Hi, my name is Marian Goldstone, and I am the Peer Support Outreach Manager for MDAM in the Westman Region of Manitoba. Included in the Westman region are the towns of Birtle, Carberry, Killarney, Melita, Minnedosa, Neepawa, and Virden and the city of Brandon.
Our Peer Support Outreach team in Brandon includes Madi Barteaux and Nikki Beaupre. Our team can provide one-on-one peer support, facilitate peer support groups, or give presentations in workplaces, non-profit groups or in schools about mood disorders.
If you are struggling with your mental health, looking for resources, or would like to book a presentation or one-on-one peer support session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I came to MDAM following an extensive teaching career at both public school and university levels. I am a lifelong learner and have completed a B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed. (Special Education), M.Ed. (counseling), as well as C.C.P.A. membership.
I enjoy spending time with my family and dog, reading, gardening and being outdoors whenever possible.
Contact: Marian Goldstone
Nikki Beaupre is one our administrative assistants and is a peer support group facilitator as well. This is Nikki’s first year with us and she has been growing her skill set ever since. She came to us with an extensive background as a certified healthcare aide and is passionate about helping others and hearing their stories, as she too has lived and shared experience with mental health. She enjoys exploring various topics on psychology and spirituality, spending time with her cat Chester, going for long walks and being in nature.
Madi Barteaux is our newest addition to our Westman crew. She is freshly graduated from Assiniboine Community College’s Social Service Work program and is passionate about many things, especially removing the stigma that surrounds mental health! Madi is a Peer Support Outreach Worker for the Westman region. Madi’s main focus in Westman is youth and she is introducing a new program to the Westman region, the Disordered Eating and Body Image workshop. She is also a peer support group facilitator. Madi has many interests, she has played hockey since an early age, loves softball and baseball, and enjoys being outdoors!
Spring Tallant is the Central Region’s Support Outreach Worker for MDAM, working out of the Westman office.
Spring presently resides in Brandon, MB with her two beautiful cats, and has been an advocate for, and involved with Mood Disorders Association of Westman over the past 25 years.
Her background as a former RCMP Officer, E911 Telecommunications Operator/Dispatcher, Office Manager for the Brandon Youth Soccer Association, and as a self-employed Private Home Daycare Provider for the past 16 years has provided her with a love of working with people from all walks of life!
Spring has a strong desire to see eradication of the stigma that surrounds people who live with mental illnesses and mood disorders. It is her mission to be a voice of advocacy and support to help others on their paths towards mental wellness.
In her leisure time, Spring enjoys creative writing, music, nature walks, cooking and baking, and dabbles a little bit with pencil drawing and photography, with her pets as my favorite subjects!
Contact: Spring Tallant
Brandon and Assiniboine: 1-888-379-7699
Wellness Peer Support Group – Westman
Brandon Men’s Activity Club
Westman Men’s Exchange *On Hold*
Bipolar Peer Support Group
Power To Parent *On Hold*
Age 12-29 Disordered Eating
Age 12 – 29 Youth Self-Esteem
This is a mixed group with a focus on wellness topics. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group).
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Facilitator: NikkiLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
This is a “coffee and conversation” support group for women experiencing mood disorders, low mood, or the frustrations and concerns of Covid-19. It is a group of women helping women through sisterhood and connection. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group)
10:00am to 11:00am
Facilitator: SusanLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
This group is aimed primarily at men 40+ but those younger are welcome as well. The group fosters socialization and connection amongst men in a workshop setting. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group.)
12:30 to 2:00 pm
Facilitator: In person at the BNRC Creation Nation Maker Space in Brandon, Manitoba
Join men aged 18+ from Westman area to discuss news about your community, your interests and general connection and camaraderie. This group meets every Thursday virtually from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
*Currently on Hold*
1:30 to 3:00 pmLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
An online peer support group for those living with bipolar, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Meet and connect with peers in your area on Thursday nights. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group).
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Facilitator: MarianLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
Please note: Power to Parent will be taking a hiatus until sometime in the fall season. This is owing to how busy parents are due to the summer holidays.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email email@example.com or call/text our Westman office at (204) 721-2174
We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you sometime in the fall!
First Monday of each month
6:30 pmLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
This group caters to individuals between the ages of 12 – 29 who are experiencing disordered eating (no diagnosis required). This group requires you to email the facilitator to pre-register. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Facilitator: MadiLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
This group is open to anyone 12 – 29 years old who is struggling with their self-esteem.
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Facilitator: MadiLAUNCH ONLINE MEETING
Introducing: Westman’s New WRAP Program
This FREE 6-week online program teaches you how to take control of your mental health.
These classes teach you how to design your own personal WRAP.
These sessions are led by trained individuals who have struggled with their own mental health and are well on their way to recovery.
WRAP classes will teach you how to incorporate the five fundamental recovery concepts into your daily life. The 6 – 8 sessions will cover some of the following topics:
- Creating a Crisis Plan
- Early Warning Signs
- Five Key Concepts of Recovery
- Identifying My Triggers
- Creating a Daily Maintenance Plan
Classes offered online starting March 28th
6pm to 8pm, Tuesday Evenings
Email email@example.com to register
Volunteers are integral to the creation and ongoing maintenance of MDAM’s programming. MDAM offers several opportunities for anyone interested in providing support and education directly to our clients.
Interested in volunteering in the Westman Region?