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  • Update to H&TS Families – July 23, 2021

  • July 23, 2021
  • Dear H&TS Families,

    Volunteer Services has developed a series of virtual activities for people supported to participate in for the rest of summer. Activities range from building a homemade lava lamp, to constructing pillow crafts to making ice cream in-a-bag. More are planned throughout August such as a carnival, a kite making session, princess tea party, an obstacle course, evening movies in the Buhler Garden, and an evening dance party.

    Next week, there are plans to take people out for 2-hour durations to an outdoor park, Fort Whyte Alive, Assiniboine Park Zoo, and more! Volunteers will be able to assist with activities outdoors. This will be great for your loved ones to reconnect with volunteers in-person.

    Have a great weekend,

    Pam Dussome
    Inclusion Support Facilitator, Health & Transition Services


  • Update to St.Amant Families – July 22, 2021

  • July 22, 2021
  • Dear St.Amant Families,

    Volunteer Services has assembled an enthusiastic temporary staff team who will be creating and facilitating fun activities this summer for the entire St.Amant community. Thanks to the support of the St.Amant Foundation, and funding provided by Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation, people supported can now sign up for free events happening throughout summer.
     
    The Spirit Cottage outdoor pool unfortunately had a delayed opening because of the air quality conditions but we are happy to share that  it is now open for use by people we support, their families, and all St.Amant staff. The process requires that you please pre-book a pool time before entering the pool deck. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the pool will only be opening to independent swimmers. This means all users must be able to swim on their own. Regrettably, this will prevent some of the people we support from using the pool, but should restrictions change, we will provide an update as soon as possible. Pool hours will be from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on weekdays. Weekends and holidays the pool will be accessed exclusively by our Spirit Cottage guests as part of their cottage experience. For further information regarding booking a time, the use of the outdoor pool, and its COVID-19 regulations, please visit https://stamant.ca/programs/pool/.

    St.Amant’s Moderna vaccine clinic on Tuesday, July 27 has timeslots available and anyone can drop-in for a dose between 3pm-6pm. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/StAJuly. The Pfizer clinic is unfortunately fully booked.
     
    St.Amant was alerted that one casual staff in Health & Transition Services tested positive for COVID, however they last worked in May and have already recovered. We are very grateful to share that here are currently no other active cases.
     
    Wishing everyone a chance to relax and recharge, visit with loved ones and squeeze in some self-care in the summer months!
     
    Have a great weekend,
     
    Shirley Labossiere
    Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer


  • Visitation Update to Community Residential Program – July 16, 2021

  • July 16, 2021
  • Dear Families,
     
    We are pleased to share the latest visitation information from the Province of Manitoba for people supported in community living programs funded by Community Living disAbility Services. The visitation guidelines in the latest public health orders, effective July 17, 2021, mean further easing of restrictions on indoor and outdoor visits and gatherings and apply to all regions of the province.
     
    With these new changes, the guidelines regarding visits to the community home remain in place. Staff are continuing to wear PPE indoors and all visitors must wear PPE indoors. Visitations either in-home or out-of-home will be suspended when there is a presumptive/confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the community home. Staff must continue to screen visitors prior to each visit and maintain a log of all people who have visited the facility (refer to https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/coronavirus/covid19_screening_checklist.pdf).
     
    Out-of-Home Visitation:
     
    The following out-of-home visitation restrictions apply to CLDS participants, regardless of their living situation.

    • CLDS participants can attend a visit or gathering of up to five people inside a private residence. Residents of the home are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • CLDS participants can attend a visit or gathering of up to 25 people outside a private residence. Residents of the home are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • CLDS participants can attend a visit or gathering of up to 25 people at an indoor public place (i.e., not a private residence).
    • CLDS participants can attend a visit gathering of up to 150 people at an outdoor public place (i.e., not a private residence)

     The following visitation restrictions apply to visits inside Community Homes:

    • Up to five people may attend a visit or gathering inside a CLDS participant’s facility. Residents of the home (and support staff, if applicable) are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • Visitors must comply with the same personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements as the staff working in the home. In general, this means a medical mask and protective eyewear. 

    The following visitation restrictions apply to visits outside Community Homes:

    • Up to 25 people may attend a visit or gathering outside a CLDS participant’s facility. Residents of the home (and support staff, if applicable) are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • For visits or gatherings outside a facility, visitors are encouraged to wear a mask during the visit. Cloth masks are acceptable.

    If you have any questions about visits, please connect with your loved one or the Team Lead for your family member’s home. We strongly encourage all family and friends to receive their full immunization as soon as possible. To find an appointment visit: protectmb.ca/making-your-appointment-is-easy/.
     
