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.
INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION FUND
Health organizations with Catholic identity across the country have become acutely aware of the need to better understand and respond to the specific needs of patients and families who are Indigenous. We are called to be in relationship with these communities and have been challenged to do our part to learn and unlearn from mistakes and harms from the past.
The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund was established to accept donations from Catholic entities across the country, and to advance healing and reconciliation initiatives, fulfilling the $30 million financial commitment made by Canada's bishops in September 2021.
The fund seeks to support projects that are determined locally, in collaboration with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners. The following documents provide a summary of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund and the grant application form.
Your organization is encouraged to be in communication with your local bishop about the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, and to assist people who may not have a traditional relationship with Church understand how to access the fund.
Join the Journey - Body, Mind & Spirit
Spiritual Care Training Series - A new offering will be taking place in the Fall of 2023
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
If you are interested in participating, contact Julie Turenne-Maynard at firstname.lastname@example.org
"I sincerely loved the Spiritual Care Series course so so much, and feel it has made a tremendous difference in the way I connect with others. I even reference the work book still, and actually ordered the dvds for myself from the website!! You did such a wonderful job facilitating the course, and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to take it-Thank you. Bernadette, Participant
“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.”
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Mental health expert opposes euthanasia for mental illness. Based on personal experience, misdiagnosis is a problem. (alexschadenberg.blogspot.com)
As you may have seen in the news, Bill C7 passed through the Senate last week. This bill allows people with chronic illness (including mental health) or disability whose natural death is not imminent or foreseeable to choose MAID. The Catholic Health Alliance of Canada has developed a BILL C-7 Statement.
Inclusion Winnipeg, who along with Inclusion Canada has also developed a strong position on this topic from the disability lens is also happy to have media directed their way.
Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention has also had initial and then updated position papers on this topic: https://suicideprevention.ca/Statement-on-MAID
Canadian Red Cross is excited to share that the First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book has recently been launched! This project was completed in partnership with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and incorporates artwork from many different First Nation artists in Manitoba.
This project was financially supported through Jordan’s Principle, FNIHB as part of the ongoing partnership with First Nation communities to promote wellness and resiliency-building especially among young people.
The colouring book is available for download from our website and can be found here: www.redcross.ca/firstnationscolouringbook