Share your skill as a St.Amant Leisure Guide facilitator
- December 4, 2017
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.
The 2018 Winter session runs from late January to March. Sessions should offer activities for all ages and abilities that will be based at 440 River Road or other locations around Winnipeg. Examples of previous activities include yoga, baking, oil painting, instrumental jamming, collaborative video-gaming, karaoke, crafting, and more.
- 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.
People are at the heart of St.Amant, organization named one of Manitoba’s Top Employers
- November 29, 2017
This morning, St.Amant was officially announced as one of Manitoba’s top 30 employers in a special supplement in the Winnipeg Free Press.
As St.Amant approaches a milestone with their 60th anniversary in 2019, the organization continues to be a leader in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities and autism. St.Amant now has over 1,800 staff and offers services in over 100 locations in Manitoba. With a spirit of innovation and a strong desire to carry on the mission of the Grey Nuns, St.Amant is evolving to fill unmet needs in our community.
The organization has initiated the development of their next five-year strategic plan. To ensure the plan is relevant and that St.Amant is indeed meeting the needs of its community and heading in the right direction, their strategic planning process involves wide stakeholder consultation with families, funders, partners and their staff.
“Our staff are the ones delivering services every day and in a person- and family-centred way. We need their input to ensure that as we move forward we’re not only meeting our community’s needs, but taking into account how we best meet the needs of the people we’re already serving. We know that relationships and involvement in the community are important to everyone and our staff are the ones that help facilitate friendships, meaningful work, volunteer opportunities and quality recreation. The input from staff is a critical piece of our planning,” said John Leggat, President and CEO.
St.Amant’s role in the community goes beyond just service provision. As one of the largest disability agencies in the province, they also believe they have a duty and role to advocate for positive change in our province. That means working with other agencies and stakeholders to look at training standards for their staff and how agencies measure success. A person-centred approach means that success is achieved when the people they are supporting are able to reach the goals they set out for themselves. This can be a challenge when our community hasn’t quite learned how to fully include people with developmental disabilities.
“There are people we support who can get all kinds of volunteer work, but what they really want is paid employment. Helping them find employment can be more challenging. Loneliness is also a challenge for people with disabilities. We need skilled staff that can help people with communication challenges make meaningful friendships,” said Leggat.
Employment opportunities abound at this ever-growing organization in all kinds of roles. From clinical staff in the areas of psychology and social work, to nurses and administrative positions, there are always opportunities to join the team. The most common opportunities are in direct support, a role where you work hands-on with people with disabilities to ensure that they are participating in life in a meaningful way. This job lets staff build relationships in the community, with family members and most important, with the people they are supporting. This is a great job for people who are motivated by supporting and encouraging choice and independence and are rewarded by seeing people achieve their goals.
As clichéd as it may sound, the employees really are the biggest asset at this people-focused organization. Knowing that, St.Amant works hard to offer excellent support to its staff. Staff have access to excellent training and development opportunities. Some are formal and required for their role and many are self-directed. The organization hosts an on-site Toastmasters group, English at Work for newcomers, many health and wellness benefits, such as a low cost gym, meditation and mindfulness activities and encourages staff to work together to come up with new and innovative ideas.
St.Amant employees are generous and definitely care about the people they support. In fact, St.Amant has one of the highest staff engagement rates in fundraising to support the St.Amant Foundation. Every year, staff volunteer at the St.Amant Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Free the Spirit Festival.
“Staff see the benefits of their donations and volunteer efforts. From new connections made through the St.Amant Leisure Guide, to new customized wheelchairs and equipment, proceeds raised at the Free the Spirit Festival have lasting effects all year long,” said Juliette Mucha, Director, St.Amant Foundation.
Staff are truly part of the community and also support other local charities such as the Christmas Cheer Board, Winnipeg Harvest, Manitoba Marathon, Dragon Boat Festival and the Movement Centre Bike Race.
