In Memoriam – Marguerite Molgat Hughes

Posted:01/08/2021

 

April 29th, 1949  December 15th, 2020

On December 15, 2021, Westman Aphasia Inc. lost one of its original founders and longtime Board member Marguerite Molgat Hughes

Marguerite’s smile and laugh lit up a room. Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable. WAI will deeply miss her at our Board gatherings. 

https://memorial.memorieschapel.com/marguerite-molgat-hughes/



Next Supported Conversation Group is March 16

Posted:09/09/2020

 

Until further notice, our regular monthly Supported Conversation Groups are being offered via Zoom Video Conferencing on every third Tuesday of the month:

2021:  March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15

Because we are using Zoom, we must limit the group sizes. So we offer different group times you can choose from:

  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am OR
  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Please sign up one week prior to each session (for example, for January 19, please sign up by January 12, etc) via email to brustslp@mymts.net. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis. 

Due to our reduced ability to fundraise during COVID 19 and our increased costs providing virtual groups, WAI has found it necessary to increase our monthly fees in order to provide our participants and caregivers the quality of service that effectively addresses their social and emotional needs.

As a result, we are charging conversation group participants who live in the Westman region a fee of $20 per Zoom session per month. For those living outside of the Westman region, the fee is $25 per Zoom session per month.

For more information or to sign up for a session, please email brustslp@mymts.net. We hope to “see” you there!!



Next Caregiver Group session is TBA

Posted:09/16/2020


WAI’s Caregiver Support Group offers caregivers, families, and friends of a person who has aphasia a safe, comforting, and welcoming forum to talk about specific challenges, including psychosocial issues, that come with caring for and about their loved one.
For information or to sign up for a session, please email gandzag@gmail.com

Until further notice, our regular monthly Caregiver Support Groups will meet via Zoom Video Conferencing. The sessions will usually fall during the third week of each month and will be somewhat flexible regarding day and time to try and accommodate your schedules. 

Due to our reduced ability to fundraise during COVID 19, our increased costs providing virtual groups, and in order to provide our participants and caregivers the quality of service that effectively addresses their social and emotional needs, the fee for Caregiver group participants who live in the Westman region is $20 per Zoom session per month. For those living outside of the Westman region, the fee is $25 per Zoom session per month.

 

 

 

 



Aphasia Connect Virtual Groups

Posted:06/18/2020

Presented by the March of Dimes (MOD) Virtual Activities, these online virtual events are hosted on the Zoom web conferencing network. MOD’s After Stroke Virtual Activities page also includes information on how to use Zoom for computers with and without built-in microphones.

Join people with aphasia and other communication disorders in a guided conversation. An opportunity to meet new people and stay connected. Registration is required. 

https://afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca/news-events/after-stroke-virtual-activities

There are also virtual resources such as webinars, connection groups and peer support recorded sessions specifically for Caregivers:

https://afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca/stroke-recovery/caregivers

For more information or questions, email afterstroke@marchofdimes.ca or call 1.888.540.6666.



Aphasia: Communicating Through Barriers

Posted:12/01/2019

Do you have aphasia or know someone who does and has difficulty accessing helpful information and services? Unfortunately there is discrimination for individuals with aphasia in the community due to lack of knowledge and assumptions of substance impairment and that makes it difficult for this population when accessing services such as transportation.

Look for this Aphasia: Communicating Through Barriers poster* all over Brandon and let us know how we can help.

*This poster was created and developed by Brandon University 4th year Bachelor of Nursing students Abbie O’Neill and Carly Leverington, who attended WAI’s full day workshop Let’s Talk Aphasia on November 16.