Investing in Your Community’s Mental Wellness

The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society is now Peer Connections Manitoba
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Peer Connections Manitoba is dedicated to providing quality mental health education and value-based Peer Support for Manitobans and their families dealing with mental health challenges. Formerly known as the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, PCM is a pioneer in the mental health community, bridging the gap between community mental health practices and clinical institutions. As an organization that is 100% peer-led¹, we take a non-prescriptive approach that adapts to the needs of each inidividual.
2648
Individual peers supported²
For every $1 spent on Peer Support, the healthcare system saves
$2.28-$5.58³
4283
hours of Peer Suppor provided²

Why Peer Support?

Shared experience is our connection
When we go through challenging times, we gravitate towards those who have gone through similar circumstances in the hopes of finding a listening ear and a healthy dose of empathy. Peer Support operates from the belief that every person can recover, that each person can make changes in their life. Our Peer Support Workers have extensive training to connect through shared life experiences. They value your voice and story, and are ready to offer hope on the journey you will take together to explore and discover the strengths you already possess to live life on your terms.
Values of Peer Support
Hope and Recovery
Self-Determination
Empathetic and Equal Relationships
Dignity, Respect, and Social Inclusion
Integrity, Authenticity, and Trust
Health and Wellness
1 To be an organization that is 100% peer-led, PCM requires all board members and staff to have lived or living experience with mental health challenges and/or substance use. Our staff and board may have personally experienced these challenges or acted as a caregiver to someone experiencing them.
2 PCM’s 2020-2021 Annual Report
3 Peers for Progress; Economic Analysis in Peer Support (2015)
Working with the System
to Improve our System
PCM’s Peer Support Workers
Provide care in the community and in clinical settings to bring services to those in need wherever they may come in contact with the mental health system. For decades the Community Mental Health System and the Clinical Mental Health System have been at-an-arms length in Manitoba. With a partnership between PCM, Prairie Mountain Health, and Shared Health MB, we have begun to bridge the divide by taking Peer Support, a service provided in the community for years, into acute care centres like the Crisis Response Centre and Dauphin Health Centre. This partnership puts PCM in a unique position as the only organization in Manitoba to provide a continuation of Peer Support services for those who access mental health support in acute care centres. Thanks to donors like yourself, our community team provides continued support for Manitobans in need.
Feedback from Clinicians
94% felt Peer Support had either a moderate or great positive impact on the experience of those seeking services. ²
64% felt the addition of Peer Support had a moderate or great positive impact on their role as a clinician. ²
“I’ve seen peers de-escalate a situation that probably would have resulted in PRN medication if there hadn’t been anyone available for the client to vent to.” – CRC Clinician ²

An Investment in Connection

With the support of sponsors like you, PCM can make meaningful changes in the lives of the peers we support every single day. Each dollar used to support PCM is a direct investment in the mental wellbeing of your community. PCM promotes our sponsors by recognizing their business in marketing materials, media coverage, website promotion, and in PCM reports. When sponsoring an event, only 50-60% of the dollars raised go back into the community. When making a direct investment, or program sponsorship, 100% of each dollar goes directly into providing support to our community.
Benefits of a Sponsorship
  • Exposure to new potential clientele
  • Opportunities to win over customers from competing brands

    The 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study reported that “90% of U.S. consumers say they would switch brands to one associated with a cause, given comparable price and quality.” 4

  • Improved consumer willingness to pay

    According to a 2015 Nielsen study, 55% of online consumers would pay more for product or service offerings when a company is associated with social impact.5

  • Employee Satisfaction

    The same Nielsen study cited that when deciding where to work, 67% of employees would rather work for an organization that was socially responsible.5

PCM Donor Demographics by Industry

PCM Donor Demographics by Industry

Arts

Construction

Finance

Health Care

Non Profit

Personal Services

Professional Services

Transportation

Other

4 “2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study.” Cone. Cone Communications, May 27, 2016. https://www.conecomm.com/research-blog/2015- cone-communications-ebiquity-global-csr study#download-research.
5 5. “Doing Well by Doing Good: Increasingly, Consumers care about Corporate Social Responsibility, but does Concern Convert to Consumption?” Nielson, June 2014. https://www.nielsen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/04 global20Sustainability20Report_October202015.pdf

Impact of Your Investment

With your sponsorship of
$5000
Peer Connections Manitoba can provide weekly sessions of the “Hearing Voices” workshop to students, familiy members, and employees for a year. As a sponsor at this level, you can host a session of the “Hearing Voices” workshop for up to 25 of your employees at no additional cost.
$2500
Peer Connections Manitoba can provide a weekly Peer Support group for Manitobans dealing with mental health challenges for a year.
$2000
Peer Connections Manitoba can get our Peer Support Workers certified by Peer Support Canada. This certification is part of our process to ensure our staff have extensive training when providing support.
$1500
Peer Connections Manitoba can provide 52 Peer Support sessions throughout the year. Providing neccesary support while decreasing the wait times for life changing care.
$1250
Peer Connections Manitoba can deliver up to 26 educational workshops in a year. These workshops create awareness, reduce stigma, and teach skills on how to deal with mental health challenges. These workshops are all free of charge to Manitobans.

