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  • Update to St.Amant Families – September 23, 2022

  • September 23, 2022
  • Dear St.Amant Families,

    With the cooler weather today, it’s a reminder that as we spend more time indoors, we also see higher rates of cold and flu viruses circulating in our community. A great protection from COVID-19 and influenza is through vaccines. I’m happy to share that through occupational health, the COVID-19 bivalent booster is available as well as the annual influenza vaccine. Both are recommended to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible. You can find eligibility criteria and book vaccine appointments by clicking here. It is safe to receive both vaccines at the same time.

    We are pleased to share that staff are working with everyone we support residentially to check their eligibility and to book appointments for anyone who wants the booster or the flu shot. We are also offering those vaccines for staff through our occupational health service.

    Our IT security work is almost complete and we continue to work closely with the Manitoba ombudsperson and our internal privacy expert to plan for official breach notification. Thank you again for your patience and support.

    I hope to see everyone at the Free the Spirit Festival between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow at 440 River Road!

    Ben

    Ben Adaman
    President & CEO


  • Update to St.Amant Families – September 16, 2022

  • September 16, 2022
  • September 16, 2022

    Dear St.Amant Families,

    The summer flew by and we are already halfway through September! We would not have predicted starting the new season with a major IT outage, but that’s what life threw us. I want to thank our IT team for rising to the challenge and working incredibly hard to address the issues, secure our organization and support staff to get back online. I’m incredibly proud that there were no interruptions to service delivery as a result of this breach. Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through these issues.

    We expect to have a final report from the IT security company next week and share more information once we have a full understanding of what happened. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to change all of your passwords (personal), enable multifactor authentication on all apps and services you use (sometimes you have to look for that option) and review your accounts and monitor for any unusual activity. These are important practices for the digital world we live in and it is especially important after a potential breach.

    Covid-19 remains a regular discussion at our weekly executive team meetings. We are paying close attention to recommendations from the provincial infection, prevention & control team as well as public health. At this time, there are no recommended changes to protocols and there are no signs currently of a return to any government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions. As we move forward, we will need to balance mental and physical wellbeing for the people we support. We are moving back to person-led decision making that honours the concept of dignity of risk. The situation could still change but we are carefully moving back to regular activities and making decisions based on our own health and circumstances.

    What is not changing is the need to stay home when sick. Going into the fall there are always higher rates of colds, flu and respiratory illness. Please stay home when sick.

    Our union collective agreements stipulate that we recognize federal statutory holidays, so we are observing a day of mourning to honour the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and most services will be closed Monday.

    Wishing you all a good and restful weekend,

    Ben Adaman
    President & CEO


  • What’s Open & What’s Closed on Monday, September 19 at St.Amant

  • September 15, 2022
  • Dear St.Amant Families,

    The Federal government has declared Monday, September 19 to be a statutory holiday as a Day of Mourning in honour of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    For St.Amant, this means that St.Amant School, River Road Child Care, Autism Programs, and Clinical and Psychology Services will be closed. If you have an appointment on this date with one of our clinicians, please rest assured they will reach out to provide more details.

    All centralized services and St.Amant Foundation will also be closed.

    If you have any questions please reach out to your program contact.

    Ben Adaman
    President & CEO


  • Update to St.Amant Families – September 9, 2022

  • September 9, 2022
  • Dear St.Amant Families,

    I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable summer. Our family was able to finally travel for a long awaited family reunion – I’ve heard many similar stories of reconnection over the past couple of months.

    Most of our staff and people we support also reunited with friends, family and activities that are meaningful and have been missed over the past two years. Our Spirit Cottage was fully booked, the outdoor pool was busy and I think everyone I’ve talked to was able to enjoy time outdoors and the coveted good Manitoba weather!

    As we move closer to fall, we are monitoring Covid-19 activity, influenza season, public health recommendations and of course, directives from our funders. To date, nothing has changed.

    The bivalent COVID vaccine will soon be available. Our teams are ready to make appointments and support everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. We will also offer the vaccine for staff. We strongly encourage our staff and all of you to get the vaccine when it’s available to you.

    Our IT team continues to work with the IT security company to assess the breach that occurred last week. We have reported the breach to the Manitoba Ombudsman and our funders and will work closely with them to take any and all appropriate action once we receive a final report. We will share more information with you as soon as we can.

    The Compassion Network is offering Mindful Self Compassion classes this fall, and we encourage staff and families to take part. There is a sliding scale of fees and also bursaries offered.

    Last, we are pleased to present the Beyond Limits conference, (formerly the Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism) on October 5. Join us for a day of in-person learning to help us recognize burnout and offer ways to nurture our mental health and build resilience. There is a special rate for family members. Click here for more information on the conference and how to register.

    We are looking forward to this fall and all the possibility and opportunity a new season brings.

    Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
     
    Ben Adaman
    President & CEO


  • Update to St.Amant Families – September 2, 2022

  • September 2, 2022
  • Dear St.Amant Families, 

    Thank you again for your patience and support throughout this week. Our IT team is working tirelessly to reconnect all staff to our system. Access may be a little spotty while we get everyone back online.  We continue to assess the impact of the breach and have no new information to share at this time.  We appreciate your understanding as we walk through this process. 

    Today, Manitoba Health announced the first groups who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Bivalent vaccine. Bivalent means this vaccine has been developed to provide protection against two strains of COVID-19: the original strain of the virus and the omicron variant.  Here at St.Amant, we’re preparing ourselves to be ready to support people who are eligible, including your loved ones and our staff, to receive their dose as soon as it’s available. I would encourage you to check on your own eligibility and get your vaccine as soon as you’re eligible. 

    Thank you again for your continued support and compassion.

    Have a great weekend,

    Ben Adaman
    President & CEO