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Thank You to the Helpers - May 2020
Information - Resources - Online Classes

The Gratitude Issue
Heroes Work Here
Nurses Week May 11-17, 2020

"The nursing profession has long been charged with the noble, awe-inspiring, messy, and exhausting work of caring for the sick and suffering. Nurses have the enormous privilege of carrying the burden of preserving human dignity amid uncertainty. Together with their physician colleagues and exceptional care teams, nurses meet and care for people when they’re at their most fragile – bringing hope to what, in some cases, may be the worst day of their lives." - Lucia Huang RN, 

Top Row: Darlene (Pine Falls), Vivek (Pine Falls)
Middle Row: Babitha (Pine Falls), Matthew (Gimli), Dee (Gimli & Selkirk), Kelsie (St. Laurent)
Bottom Row: Tracy, Raeghan, Amanda & Colleen (Gimli), Rebecca (Ashern)
Wellness Support Line - Interlake-Eastern RHA

Did you know that you can reach out confidentially and speak to one of our Wellness Facilitators?
We are here to listen, and connect you with resources. 

This is a worrying time for everyone, please don’t hesitate to call your local Wellness Facilitator for the help and support that you need. 

Please email or call Toll Free 1-877-979-9355.

Diabetes Educators & Registered Dietitians

Our Diabetes Educators and Registered Dietitians are also still here and ready to help!
They are currently connecting with patients by phone.

For information or to book an appointment, please email
or call Toll Free 1-877-979-9355.
Resources to Support Indigenous People and Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When Home Is Not a Safe Place
Women's Shelters are still here to help.

The Interlake Women’s Resource Centre Inc. continues to be OPEN Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm during COVID-19. Currently we have No public entry however, we recognize Family Violence doesn't end because of a Pandemic, Isolation or Quarantine. IWRC continues to be open and here to help support you with counselling and resources through this uncertain time. As a Resource Centre we don’t turn anyone away and have the ability to connect you with the appropriate resources you require. 

If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
If you need to speak to a counsellor after 4:00pm please call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis line at 1-877-977-0007 or the line for the Interlake-Eastern area is Nova House at 204-805-6682.   

Supports for Seniors
Thank you to everyone who is connecting with Seniors, providing Meals on Wheels, providing transportation, emergency responses systems and more in these unprecedented times.

Seniors Resource Councils are non-profit community based organizations located throughout our region. They offer a variety of programs within the community that support independence of older adults (55+).

Let No One Be Alone Awareness Week - May 3 to 9, 2020
This week is about connecting with people, especially those that are alone. Not only during the week of awareness, this week is meant to serve as reminder to all, the importance of real connections & reaching out all year long.

Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW) provides educational and recreational programming in a fun and interactive atmosphere where all programming is provided over the phone.

Mental Health Week
Source: Canadian Mental Health Association

May 4-10 th is Mental Health Week. This year, the theme is ‘social connection’ and its importance for mental health. The campaign calls for us to #GetReal about how we really feel. It’s common in our society to ask people how they are. Unfortunately, it’s also common not to provide—or expect—a truthful answer.  

When we say ‘Fine,’ it keeps us at arm’s length from real social connections with others. Every time we just go through the motions, we miss a chance to connect with others in a meaningful way. Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness or mental health issue, but 5 in 5 Canadians has mental health—we all need social connection.

If you or a loved one are in crisis, please call the 24 hour Crisis Line
Toll Free: 1-866-427-8628 or 204-482-5419
Online Etiquette

Now that many of us are spending more time than ever online it’s a good time to think about your online etiquette, sometimes referred to as netiquette. Here are some simple netiquette tips to consider as you email and chat your way through physical distancing while trying to stay connected to your loved ones and community:

Struggling to keep kids occupied all day?
Contributor: Stacie Buchanan, Registered Dietitian and Community Wellness Facilitator with the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority

Being home all day with kids can be a full time job! Many parents and caregivers are in an unusual position right now with the closure of schools and daycares. In times like these, it is so important to give yourself some grace and remember that you are not alone. Click below for some creative and fun ways to keep kids busy in the kitchen (which don’t involve screens!).

Better Income Can Lead to Better Health

You might think that because you receive social assistance or are a low-income earner there is no need to file your income tax return. But if you don’t file a return, you might be missing out on extra income. You may be able to receive some of the tax credits and benefits listed in the Get Your Benefits booklet.

If you do not file your taxes you CANNOT get government benefits such as:

◦GST Credit
◦Working Income Tax Benefit
◦Canada Child Benefit
◦Canada Caregiver Credit
◦Personal Tax Credit
◦Education Property Tax Credit
◦Manitoba Seniors School Tax Rebate
◦Primary Caregiver Tax Credit

To learn more visit

The deadline for individuals to file has been extended to June 1, 2020, and the deadline to pay any amounts owed has been extended to September 1, 2020. (Canada Revenue Agency)
Thank You to Our Front Line Staff

It takes many people to make up the front line team in health care services. All of these people put themselves at risk by stepping up every day to look after our health: they deserve our deepest gratitude and support.

In case you don't recognize these Selkirk staff members in their personal protective equipment (PPE) they are:

Top Photo - Dr. Matter, Jennifer and Kate (X-Ray T echnicians ).
Bottom Left - Michael (RN), Angele (RN) and Dr. Matter
Bottom Right - Jenna (Ward Clerk) and Dr. Matter

"Our staff is just the best. We all work so well together." - Dr. Michelle Matter
Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

We wish you and your family well during these difficult times.
Remember to take care of and be kind to one another. 

Our next issue will be in circulation in June 2020.

Community Wellness Team  | Toll Free 1-877-979-9355