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 CHAM fulfills its mission of compassionate concern and respect for all persons.
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 and newsletters, formation offerings, advocacy support, and special events.
COVID-19 Support for Managers, staff and their families
The coronavirus pandemic is taking it's toll on many management teams, staff, residents, patients and families. CHAM, in partnership with Réseau Compassion Network, Aulneau Renewal Centre, Sara Riel Inc., St.Amant and the Interfaith Healthcare Association of Manitoba, have put together a series of workshops, tools and resources to help and support those who are feeling compassion fatigue, anxiety, burnout, fear, and stressed. Please refer to the Ministry of Care section of this website for a full list of offerings.
Resources for you during this pandemic
Over the past several months, we have faced unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been forced to change many aspects of our personal and professional lives and know that this constant change can be exhausting and difficult on our mental health.
We are pleased to share a compilation of mental health resources here.
If there are other tools or resources that would be beneficial to you and your team at this time, please do not hesitate to let us know how we can further assist you.
Join the Journey - Body, Mind & Spirit
Spiritual Care Training Series
CHAM is offering a new program to expand the ability of CHAM member facilities and parishes to help people understand the aging journey and the role of spirituality in an older person's life. Participants will develop a holistic understanding of an older person and be able to offer quality spiritual care.
Participants would then have the tools to support people who may be frail, alone and lonely either in their homes, long-term care home, supportive housing complex or even hospital.
The training in this program is excellent for staff who work in a care home or hospital, for individuals caring for loved ones in their home or for people who visit with seniors in their homes or care homes.
The training program consists of the following eight segments:
- Understanding the ageing process
- Spirituality in ageing
- Good Communication
- The Power of Storytelling
- A New Home and a New Way of Life
- Grief, Loss, Death and Dying
- Roles, Boundaries and Self-Care
The upcoming program will be offered starting the week of September 28th, 2021. If you are interested, please contact Julie Turenne-Maynard at firstname.lastname@example.org
“This course was like...God handed it to me on a silver platter, so that I can listen, love and serve people much more deeply, wisely. Look at the timing! In our need, God provided. As before, indebted to you for offering the course.”
National Catholic Health Care Week from Sunday, October 3 to Saturday, October 9, 2021
At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths – especially society’s most vulnerable.
Awaken: Revealing the Courageous Gift of Catholic Health Care National Catholic Health Care Week is part of a broader Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) initiative called Awaken: Revealing the Courageous Gift of Catholic Health Care, an invitation to unite our voices and create a movement to boldly, confidently express the role, value, and impact of Catholic health care in Canada. Awaken cultivates ambassadors and advocates to be vocal, informed supporters of Catholic health care in Canada. Each of us contributes to this campaign through conversations we have with influencers and decisionmakers in our communities, provincially, and nationally.
Nationally, Catholic health care serves over 5 million Canadians each year and employs over 88,000 people. Our footprint is big. Our hearts are even bigger. And our belief that we are part of each other’s journey, there to support and transform one another, is the foundation it’s all built on.
This year, National Health Care Week focusses on the theme of “Together in Care,” grounded in our commitment to social justice and the values of inclusiveness and compassion, in the spirit of reconciliation.
Click on this link for daily reflections and prayers: NCHCW-2021-daily-reflections-and-prayers-EN.pdf (cham.mb.ca)
To read stories and posts during NCHCW, click: https://www.chac.ca/en/national-catholic-health-care-week/
Pope Francis instituted a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (July 25, 2021) as a reminder of the important role they play as a link between generations. He reminds us that “grandparents are often forgotten, and we forget this wealth of preserving roots and passing on” what the elderly have received.