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Women's Wellness program a special collaboration


A dynamic duo has teamed up to provide free programming for women.
Eleanor Snitka from Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba MDAM) explained she and Leanne Marceniuk from the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society have joined forces to offer a Women’s Wellness program.
Marceniuk and Terra Matthews from Dauphin Friendship Centre (DFC) had offered De-Stress Express in the fall, Snitka said, but Matthews had new programming obligations and could not continue.
As a result, Snitka agreed to partner with Marceniuk and the venture was renamed Women’s Wellness program.
MDAM works closely with Shoppers Drug Mart, she noted, through fund-raising and supporting programs for women, and is now assisting in funding the program.
“So we’re going to do much the same thing. We’re going to meet at the DFC youth centre on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.,” Snitka said.
The program will have a different activity planned for each evening, she said, adding Women’s Wellness is not just for people with mental health issues.
“All kinds of people have stress, whether they’re diagnosed or not,” Snitka said, noting stay-at-home moms or professional women might be interested in checking it out.
There are a variety of activities planned, Marceniuk said, such as painting, journalling, crocheting, gardening and a movie night.
Each evening will start with an observance of mindfulness and end with an opportunity to talk about the evening.
Snitka and Marceniuk have a lot of experience working together and have offered many programs in the past.
“We’re looking forward to doing this one,” Marceniuk added.
The next Women’s Wellness program is Feb. 12 and the last one is May 28.
“And we want to end our last week with a potluck and maybe make a recipe book from all the items that come to the potluck,” Snitka said, adding some events may change, depending on the availability of an instructor.
Participation is free of charge, as it is funded by MDAM and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Participants are asked to register the Thursday prior to the event.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Snitka at 204-638-7278 or Marceniuk at 204-263-2689.

M. A. Nyquist