Mental Health Week coming up!

Mental Health Week Coming Up!

Morden is getting excited about hosting Mental Health Week, May 7-11, 2019. Canadian Mental Health Association’s week of events is in its 68th year. The association wants to remind us that mental health is not something that just affects the 1 in 5 Canadians who have a mental illness. We all have mental health. Just like we all have physical health. Every one of us. 5 in 5.

This will be the third year that events are being hosted in Morden for this week. We are grateful for the sponsorships that help to make this event possible.

Sponsors include:
Gold: Southern Health Healthy Living Together Grant, City of Morden
Silver: Eden Mental Health Care Services
Bronze: Clinic Drugstore, Morden Co-op

The goal of Mental Health Week in Morden is to inspire, educate and be active for mental health.

We are excited to have Sonia Funk, RNT as our main keynote speaker presenting It’s Not Your Fault.

We are all surrounded by triggers of stress, anxiety and depression in our daily lives. They are everywhere. They are in the news, on our dinner plates, in our morning mugs, in our homes, at school, on the road, at work, in our email. Sonia will be discussing these triggers, and factors that affect our mental health including stress, food, our microbiome, social media, phones and relationships.

The full schedule for Mental Health Week (May 7-12) includes:

  • Tuesday:A Mental Health Expo including displays from Agassiz Medical Clinic, Mood Disorders of Manitoba, Community Financial Counselling, Eden Mental Health Services and many more. The expo is followed by the main keynote titled It’s Not Your Fault, by Sonia Funk, RNT.
  • Wednesday: Free classes are offered to activate the body and the brain including cardio drumming, yoga, partner yoga and introduction to mindfulness meditation.
  • Thursday:John Janzen, an inner-city worker in Winnipeg will present on building community at a $35 Soup Supper Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Thursday also brings kickboxing to the table for adults and for teen girls.
  • Friday: A Lunch and Learn with Naturopathic Doctor is scheduled as part of the Chamber of Commerce Lunch series. Dr. Andrew Byk, ND will discuss how digestive health directly affects mental health.
  • Saturday: A mindful triathlon (walk + yoga + meditation) is scheduled for the morning. Saturday afternoon offers a workshop titled “The Struggle is Real” with Sonia Funk and Kelly Vipond.

The full schedule with times, location, event description and speaker/instructor biography is on the event website. All events are free except for the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. All events require RSVP which can be done through the website www.mordenmb.com/mentalhealthweek or by phone/email 204-822-5431 ext.206, sdueck@mordenmb.com.

Mayor Brandon Burley commented on the events, “Mental health is an important topic to discuss in the open, since it often comes with stigma. I have battled with mental illness in the past, and hope that this annual event helps to reduce stigma, while educating and inspiring people to work for positive mental health and to get help when they need it.”

Stephanie Dueck, Rec Programmer for the City of Morden shared, “We have a lot of good resources to support mental health in our community. We hope the events of the week will draw attention to those resources. The event also showcases some of the fitness opportunities we have at the Access Event Centre. Physical activity has a very positive effect on mental health and we have a variety of options for classes that people of all ages have been enjoying. It’s also vital for people to know it’s okay to ask for help. A list of crisis help lines are listed on the event website. The Southern Health- Eden CRISIS line is 1-888-617-7715.”

Be inspired, educated and active for mental health. Plan to attend Mental Health Week events May 7-12, 2019!

Morden Recreation Update

Morden Recreation Update: April 17, 2019

Don’t miss out on programs and events coming up in Morden!
Coming up we have the following:

*Red Cross Standard First Aid Courses (May 8 & 11 and June 1 & 8)
This is a great course to have, and many employers now require it!
Add First Aid Certification to your resume!

*Red Cross Babysitting Course (July 4)
This is a great leadership course that offers basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth 11-15 years old. 

*Swimming Lesson Registration
-The schedule is posted online. Registration will open May 15 at 6pm. Register online or at the Access Event Centre May 15, 6:00-8:30pm.

-We are excited to partner with Regional Connections for our Summer Camps this year! Information will be posted in the near future at www.mordenmb.com/camps.

Registration will open May 15 at 6pm. Register online or at the Access Event Centre May 15, 6:00-8:30pm.

*Early Dismissal Art Attack
-We only have one more session left – May 15! We will be painting trinket boxes with Clay Owl (now owned and operated by Gateway!).

*Learn to Skate (all ages)
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to skate together with your whole family. Program is for ages 5+ and is run by volunteer skate mentors!
We are also looking for more volunteers! To volunteer send a message to sdueck@mordenmb.com.
Register here: www.mordenmb.com/learn2skate

Mental Health Week (May 7-12)
Mental Health Week is coming up! Many of the programs and events are free, and some have a small fee. Sonia Funk is our main keynote and she will present on the triggers that affect our mental health including stress, food, our microbiome, social media, our phones and relationships.

Other events for Mental Health week include a mental health expo, cardio drumming, yoga for mental health, partner yoga, intro to mindfulness meditation, John Janzen keynote with Habitat for Humanity, teen and adult kickboxing, lunch and learn on digestion and mental health, mindful triathlon a workshop called “The Struggle is Real”
RSVP required for all events! Event descriptions and RSVP form is at http://www.mordenmb.com/mentalhealthweek.

