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  • Spirit Cottage Pool Opens July 20

  • July 10, 2020
  • The Spirit Cottage outdoor pool opens Monday, July 20 for use by people we support, their families, and all St.Amant staff (including when not on shift). The pool is open for free from 9 am – 9 pm, Monday to Friday. Weekends will be exclusive to Spirit Cottage guests from 10:30 am – 6 pm. There are some new regulations in place due to the pandemic:
    • All pool times must be pre-booked before entering the outdoor pool deck at https://stamant.ca/programs/pool/. People can sign up for pool spots on the webpage starting Friday, July 10.
    • Up to 20 people can be in the pool area, with a maximum of 12 in the pool.
    • Physical distancing guidelines apply to all guests in the pool. Pool rules will be posted on the pool webpage and on the pool deck.
    • Please do not bring personal pool floats, pool toys, or noodles to the pool. The pool has disinfected pool floats and toys for guests to use.
    • The change room mechanical lift and the overhead lift by the pool cannot be used this summer.
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is not allowed in the pool. Masks are optional on the pool deck.

    Like last year, Pool Program Facilitators will be onsite Monday to Friday. They are all lifeguard certified and will run a variety of activities. Programs will receive an activities calendar or they can view it at https://stamant.ca/programs/pool/ once the pool is open. The pool is located at 444 River Road, behind the St.Amant Spirit Cottage. Click here for directions.

    Pool Program Facilitators only provide direct care in emergency situations. Staff or family members must be prepared to go in the pool with the person they are supporting if needed.

    The barbecue is available for use on the pool deck but guests must bring their own supplies, such as barbecue tools. Guests must bring their own items such as towels, wipes, sunscreen, etc.

    The outdoor pool is an amazing resource and we hope many people come have fun, get some exercise, meet new people, and spend time with old friends.

    If you have any questions or concerns, contact Volunteer Services at 204-258-7048 or volunteer@stamant.ca.


  • Update to Health & Transition Services Families – July 9, 2020

  • July 9, 2020
  • Dear Health and Transition Services Families,

    We are very pleased to share that we continue to have no positive cases of COVID-19 in either staff or people supported at 440 River Road. We are able to keep everyone safe and healthy with your collaboration and by carefully following the recommendations from Manitoba Public Health.

    We have been very happy to see the many outdoor visits outside of the building, and have heard that these visits are bringing joy during this difficult time.  Please know that we are managing the mosquitos around 440 River Road and keeping up on all weather updates to make outdoor visits as pleasant as possible. We understand that this latest heat wave has been trying for everyone and we are keeping the extreme weather in mind when planning the space for your visits. While we know being outside isn’t always ideal, it is still the safest way to see your loved one in-person at this time.

    The province has announced a plan to implement outdoor visitation shelters for the fall and winter months and are asking for feedback. We would like to encourage you to have your say here by answering the survey, and sharing how you would like to see these visitation shelters designed. We are still awaiting details on this project from the province and will provide any information that we have with you, as soon as we have it.

    Although we are seeing changes and re-openings within our province and other parts of our organization, we want to emphasize that we are still diligently following all Manitoba Public Health recommendations and protocols as the health and safety of your loved ones, and our staff, remains our top priority.

    We can see how difficult it is to be separated from your loved ones. Please know we are doing everything we can to keep them connected with you- we’ve noticed the outdoor visits are a real highlight. We are also happy to share that we are still seeing a lot of happy moments in this new and different environment; staff are working to keep everyone engaged in meaningful activities that bring joy to their day to day lives. Those who participate in our gardening program were delighted with their first harvest last week!

    We can’t thank you enough for your patience and collaboration throughout this challenging time. We look forward to seeing you at your outdoor visits and to sharing more information with you, as we have it.


    Sarah Mankelow
    Director, Health and Transition Services



  • Message to Autism Programs Families

  • July 3, 2020
  • Dear Autism Programs Families:

    This week, we are still working on resuming in-person services in child care centres and for families receiving services in rural Manitoba. 

    Next week we will be welcoming children back to the London Street and Wall Street classrooms. The following week we will be welcoming students back to our Minnetonka School classroom. As we shared last week, we will be staggering start dates and offering shorter sessions for the first two weeks. We will work with you to gradually increase your child’s hours while ensuring we are able to uphold public health guidelines for cleaning and screening.

    At 440 River Road, we are in the process of modifying the new entrance and moving the classroom to a new space to be able to welcome children back to that location this month. As we have shared in the past, people supported at 440 River Road in our Health & Transition Services program are still experiencing strict visitation limits and we want to ensure that while re-opening the Autism Early Learning services, we keep everyone supported at this location safe. Your team will be in touch with you as soon as any more details are available and we will continue to send weekly updates.  

    For families who have indicated they are ready to resume in-person services, but do not currently have a space for their child within their usual child care centre, we will be reaching out to you late next week to begin exploring options for resuming services for your child.

    As I shared last week, we ask that if your situation has recently changed, and you have regained a child care space, please reach out to Tiffany Pang (Family Information and Resource Manager) so we can begin planning for in-person services to resume. Tiffany can be reached at tpang@stamant.ca or you can leave her a message at 204-256-4301 ext. 3481.

    A number of families have asked if we are able to extend Early Learning services for children exiting the program this fall. While we cannot extend Early Learning services, we are working in close collaboration with our funders to develop an option that will continue to support children exiting the Early Learning program this fall, by increasing capacity for our Enhanced Consultative Services throughout the 2020/2021 school year. 

    The goal of this model is to support your child, your family, and your school for the transition from the St.Amant Programs to school in the fall and as needed throughout the school year. You can click here for more information on Enhanced Consultative Services for Families and here for more information on Enhanced Consultative Services for Schools. We will be reaching out to families exiting the Early Learning program by early August to share how they can access these services. If you would like any other information before that time, please reach out to Tiffany Pang (contact information above).

    We are really looking forward to having all children who are participating in the Early Learning Program back to in-person services and are doing all we can to make this happen as quickly as possible, while following provincial guidelines. 

    Thank you again, for your patience. This transition is happening at a different pace for each family and we really appreciate your flexibility as we walk together through this new process. 


    Kerri Walters Ph.D., C.Psych., BCBA-D
    Director, Autism Programs and Psychology Services<

  • Help set the accessibility priorities for St.Amant

  • June 30, 2020
  • St.Amant’s Accessibility Planning Committee is working on the organization’s Accessibility Plan for 2020-2022. They need your help to set the accessibility priorities for St.Amant. The goal is to improve accessibility by removing barriers for people.

    With everyone’s feedback, they will identify the top 10 barriers to focus on over the next two years. The committee will use the following criteria when setting priorities: the impact of removing the barrier, cost, and risk/safety implications. 

    The short three-question survey can be completed online or by via a paper version (printed double-sided). It is open to everyone, they want to hear from as many people connected to St.Amant as possible. People supported and their family/friends, staff, volunteers, and friends of St.Amant.

    Please complete the survey by July 16, 2020. Completed paper surveys can be returned to the Secondary Building’s second floor reception desk.

    ONLINE https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StAAPS20

    PDF Survey

    WORD Survey

    St.Amant’s Commitment to Accessibility

    All people have the right to participate fully in their community. St.Amant commits to:

    •  Be fully accessible for the people we support, their families and teams, and our staff,
    •  Be a leader in Manitoba for accessibility,
    •  Share our knowledge and skills, and
    •  Stand up for all people’s rights.