MB Women's Rural Day

A Healthy Mind is a Treasure to Find

Manitoba Women’s Institute is hosting the second annual “Manitoba Rural Women’s Day”, with the purpose of learning and networking. The topic for the event is Mental Health with the title of A Healthy Mind is a Treasure to Find.   These events will be held:

Saturday October 14 – Minnedosa (Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, 63 Main St N.)
Saturday October 28 – Komarno (Community Hall, 76 2nd Avenue)

There is a full day planned with 3 speakers and a Fireside chat. We will have a display area featuring organizations that focus on the topic of Mental Health.

The day runs from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 PM (registration starts at 8:30) with a registration fee of $20 for members and $25 for non-members. In addition to a day of great speakers there will be lunch, display tables, door prizes and a free new membership.

Click here to view the schedule for the event.

The registration form is now available to download here. Please return the form with payment to the MWI office.

This year, we also have T-shirts available for purchase (please note this option on the registration form). Here is a preview of the T-shirt design.

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There will also be display tables set up at each MRWD venue. Here is a list of the vendors we have confirmed:

Minnedosa

  1. MWI display table & new membership Sales
  2. Speakers handouts & merchandise (i.e. books, dvd’s)
  3. Klinic Community Health
  4. Wellness Suggestions
  5. Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
  6. Mood Disorders Association
  7. Traditional Medicines

Komarno

  1. MWI display table & new membership Sales
  2. Speakers handouts & merchandise (i.e. books, dvd’s)
  3. Klinic Community Health
  4. Wellness Suggestions
  5. Mood Disorders Association
  6. Aurora Recovery Centre

Speakers for the day:

Keith MacPherson

Keith MacPherson

Wellness expert and leader Keith Macpherson believes that yoga and mindfulness are the entry way to finding balance, health, inner-peace and wisdom. With his down to Earth personality Keith has a special ability to motivate the masses and win over even those who might otherwise neglect their health and wellness. Not only is Keith a yoga instructor and wellness coach but also offers his authentic gift of live music performance everywhere he goes. Keith Macpherson believes that music and yoga are the universal languages that bring people together in harmony.

Elaine Froese

Elaine Froese

Elaine empowers families to communicate and resolve conflict. As a farm family coach she creates clarity of expectations, certainty for timelines and a commitment to action. She is passionate about mental wellness as she is a depression survivor. Her 40 years of working with rural families is a rich tool-building experience. She has authored 4 books. Faith Today has dubbed her “Canada’s Farm Whisperer.”

Vicki Olatundun

Vicki Olatundun

Vicki was recognised by Canadian Living magazine as one of 40 women across the country who it sees as being “Change Makers” in making Canada a better place. In June 2016 Vicki launched her book “Unleash your crazy to win: How overcoming infertility led to business success”. Vicki is the Executive Director at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre, a former criminal law attorney and a thought-provoking motivational speaker. Her passion and mission is H.O.P.E. (helping other people excel).

Participants in our fireside chat in Minnedosa:

Roberta Graham

Roberta Graham

Roberta has maintained a private practice in therapy in Brandon for the past 17 years and is an associate professor in psychiatric nursing at Brandon University. She teaches courses on counselling theory and skills on abuse in families, and is a sessional instructor in the masters of marriage and family program with Aurora Family Therapy Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Roberta has a strong background working with community-based, not-for-profit agencies as an employee, board member and volunteer.

Deborah Tacan

Deborah Tacan

Is a Cree/ Metis woman with roots in northern Manitoba she lived in Crane River for 27 years where she raised her children. Deborah works as a Prevention Education Consultant at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. The duties include travelling to First Nations communities in the Western area to provide services. Some of the teachings that are shared are about healing and incorporate an Aboriginal worldview. She believes she has been given this work to continue her healing and to walk with others while on their healing journey.

Nora Chant

Nora Chant

Nora has held the position of peer support facilitator at the Brandon primary health care facility for over a decade. She has worked at a number of mental health consumer centred support services in the Brandon Westman area for the last twenty years. She has completed two degrees from Brandon University, including a bachelor’s degree in psychology but, relies heavily on the value of the lived experience as a mental health peer support worker. Client or person-centered therapies along with mindfulness techniques guide her personally and professionally, as she manages a diagnosis of bi-polar illness and anxiety.

Participants in our fireside chat in Komarno:

Cheryl Cohan

Cheryl Cohan

Cheryl is an Anthropologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, consultant and trainer. She works with Individuals, families, communities and organizations. Cheryl specializes in systemic therapy, adjunctive modalities and Horticultural Therapy. She works in addictions treatment, hospital and community settings and private practice. She also operates a rural retreat space and volunteers in compassion focused and community work.

Carole Teatreault

Carole Teatreault

Carole runs Calder House in Steinbach that offers individuals, couples and groups a retreat space, teachings and holistic spa therapies in order to bring balance to ones body, mind and spirit. Carol helps teach your mind how to slow down, and rediscover your spirit through mindfulness.

Judy Dunn

Judy Dunn

Judy works as an Outreach Manager for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba in the Eastman Region. But her most challenging role is that of a bereaved mother after losing her son Andrew, to suicide at the age of 23, after he lost his battle with depression on December 12, 2006. After the loss of her son, Judy made it her mission to help raise awareness and educate others about Mental Health Issues, such as Depression, as well as to help reduce the stigma that surrounds both depression and suicide.

Manitoba Rural Women’s Day is an annual event, which started in 2016, with a different focus each year.

We encourage women of all ages, members and non-members, to attend for the purpose of discussing issues important to women and families. This is intended to be a day of learning, networking, inspiration, and opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and feel empowered. This event provides rural women the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other women.