Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba


IHCAM Announces new CEO

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IHCAM Winter 2023 Newsletter



If you are looking for employment, please click on the following links to see positions that are currently available at IHCAM Member facilities:



Bethania Group:

Calvary Place:

Centre de Santé:

Donwood Manor:

Fred Douglas Society:

Holy Family Home:

Lindenwood Retirement Living is
seeking a Spiritual Care Coordinator

Lions Manor:

Luther Home:

Meadowood Manor:

Misericordia Health Centre:

Park Manor:

Sara Riel Inc.:

Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre:


St. Boniface Hospital:


Eden Health Care Services—Winkler:

Rest Haven Personal Care HomeSteinbach:

Rock Lake Health District:

Salem Home—Winkler:

Ste. Rose Health Centre:

Tabor Home—Morden:

Villa Youville Sainte-Anne:

Winnipegosis & District Health Centre:

Faith based care homes seek vaccine requirements

Faith Helps Fuel Canada's GDP
New research, "Faith Helps Fuel Canada's GDP" is a first ever study of Canada's Hidden Economy. This new research suggests religion produces measurable economic contributions to the common good: a 67.5 billion annual investment in Canadian society.  
"Amid pandemic-related job loss and economic worries, new research done by Brian and Melissa Grimm suggests there is a sector of Canadian society that plays an important, but often unrecognized, economic role: religion. The Hidden Economy: How Faith Helps Fuel Canada’s GDP, a new report from think tank Cardus, finds that religion’s annual contribution to Canadian society is worth an estimated $67.5 billion. That’s large enough to be the ninth biggest enterprise in the country – ahead of the Bank of Montreal. (See Cardus for full study or RFBF for overview.)Brian Grim, RFBF President

Using a Framework of Hope During Covid-19 Crisis

The following is an interesting article using the framework of hope to cope with this pandemic.

Golden West Lodge connects residents with family despite physical distancing

MARCHE Report on Sustainability

Extra faith coverage thanks to local groups in provincial and federal election periods

Have you noticed more faith stories in the Free Press over the past seven months? Have you wondered why?

It’s because of a Free Press project to increase the coverage of religion — with the support of the local faith community.

The project, which started in March, goes back to spring 2018. That’s when Free Press editor Paul Samyn indicated the paper was looking for new ways to engage and connect with people in Winnipeg.

When I suggested one group the paper could serve better was the faith community, he agreed. But where, he asked, would they find the money to pay for it?

Have you noticed more faith stories in the Free Press over the past seven months? Have you wondered why?

It’s because of a Free Press project to increase the coverage of religion — with the support of the local faith community.

The project, which started in March, goes back to spring 2018. That’s when Free Press editor Paul Samyn indicated the paper was looking for new ways to engage and connect with people in Winnipeg.

When I suggested one group the paper could serve better was the faith community, he agreed. But where, he asked, would they find the money to pay for it?

"What if I raise it?" I asked. Samyn and publisher Bob Cox said if money could be found, they would give it a try.

So starting in June last year, Cox and I made presentations to various faith groups, inviting them to provide financial support to increase reporting about religion in the Free Press.

The first group on board was Charleswood United Church. It was followed by the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Winnipeg; the Islamic Social Services Association; the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg and the archbishop of St. Boniface, Albert LeGatt; Equipping the Saints, on behalf of evangelical churches in the city; Manitoba Multifaith Council; Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land; McClure United Church; the Presbytery of Winnipeg, Presbyterian Church in Canada; River East Church (Mennonite Brethren); Trinity United Church; and the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Winnipeg.

Altogether, they contributed over $32,000 to pay for additional freelance writing about faith in Winnipeg.

In offering this support, the faith groups understood they weren’t buying coverage for themselves; it was about boosting reporting about religion in general. They also understood unfavourable news about religion would continue to be reported.

The results? Since March, there have been 134 local religion stories in the Free Press. That’s an average of 19 a month, up from eight or nine a month previously.

And not only that: these articles can be found throughout the paper — front page, local section, arts, business and on the faith page. And since they are already paid for, they are free for anyone to read online.

For Samyn, the project is working for the newspaper.

"It is serving the faith community, showing people of faith that the Free Press recognizes them and the contribution they make to the community," he said. "This is important to the Free Press, since it wants to be known as a place where the whole community gathers."

