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Welcome to Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) is a voluntary, provincial association dedicated to the healing Ministry of the Catholic Church.

Through its Ministries of education health care ethics, spiritual care, social justice and Catholic ownership, CHAM fulfills its mission.

The reason we have been able to thrive for 75 years is because of the ongoing support we receive from our dedicated members.  Our members span the continuum of social services, long term and continuing care, acute care, and seniors’ services across Manitoba.

Each year, we strive to foster relationships between our members through regular correspondence along with events such as our Annual General Meeting, special events and conferences.

Through the ministries of education, healthcare ethics, spiritual care, Catholic ownership and social justice, CHAM fulfills its mission of compassionate concern and respect for all persons.

Recent News

January 14, 2019

Happy New Year!  Enjoy reading CHAM's newsletter.  Click HERE.

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Government drops 'values test' from Summer Jobs program applications
December 6, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau is seen here before voting on a motion put forward by Conservatives that sought to overturn the attestation on applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program applications. (Screenshot: CPAC)

The Liberal government says that it has removed wording from applications for the Canadian Summer Jobs program after faith-based groups pushed back earlier this year. 

The government had originally inserted an attestation that many faith-based groups - not just Christians - felt they couldn't agree with if they disagree with abortion.

According to the Canadian Press, the 2019 application has been "re-tooled." Now the application will simply ask people to "declare they don't work to infringe on any Canadian's legal rights."


Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told the Canadian Press that the change should alleviate concerns that faith-based groups strongly voiced earlier this year.

"They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart," Hajdu said in an interview.

"We've been working on making sure we do what we intended to do, which is to stand up for the rights of Canadians...but that we also work closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they themselves would fit into this program."

MPs are expected to receive information on Thursday from Service Canada about the changes.

New Centre for Excellence in Mission Integration
November 20, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (CHCM) is pleased to announce its commitment to establishing a new Centre for Excellence in Mission Integration, in collaboration with the St-Boniface Hospital (SBH). This endeavor seeks to fulfill a long-standing vision to realign, focus and engage existing resources and strengthen our mission culture throughout our Communities of Service (CoS).

We believe this joint venture will help renew our ethics capacity at SBH and provide additional support to our CoS on the integration of ethics in organizational life. Through this collaborative effort, we also aspire to further our mission as leaders in fostering ethical reflection, nourishing spiritual health, and inspiring individual, interpersonal and organizational well-being and compassionate connections between CHCM, our CoS, our various client groups, our partners, and other stakeholders. 

SBGH & CHCM appoint new Director of Mission, Ethics & Spiritual Health
November 20, 2018

CHCM and SBH are also pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn MacDonald as Director of Mission, Ethics and Spiritual Health, effective November 19, 2018. This position will report jointly to the CEO of CHCM and the President and CEO of SBH.

In this shared role, Ms. MacDonald will lead efforts to develop strategies, processes and programs to support the integration of core Catholic ethos inspired by our sister leader predecessors, including compassion, ethics and spiritual health within our CoS and beyond; the education and formation of board directors, leaders and staff engaged with our sponsored communities; and the transfer and sharing of knowledge gained through research. Ms. Macdonald will also engage with the CHCM CEO Leadership Council and participate in building strong relationships with the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) and the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC).

Dawn has become well known to our CoS since being seconded from SBH in 2010 to take a role with CHCM as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Education Lead. In addition to having a Master of Social Work degree, she is an internationally recognized teacher and trainer of mindfulness-based interventions through Brown University, UMASS, UCSD, Stanford University, as well as the Institute for Mindful Leadership. She has worked extensively with leaders, physicians, employees, and volunteers, offering evidence-based mindfulness and contemplative trainings through the Compassion Project.

Dawn also served on SBH’s Ethics council for several years and completed a certificate in Bioethics through the Provincial Health Ethics Network (AB). She has been part of an extensive review of Ethics Capacity in Catholic Health across Canada. We look forward to working with the leadership of SBH and our CoS in this exciting new venture for the future of our shared mission.

June 13, 2018

Clinic will be Open Extended Hours, 

Offer Alternative to Non-life-threatening Care:  Goertzen

A walk-in connected care clinic opening at Concordia Hospital next summer will provide access to care for area residents in need of same-day health-care services, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“This project builds on Concordia Hospital’s strength in family medicine and enhances the hospital’s role as a health resource to the surrounding community,” said Goertzen.  “The changes will provide improved access to primary care providers in East Kildonan, North Kildonan and Transcona while extending the hours of walk-in care for the community.”
As many as half the people who come to Concordia’s emergency department on a daily basis could be appropriately cared for by physicians within a walk-in connected care clinic, said Goertzen.

As part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s ongoing health-care transformation and commitment to improving access to primary care, the clinic will operate with extended hours daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  It will offer an alternative to urgent or emergency care for health concerns that are not life-threatening but which need to be addressed the same day.

In addition to the primary care services offered by a local MyHealth Team partner, the Concordia clinic will also have laboratory and diagnostic services on-site.

“Primary care is the foundation of health-care services and integral to health promotion and prevention,” said Lori Lamont, acting chief operating officer and vice-president of nursing and health professions for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  “This clinic will not only benefit residents in the area surrounding Concordia, but present an alternative to urgent or emergency care for health concerns that need to be addressed the same day but are not life-threatening.”

Concordia’s emergency department is slated to close mid-2019, freeing space that will be repurposed for the clinic, which is expected to open its doors shortly thereafter, the minister said.

“We are excited to define Concordia Hospital’s new role in Winnipeg’s evolving health-care landscape,” said Valerie Wiebe, chief executive officer of Concordia Hospital.  “This clinic further reinforces our strong relationships with local MyHealth Teams, with community partners and as an important health resource for residents of northeast Winnipeg.”
Similar to the services offered at the region’s first walk-in connected care clinic, located adjacent to Grace Hospital’s new emergency department, the Concordia clinic will be staffed by physicians, registered nurses and other professionals who work with family physicians to diagnose and treat minor health issues to help patients avoid unnecessary trips to emergency rooms or urgent care.

“Access to same-day primary health services, like the walk-in connected care clinic, is an important element of community health services,” said Dr. Ainslie Mihalchuk, chief medical officer of Concordia Hospital, and president of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians.  “Walk-in connected care works in partnership with other clinics to create a seamless patient experience, relaying information back to patients’ primary health-care providers and, most importantly, connecting patients to a primary care provider if they do not have one.”

For more information on the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s health system transformation, visit

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