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  • 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.

  • Take the family-centred practice survey

  • August 25, 2017
  • Dear St.Amant Family Member:

    Your feedback is incredibly meaningful and important to the success of a very important project St.Amant has underway. The goal is to improve St.Amant’s family-centred approach to service to ultimately improve the service and support you and your family member receive from our organization.

    Below is a survey link to help us better understand your perspective on how family centred we are currently, as an organization. This information will give us a starting point to making improvements.

    With your support, we hope to make significant improvements to the services your family member receives and that you experience as an advocate and a partner. Please complete the survey online by September 15.

    Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5YF8TS

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey.


    Joanne van Dyck
    Project Lead for the Family-centred practice project
    On behalf of the Project Team

  • St.Amant Fall Leisure Guide registration opens August 18

  • August 9, 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 or on our waitlist. Fall sessions run from September 10 to November 18 and will offer a variety of activities for all ages and abilities, both on-site and in external community settings. Online registration opens Friday, August 18 at 9am and ends on Wednesday, August 30 at 4pm.

    Previous sessions were a great success and proved to be a place to make new friends and try new things. The Leisure Guide is funded by St.Amant Foundation and received support from Goodlife Kids Foundation but wouldn’t be possible without generous donors. If you would like to help people with developmental disabilities and autism get out, get active and make new connections, you can make a designated donation at stamant.ca/donate.

    Questions? Contact Shawna Coulthard at leisureguide@stamant.ca or 204-256-4301 ext. 3368.

  • St.Amant represented at Torch of Dignity Relay

  • August 8, 2017
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    On Monday, August 7, Manitobans for Human Rights held the Torch of Dignity Relay. Cities around the world held relays to spread the message of human rights and human dignity. This year’s relay was in the historic Kildonan Park and proceeded down Main St. to the Oodena Celebration Circle at the historic Forks site.

    Dustin, who is supported in Community Services, participated in the relay representing St.Amant and was excited to carry the torch for 200 M. St.Amant was one of over 50 organizations invited to participate.

    Manitobans for Human Rights is a non-profit, non-partisan association that has two goals in mind. The first is to promote Human Rights learning throughout the Province of Manitoba, to many different sectors of society. The second is to work towards the goal of having Winnipeg designated as a Human Rights City, to the gradual development of a community based on equality and non-discrimination.

  • Online survey: Quality of life of children with autism

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    The University of New Brunswick is conducting a study examining the well-being of school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We invite you to participate in this study.

    If you choose to participate, you will complete an online questionnaire. The survey takes most people approximately 20 minutes to complete all of the questions. You will be asked to complete demographic questions and questions about the child’s autism symptoms, behaviours, functional skills, task persistence, parent’s mental well-being, sibling type, school type, reciprocal friendships, and participation in activities.

    You may choose to enter into a draw for one of five chances to win $20.00 USD . Your answers will provide important information for helping professionals to better understand the quality of life of children with ASD.

    This study will not collect any personal information such as your name or address. All information will be kept strictly confidential. The data are stored on a secure server on the University of New Brunswick website. The server is protected by a firewall. Data will be stored on password-protected computers that only the researchers have access to.

    Participation is completely voluntary.You may choose not to answer a specific item and continue with the questionnaires. You may also choose not to continue the study for any reason at any time by closing your browser. Your data can only be used by the researchers after you click the submit button at the end of the survey.

    If you have questions at any time, please contact Mandy Fulton at t533z@unb.ca, or Dr. D’Entremont at bdentrem@unb.ca

    This project is on file with the Research Ethics Board at the University of New Brunswick (REB#2016-125). If you have questions or concerns about your rights or treatment as a participant please contact the Chair of the UNB Department of Psychology Ethics Board at rhamilto@unb.ca.