MWI to host workshops on family health

The MWI is hosting two events in October aimed to help families better communicate, 
handle conflict and improve understanding of financial issues

A family that gets along well and communicates effectively is a safe and secure place. One that’s chaotic and regularly in conflict is not.

This fall the Manitoba Women’s Institute is tackling some of the thorny issues around causes of family conflict, while offering help to lessen it.

Two Manitoba Rural Women’s Day events — one October 15 in Rivers and the other Oct. 29 in Dugald — will explore the theme of achieving family harmony. The day-long workshops each include speakers and facilitated conversations on topics on dealing with family conflict, understanding finances and effective communication.

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They’re doing this as a form of community outreach, said MWI president Ann Mandziuk.

“It is something brand new we’re trying this year,” she said. “It came about from discussions around our board table.”

MWI’s mandate is to work to improve the lives of families, and individual MWI members are very much aware of the multiple and often unmet needs among families in small towns and rural areas, Mandziuk said. By offering these two days of seminars, they hope to provide people with new resources to share with others.

“It was to give us as members and those who don’t belong to MWI a chance to learn a little bit more,” she said.

At the workshops there will be opportunity to meet and talk with facilitators and hear presentations from professionals working in areas of therapy, coaching and finance. Facilitated discussions will include featured speakers such as Wilma Derksen, who since the abduction and murder of her daughter Candace in 1984, has had facilitated support groups and participated in panel discussions and given lectures.

The MWI aims to make “Manitoba Rural Women’s Day” an annual event, Mandziuk said adding that they’ll look at other topics and locations to host them next year.

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Lorraine Stevenson

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