St.Amant is proud of their work environment and corporate culture making them one of Manitoba’s Top Employers for the seventh year.
St.Amant began a pilot program where key staff like Martine Lebron (from left), Lovleen Paul and Linda Tetreault, received training to become mindful practice advocates. These advocates acknowledge and encourage the mindful behaviours and actions that they notice in their co-workers, as well as share information, or mindful moments at shift changes or staff meetings. Photo by Darcy Finley
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Shared stories and performances of human rights on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- November 20, 2017
Join hundreds of Manitobans at a FREE jointly community and government planned event to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. St.Amant is one of the many groups that is planning and will be hosting the event.
1 to 3 pm,
Friday, December 1, 2017
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way
Please note that while the event is FREE, the space has a limited capacity of 500
ASL and computer note taking supports will be available. If you plan to attend and will require other accommodations, please contact Tracy MacMillan (Phone: 204-945-7613 / Email: Tracy.MacMillan@gov.mb.ca). The event will also be streamed – further details to follow.
The theme for the event is “Attitude Matters”. The program will include:
Words from Premier Brian Pallister
FASD Life’s Journey Drum Group
The CBC’s Donna Carreiro
Performers from the Sick and Twisted Theatre Company:
A very limited number of information booths at the event will be made available without charge to community-based, disability-related organizations. These will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Jennifer Sande (firstname.lastname@example.org
) if your organization is interested in having a booth.
Improve your French skills this winter
- October 26, 2017
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 January 2018 to March 2018. Registration is $50.
Courses are available four days a week, Mondays to Thursdays. The deadline to register is December 1 but if you register by November 16 you could win back your $50 registration fee. For more information contact St.Amant’s French Language and Cultural Services Coordinator, Agnès Champagne, at email@example.com.
Province proclaims The Protecting Children (Information Sharing) Act
- September 15, 2017
The Manitoba government has proclaimed The Protecting Children (Information Sharing) Act, which gives service providers the ability to collect and share personal information about at-risk children, their parents and legal guardians, Families Minister Scott Fielding announced today.
“Every second counts when a child’s health or safety is at risk and that’s why our government is following through on our commitment to remove barriers to share information,” Fielding said during an event at Specialized Services for Children and Youth on Notre Dame Avenue. “Service providers can now share critical information and speak openly so vulnerable children receive the help they need in a timely, co-ordinated manner.”
Fielding noted the act covers government departments, provincially funded organizations and others that are approved to provide services to at-risk and supported children. All are authorized to share information, including personal health information. The minister noted personal information can only be shared without consent when it is in the child’s best interests.
“Many supported children face complex challenges and struggle with more than one issue,” said Fielding. “This initiative will allow providers to collaborate and create a comprehensive plan to address the varied needs of each child, whether it involve treatment for substance abuse, protection from domestic violence or a targeted education plan while in foster care.”
The term “supported children” is defined under the legislation as children who in the care of, or connected with:
- child and family services,
- youth justice,
- mental health and addictions services,
- disability services,
- individual education plans in the school system, and
- victim support and family conciliation services.
“We are very supportive of this new act and are confident it will help us, as agencies, ensure children are receiving what they need to keep them safe and to help them thrive,” said John Leggat, president and CEO, St.Amant. “For too long, privacy regulations have prevented organizations from sharing information in the best interests of the children we are protecting. This act is going to help us do our jobs better and is ultimately a win for the children we support.”
Fielding noted the act helps create an environment where service providers are able to collaborate and better share critical information to protect the safety and well-being of children. The authority to share information is in addition to terms under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and The Personal Health Information Act.
The Manitoba government introduced the act in June 2016 in response to a key recommendation made by commissioner Ted Hughes in the inquiry report on the death of Phoenix Sinclair.
The province has developed a new public website to support service providers and trustees, who will have new authority under this act, as well as information for parents and legal guardians of supported children and can be found at www.manitoba.ca/informationsharingact.