It’s also good for news coverage, allowing the Free Press to do a better job of covering religion in depth — "not just when controversies arise," he said in an article in Broadview magazine (the former United Church Observer).

"Faith remains a strong influence in public life. To ignore its impact on our national discourse would be to shortchange our audience."

As for the support provided by the faith groups, "at a time when religion is all too often dismissed, discounted and derided, faith groups see value in the province’s largest media outlet telling their stories to a broader audience," he said.

Of course, there’s something else in it for the Free Press, too. This newspaper, like others across Canada, is challenged financially. It needs to find new ways to cover the cost of producing journalism. This arrangement with local faith groups is a new and creative way to do that.

It’s also unique in Canada, and possibly in the U.S., too. I’m not aware of any other daily newspaper or other media outlet receiving support from the faith community to report about religion.

In other words, what the faith community has here in Winnipeg is something special — something you won’t find anywhere else.

If you like it, let Samyn know; he’s always interested in what readers have to say. If your place of worship or faith group has news or stories of interest to the wider community, tell us; use the email address below.

And if your faith group or congregation isn’t among the sponsors, maybe you can encourage them to sign on.

Project Will Add 143 New Beds To Rest Haven Facility

STEINBACH—Ground has been broken on a new 143-bed personal care home expansion in Steinbach that will ensure more seniors living in or near the community will have access to 24-hour supervision and nursing support when they need it, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced here today.

“The expansion of the Rest Haven personal care home reflects our government’s commitment to providing seniors and all Manitobans with the consistent, reliable services they need, when and where they need them,” said Friesen, who participated in a sod-turning event at the construction site this morning.  “Adding personal care home spaces in Steinbach will provide senior citizens in this community with the appropriate, focused care they need.”

The new facility, expected to be complete by 2021, will include resident rooms with private washrooms and showers in clusters of 11 or 12.  Each cluster will have a large gathering space, a smaller private lounge area, a dining area and an activity space.  The new facility will also include maintenance, laundry and housekeeping service areas, storage, offices, staff areas and exterior patios, walkways and parking.

“Today marks the beginning of a reality envisioned by community partners over the decades, to carry forward the tradition of care excellence into newly constructed, resident-focused facilities for those requiring personal care services,” said David Driedger, chief executive officer, HavenGroup.  “HavenGroup is appreciative of the collaborative effort of all parties in aligning health system transformation with growing service needs in Steinbach and its surrounding area.”

The current Rest Haven personal care home in Steinbach has 60 beds and was built in 1984.  The new facility is being constructed next to the existing building and the 86-suite Woodhaven Manor elderly persons housing building.  The current personal care home will be renovated to provide support space.

“Families waiting on long-term care for their loved ones are in need of more personal care home spaces,” said Jane Curtis, chief executive officer, Southern Health-Santé Sud.  “People in Steinbach and its surrounding communities were eager to break ground on this much anticipated project at Rest Haven.  This new space will allow more people to stay closer to home for long-term personal care.  We look forward to joining our project partners and the Manitoba government in welcoming families and residents to this neighbourhood-minded community of holistic, long-term, personal care.”

Construction of the new facility supports the provincial government’s commitment to open 1,200 new personal care home beds by 2025, Friesen noted.

The Manitoba government will fund the majority of the project, with the support of HavenGroup, which is contributing $7 million.  Final project costs are subject to the tendering process.

IHCAM releases Election Brochure promoting faith-based healthcare

An In-Depth Look at the Manitoba Health Care System

Explore Manitoba Health Care Using Health Indicators

View in-depth information on the health of Canadians in Manitoba and on the Manitoba health care system. This interactive data provides insight into hospitals and long-term care organizations using a series of health indicators. Information is available on health care safety, efficiency, access, person-centredness, and appropriateness and effectiveness, as well as on health status and social determinants of health. 


(Winnipeg Free Press, June 21, 2019). 

Since IHCAM's member organizations represent over 13% of Manitoba's health care budget, employing over 10,000 staff and attracting over 2000 volunteers, our collective voice for the value and important role faith-based health care plays in Manitoba also needs to be heard.

As your candidates these questions:

  1. How would you describe the value of faith-based not for profit health and human service organizations and investments in Manitoba communities?
  2. What do you think distinguishes the leadership, engagement, decision-making, ethics and governance of independent boards in fiaht-based health care organizations?