Impact of Your Donations

With your donation of
$500
Peer Connections Manitoba can provide a half-day professional development workshop to teachers or workplaces. This workshop will include education about mental health challenges, tools on how to effectively recover, and how to spot when someone is struggling. As a sponsor at this level, you can book a half-day PD training for your school or workplace.
$250
Peer Connections Manitoba can provide a weekly Peer Support group for Manitobans dealing with mental health challenges.
$100
Peer Connections Manitoba can provide the “Hearing Voices” simulation to understand the challenges one might experience when dealing with auditory hallucinations to a group of 15 caregivers, students, or employees..
$50
A trained Peer Support Worker can facilitate a Peer Support Group session for Manitobans in needs.
$25
A Manitoban is able to access an hour of Peer Support from a trained Peer Support Worker through PCM.

Investing in Peer Support Workers

At Peer Connections Manitoba, our dedicated Family and Community Peer Support Workers are providing support for Manitobans living with mental health challenges year round.
Our community team fills a gap that can often be left when someone is discharged from a clinical support setting into their community, that’s where PCM comes in. Our clinical support team works in hospitals and health centres with individuals and families in need until their discharge and then can hand off that individual to a member of our community team to continue their recovery journey.
Thanks to the support of our donors, our community team has had more than 2500 peer interactions this past year ².
With the demand for services increasing, and our commitment to providing support for as long as our peers need it, the need for more trained Peer Support Workers is continuously growing.
In this past year, the wait time for an individual seeking Peer Support at PCM has gone up from 6 to 49 days and 11 to 31 days for families seeking support. The increase in wait time is a testament to how many peers are using the services at PCM.
To combat this wait time, provide support to more Manitobans, and expand the types of support we can provide, we call upon our major donors to consider Sponsoring a Peer Support Worker.

With direct investments from our donors, PCM can grow our Community Support Team and provide additional support to Manitobans in need. With one additional peer support Worker PCM can provide:

Per:
Year
Quarter
Month
Week
# Of Peer Support Hours Provided
1025
256
85
21
# Of Unique Peers Supported
97
24
8
2
# Of Peers Supported in Support Groups
274
69
23
6
Average Reduction to Wait Time
36 Days
9 Days
3 Days
0.75 Days
Cost to PCM
$45,000
$11,250
$3,750
$865

Thank You to Our 2021-2022 Supporters

Partners
Major Donors
Leaders
Sponsors
Supporters

Alex Thibert
Allan & Louise
Fedoruk
Alvera Jones
Andrea Lofts
Andrea Thomson,
Andrea
Anita Berg
Anonymous
Arlene & Norman
Levine
Arun & Durga
Ogale
Betty & William
Grant
Betty Snuggs
Bonnie Berry
Bryce Vincent
Carrol & Monty
Litinisky
Cathleen & Claude
Courchaine

Cathy Sveinson
Christine Frank
Dave Morphy
David & Barbara
King David &
Margaret Yeo
David & Noreen
Maguire
David A. Newman
Dean Postlewaite
Dennis Meech
Derek Kitching
Dick Archer
Dick Carson
Don Pousite
Donna Thain,
Donna
Donovan Fowke
Eric MacLise
Faye Bradley
Gani Ganapathy
George Semchuk

Gina Staples
Gloria Mactavish
Gloria Zebrowski
Gordon Goodrich
Greg Hollander
Gwen May
Harvey Dyck
Hilary Druxman
Design 43 Inc.
Hugh Eliasson
Irene Marantz
James & Joyce
Ross
Jean Walsh
Joe Wojciechowski
John Jameson
Jon Bailey
Katherine Kehler
Kathleen Martinuk
Keenan Reimer
Ken Bourquin
Ken Giesbrecht

Ken Phernambucq
Kimberly
Giesbrecht
Lew Oake
Lia Cerasani
Lori Eveleigh
Mack Smith
Marc Gregoire
Margaret Elliott
Marie Falk
Marion Firth
Marjorie
DaneNewton
Mark Adams
Marlene Ramsay
Martin Ingenmey
Matthew Thomson
Merle & Marvin
Garfinkel
Mike St. Criox
Murray Bennet
Myles Dancho

Nadine Scholl
Nate Anderson
ON Business
Pall Ramsay
Patrick Burton
PayPal Giving
Fund
Canada
Peter & Fatima
Ostryzniuk
Ralph Kendall
Ralph Lambert
Rees Jones
Richard Weind
Rick Higgins
Rick Pinchin
Rod Higgins
Ron Amann
Sandra Ingenmy
Sandra Vincent
Stirling Walkes
Teresa Wei

The Manitoba 150
Host Committee Inc
Travis Dreger
Trevor Skidmore
Wade Bo-Maguire
Wawanesa
Insurance
Wayne Harmon
Wayne McWhirter
Wendy Kirouac
William Badger
William Cavell

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Gillian Nattress
Vice President Peer Connections Manitoba
Gillian is the Vice President of the Board of Peer Connections Manitoba, who joined the board in March of 2020. Gillian is a Registered Nurse who is part of the management team with Shared Health. She manages the Support Staff and Nurses of the Float Pools at Health Sciences Centre. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and first became involved with the former Manitoba Schizophrenia Society when she worked for the University of Manitoba and brought nursing students to many of MSS educational programs. Gillian has family members living with mental illness and feel passionately about being a part of a culture that normalizes taking care of mental health.
Best part of my workday; Recruiting future nurses and encouraging the development of best practice standards.
I love to decorate, cook, and bake, and am very social. I am looking forward to entertaining again sometime soon.

I am constantly making lists and checking off some accomplishments…makes me feel like I am getting somewhere with my daily tasks!

Stephanie Loewen
Secretary to the Board of Directors

Stephanie is the Executive Director of Policy, Programs and Learning for the Manitoba Civil Service Commission. She has been with the Manitoba Government for 12 years, with 10 years spent in mental health, suicide prevention, and addictions policy and oversight. Before government, Stephanie worked as the outreach manager for the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society for six years in both the south and northeastern regions of Manitoba. Since her teenage years, she has had a keen interest in mental health and well-being, playing “therapist” to her friends. Having experienced episodes of debilitating depression and anxiety in her early adulthood, she became well-aware of the inadequacies, gaps and barriers in the healthcare system, as well as in mental health services. Stephanie is a passionate advocate for mental health promotion, destigmatizing mental health and mental illness, and sharing our common and diverse human experiences with compassion, self-love, grace, and humour (wherever possible!) When not working, she loves beating her family in ping pong, tasting and rating Manitoba’s amazing craft beer selections, and listening to podcasts about leadership, self-compassion and bravery.

Felica Owadara
Hi everyone, my name is Felicia Owadara, but my family mostly calls me Felicity, and I am from Nigeria. I like going for a walk, and part of my daily routine is reading a book daily. I love to engage in meaningful conversation to enrich my knowledge.
Professionally, I worked for a couple of years as a health social worker in the Psychiatric Unit at the Teaching Hospital Ibadan, where I develop an interest in the social integration of mental health service users. I later travelled to the United Kingdom for a master’s degree in social policy and social work research. While I was in the UK, I joined the Kyra women project, an organization that focuses on women’s wellbeing, until I returned to my country.

I am currently undergoing a doctoral degree program at the Faculty of Social work, University of Manitoba; I am a member of the board of director for the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society agency, now referred to as Peer Connection. Joining the organization is relatively novel to me and shaping my experience and knowledge; I am happy to be here and help in a way that I could.

Florence Keeper
My name is Florence Keeper, I am from Nelson House, known as Nischawasik Cree Nation. Grew up and attended school there, attended high school in Thompson. Later attended Brandon university. I am a mother of six, 5 sons, one daughter, a grandmother of two wonderful boys and a granddaughter. So, I’ve been busy! We’ve lived in Winnipeg now for 20 years.

My work experience has always been health delivery. Medical Transportation and Referral Services. WRHA with the Aboriginal Health Service as Discharge Planning Coordinator. I have been involved with Boards as a member in CMHA, Mental Health Community Service, Women’s Crisis Centre in Thompson. I retired in 2014, not my wish but due to health issues. In 2002, a loved one became ill with a mental illness. I found ourselves, meaning the whole family in distress. Not understanding the illness and our new journey began. With supports, resources various hospitals and community programs, we would have not survived. Today, we are in better situation but continue to live with it. When I asked to be member of the MMS board, I was eager as I feel I better understanding and can contribute to support the issue for others. I am proud to say we have provided support to other parents here and in the northern area as we know many people from there. I enjoy talking to people, reading, bead w travelling, explore new things when I can.

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Alex Sawatsky
President
Alex Sawatsky is the Director as well as an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Social Work at Booth University College where he has been teaching for the last 15 years.
His previous career was in mental health services in the U.S.  He was a member of the board of directors for 6 years with the Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers (MIRSW; 2007-2013) and presently a member of the board of directors of the Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW).
As of January 2017, he is newly elected as a member of the board of directors at the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society (MSS) and the acting president of the board of directors for Peer Connections Manitoba at this time.
In his spare time, he tries to run all the time and on trails as much as possible.  He still thinks it’s a hobby and not an obsession.
Gillian Nattress
Vice President Peer Connections Manitoba
Gillian is the Vice President of the Board of Peer Connections Manitoba, who joined the board in March of 2020. Gillian is a Registered Nurse who is part of the management team with Shared Health. She manages the Support Staff and Nurses of the Float Pools at Health Sciences Centre. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and first became involved with the former Manitoba Schizophrenia Society when she worked for the University of Manitoba and brought nursing students to many of MSS educational programs. Gillian has family members living with mental illness and feel passionately about being a part of a culture that normalizes taking care of mental health.
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