● Stone Helps Remember Spirit, Dedication

When Karen Baldwin lost her life to cancer on Nov. 28, 2015, her passing left a huge void in the lives of many of the people she worked with and for at Epic Opportunities.   Baldwin was involved with Epic Opportunities for nearly two decades, first as a volunteer when the organization was still known as Hope Centre and later as a Direct Support Worker and Manager. Her dedication to Epic...
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● Organization Putting People First

A provincial non-profit organization that promotes self-advocacy for adult men and women labelled with an intellectual disability is looking to expand its reach in Manitoba.   People First of Manitoba is seeking to add three new Winnipeg-based chapters in the neighbourhoods of North Kildonan, St. James and St. Vital before the end of this year. The new groups would join four existing groups...
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● Pauline’s Excellent Adventures

  Speak with anyone who has known Pauline for any length of time and you hear the same word used over and over again to describe her – fearless.   Despite a childhood accident that left her with limited mobility, Pauline has never been afraid to go where others often fear to tread. Jet skiing? She checked that off her personal to-do list several years ago. Parasailing? Check.  ...
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● Coordinator Passionate About People

Heather Bruneau had one of those aha kind of moments early on in her career.   Bruneau had just started working as a Disability Support Worker for a Winnipeg-based non-profit agency. She arrived at the home where she was scheduled to work that day only to discover her supervisor hadn’t arrived yet and staff and residents at the home were waiting outside.   Bruneau struck up a...
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● Helping Hands Gain Experience

An innovative program that is helping provide access to healthy food to low-income residents in a north Winnipeg neighbourhood is also providing people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to acquire valuable job skills and work experience.   The NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre (CFC) operates under the auspices of NorWest Co-op Community Health, a community-based non-profit...
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● Tour Provides Some Food For Thought

  Epic Opportunities recently provided some food for thought for both the people it serves as well as employees of the not-for-profit agency.   On Aug. 24, the organization hosted a wild edibles nature walk at FortWhyte Alive on McCreary Road in south Winnipeg. The walk was organized by members of the Epic Opportunities Spirit Committee, one of the three groups that comprise the...
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