    Thanks and have a great weekend!
     
    Peter Duff
    Director, Community Residential Program


  • Visitation Update to Community Services Families – July 16, 2021

  • Dear Families,

    We are pleased to share the latest visitation information from the Province of Manitoba for people supported in community living programs funded by Community Living disAbility Services. The visitation guidelines in the latest public health orders, effective July 17, 2021, mean further ease restrictions on indoor and outdoor visits and gatherings and apply to all regions of the province.

    With these new changes, the guidelines regarding visits to the community home remain in place. Staff are continuing to wear PPE indoors and all visitors must wear PPE indoors. Visitations either in-home or out-of-home will be suspended when there is a presumptive/confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the community home. Staff must continue to screen visitors prior to each visit and maintain a log of all people who have visited the facility (https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/coronavirus/covid19_screening_checklist.pdf).
     
    Out-of-Home Visitation
     
    The following out-of-home visitation restrictions apply to CLDS participants, regardless of their living situation.

    • CLDS participants can attend a visit or gathering of up to five people inside a private residence. Residents of the home are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • CLDS participants can attend a visit or gathering of up to 25 people outside a private residence. Residents of the home are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • CLDS participants can attend a visit or gathering of up to 25 people at an indoor public place (i.e., not a private residence).
    • CLDS participants can attend a visit gathering of up to 150 people at an outdoor public place (i.e., not a private residence)

     Visits to CLDS Participant Homes

    • Up to five people may attend a visit or gathering inside a CLDS participant’s home. Residents of the home are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.
    • Up to 25 people may attend a visit or gathering outside a CLDS participant’s home. Residents of the home are not included in the count of people at the visit or gathering.

    If you have any questions about visits, please connect with your loved one or the Team Lead for your family member’s home. We strongly encourage all family and friends to receive their full immunization as soon as possible. To find an appointment visit: protectmb.ca/making-your-appointment-is-easy/.
     
    Thanks and have a great weekend!
     
    Samantha Chodirker
    Acting Director, Community Services


  • Update to St.Amant Families – July 15, 2021

  • July 15, 2021
  • Dear St.Amant Families,
     
    Thanks to a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation, we’ve launched the St.Amant Heritage project that aims to capture and preserve our oral history from our current and former community members. We want to hear from you and anyone else you know who may have worked at St.Amant, volunteered here, or had a family member supported by our organization. Please tell us a bit about who you are and some of your experiences as a St.Amant historian at this link https://bit.ly/StAHeritage. You can also just share some photos that show what was happening throughout St.Amant’s history. Our researcher can scan them and return them back to you. If you have any questions or would like more information about the project, please contact heritage@stamant.ca or 204.256.4301 ext. 5483.
     
    Testing Pilot Project
    St.Amant is participating in the provincial asymptomatic testing project as part of our commitment to protecting our colleagues, the people we support, as well as the families of our colleagues and those we support. Even when people are feeling well, they can unknowingly spread COVID to others. Testing is for all community and clinical staff during this period of time, whether staff are partially, fully, or unvaccinated. Each staff person will be expected to complete two rapid tests a week. Staff are encouraged to self-administer these tests at home and before their shift. I want to thank all of the staff participating in this project and for protecting our community.
     
    Vaccines
    I’m pleased to share that St.Amant will host a small Pfizer drive-thru vaccine clinic for youth, ages 12-17, on Tuesday, July 27. Any employees or family members who have a child eligible for a first or second dose can book here: https://bit.ly/StAPfizer. This is a great opportunity for young people with barriers to accessing larger sites. The clinic runs from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at 440 River Road.

    Spots are still available for our drive-thru Moderna vaccine clinic on Tuesday, July 27 and it is open to everyone. If you know of anyone who could benefit from a drive-thru clinic, please share with them. Donuts, water, and a therapy dog will be onsite along with our staff who are experienced in supporting people who may be fearful, need additional time, or have questions. More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/StAJuly.
     
    Public Health Orders
    The Province has updated Public Health orders and we are waiting for Community Living Disability Services to send us updated protocols for visiting within the community. We will share these updates with you once we receive them.
     
    The new Public Health orders only allow fully vaccinated people to attend certain venues like movie theatres, concert halls, sporting events, and museums. Starting Saturday, indoor dining only allows people from different households to sit together if they’re fully vaccinated. People we support want to enjoy the freedom to attend all community events. If you are not fully vaccinated, please consider getting vaccinated so everyone can take advantage of all that our community has to offer.
     
    Stay safe,
     
    John Leggat
    President & CEO