Mental Health Week 2019

Thank you to all who presented and attended Mental Health Week! Please fill out our survey to help us plan for next year!

Thank you to our generous sponsors who made this event possible.
Gold: Southern Health Healthy Living Together Grant, City of Morden
Silver: Eden Mental Health Care Services
Bronze: Clinic Durgstore, Morden Co-op

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Mental Health Week 2019
Event Descriptions

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Tue May 7- Mental Health Expo – FREE
Tue May 7- Keynote: It’s Not Your Fault – FREE
Wed May 8- Cardio Drumming – FREE
Wed May 8- Yoga for Mental Health – FREE
Wed May 8- Partner Yoga – FREE
Wed May 8- Intro: Mindfulness Meditation – FREE
Thu May 9- Keynote: Building Community (Habitat for Humanity) – $35
Thu May 9- Teen Girls Kickboxing – FREE
Thu May 9- Adult Kickboxing – FREE
Fri May 10- Lunch and Learn: Digestive Health – $15
Sat May 11- Mindful Triathlon – FREE
Sat May 11- Workshop: The Struggle is Real – FREE

Speaker/Instructor Biographies


Tuesday May 7, 2019
Mental Health- Wellness Expo
Various Organizations and Businesses
Tuesday May 7, 2019 – 1:00-7:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

Displays include:
Access Credit Union- Each One Teach One
Addictions Foundation of MB
Agassiz Medical Clinic- Dietician & Mental Health Services
Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba
Apothecary of Morden
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Canadian Red Cross
Community Financial Counselling
Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
Mood Disorders of Manitoba
Morden Adult Ed
Morden Library
Morden Massage Therapy
Open Skies Counselling
Pregnancy Care
South Central Cancer Resource

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Tuesday May 7, 2019
Keynote: It’s Not Your Fault
Sonia Funk, RNT
Tuesday May 7, 2019 – 7:00-8:30pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

We are all surrounded by triggers, instigators and compounders 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. Some of the most powerful ones shine out to us from our phones and are hidden within our own digestive and immune systems. They lurk behind hormonal imbalances in our bodies. They hide between dysfunctional relationships. The can be camouflaged by “positive thinking” that is based in avoidance – but they can also be magnified by “negative thinking” that is not constructive.

Due to our personal histories, our genes and our environment, some of us are more susceptible to the heavy load that all of these factors place on our minds and our bodies carry every day. The factors we’ll be discussing in this keynote are stress, food, our microbiome, social media & phones and relationships. We’ll end with Q&A and then give you opportunity to connect with representatives of local health resources with displays around the room, including info on Mental Health Week workshops and events.

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Wednesday May 8, 2019
Cardio Drumming: Keeping Active for Mental Health
Instructor: Amanda Rempel
Wednesday May 8 – 6:15-7:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

CARDIO DRUMMING is a fitness class that uses rhythm as its foundation and combines the benefits of group exercise with drumming and body movement. Along with muscle toning, cardiovascular endurance & flexibility that this drumming experience offers, there are also some very exciting additional benefits such as:
• Improved neuromuscular (brain) function & coordination
• Increased focus and concentration
• Posture and body alignment
• “Brain fitness” and memory enhancement
• Inspires a strong sense of wellbeing and decreased depression
• Stimulation of fine motor skills/hand & eye coordination
• Increased creative expression through the feel & the fitness of the activity

Physical activity has a positive impact on your mental health, come give Cardio Drumming a try!

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Wednesday May 8, 2019
Yoga for Mental Health
Instructor: Amanda Friesen
Wednesday May 8 – 7:00-8:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

There is a growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system.

Join Amanda Friesen for a mindful yoga practice. Modifications will be provided for a wide range of conditions to make the class suitable for each participant.

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Wednesday May 8, 2019
Partner Yoga
Instructor: Amanda Friesen
Wednesday May 8 – 8:00-9:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

Partner yoga involves physical postures, breathing, touch, communication, and play. Partner yoga focuses on interdependent movements that are mutually beneficial.
Partner yoga is for everyone not just couples!

