/take-down supplies and equipment required for your program activities
    • Know, understand, and carry out emergency protocols as outlined in the facilitator training
    • Report weekly on program attendance, activity summaries, and accident reports

  • Learn French this fall

  • July 10, 2018
  • Santé en français via the Université de Saint-Boniface provides French courses to employees working in designated bilingual health and social services organizations and facilities recognized under a service agreement. The following information is reserved for persons responsible for implementing quality French-language services in these organizations and facilities.

    Due to high demand and limited resources, certain eligibility criteria apply. To be eligible for French language training, employees must:

    • Be employed in a designated bilingual position, facility or program for more than 1 year
    • Be employed in a permanent position that has direct contact with patients, residents, or the general public.
    • Be committed to actively participating in French language training in order to achieve the level required to provide an active offer of quality French services within a limited timeframe.

    For information on eligibility requirements, how to apply and other details about this service, please refer to the downloadable documents at the bottom of this page, including the application form.

    All of the courses are offered in St. Boniface and run from September 2018 to November 2018. Registration is $50.

    Courses are available four days a week, Mondays to Thursdays. The deadline to register is August 16 but if you register by August 9 you could win back your $50 registration fee. For more information contact St.Amant’s French Language and Cultural Services Coordinator, Agnès Champagne, at achampagne@stamant.ca.


  • Register for Mindful Self Compassion classes

  • July 9, 2018
  • Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    In this program, you’ll learn:

    • how to stop being so hard on yourself
    • how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
    • mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • how to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that the MSC program significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practised mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Join us for an 8-week program designed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer that will teach practices that have the power to radically transform the way you relate to yourself and your life.  for more information contact Audrey Beaudry 204-256-4301 ext. 2320.

    This session is open to families, staff and the St.Amant Community. It will be held at 440 River Road. Participants are asked to contribute $100 towards the cost of the materials.

    Fridays, 1:00 PM  – 4:00 pm, October 5 – November 23, 2018

    Saturday, November 3 will be a half day retreat (8 am – 11:30 am).

    Registration deadline: October 1, 2018

    Subsidy/respite is available upon request before September 20. To request call: Audrey Beaudry 204-256-4301 ext. 2320.

    Facilitators:  Andrew Terhoch and Jennifer Kilimnik

    REGISTER NOW

    A Moment of Self-Compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

    Christopher K. Germer


  • Improving Access to Autism Services

  • June 18, 2018
  • St.Amant is pleased to announce that with support from the provincial government, we are making changes to decrease wait times for children to access the Early Learning Program and offer services to more pre-school and school-aged children.

    Eligibility to access the Early Learning Program remains the same and is outlined on our website.

    The key changes include:

    Beginning in September 2018, new entrants to the Early Learning Program will receive 20 hours a week of service, delivered in a St.Amant classroom or childcare centre. These changes mean that we can nearly double our current capacity. Another key reason for making these changes is to give children the opportunity to access services for a longer period of time. Specifically, children will be able to participate in the program until the September of the year they turn six or until they receive up to a maximum of two years of services, whichever comes first.

    Beginning in September 2019, the School-Age Learning Program will be absorbed into the Consultative Services. With this change, we will continue to accept referrals from schools and will expand to accept referrals directly from families who would benefit from supports at home until high school graduation. We are committed to sharing more information about the home referrals as details become available closer to its launch date of September 2019.

    We are looking forward to serving more children and their families as we move forward and are committed to continually evaluating and improving our programs and service delivery.


  • Best of Luck to St.Amant Staff at Manitoba Marathon

  • June 15, 2018
  • The Manitoba Marathon has given tremendous support to St.Amant through grants of $2300-3000 to each individual who has moved and will move from River Road Place to the community!

    This money enhances the quality of life of the people we support in their new homes. Every year, St.Amant enters runners in the marathon as a thank you and to show our support.

    Best of luck to the staff participating in at the Manitoba Marathon this Sunday, June 17 representing St.Amant. Way to go!

    Thank you to Carberry International  for sponsoring this year’s marathon shirts. Dff8n_MVAAEu3X5

    Full Marathon:  Shannon Hargreaves, Maricel Gonzales

    Relay Teams:

    St.Amant We’ve Got Soles

    • Ashley Malzahn
    • Ravinder Thind
    • Aron Malbasa
    • Angelica Robinson
    • Adam Ruston

    St.Amant Easy Striders

    • Shirley Labossiere (also running the Half-Marathon)
    • Doug George
    • Jovinar Sagala
    • Lorna Thomas
    • Dorcas Marita

    St.Amant R.I.O.T. (Running Is Our Therapy)

    • Jacklyn Desharnais (also running the Half-Marathon)
    • Brian Goodman
    • Tracy Leonard
    • Robert Jeffrey
    • Chris Branconnier