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  • St.Amant Café Changes

  • May 19, 2017
  • Marek’s contract officially ends June 11 and St.Amant Nutrition Services will again be operated completely by St.Amant staff and management, including catering. Since announcing the termination of Marek’s contract, we have completed a review of the Café operations in our continued efforts to reduce expenses and ensure that St.Amant is operating as efficiently as possible. As a government funded agency, this is in line with our government funder’s priorities as well as with our own mission to ensure that our funding is used appropriately for people supported by St.Amant.

    The review demonstrated that there are very few sales in the afternoon in the Café and that the number and variation of meals purchased suggest that a reduced menu would be more appropriate. Considering these results we are making a few key changes that will begin on June 12, 2017, they are:

    Hours & Menu

    Café Hours: the new Café hours are 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. everyday

    Café Menu: Many old favorites will be brought back along with some exciting new entrees.  We will continue to offer made-to-order salads, but all wraps and sandwiches will be pre-made, in-house by St.Amant employees and packaged for quicker, more convenient service. There will be one less entrée per day and a smaller grill menu.

    Most important is that all items will continue to be made fresh in-house.

    Additions: New to the menu will be: pizza Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and new soup specials that will include a fresh baked bun or scone, etc. The Café will have the addition of vending machines for frozen entrees and coffee as an option for people working or visiting after café hours.

    New Service

    Coffee Cart: St.Amant is looking at starting various social enterprises including a coffee cart. This cart would potentially sell coffee, tea and a few baked items and could operate after the Café closes as well as offer morning and afternoon rounds in the secondary building. The details are not finalized, but this is in the works. This enterprise will give people with disabilities the opportunity to learn job skills, gain experience and earn a wage.


    Credit/Debit: Although we anticipate a smooth changeover from Marek back to St.Amant, we are ordering a new debit/credit card machine and plan for it to be operational on June 12 (barring no delays). There will be a small fee for use of the debit/credit machine, still to be determined

    Marek Club Cards: We will continue to honour the Marek Club Cards already in use, but will stop handing them out today.

    Prepaid Cards: These will be discontinued, so the balance on existing cards should be used prior to June 11, 2017.  The option to load additional funds onto the PPD cards will be removed in the near future, however it is highly recommended that loading of additional funds to these cards end immediately, to avoid the risk of having an unused balance on a card that is no longer valid. We will continue to accept the cards as payment until the switchover on June 11.

    We are grateful to the Nutrition Services team for their flexibility, creativity and openness to these changes. Thank you for your patience during the transition.

    We know that this is a change for families and visitors and have consulted with some family members about the change and are open to feedback.

    If you have any questions, you can contact rquinn@stamant.ca or ext. 2285.


  • FM Café Summer Schedule

  • May 18, 2017
  • June 2, 2017

    Jenina Bondoc – “Far From Perfect” from 5:30pm – 6:45pm

    Ingrid D. Johnson & The Funky Fresh Crew from 6:45pm – 8:00pm

    June 16, 2017

    Lois Gillespie from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

    July 21, 2017

    Ingrid D. Johnson & The Funky Fresh Crew form 6:45pm – 8:00pm

    August 18, 2017

    Two Hip from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

    September 8, 2017

    nStyle Quartet from 5:30pm – 6:45pm

    True Harmony from 6:45pm – 8:00pm

  • Green Thumb Guru Volunteer Wanted

  • May 12, 2017
  • The Green Thumb “Guru” is designed to promote the spirit of the Mission and Philosophy of St.Amant and the goals and objectives of St.Amant’s community based services by assisting the person supported to participate more fully in garden activities to maximize each person’s well-being, quality of life and achieve their desired personal outcomes.

    Those in the Community Residential Programs live in their own houses, and enjoy participating and taking pride in their homes.  One way they do this is through their gardens.  Gardening promotes outdoor activities, bonding with their support workers and friends, as well as pride in accomplishment in seeing their gardens grow.  Not to mention they get to showcase their hard work in the contest.

    We are requesting your support in allowing our community homes to showcase themselves at their best.   We welcome and appreciated the value and support we get from our volunteers, whose time, skills, experience, interests and enthusiasm help those supported by St.Amant in a variety of gardening needs.

    Specific tasks would be: preparing the flower/garden beds, planting the seeds/transplants, watering the gardens, weeding, trimming, harvesting and more.


    • Must be 18 years of age
    • Punctuality
    • Attention to detail
    • Cooperativeness and adherence to safety guidelines are imperative
    • Must be willing and able to do physical work and/or lifting items weighing up to 20lbs
    • Confidentiality expected
    • Professional Gardening experience ideal, but personal experience also welcome
    • Must have some gardening experience
    • Ability to bend and kneel comfortably for garden work
    • Basic knowledge of gardening/horticulture
    • Punctual and reliable
    • Capacity to work as part of a team as well as independently

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Preparing the flower/garden beds, planting the seeds/transplants, watering the gardens, weeding, trimming, harvesting and more, and needs as requested by the home


    • Volunteer Orientation to St.Amant
    • Ongoing as needed


    • Volunteer Services
    • Primary Support Staff at Home


    • Opportunity to develop rewarding relationship
    • A reference for employment/school upon request
    • Certificates and appreciation events
    • Gain experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities
    • Further experience in gardening

    Time required & Length of Commitment:

    • Minimum 2-4 shifts per month; based on mutually agreed schedule (for May, June, July, August, September

    If you’re interested in applying, please visit www.stamant.ca/volunteering/apply/.

  • St.Amant Families invited to Mindful Practice Training workshop

  • Mindful Practice Training for Direct Care Providers

    Monday, June 12
    7:00pm to 9:30pm
    4th floor classroom at 440 River Road

    This 2.5 hr workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Terhoch, a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), who has been providing services to individuals supported by St.Amant for a number of years now. St.Amant partnered with Andrew to develop and deliver this curriculum.  The organization has committed to ensure all of our staff that provides direct care services receive this training.  It was suggested that we should make this training available to family members. To pilot this idea, the St.Amant Association has dedicated their June meeting date and time to the delivery of this initial session, and has agreed to host and provide refreshments. This invitation is being extended to all families connected to St.Amant services. The maximum number of participants for this session is 30. We will schedule future opportunities if we cannot accommodate all interested parties in this session.

    Please RSVP by June 8th if you plan to attend this session – RSVP to:

  • Seminar on Disability Savings Plans: Financial security for persons with disabilities

  • Seminar on Disability Savings Plans: Financial security for persons with disabilities

    Thursday, June 22
    6:30pm to 8pm
     4th floor classroom at 440 River Road

    This workshop is being facilitated by Desjardin Financial. Disabilities present a distinct set of financial challenges. Find out how the Registered Disability Savings Plan helps build long-term financial security for persons with disabilities through assisted savings and tax-deferred investing. This session can accommodate up to 50 people. Again, future sessions will be scheduled if we cannot accommodate all interested parties in this session.

    Please RSVP by June 20th if you plan to attend this session – RSVP to: