Have You Signed Up For Morenet?

Have you signed up for Morenet? Check Morenet.ca to see if you are in the green coverage area! 

50 years of empowering people with mental health needs was celebrated last night in Winkler.
    
It was 5 decades ago that a group of community members saw a need to help others struggling, and out of their caring for others, Eden Mental Health Services was born.
    
eden gala heroes nov2017(L-R) Mental Health Heroes, Sylvia Fehr, Warren Friesen, Nathan Elias, and Janine Monroe. (Photo courtesy of Wes Ens)Evelyn Labun, board chair for Eden Health Care Services says over the years, Eden has evolved in many wonderful ways in response to community needs.  "When I look at the history, they started a hospital, because that's what they knew," said Labun.  "Then they looked around and said where are they going to live, and they did housing. They then said, but there's more to living than just living somewhere, so what are you going to do?  And then work issues arose...and what about all the other people who aren't in hospitals, but are having troubles, and out of that came Recovery of Hope."

Labun said their mandate of empowering people with mental health needs and their growth of services over the past five decades, is thanks to many caring people.  "Tonight, as I look over the tables, I see community, and it's absolutely wonderful."  Labun said the care for mentally ill and people in distress cannot be done by staff alone, it's the community that does it with them.

The evening also included the celebration of four Mental Health Heroes, who have walked through a mental health journey, or who have walked alongside someone struggling with mental health.  Nathan Elias, general manager of Essen Transport, a local trucking company was one of them.  He was recognized for stepping out and sharing with others about his recovery through severe depression.  Elias attributed his recovery to his Christian faith and strong core of friends, as well as Eden's Recovery of Hope program.

"I believe Eden is a great cause throughout the community and throughout Manitoba.  The things they do for counselling and therapy, and how it's so easily available to anyone that is willing to accept the help."

Janine Monroe from Morden was honoured for the strong support she is to her husband, an RCMP eden gala margaret Trudeau nov2017Margaret Trudeau (photo by Wes Ens)officer.  "My husband's job is a very stressful job, and that's how it affects our lives, so I'm here to help him go through anything he goes through."

The other Mental Health Heroes included local Musician Warren Friesen.  Through his music and other avenues, Friesen has made his struggles with mental health public in hopes of connecting with others as a way to assist in their healing process.

Mental Health Hero, Sylvia Fehr from Marchand was nominated by her daughter.  Sylvia walked alongside her daughter Lorraine's struggle through mental illness, and together they found recovery through professional counselling.

The 50th-anniversary gala also included special guest speaker, Margaret Trudeau who shared her long struggle with mental illness, and that there is hope for recovery, thanks to organizations like Eden.

Those at the gala were also treated to the musical stylings of Bass Opera Singer, Phillip Ens Jr., Meagan (Reimer) Larios - Mezzo-Soprano, and Pianist Laura Friesen.

eden gala nov2017

 

 

More Local News

Former Winkler Police Chief Hired As Consultant

The Town of Niverville will be hiring former Winkler Police Chief Rick Hiebert to study future policing options for Niverville. Mayor Myron Dyck says policing has been an important issue for…

Industry Veteran Welcomes Changes To Commercial Trucking Certification

The Provincial government is shaking up the way commercial truck drivers are trained. The tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos crash with a transport truck that claimed the lives of 16 people has also…

Have You Signed Up For Morenet?

Have you signed up for Morenet? Check Morenet.ca to see if you are in the green coverage area! 

New Carman Community Garden Almost Fully Booked

The brand new Carman Community Garden is off to a great start. Pat Veldman is the spokesperson for the garden, located in the north end of the Industrial Park. The idea for the community garden all…
Morris MYJC

Local Youth Job Centres Are Now Open For Summer

Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) in the region have opened for the season. Erin Robert, Youth Engagement Leader in Morris Students and youth from 12 to 29 can receive free help finding summer…

Significant Stages In Manitoba's History Showcased At CFDC

From a fossil standpoint, the Ordovician, Cretaceous and Quaternary periods are significant to Manitoba's history. A new exhibit at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC) in Morden was recently…

Veteran Winkler Event Coordinator Handpicked for Manitoba 150 Committee

Winkler's Louis Tanguay is helping the Province celebrate its 150th anniversary. Tanguay was recently named to the Manitoba 150 Committee, charged with planning celebrations to coincide with the…

Carman to Strut New Sidewalks This Summer

Work to revitalize the downtown business district in Carman has already begun for the season. On Tuesday, crews picked up where they left off in the fall after removing part of the inter-locking…

GVC Students Give Back To The Community

A group of students at Garden Valley Colligate (GVC) in Winkelr has become more involved in their community. Around 15 students have been regularly participating in the Youth In Philanthropy (YIP)…

Long Weekend Safety A Priority For RCMP

RCMP Media Liaison Constable Sean O'Keefe says over a long weekend, traffic is expected to go up, so make sure you're taking extra precautions. "We see people heading to their cottages, traveling all…

Heavy Horses Coming To Pembina Valley In 2022

The World Percheron Congress is making a return to Western Manitoba. The event last took place in Brandon back in 2004. A group of people making up the host committee is expecting about 600 horses…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

02
Jun
2017
CHASE THE ACE FUNDRAISER

02 June 2017 - 01 June 2018, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

HAPPY WANDERER





21
Apr
2018
Fundraising Garage Sale

21 April 2018 - 27 May 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

, Winkler





01
May
2018
Revisiting - Exhibition by Eunji Jung

01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden





14
May
2018
PTMuseum Opens for its 50th Season!

14 May 2018 , 10:00 am

Pembina Threshermens Museum (PTM)





15
May
2018
Morden Farmers’ Market Registration Open

15 May 2018 - 02 June 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Morden & District Chamber of Commerce, Morden





15
May
2018
Morden Farmers' Market Registration - Buskers

15 May 2018 - 02 June 2018, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Morden Farmers' Market, Morden





18
May
2018
Walk for Alzheimer's - Several Locations

18 May 2018 - 22 June 2018, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Rosenort Housing





Login