Bring your partner, roommate, neighbor, coworker, or gym buddy! Partner yoga works with anybody that you feel comfortable and able to relax with.

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Wednesday May 8, 2019
Intro to Mindfulness Meditation
Daphne Andrew Peers
Wednesday May 8 – 8:00-9:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

Mindfulness is a mental state in which awareness is focused on the present moment. Or, as Jon Kabit-Zinn describes it, “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” We tend to spend much of our timer focused on events that have occurred in the past or events that we expect may happen in the future. When we are stuck in this way of thinking, much of what is actually occurring around us at that very moment goes unnoticed, under-appreciated, or is misinterpreted. All of this can lead to a great deal of stress, dissatisfaction, emotional turmoil, and dis-ease.

The practice of mindfulness helps people become more aware of thoughts, feelings, and sensations to allow them to better manage emotions, actions, and reactions instead of becoming overwhelmed by them. Though mindfulness, one may gain insight, which can create a little space between thought and reaction, which leads to a more balanced, easeful existence. Ultimately, remaining mindful and in the present moment allows for the highest level of human functioning in any given situation.

Learn more about this highly beneficial practice and experience it for yourself in this workshop!

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Thursday May 9, 2019
Keynote & Supper: Building Community
$35 tickets Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
John Janzen
Thursday May 9, 2019 – 5:30-7:30pm
St Pauls United Church, Morden, MB

What Does Gardening Have To Do With Homelessness?

The story Blink’s Garden has been told in hundreds of schools all over Manitoba as a part of John Janzen’s work in the inner city of Winnipeg as a community educator. On Thursday May 9 John will tell the story, along with a little about why he tells the story. It’s an allegory about the power of the sword versus the power of the seed – and how the world starts to change when you connect yourself to people who are not like you.

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Thursday May 9, 2019
Teen Girls Cardio Kickboxing
Instructor: Amanda Rempel
Thursday May 9 – 5:00-6:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

Teen Kickboxing welcomes all fitness levels from the experienced athlete to teens starting their work out journey. This class will use circuit training, core exercises, partner drills, boxing choreography, and bag work to increase strength, confidence, flexibility, and mind and body awareness.

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Thursday May 9, 2019
Adult Kickboxing
Instructor: Amanda Rempel
Thursday May 9 – 6:15-7:15pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

Kickboxing welcomes all fitness levels from the experienced athlete to adults starting their work out journey. This class will use circuit training, core exercises, partner drills, boxing choreography, and bag work to increase strength, confidence, flexibility, and mind and body awareness. The class will give you a full-body workout that engages every muscle group in your body, with a strong focus on your core. The rapid movements in cardio kickboxing also improve flexibility, balance, and coordination, and can help you build faster reflexes.

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Friday May 10, 2019
Lunch & Learn: How your digestive health directly affects your mental health
Dr. Andrew Byk, ND
Friday May 10, 11:45-1:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB
Organized by Chamber of Commerce

Your digestive tract and the trillions of bacteria living there may be the single most important determinant of your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Join Dr. Andrew Bryk, ND, as he takes your through
• What your gut microbiome is and how it impacts your metal health
• The 5 main ways that an unhealthy and sluggish digestive tract can impact your emotional and mental wellbeing
• What lifestyle factors influence the health of your microbiome
• Basic strategies to create an environment that allows your microbiome to thrive, balance your digestive health in order to promote health and wellbeing.

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Saturday May 11, 2019
Mindful Triathlon
Stacey Lassnig
Saturday May 12 – 10:00-11:30am
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

The three components of my mindful triathlon will help to turn you inwards, connect to your breath and bring a little calm into your day.
• Giving you tools to tap into when you need them.
• Feeling the ground under your feet as you walk and being present.
• Being able to breathe until you are relaxed and move with your breath to create flow in your body.
• Letting go of the stream of thoughts that runs our days.
Come join in a practice of self-care that you can carry through to many other days.

