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  • Meet Shirley Labossière, Acting President & CEO

  • August 16, 2019
  • Shirley Labossière knows it’s the culture at St.Amant that brings back former employees who left to develop new skills; she herself once worked in 1-East supporting people. Fifteen years ago, after years of experience in healthcare and finance, Shirley returned to St.Amant to become vice president. She has guided St.Amant’s major organizational changes and growth and continues to do so almost two months into her role as Acting President & CEO.

    “Acting President and CEO, was totally unexpected, it’s not something that I was striving to do. I think this is a really exciting opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to working with my team and working with the board, and trying something for a year while John (Leggat) is seconded to work for the Department of Families,” said Shirley.

    St.Amant will continue to be guided by their strategic plan and annual objectives that are set every year. The focus will continue to be on advocating for the people that St.Amant supports and meeting unmet needs in the community.

    “John and I always had the same ultimate goals and intentions, so I think it’s not going to feel a whole lot different than it would have if John had still been here.”

    Collaboration has been key for St.Amant’s success over the past sixty years and that will continue on with Shirley in this new role. St.Amant has always appreciated feedback from the people we support, their families, and from our staff. The strong partnerships St.Amant has with their funders allows them to do the good work that they do.

    “I’m very proud of the mindful approach that we have been using, and the fact that we use both a person-centered and a family-centered approach here. When I hear personal stories about families and the impact that we’ve made in their lives in any and all of our programs, whether it’s an email or it’s a family that shares their story, I think that’s what’s really meaningful.”

    When she’s not guiding St.Amant’s major projects, she’s spending time with her four dogs or training for her next marathon. Shirley has spent a lot of time fostering and adopting dogs since her children moved out. She has also run 29 full marathons and has plans for a thirtieth in the not too distant future. Running is a big part of what makes her happy and she finds it meditative.

    “I also really appreciate being out in nature, whether it’s camping or just going for a walk in the park, just, I’m having that mindful moment.”

  • Mindful Self Compassion Program registration now open

  • August 9, 2019
  • Together this Fall, the Compassion Project and St.Amant are offering Mindful Self Compassion. This joint venture is being facilitated by Dr.Michael McIntyre and Jennifer Kilimnik.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits. and more satisfying relationships. Learn how to motivate yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d offer a close friend, enabling you to care for yourself while caring for others. 

    In this program, you’ll learn:
    – how to stop being so hard on yourself
    – how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    – how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    – how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
    – mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    – the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    – how to become your own best teacher


    • the course is on Tuesdays, from September 17 – November 12, 2019, 9:00am-11:30am
    • location: St. Boniface Hospital – Education Building Parlour – 431, Taché Avenue – Room N1037
    • first-day orientation is mandatory on September 17
    • the half-day retreat is on Saturday, October 29, 2019

    To register: https://bit.ly/2nxdKma

  • Date is set for Disability Matters Leaders Debate

  • August 8, 2019
  • Come to hear representatives of Manitoba’s political parties as they debate the disability issues that matter to you, and find out what commitments they’re prepared to make, if elected.

    There will be live captioning, ASL interpretation, and free, accessible parking. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Organizers have also booked an accessible overflow room at the Royal Canadian Legion at 134 Marion St. ASL interpretation and live captioning will also be provided there. Please note, this is a scent-free event. Share this event with your networks to spread the word!


    When: Tuesday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to noon 

    Where: Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St., with overflow at the Royal Canadian Legion, 134 Marion St. 

    Moderated by Marcy Markusa, Host of CBC’s Information Radio 

    Free, accessible parking ● ASL interpretation ● live captioning ● Facebook Live streaming ● scent-free event 

    Sponsored by: Assiniboine Credit Union, with thanks to The Norwood Hotel and the Allan Simpson Memorial Fund for generous support 

    All are welcome! For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/410936513100855/

  • Disability Matters Vote Roadside Rallies Planned for Riel

  • July 26, 2019
  • Disability Matters Vote‘s Riel constituency, where St.Amant’s head office is located, is planning three rallies over the next month ahead of the provincial election.

    Join us as we make some noise and create a campaign buzz! Your job is to show up, bring a sign, a noisemaker or just your wonderful self! Let’s show our community how loud and strong we are. Park anywhere you can and make your way to the rally. More details about the August 21 rally will be shared soon.

    • August 15 (4pm-6pm) – Meet at the corner of Bishop Grandin & River Road (Bridge on Bishop Grandin between Pembina and River)
    • August 21 (12:30pm-2:30pm) – St. Vital Centre (location TBA)
    • September 4 (7am-9am) – South Osborne Bridge on Dunkirk (between Jubilee & Fermor)


  • Limited spaces remain for iCan Shine Bike Camp Winnipeg

  • July 12, 2019
  • St.Amant Foundation has partnered with iCan Shine Bike Camp Winnipeg to offer those who were supported by St.Amant an opportunity to learn how to ride a bicycle. It is a 5-day program that helps someone learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently. 

    iCanBike conducts 5-day camps across North America which consist of five 75-minute bike-riding sessions per day with a range of riders per session. The bike camp’s fee is covered by donations received by St.Amant Foundation.

    Registration has been extended as there are a few spots remaining! Please submit your registration form to your program contact by July 15, 2019, at 4pm. If you want to register someone not supported by St.Amant, click here.

    Here’s how it rolls out:

    July 22 to July 26 at 517 Pandora Ave East, East End Arena, Transcona

    In this program, participants must meet all of these criteria:

    • Minimum of 8 years old
    • Have a disability
    • Able to walk without assistive device
    • Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
    • Maximum weight 220 lbs.
    • Able to sidestep to both sides
    • Able to attend all five (5) days of camp
    • Minimum of inseam of 20″ (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers)