When there is a loss in the family, children struggle differently than adults do. Camp Bridges is a weekend event to help children and teens in this very situation. The camp will be held at Camp Wannakumbac May 26-28th. 

The camp has been running for more than a decade and it is where children and teens can come together in a safe, supportive and fun environment for a weekend to learn that they are not alone in their grief.

Melissa Peters is the Regional Palliative Care Coordinator for Prairie Mountain Health, and says this is a bi-regional effort with Prairie Mountain Health and the Southern Health-Santé Sud serving all of southern and central Manitoba, to reach out to families struggling with loss.

Peters explains that the camp is for ages 7-17 years of age, but is not for grief counselling. "It’s a bereavement camp to honour memories of people they have lost." She adds, "It doesn’t have to be only people who have lost someone in a palliative situation. It can be loss from any reason like trauma or accident."

This camp is intended to complement existing bereavement services for children and teens by providing a weekend of caring and sharing. The camp is facilitated by dedicated trained volunteers who help the youth with both bereavement and camp activities. It is intended to complement existing bereavement services for children and teens by providing a weekend of caring and sharing.

The camp’s mission statement 'Love builds bridges where there are none', a reminder to camp participants that they are not alone in their grief.

The program accepts a maximum of 50 applicants and applications are available through the Prairie Mountain Health website.

Camp applications are available at both RHA websites. For more information contact:

Melissa Peters, Regional Palliative Care Coordinator for Prairie Mountain Health call 204-578-2340.

Heide Wiebe, Regional Director- Seniors & Palliative Care, Southern Health-Santé Sud call 204-388-2038

More Local News

‘Farming Past Brought Back To Life’

The season of Summer Fairs and Tractor Pulls is here and the Pioneer Power and Equipment Club of Brandon is getting ready for their weekend event for June 18th. Club Treasurer, Peter Lonstrup, say…

WSO Comes To Westman Through Canada 150 Fund

The Brandon and Area Community Foundation awarded $12,000 last week towards the “Adventures in Music’ program performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The “Adventures in Music’ series is a…

Severe Storm Season Nears

With summer just around the corner in southern Manitoba, so too is severe storm season. While thunderstorms can occur at any time of year, Environment Canada meteorologist Natalie Hasell indicates…

Volunteers Hope Efforts Will Boost Fish Stocks

Two bodies of water in Southern Manitoba have been stocked with Walleye fry. Volunteers with the Mound Wildlife Association at Pilot Mound helped put more than one million fry into Rock Lake and…

RCMP Report to May 23, 2017

The following is the RCMP report to May 23, 2017. This reporting period, police responded to the following calls for service. - 28 traffic violations - 4 provincial statute (Mental Health Act, Fire…

‘A Labor of Love’ Continues At Pleasant Valley Golf Course

“A Dream Becomes a 50 Year Labor of Love” is a slogan that tops the history page of the Pleasant Valley Golf Club since its beginning in 1965, and originates with its original owners, Mel and Jean…

RCMP To Focus On Back Road Impaired Driving

RCMP in Manitoba will pay more attention this summer to impaired drivers who are trying to sneak home on back country roads. Inspector Ed Moreland says it's equally important to keep impaired drivers…

Sleep Apnea – More Than Just Snoring

The sleep disorder that is getting more and more attention is “Sleep Apnea” where an individual pauses in breathing for 10-30 seconds at a time, and multiple times each night or nap (up to 400 times…

Tourism Westman Getting Set To Hand Out Honours

Groups and individuals involved in tourism will be recognized at an awards program in early June. The 14th Annual Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala will be held on the evening of June 7, 2017, at…

STARS Reports On "Typical" Month, Getting Set To Open Doors To Public

The month of April was typical month in terms of flights for STARS Air Ambulance. Communication Lead, Cam Heke said they flew 51 missions, most of them in the southern part of the province. Heke said…

Local Woman Shares Story of Learning to Hear and Speak

It's been a long road filled with obstacles, but Jessie Goodwill has learned to hear after being born essentially deaf. The 27 year-old lives in Altona but grew up in Souris and is sharing her story…

Holland Waste Grounds Full

The Holland Waste Disposal Grounds are getting to the point of full capacity. RM of Victoria reeve Harold Purkess explains. "We've been having some issues with the Environment Department over our…

Killarney's First Refugee Family Approaching One Year In Canada

Killarney's first refugee family members have settled into their new country and are taking steps to improve their lives. Three people from Liberia arrived in Killarney on July 26th, 2016. “They are…

Maguire Annouces Call For New Horizon's Proposals

Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, announced a call for proposals for projects to be funded from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The NHSP call for proposals is open until…

Youth Involved in Community Through YIP Program

Youth In Philanthropy engages young people with their communities through the process of granting funds to various charities and organizations. Laura Kempthorne is the General Manager for the Brandon…

Recent PED Cases Concerning for Hylife President

Manitoba now seen its fifth case of the PED virus in the last two weeks. All cases have been reported out of the southeast region. HyLife president Claude Vielfaure says the outbreaks are a big…

Options For Fogging In Brandon

Residents of Brandon have the option of creating a buffer zone near their property when it comes time to fog for mosquitoes. The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department advises residents they…

Slow Season For Construction In Deloraine

The top three award winners of the Western Manitoba Science Fair headed to Saskatchewan this week to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair being held this year in Regina. The Canada Wide Science…

Westman Students Vie for Top Honours At Canada-Wide Science Fair

The top three award winners of the Western Manitoba Science Fair headed to Saskatchewan this week to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair being held this year in Regina. The Canada Wide Science…

Health Region Taking Action Against Cyber Attacks

Recent ransomware cyber attacks around the world have many organizations looking at their computer systems' security. That includes Southern Health-Santé Sud. Regional Director of Information and…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login