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  • Create a meaningful life for family members at local workshop

  • January 15, 2019
  • Innovative LIFE Options is holding their annual Family Gathering workshops on March 1 & 2 at the Viscount Gort Hotel from 9 am – 4 pm. Join them and explore how to create a good life for your family member.

    Plus, there’s a wine & cheese event from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Friday, March 1. Call 204-772-3557 for more details.

    Registration Cost: $50 per person

    Registration Deadline: February 15

    Online Registration Form

    Paper Registration Form

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  • Make new friends at People First of Manitoba’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

  • January 14, 2019
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    This Valentine’s weekend, People First of Manitoba would like to bring light to the importance of relationships and the many barriers that people labelled with an intellectual disability experience when it comes to building meaningful relationships in their lives.

    This event will offer an inclusive evening where no one feels alone on a holiday that is meant to celebrate the important relationships in our lives.

    Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing work that People First of Manitoba members do in our community. Tickets are $20 and include entrance into the event, a pizza/pasta dinner and one free drink of your choice. They will also be holding a silent auction, as well as a 50/50. You can contact People First Manitoba at peoplefirstmanitoba@gmail.com to order tickets. The event is at Canad Inns Polo Park at the TYC from 5pm-9pm on Saturday, February 16.

    Please circulate within your networks, to ensure that everyone has a place to celebrate this Valentine’s weekend surrounded by friends, new and old!


  • Move N’ Groove Winnipeg Leisure Guide Class at St.Amant

  • January 2, 2019
  • St.Amant and the City of Winnipeg have partnered for a Winnipeg Leisure Guide activity at 440 River Road. Come have fun and get energized moving to some great upbeat music at Move ‘n Groove. The class can be done seated or standing.

    The first five people supported by St.Amant to register for this class and present Shawna Coulthard with proof of purchase will be entered into a draw for reimbursement. Please email/scan, scoulthard@stamant.ca with your proof of purchase and participant name to be entered into a chance to win! The draw will be held on January 10. There will be two winners for this session.

    Dates: Wednesdays, January 16 to March 6, 2019

    Times: 6:00pm-6:45pm

    Location: Small Gym at St.Amant, 440 River Rd.

    Registration fee:  $44 per person. *Support workers/caregivers are free

    Subsidy information: The goal of the City of Winnipeg Community Services Department’s Fee Subsidy Program is to expand access to recreation opportunities and experiences for Winnipeggers, regardless of family income.

    You must be a City of Winnipeg resident and one of the following must apply:

    • You have a social assistance case number
    • You have a refugee assistance case number
    • You have a family income below the low income cut-off
    • CLICK HERE to learn more

    Facilitator: Taylor Krymusa

    Last Day to register Registration: January 4, 2019

    To register:

    Online registration process:

    • Create an account
    • Enter name of participant
    • Enter additional information needed to pass on about the participant, if necessary
    • Read and agree to waiver
    • Pay

  • Sensory Friendly Entertainment Accommodations Increasing

  • December 21, 2018
  • Family entertainment providers are becoming more accommodating to people with autism, their families, and caregivers by offering better ways to make sure everyone can have fun.

    Accommodations for people with sensory concerns are being offered at a few locations:

    Manitoba Children’s Museum 

    The Explore-Abilities Morning event on December 29 is fully booked, but you can plan ahead to enjoy two sensory-friendly and interactive events happening at the Manitoba Children’s Museum in the new year.

    Trained employees, smaller crowds, designated quiet zones, extra signage for safety, and lower sound and light in the galleries make for more comfortable experiences, offered in an accepting environment. Sensory-sensitive gear such as sunglasses, ear defenders, weighted lap pads, and fidget toys are available for the asking.

    For just $5, people with autism and their accompanying family member or caregiver are welcome on February 18 and April 1, from 8 am to 9:25 am. Book ahead!

    Note: The Children’s Museum opens to the general public at 9:30 am. Visitors are welcome to stay after this time, however, lights, sounds, signage, and other Explore-Abilities elements/accommodations will return to regular operating levels at 9:30 am. Registration is required for this event. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

    For more info about the Explore-Abilities Access Program, contact Erin McIntyre at 204.924.4003 or emcintyre@childrensmuseum.com.

    A Movie in the Morning

    Cineplex Entertainment and Autism Speaks are partnering to present sensory friendly movies every four to six weeks, on Saturdays at 10:30 am. mary

    Mary Poppins Returns is showing Jan. 12, 2019 at select theatres. Guests (adult or child) pay the children’s ticket price and movies are presented in a lights up and lowered sound theatre.

    Tickets are available the Tuesday prior to the screening date. To confirm screening dates and locations, visit Cineplex’s website and click the Sensory Friendly link listed under theatres.

    FREE sensory kits at Bell MTS Place 

    Bell MTS Place can be an overstimulating place to watch the Jets or Moose play, so True North Sports + Entertainment has stepped up to provide free sensory kits for people with sensory concerns who want to attend games, concerts and live events.

    The sensory kits include sound-muffling headphones, fidget toys, sanitary wipes and tissues, stickers, a communication card, and a map pointing out accessible washrooms, elevators, and all emergency exits.

    Ask for a free kit at Guest Services, located across from section 103/104 or outside section 325.





  • River Road Place Name Change

  • December 20, 2018
  • St.Amant’s River Road Place has been on a journey of change, from a developmental centre to a health care centre. As long-term residents have transitioned to the community, and the program has changed its admission and discharge criteria, we are at a point where it’s time to reflect on what we call this program. The name “St.Amant Health & Transition Services” was chosen to ensure that all of our stakeholders understand the nature of the services we offer – we will no longer be a place where people come to live indefinitely, but a place where people with disabilities come for specialized, temporary support. The goal will be to transition people receiving services back home (either back to the home where they came from or to a new permanent home) and a lot of the work of the service areas will be on getting people ready to transition and in making those transitions successful.

    The areas within Health & Transition Services:

    Adult Health

    The adult health units will support people over the age of 25 who have complex continuing care needs that require intervention or the support of a 24-hour nursing team and/or temporary support until a community option is available. The Adult Health service will continue to offer respite as a service to families who are supporting their family member at home and this unit will also support the palliative care needs of people with intellectual disabilities who are nearing end of life.

    Last, as there are some residents who have lived it River Road for the majority of their life and are either not comfortable or interested in moving to a community option. These people will continue to reside in the Adult Health service as a long-term care option until either, their health care needs change and they can no longer be supported at our site, or if they decide to explore community options.

    Child and Young Adult Health

    Similar in scope to the Adult Health service, the Child and Young Adult Health service will offer medical, palliative and respite for youth up to 25 years of age. These services will be of a transitional nature and a large focus will be on preparing people for transition and supporting community transitions.


    The stabilization service offered will support children and adults who are referred to St.Amant for specific clinical intervention. This could be to support increase skills after an acquired brain injury or to support a change in behaviour. This service will also support people whose living arrangements may have changed and require stabilization before the person can return to a stable environment.

    You will begin to see our service areas using the new names in the New Year.