Other Registration Info:
Minor Soccer Registration opens May 1 and is all online!
Register at bit.ly/MMSreg

Minor Ball, South Central Youth Soccer, and Timbits Soccer Registration have all happened. Use contact info below to inquire about late registration. Timbits forms are currently being accepted at the Access Event Centre with $20 cash or cheque.


Morden Cycling Survey

Morden Cycling Survey

Please complete the survey with the link below to give feedback on providing additional services for cycling. There are active living grants that can help make these services a reality.

Read a recent press release about Cycling without Age, a program that will be coming to Morden this summer with the help of a grant from New Horizons for Seniors.

Pride & Prejudice Ball

You are cordially invited to our Pride & Prejudice Ball in Morden, MB!

Tickets include 2 dance practices

Saturday October 5, 1:00-3:30pm at Ecole Morden Middle School
(150 Wardrop St, Morden, MB)

Saturday October 19, 1:00-3:30pm at Ecole Morden Middle School
(150 Wardrop St, Morden, MB)

Partners are not required and can be arranged at practices and at the ball.
Costumes are encouraged for the ball, but not required. See costume suggestions below.

The Pride & Prejudice Ball is taking place at Pembina Threshermen’s Museum. 

Located on Hwy 3 just west of the hospital lights between Winkler and, Morden, MB R6W 4B2 (Look for the “tractor in the sky!”)
N 49º 11.488  W 098º 00.907

Saturday October 26, 7pm

Our ball will include refreshments, dessert, photo opportunities and lots of dancing. Local musicians will be playing all of our music at the ball on October 26!

Need Costume Information? Read Below!

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Typical Regency Ball Attire:

For Ladies:

  1. A full-length, empire waisted gown in a soft fabric with fully covered shoulders.  A white muslin gown represents the Regency era very well, but gowns came in many colours.
  2. Ballet Flat style shoes, often tied with ribbons
  3. Accessories:  Elbow length white gloves, white stockings, a “Reticule” purse, a fan, a shawl, bracelets, necklaces, stud or drop earrings
  4. Hair:  worn up with adornments such as tiaras, combs, headpieces, feathers / flowers, or turbans

For Gentlemen:


1. A cut away frock coat (a tail coat with a high collar, single or double breasted; called a “cut away” coat because the front was “cut away” leaving the tails in the back)
2.  A waistcoat (vest)
3.  A white, high-collared shirt (was a long sleeved chemise, often with a ruffled front–a modern dress shirt works well)
4.  A white cravat (a modern cravat or a 4″ wide, 6′ long length of light muslin or lawn tied around the neck over the collar finished in a bow.)
5.  Fall-Front Breeches (pants that end at the knee that have a “fall front”–before zippers existed) with white socks  OR
6.  Trousers were also worn
7.  Oxford style dress shoes
8.  Historical military dress and traditional cultural dress (ex. kilts) were also common
9.  Accessories:  walking stick, top hat (for outdoors), pocket watch, watch fob, white gloves, lorgnettes
10.  Hair:  typically worn short or tied back and mainly clean shaven

For more information on how to source a ball costume click here.

Memory Lane Mondays

Note! This program was initially scheduled to start Monday Feb 4. The start dates has been postponed by one week due to the weather.

A chance to leave behind the stresses of “adulting” and have brief reprieve to your youthful younger years. Each of the four evenings with have a theme that encapsulates the freedom to create the perfectly imperfect. Artistic skills, imagination and creativity NOT NECESSARY, they will be provided!

Location: Morden Library (use back lane entrance)

Playdough and Fingerpaint
Colour, consistency and texture will be the theme of the night. When was the last time you fingerpainted? Squished dough – that you had no intention of eating? It is time to do it again!

Toys and Games
Think back to your childhood, what was your favourite toy? A doll, a tractor, Etch-a-sketch or Magna-doodle, Tinkertoys or K’nex, Mechano or Duplo? Toys and games from long ago. Bring any you would like to share or reminisce about the ones you remember. A selection will be available, some might be invented?

Cardboard Construction
Architects and Engineers will be envious of the end results! Duct tape, cardboard and paper towel rolls will be turned into marble mazes, geometric shapes, (undetermined) abstract structures? If you have any “building” supplies that haven’t made it to the recycling bin yet, feel free to bring them. Supplies will be provided

Pinterest Crafts
Pinterest… I have never found the fine print disclaimer that *final results may not be as shown* but it doesn’t matter anyway! Design ideas and the supplies needed will be provided. If you have any of your own creations that you would like to share bring them along for show and tell! Popsicle sticks, glue sticks and a bucket of beads will be among the various supplies that will be used.

All supplies will be provided. Bring a friend, bring a spouse, bring a stranger that might be up for an adventure!

This is an opportunity for those of us that have left childhood in the past. Kids will have an unfair advantage and although they might be great teachers, these are adult only evenings.