Emotional Wellness Network

The Emotional Wellness Network is a saint ben’s initiative, aimed at providing both resources and opportunities for connection to our church community and beyond. The purpose of the Network is to provide support and connection opportunities for those facing mental/emotional challenges, as well as for those who have friends or family members who are facing such challenges. In short, everyone is welcome.

Typically we meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at All Saints’ Church.  Please note, however, that our first fall gathering will be Wednesday, September 20th at 7pm in the chapel at All Saints’

Sept. 20:  Reflecting on Forgiveness with Wilma Derksen

Forgiveness is an important part of a healthy life but it isn’t easy and many of us have been wounded by an overly simplistic understanding of this complicated subject. We’re thrilled to have Wilma Dersksen join us to help us develop a deeper understanding of forgiveness.  

Since the abduction and murder of daughter Candace in 1984, Wilma Derksen has influenced victims, offenders and the community by telling her story. She has presented to hundreds of audiences who describe her as inspiring, insightful, vulnerable, integral, comforting, warm, and as an insightful storyteller. She has a wonderful ability to put groups at ease, create a warm atmosphere, and move people emotionally. She has written a number of books and her latest book, The Way of Letting Go was published by Harper Collins this year. She is a recipient of the Order of Manitoba, 2015 and the Nellie McClung Award. Presently she is working for the Oakville Wellness Centre as Therapist and Coach.

Oct. 3:  Story as Teacher with Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak

We’ll introduce the idea of exploring narratives that shape identity, and how this affects our wellbeing. We’ll sit in a sharing circle to reflect and learn together.

Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak is a family therapist with Jonah Counselling & Consulting, where she works with diverse clientele of all ages. Wellbeing is one of the many topics she loves to explore with individuals and groups. One of the most interesting things she’s done lately is walk on the 600km Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights – feel free to ask her all about it!

Nov 7: Potluck

This will be a chance for us to share a potluck supper and stories in an informal setting.  Please bring something to share with the group and know that everything will be received as a gift, whether it’s a store bought pie or the latest creation from Martha Stewart.

Dec 5:  The Holidays Can Be Hard

Join us in the All Saints’ Chapel for our annual liturgy designed, as the title suggests, to give people the space to honestly reflect on the simple fact that “the holidays can be hard.”