  3. How do you see funding for spiritual health as part of Manitoba's health care system going forward?  Do you advocate status quo or increased funding?

  4. How would you enhance fiaht-based organizations' partnerhsip with Government over the next 4 years?
  5. What is your vision for the health of our community - for health services to support people of all ages?

Matter of principle Philpott explains role of religion in her decision-making process

Matter of principle - Winnipeg Free Press

Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files</p><p>Independent MP Jane Philpott is a member of Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville, Ont., and served as a missionary doctor in Africa for over 10 years.</p></p></p>



2019 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference - Healthcare Chaplaincy Network

Caring for the Human Spirit PowerPoint Slides & Full Conference Webcast

This conference webcast was held in May and hosted by IHCAM at Misericordia Health Centre.  As you scroll through the list of presentations, you may well find sessions of interest to you and your team members which you can watch and discuss together.

To access presentations slides and webcast from the conference kindly follow the link below and enter the password provided.

Username: 2019Conference
Password: Reg2019Conf


Canadian Assoc. of Long Term Care Lobby Effort

New report from CALTC calls for seniors to be a priority in 2019 Budget
“If we can build hockey rinks, we can build long-term care homes” says seniors group to Trudeau Government

The Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) revealed its recommendations for the 2019 Federal Budget and called on the government to use federal infrastructure funding to help rebuild older care homes and fund the creation of 42,000 new long-term care beds across Canada. The National group that advocates for seniors also urged the government to address the severe labour shortage in long-term care and provide better access to innovation and data, helping both Canadian seniors and policy-makers.

“The Government of Canada is directly investing over $180 billion over 12 years on infrastructure for affordable housing, for roads, for hockey rinks, but not a nickel on seniors housing that includes care,” says Daniel Fontaine, Chair of CALTC. “The federal government can better demonstrate their commitment to seniors by investing in new and upgraded housing to ensure it meets today’s standards and supports the excellent delivery of care.”

The recommendations unveiled in Long Overdue: Improving Seniors Care in Canada present critical proposals for strengthening seniors’ care across Canada. These include:

• Investing in seniors housing where care is provided by using federal infrastructure funding to create 42,000 new beds and help rebuild older homes by 2023.
• Addressing the seniors care labour shortage by developing a Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy.
• Supporting innovation and data in health care by mandating funding, and supporting the implementation of a new management information system for long-term care.
About the Canadian Association for Long Term Care

The Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) is the national voice of long-term care providers delivering publicly-funded health care services to seniors across Canada, when they can no longer live at home.

CROSSROADS… Exploring research on religion, spirituality and health

This newsletter provides updates on research, news and events related to spirituality and health, including educational resources and funding opportunities.  Duke University's goal is to create a community of researchers, clinicians, clergy, and laypersons interested in spirituality and health and keep them informed and updated.  To view the April 2018 Newsletter, click here: 
All e-newsletters are archived on our website. To view previous editions (July 2007 through March 2018) go to: ossroads


IHCAM is pleased to offer its membership with opportunities for formation and education.  While some educational opportunities have been planned over the next year, the Board of Directors decided to create a Fund to provide opportunities for individuals or organizations that have limited budgets to participate in educational or formation workshops / conferences.

Please click on this link to access the Fund Guidelines.

A Frequently Asked Questions document can be seen here


This 5-part educational series is designed to train health professionals to integrate spirituality into patient care as part of the practice of "whole person" medicine. Health professionals, regardless of specialty, are encouraged to watch all five videos (even though the first three videos are designed for physicians). The first video is an overview and summary of the series [transcript]. The second video focuses on past research linking religion/spirituality to mental, social, behavioral, and physical health, which forms the rationale for this approach [transcript]. The third video examines in detail "how to" integrate spirituality into patient care in a way that minimizes physician time and utilizes a team approach [transcript]. The fourth video is designed for nurses and practice managers and focuses on the spiritual care coordinator, who orchestrates the addressing of patients' spiritual needs [transcript]. The fifth video is designed for the entire spiritual care team and describes how team members work together to accomplish the common goal of practicing whole person care, with a focus on the role of the chaplain and the social worker [transcript].

Pastoral Care Assessment Tool

Manitoba's Health Information and Knowledge Network (MHIKNET)

Manitoba Government Releases Background Information From Health System Sustainability and

The Manitoba government is releasing significant portions of the KPMG Health System Sustainability and Innovation Review (HSIR) including sections containing recommendations implemented and underway as part of the initial stages of the province’s health system transformation, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.  To view the full press release, click HERE.

