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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 the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (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.  

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  They include:

This information is designed to help you and your staff or families navigate these challenging times. We hope that these remote tools can assist you in taking care of your mental health, while taking care of others. Special thank you to Aulneau Renewal Centre, Sara Riel Inc and St.Amant staff for creating many of these tools

We would also like to offer you access to workshops facilitated by mental health professionals.  As a Community of service in our network, CHCM will cover the cost of the course for your organization.  Upon reservation, the session will be offered exclusively for your staff and tailored to your organization.


Aulneau Renewal Centre is offering a workshop on :

Compassion Fatigue

This 3 hour workshop will provide a safe and supportive space to learn about compassion fatigue-how it’s like other forms of trauma and burnout.  You will learn new coping skills, how to understand what is happening and to debrief with yourself.

Presenter: Juanita Wilson, BA BSW MACP CCC RSW

Dates available starting July 15- please reserve a date and time that suits your staff availability. Workshop will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Please email 


Sara Riel Inc. is offering:

Helping Others by Helping yourself: Using Compassion in Difficult Times

This workshop will explore the different ways you can implement compassion in your professional and personal life.

you will learn how practicing compassion with yourself and others can help manage fatigue, burnout, and your own mental health during periods of distress, change, and uncertainty. 

Dates available starting June 29- please reserve a date and time that suits your organization and staff availability.

Please email or  

We can to help promote this opportunity within your organization, to staff and assist with the registration process.

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.


Staff recognition:   Being in a position of authority as manager, your employees look to you for direction. A necessary part of this direction is affirmation. Recognition in the form of a “thank you” or “good job” is one of the cheapest and most limitless tools available to managers to enhance positive behaviour.  To read this document and learn ways of recognizing staff, click RECOGNITION.



A Catholic Perspective: Triage Principles & Moral Distress in Pandemic Scarcity. 

Dr. Jaro Kotalik co-authored a document with Sr. Nuala Kenny and a group of co-authors. Jaro is a recognized international expert in the ethics of pandemics and well-known among Catholic ethicists.

A local Ethics Framework- recently produced locally for the Shared Health Services - is rather general and does not raise any concerns.  This paper considers issues of clinical triage and subsequent moral distress in emergency triage more comprehensively. 

May 15, 2020 COVID-19 Ethics Framework Information for Providers 1 . COVID-19 Ethics Framework Information for Providers . This document will evolve as information related to COVID-19 emerges and changes.