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Saturday May 11, 2019
Workshop: The Struggle is Real: Navigating Expectations, Personal Boundaries and Mental Health in our Culture
Sonia Funk, RNT & Kelly Vipond
Saturday May 12 – 1:00-4:00pm
Access Event Centre, Morden, MB

Join Sonia Funk of The Whole Avocado and Kelly Vipond, Director of the Morden Adult Education Center, as they take you on mindful journey of who we are and why we feel the way we feel. Sonia and Kelly believe that understanding how our mind functions and how stress impacts that function is essential to help us find strategies for healthy personal boundaries that can then clear the way for us to move out of surviving and into thriving.

In this workshop you will learn about how our mind functions and how stress impacts that function. This kind of information is presented in a way to alleviate self-blame, a process which can then open up possibilities within ourselves for something better. These hours will be a beautiful and informative experience interwoven with reflection, guided mindful movement and breathing exercises. Every aspect of this workshop is aimed at helping you find where your boundaries are, how you really feel and where your authentic ‘no’ is hiding. You will have a chance to reflect on your life and ask the questions: What works for me? What isn’t working? How might my life look different and how would I feel different if I managed these struggles differently?

Sonia and Kelly’s goal is to help you towards creating effective strategies for navigating stress and all the day to day decisions that you make, so that you can limit the negative effect of these things on your physical and mental health.

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Speaker/Instructor Biographies

Sonia Funk, RNT
Sonia Funk is an International Nutritional Therapist, Public Speaker, Facilitator and Employee Wellness Consultant. She has lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, New York, London, Ottawa and in the Middle East. Along the way she worked with many different cultures, and in many integrated clinic settings with all manor of health practitioners, doctors and counsellors. Sonia is a member of the Balance Wellness Team and she was a regular guest on Dahlia Kurtz’s show on CJOB. In her pre-wellness life, Sonia was an award-winning singer/songwriter, she toured with her band and her recordings have been played on radio across Canada.

Owner of The Whole Avocado, Sonia sees individuals for nutritional counselling, menu planning and lifestyle/stress coaching in her home office in Morden, and she does employee wellness work and consulting for local companies in Winnipeg and Southern MB. She has a unique partnership with the local Winkler-Morden Co-op Grocery Stores, promoting local food growers and producers. As her work in the field of Mental Health grows, Sonia is more and more adamant that physical and mental health should not be separated, they are one and the same. Her own personal journey of improving her physical health to alleviate anxiety and her professional experience with her clients has confirmed this for her. Our personal history, the food we eat, the social media we engage in, relational dysfunction and the way we deal with conflict, our personal boundaries and even the way we breathe all affect our mental health. This perspective, and solutions for it, is what Sonia offers our community during Mental Health week 2019.

Kelly Vipond
B.A. (Adv.), B.Ed., C.A.C.E. Cert.
Kelly is a wife, mother, and teacher who loves learning, growing and movement. She is obsessed with neuroscience and how our minds and bodies work together in this beautiful, delicate, and complex system of electricity. Having awareness and understanding of our minds and bodies is something she believes is essential to loving and accepting ourselves. She is looking forward to collaborating with Sonia and sharing her passion with you in ‘The Struggle is Real’ workshop.

Dr. Andrew Bryk, ND
Dr. Bryk N.D. graduated from the four-year Doctoral program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to his medical training he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.

With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion Dr. Bryk N.D. works with his patients to help them become an active participant in the management of their own health. He uses an eclectic approach to health incorporating acupuncture, clinical nutrition, counselling, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy to best match the treatment to the patient’s needs. Dr. Bryk, ND, has a special interest in digestive issues, the micro biome and pain management. He is licensed, board certified and registered in Manitoba. He is an active member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is a board member and treasurer for the Manitoba Naturopathic Association.

Dr. B, as Sonia calls him, is part of the team at The Whole Avocado here in Morden. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge on the intimate connection between our Microbiome and our Emotional and Mental wellbeing during Mental Health Week 2019.

John Janzen
John Janzen was the lonely farmboy who would sit on the edge of the lake singing sad songs about what might be over the next hill. This led him to living and working in Winnipeg’s North End where he was involved in community work and inner city development, mostly as a teacher, and maybe a little bit as a white saviour. This, of course, ended in disaster which led to a long exile in Japan, where he wandered for a time bitter and disillusioned, seeking pleasure in the very best sushi.