IHCAM Launches Connections Newsletter

IHCAM is pleased to publish its first Connections Newsletter to provide its members and the public with pertinent information, activities and upcoming events that are occuring throughout the province of Manitoba.


Click here to read the November issue of Connections

Making the Case for Spiritual Health Care

The Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba in partnership with the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba and nine (9) other partners submitted to the Minister of Health a document entitled The Case for Spiritual Health Care at the beginning of November 2017.  Manitoba's current context in health care where everything is being questioned for its validity, effectiveness, and raison d'être was what drove the need to build a case behind the importance of Spiritual Health in our system.

To read the business case, click here.

Real Leadership in the Nonprofit World

Leading people and being `Mission Fit' requires constant encouragement and upgrading.  This session is for busy (and often over-tired) Executive Directors, CEO`s, Staff and Volunteer Managers, and anyone who wants to increase in thei ability and desire leading others.

More details to follow

Minister Kelvin Doerksen proclaims Spiritual & Religious Care Awareness Week


The province is moving forward on an additional 258 new personal care home beds in Winnipeg, Steinbach and Carman, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Additional personal care home capacity will be needed over the next 25 years to care for people with significant needs and who can no longer safely remain at home or in supportive housing,” said Goertzen.  “We remain committed to ensuring the right care is available at the right place and the right time, and moving forward on personal care homes is part of addressing this need.”

Design work will begin to support the development of three proposals including:
• developing the Bridgwater Personal Care Home in Winnipeg to add up to 108 new beds;
• expanding the existing Rest Haven Personal Care Home in Steinbach by adding up to 140 beds; and
• expanding the existing Boyne Lodge in Carman by adding up to 10 new beds, 70 replacement beds and up to 30 new transitional care beds.

The minister noted the projects are in areas where analysis has shown that additional personal care home capacity is among the most needed.  Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living will continue working with regional health authorities, communities and stakeholders to look at creative funding models to both help build capacity and make sustainable capital investments.  This will ensure the province can meet the long-term needs of Manitoba’s growing and aging population.

“Our government has committed to contributing approximately $133,000 per bed toward the construction of 1,200 personal care home beds throughout Manitoba.  Manitobans were paying two or three times that amount under the previous government, which simply wasn’t sustainable,” said Goertzen.  “Additional proposals will be assessed based on needs within the region and their ability to fit within the new mandate.”

In addition, Goertzen noted that work on the expansion of the 157-bed Holy Family Personal Care Home in north Winnipeg is expected to be complete by late 2018.

For more information on personal care homes in Manitoba, visit:




  • Faith based health care organizations are committed to upholding all professional and governmental standards in healthcare, but faith based healthcare is also rooted in beliefs and values that go beyond professional and governmental standards to a holistic view of the person.
  • Our members go beyond medical care with a commitment to spiritual health, compassionate care and the importance of serving others.
  • One of the biggest benefits of faith–based organizations is the support from their community. Many faith based organizations are supported by private Foundations that fund services, projects and spiritual health care that are not supported by Manitoba Health. Additionally, faith-based organizations have a large contingent of dedicated volunteers that help to enhance the care and service at each organization.

Manitoba Health Spiritual Care Strategic Plan

Click here to view the Implementation plan for Manitoba Spiritual Health.

Presentation to the Bill 6 Legislative Committee

Click here to view the presentation by Julie Turenne Maynard to the Bill 6 Legislative Committee on June 11th, 2012.



  • Bill 6 ignores and contravenes the basic principles that have been negotiated in long standing agreements with government and the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs).

  • Bill 6 is tantamount to a breach of trust.

  • Bill 6 is an affront to the legitimate and value laden role and significant contribution of the nine (9) faith-based groups that own and operate health and social service organizations in Manitoba.

  • Bill 6 increases the ability of bureaucracies, the RHAs, to unilaterally impose their will on private corporations in matters fundamental to their autonomy;

  • The ability of private corporations to carry out their distinctive missions and mandates, to innovate and experiment, to choose and retain their own leaders, to connect with particular communities of supporters, can all be crucial to their success in providing care that fits the needs and aspirations of clients, residents and patients and their families.