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  • Let the Government Know You Support Living Wages for Direct Support Professionals

  • September 12, 2018
  • Abilities Manitoba, Family Advocacy Network, and Alliance of Direct Support Professionals of Manitoba are collecting signatures to send to the Provincial Government letting them know the number of Manitobans who support living wages for direct support professionals.

    Postcards can be picked up, filled out and dropped off at the St.Amant’s front desk at 440 River Road, no postage is necessary. A change.org petition can also be signed online https://bit.ly/DSPpetition.

    Disability support staff are among the lowest paid human service workforces in Manitoba. Their work is undervalued and staff are paid significantly less than others working in comparable professions including health care aides and educational assistants. Low wages mean high turnover, staff shortages, huge overtime costs and difficulty recruiting staff with relevant knowledge and skills.

    From the ages of 18-65, a Manitoban with an intellectual disability can expect to have more than 770 different staff providing very personal supports to them.

    People deserve consistency in their lives. Staff who choose disability support work as a profession deserve a living wage. #ShowUsASign

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  • RSVP for Recreation Opportunities Expo

  • Your family is invited to join Children’s Rehab Centre for their Recreation Opportunities Expo! A variety of Manitoban agencies that provide recreation and sports opportunities to children and teens with special needs will be in attendance, to share their programs and opportunities with you. Information handouts, registration info, and demos will be available.

    Snacks will be provided.

    Please RSVP to let them know you are able to attend. Families of all sizes and ages are welcome.

    Recreation Opportunities Expo

    September 30th 2018 1:00-3:00pm

    SSCY Centre, 1155 Notre Dame Avenue

    For Families Of Children And Youth Up To 21 Interested In Hands-On Learning About Available Recreation Opportunities

    To RSVP Or For More Information, Please Contact Maya At familynetwork@sscy.ca Or 204-258-6538

    Rec Expo Flyer

  • Training Opportunity Around Dementia

  • September 4, 2018
  • Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for high quality, provincial training on the NTG (National Task Group) Dementia Capable Support of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia curriculum.  The training happens October 15-17th, 2018 at the Red River College Downtown Campus: Princess Street.

    The NTG Canadian Consortium has two Master Trainers (Leslie Udell and Dr. Nancy Jokinen) who will be offering a revised edition of the NTG Curriculum with the option of attending the two-day “Basic Workshop” or the three-day “Regional Trainer” course.

    The Dementia Capable Support of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia is an evidenced-based curriculum that was developed by the National Task Group (NTG) in the U.S.  Contributors to the curriculum are well-known experts in the field.  A Canadian consortium was formed to adapt the curriculum and bring it to Canada and it is now ready to be rolled out.  All of this has been in response to clearly identified challenges in providing adequate supports to people with an intellectual disability and dementia when there is little knowledge and awareness of how the two conditions interact and impact people.

    The curriculum is aimed at any individual who plays a role in offering supports to people with both an intellectual disability and dementia, primarily Alzheimer Disease.  The two-day basic workshop will provide attendees with a foundational understanding of Alzheimer disease and its effects on people with an intellectual disability.  Attendees will also come away with solid concepts on how to provide quality supports, a greater capacity to respond to this population and to engage in person-centered planning to meet the changing needs.

    Areas covered in the 2 day Basic Workshop:
    ·         Healthy Aging & Health Care Advocacy
    ·         What is dementia and how does it present in people with I.D.
    ·         Early detection & screening for dementia in I.D.
    ·         Obtaining a diagnosis
    ·         Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
    ·         How dementia impacts functioning
    ·         Knowledge and skills needed for dementia capable care
    ·         Communication
    ·         Dementia capable environments
    ·         Understanding responsive behaviors
    ·         Caregiving strategies by stages
    ·         Considerations at end of life

    People enrolled in the third day of the training will be certified to share what they have learned in the two-day workshop, as well as additional modules, both within their base of employment and with other organizations.  The three-day ‘Regional Trainer’ model was implemented to facilitate the development of staff who can promote ongoing supports and education for those offering services to people with both an intellectual disability and Alzheimer’s disease.

    What is the “Regional Trainer” option?
    This additional third day is for those wishing to be recognized NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers.  These individuals will be authorized to use the copyrighted curriculum materials and related resources to conduct trainings for their organizations or for outside agencies and organizations.  While the Regional Trainers will not be authorized to offer the full two-day curriculum, they can use relevant sections of the curriculum for smaller, situation specific training.

    NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers receive NTG branded and copyrighted PPT slides covering the topics included in the two-day training as well as 20 additional expanded topic modules for topics not covered in the two-day workshop.  They also receive extensive additional resources and will be assigned an NTG Master trainer who will be available for mentoring.  There are free quarterly webinars, a Community of Learners and a newsletter that will keep Regional Trainers up-to-date on new information and promote the sharing of ideas and successes.

    The third day of training will help the Regional Trainers to learn how to facilitate training and attendees will be assisted to set up their own Community of Learners.  Additional resources will be reviewed and further case study work will be completed.

    Individuals can register to take the two-day or three day training by paying full registration cost. At this time registration costs are estimated at $ 300.00 for the two day Basic Workshop and $ 500.00 for three day Regional Trainer option.
    ***Please note: These rates will be confirmed when registration opens. Further information on when and how to register will be forwarded once details are finalized.

    Community Living disAbility Services Sponsorship
    For those agencies that are funded by the Department of Families, Community Living disAbility Services (CLdS) has offered to subsidize 13 spots for staff to become three day NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers.  These sponsorships will be distributed across all the provincial regions. The intent is to create a group of trainers who will go back to their region and offer support, consultation and training to agencies and individuals in their area.

    Representative staff from CLdS funded organizations that are interested in applying for one of the subsidized Regional Trainer opportunities must complete the attached form by September 7th, 2018 and submit to: lfenez@stamant.ca or charmayne.dube@newdirections.mb.ca.

    CLdS Subsidy Form: Expression of Interest

    Individuals approved for the spots must minimally agree to:

    1) Have their contact information distributed along with other Regional Trainers to agencies and health regions in the Province identifying who to contact for support and consultation.

    2) Engage with other Regional Trainers in a Community of Learners.

    3) Maintain their competency and knowledge through engagement in webinar offerings provided free of charge through NTG Consortium.

    4) Agree to offer a minimum of 10 hours of consultation/training within their region (could be on a cost recovery basis). While the subsidy will cover the course registration costs, transportation and accommodation will need to be supported by the agency. The committee is seeking out block-based accommodation options to alleviate some of the costs. We will forward those details as soon as a location and rates have been confirmed.


  • St.Amant & St.Amant Foundation Announces 2018-19 Board of Directors

  • August 14, 2018
  • LinkedIn Board of directors

    St.Amant is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2018-19:

    • Chair Francine Deroche - Consultation Deroche
    • Vice-Chair Ken Kustra - MNP
    • Wayne Anderson - retiree
    • Maria Arentsen - Université de Saint-Boniface
    • Mark Brubacher - Great-West Life
    • Brita Chell - G3 Canada Limited
    • Bill Comstock - retiree
    • Denise Koss - retiree
    • Craig Murray - Craig S. Murray Law Corporation
    • David Scott - retiree
    • Karen Thomas - Selkirk Mental Health Centre
    • Joni Wilson - Southern Chiefs’ Organization

    St.Amant would like to thank retiring board members Sandra Loewen - retiree, Terry Masse - retiree, and Alice Sayant - QSM Consulting, for their service and dedication.

    Foundation Board of Directors

    The St.Amant Foundation is delighted to announce its Board of Directors for 2018-19:

    • Chair Ken Kustra - MNP
    • Vice-Chair David Scott - retiree
    • Mark Brubacher - Great West Life
    • Francine Deroche - Consultation Deroche
    • Craig Murray - Craig S. Murray Law Corporation
    • Laural Porth-Jones - National Research Council IRAP Prairies

    St.Amant Foundation would like to thank retiring board member Alice Sayant - QSM Consulting, for her time and effort in enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism.

  • Indigenous Spiritual and Cultural Care Program Elder to visit St.Amant

  • August 1, 2018
  • Beginning in August, an elder from our region’s Indigenous Spiritual and Cultural Care Program will be visiting River Road Place at least once each month. The first scheduled visit is August 16 at 10:00 am.

    Each visit will provide people with an opportunity to gather for a healing smudge ceremony. If held indoors, it will be a dry smudge with no burning of sage plant.

    There will also be an opportunity for a few people to have some one-on-one time with the Elder for a personal healing blessing.

    Those that live in the community outside of River Road Place may join the group smudge ceremony and people of all cultural traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome.

    Please contact Spiritual Health Services, at aterhoch@stamant.ca or ext. 2611, with the names of any people who would like to attend, or with names of people who would appreciate a personal visit from the Elder in their River Road Place residence.