Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

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The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba strives to serve as a link between Catholic Health care facilities, agencies, parishes and individuals. CHAM serves as a provincial resource for its members and all those interested in its mission through:

  • The provision of formation and professional development opportunities;
  • Act as liaison between its members, the church, and the community
  • Communicate and promote faith-based healthcare
  • Advocate on behalf of its membership 
  • Promote social justice
  • Serve as a liaison between the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada and Manitoba's Catholic healthcare and other Catholic organizations



Spiritual Care Training Series

CHAM offers a program to expand the ability for member facilities. parishes, and community members 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. A new offering of this course will take place in spring 2022. 

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact

To view the current session's poster click HERE

Spiritual Care Series Program Content

The Spiritual Care Series (SCS) includes eight two-hour sessions of training that are practical as well as highly relevant. In addition to the video content, the course includes a 200-page participant workbook, as well as group discussions, practical exercises, individual activities and online assessments. The SCS is sector endorsed and suitable for a wide range of volunteers involved in Long-Term Care homes, any other seniors' housing operated by faith-based providers, or in parishes. The SCS by design is a flexible learning resource and suitable for large or small group facilitated settings.

CHAM wishes to share a vision to promote and pursue excellence in the provision of pastoral and spiritual care for the benefit of older people, their significant others and their carers. For over 15 years, HTN in Australia has produced high quality evidence-based educational programs, which promote and respond to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of our ageing population. The Spiritual Care Series provides volunteers, family, and friends of older people with a recognised standard for delivering pastoral and spiritual care to older people, particularly those living in Long-Term Care settings.

The project delivers a volunteer education and formation program, which ensures the participants:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people
  • Understand spirituality and its connection to quality care of older people
  • Receive the key components of practical knowledge required to undertake pastoral and spiritual care to seniors including those in Long-Term Care or receiving advanced home care

The series offers the opportunity to redefine what good pastoral care looks like within the context and banner of spiritual care. It features eight high quality video episodes featuring Professor John Swinton, a world-renowned expert in dementia and meaningful ageing, and the founder of the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. Professor John Swinton is also a registered nurse for people with learning disabilities and a registered mental health nurse.

The training program consists of the following eight segments:

  • Understanding the ageing process
  • Spirituality in ageing
  • Good Communication
  • The Power of Storytelling
  • Dementia
  • A New Home and a New Way of Life
  • Grief, Loss, Death and Dying
  • Roles, Boundaries and Self-Care

“Thank you for offering a world class course at such an affordable cost. Thank you for being patient as participants told their own stories and sought answers for their questions.”
Donna-Marie - Educator, PCH

“I found that this coursed enriched my Faith and my approach to be increasingly sensitive to the needs of the people I encounter in my life, especially seniors. The modules on Dementia, grief, loss, death & dying were very impactful for me.”
Claudette - St. Bernadette Parish

“I can honestly say there was not one thing with the series that I didn't truly enjoy. The program content was very well developed and it kept a person really connected. I highly recommend for others to take this course.”
Roy, Spiritual Care Practitioner, PCH

"The material presented in the course was not only insightful, but also often personally challenging, allowing a person considering Spiritual Care for the older person to understand not only the amazing possibilities of love and service in this type of care, but also to understand the resulting personal journey for the spiricutal carer."Brian, Participant

“This has been a blessing for me personally and professionally. The principles are very much useful not only for the elderly residents but for everyone who needs support. Thank you so much for your leadership and your untiring effort to bless us and help us grow as spiritual care givers to our community.
Neil, Spiritual Care Practitioner, PCH


Coping with Grief during COVID-19

To view the slide presentation click here 

Zoom presentation with Anne Whitford-Fast


Compassion and Social Justice Lecture Series

SESSION 1: Loneliness, Loss and Grief (in a time of COVID-19) event held on November 24th, 2020 featuring Dr. John Swinton and Dr. Ken Tekano.

A recording of this event is available for you here  along with a supplementary video of our guest presenters responding to questions we didn’t have time to address during the event -

SESSION 2: Compassion and Imagination in Leadership event held on January 15, , 2021 featuring Fiona Dalton and Dr. Michael W. Higgins.

A recording of this event is available for you here

The Compassion and Social Justice Lecture Series is brought to you by a partnership of Providence Health Care, St. Mark’s College and St. Paul’s Foundation which is supported by the Archdiocese of Vancouver through funds raised at the 8th Annual Archbishop Dinner.

NOVEMBER 3, 2022:  Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength full day Workshop

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NOVEMBER 15, 2022: Board Governance for Health and Human Service Organizations - Full day workshop

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When:   Monthly - 3rd Monday from 1 to 2:15 pm

Cost:     Donation

For more information please contact Julie Turenne-Maynard at 204-771-5585

Dr. Shane Sinclair - Compassion Grand Rounds 

To view/listen to the Meeting Recording, click below 
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Topic: Advance Care Planning Workshop Oct 27, 2021 

Meeting Recording: 

Access Passcode: 30h!oA73