Eventually though he found himself drawn back into the development world as the Creative Director for an international development agency, connecting Japanese donors with clean water and education projects in Cambodia and the southern Philippines. Using songs, videos, and storytelling, John employed artistic expression in aiding diverse and distant communities to get connected with each other, providing benefits that flowed in both directions.

Employing artistic expression as a fundamental for community building was a continued theme when John finally returned to Winnipeg in 2012. Working until recently as the Community Education Coordinator for Siloam Mission, John has spoken all over the province to thousands of students. Along with some of those students, he has taken his kids theatre show Blink’s Garden to Fringe festivals in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Toronto. Blink’s Garden is the story of two friends and their journey to see past huge dividing wall. It has been told in hundreds of classrooms around Manitoba, and was recently made into a 7 song CD and illustrated storybook.

Currently he works at Inner City Youth Alive in the heart of Winnipeg’s North End spreading the message that the answer to homelessness is stronger communities – characterized by people who understand that the world starts to change when we connect our lives to people who are not like us.

Amanda Rempel
Amanda has been studying the lifestyle principles of yoga and the benefits of fitness in achieving balance since 2009. She completed her Manitoba Fitness Council yoga teacher training in December 2016 and 200hr RYT training through the Canadian Yoga Alliance in 2017. She is also certified through MFC to teach Resistance Training as well as one-on-one Personal Training. Amanda is also certified through Fitness Kickboxing Canada to teach fitness kickboxing to small or large group classes as well as one-on-one fitness kickboxing instruction.

Amanda is a public school teacher, and it is the struggles she sees students dealing with on a daily basis that fiest led her to becoming a yoga/fitness trainer. The same struggle that she, and so many adults face daily; feeling confident and balanced in their day-to-day lives.

Amanda is a firm believer in the idea that everyone has the capacity to live a fully balanced lifestyle and that no two people will find balance in the same ways. Her goal, and the goal of the Pembina Valley Wellness Studio is to create a safe place for people to experiment with and experience what a balance lifestyle looks like for them.

Amanda Friesen
Amanda Friesen is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is a yogi, and a teacher. She believes yoga is a practice for everyone, it can teach us how to create balance in our lives, how to create space for healing in our physical body, our spirit and heart, and our minds. This is what she has learned so far in her journey.

She took her 200hr RYT training in 2017 and has been teaching gentle hatha, vinyasa flow, hot yoga and power yoga. For her teaching yoga is an outlet for expressing creativity, making connections with people and giving back to the community.

She will always be a student of yoga, learning, growing, changing, finding gratitude in all things and beauty in the challenges that life brings.

Stacey Lassnig
Stacey’s yoga journey began as a teen not really understanding that what she was doing was yoga. Finding yoga as an act of self-care and discovery happened when she became a mother. Becoming a teacher was a natural progression of her passion. She needed to share the benefits she was feeling. The patience, mindfulness, self-awareness and self-love she was learning to have for herself and others.Five years of teaching and she is still learning and loving sharing the benefits!

She currently teaches hatha, yin, and pre and post-natal yoga. Each style draws her for different reasons and keeps her teaching fresh!


Mental Health Week- Canada
Canadian Association for Mental Health


Crisis Phone Lines

Southern Health- Eden CRISIS Services

Southern Health- Eden Mental Health ACCESS

Klinic Crisis Line
204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019
TTY 204-784-4097

Manitoba Suicide Line “Reason to Live”
1-877-435-7170 (1-877-HELP170)

Kids Help Phone

Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line
204-786-8631 or 1-888-292-7565
TTY 204-784-4097

Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support
supportline.ca – online counselling
1-866-367-3276 (hours Mon-Fri 10am – 9pm)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
Counselling available in English and French, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktut

Previous Events

2018 Mental Health Week Poster

2017 Mental Health Week Poster

Event Contact:
Stephanie Dueck
City of Morden Rec Programmer
204-822-5431 ext.206