Summer 2022

Dates to Remember

G.R.O.W. will be closed:

  • Monday, September 5 - Labour Day
  • Monday, September 26 - Rosh Hashanah
  • Tuesday, September 27 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Yom Kippur
  • Monday, October 10 - Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 11 - Remembrance Day

Goals for G.R.O.W. Hockey Tournament 2022 was a HUGE Success!

Logo of Goals for GROW Hockey Tournament.

Thank you to Hockey Tournament Co-Chairs Lynn Filbert and Lindsey Leipsic!

Our fourth hockey tournament on Saturday June 4, 2022 at the BellMTS Iceplex was a tremendous success! We thank all players and generous donors who made this tournament our most successful yet!

Tournament Champions – Team Benji

Goals for GROW Tournament Champions, Tteam Benji.

Friends of G.R.O.W.

Merit’s annual Golf Tournament on June 9th.

G.R.O.W. had the privilege of hosting the putting contest at Merit’s annual Golf Tournament on June 9th. Rachel did a fantastic job assisting the organizers with operating the putting contest and the proceeds from the putting contest were donated to the G.R.O.W. program.

Thank You Merit for your Generosity

G.R.O.W Day Program

We welcomed all participants back to G.R.O.W. for in-person programming, full-time in May. We continue to do wellness checks, and wear masks while in doors.

G.R.O.W. continues to take advantage of the beautiful weather, exercising outside as much as possible. Participants have been enjoying walks through Assiniboine Park and on Wellington Crescent. We have been completing group work, lyric club, and book club outdoors, weather permitting. Participants have resumed using public transportation to our community outings. Participants have also been working hard in the areas of Healthy Eating, Healthy Mind and Body, Money Management and Social Skills. We have also implemented “group baking” once a week, which gives participants the opportunity to work together and make a healthy snack for the program.

With the upcoming 20th anniversary for G.R.O.W. in Gimli, from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, September 14 participants have been working hard on a special group project. Some participants have decided to create a scrapbook while others have been working hard on paintings to help celebrate and reflect on their time in Gimli. They are coming along great!


Logo of 20 Years of GROW in Gimli.



Please join us to Celebrate this Milestone As we Honor our G.R.O.W in Gimli Graduates, Staff and Program Founders:

Barbara Ivans, Karyn Lazareck and Pamela Wener


A G.R.O.W. in Gimli fund has been established to recognize the honorees.

Contributions can be made to The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba at or 204-477-7520

R.S.V.P # attending by September 2, 2022 to

G.R.O.W. Participants Complete the 5K at the Manitoba Marathon

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2022 Manitoba Marathon! It has been a long two years since we have been able to participate, but the G.R.O.W. team braved the heat and worked hard to complete the 5K.

G.R.O.W. Participants Complete the 5K at the Manitoba Marathon

Special shout out to G.R.O.W. participants: Rachel Nickel, Erica O’Brien Klewchuk, Jordan Lazareck, Ade Olorundare. Kenyon

Davidson, Adam Milne and the G.R.O.W. staff: Reena Schellenberg and Lovejot Mann who made this event a success.

Saturday Program

We are still waiting for Community Living DisAbility Services to approve funding for the Saturday Program. If you know if anyone who may be interested, please have them contact. Michelle Louis at

Saturday “Gaining at G.R.O.W.” program will target young adults with social, intellectual, or developmental disabilities who are working or in school. It will run on Saturdays on a 3-monthcycle with up to 4-6 participants. Gaining at G.R.O.W. will utilize peer-teaching and a learn-bydoing approach to enhance or expand participants’ life skills and social skills needed for successful participation in independent or semi-independent living.

Participants will identify their own individual life skills goals to work on for the duration of the program. During weekly sessions, learning modules will focus on supporting participants in meeting individual goals in addition to the flexible application of general life skills group curriculum materials in areas such as cooking, cleaning, and community safety.

G.R.O.W. News


This summer G.R.O.W. said Goodbye to Reena Schellenberg, who has moved to a position in Childcare with Government of Manitoba, she will be missed and we wish her well!!

Lovejot Mann will also be leaving us to further her career, working at the Children’s Rehab Center

We welcome three new staff: Program Facilitator Emmanuel Gozum, summer student who will be retuning to school and doing SIL with G.R.O.W.

Program Facilitators Daniel Tan and Monica Ly, have joined the G.R.O.W. Team

We are currently hiring a Vocational Facilitator and Occupational Therapist

Visit our 'Work with Us' page for more info!

G.R.O.W. Outreach

We have had an amazing summer full of fun outings! Participants were able to enjoy shopping at a market in St. Boniface and a walk around the Forks, an exciting game of Goldeyes baseball as well as outdoor games and BBQ at the GROW house. Stay tuned for our fall schedule of activities.

Fall outreach session dates (activities to be determined):

  • Saturday, October 1 and 22
  • Saturday, November 5 and 19
  • Saturday, December 3 and 17

A Big Thank you to the Staff

who helped at the Gimli Program this summer! Your support was greatly appreciated

Camille Ushy, Lovejot Mann, Lexi Rae, Amy Tran, Cindy Yamamoto, Jessica Helms, Juanita Garcia, Alex Diamond Students Kelsey and Angela,

G.R.O.W. Community Outings

G.R.O.W. has been enjoying a variety of community outings on what we like to call "Friyays". Some of our more recent outings have included swimming at the Rady, exploring theAssiniboine Park Zoo, walks to 7-eleven and Sargent Sundae, and going to the movies on rainydays. We will continue to plan outdoor community outings for the warm summer months ahead!Bring on the sun (and sunscreen)!

Group photo taken in the new "Aunt Sally's Farm area".
This group photo was taken in the new "Aunt Sally's Farm area", where we watched goats walk across the rainbow bridge

G.R.O.W. participants spent an afternoon at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
G.R.O.W. participants spent an afternoon at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, where we had the opportunity to see the return of dinosaurs uncovered and many other active animals including the amur tigers, snow leopards, and polar bears.

An afternoon outing at Sargent Sundae.
An afternoon outing at Sargent Sundae where we enjoyed a nice cold treat on a hot day!

G.R.O.W in Gimli Program

We were very excited to have two sessions of our summer program in Gimli this year. During these sessions participants had the opportunity to learn new skills meaningful to them, cook for others, and develop social skills. We had the opportunity to watch a movie in the local theatre, explore the town of Gimli, bowl, visit the museum and attend the Icelandic festival. We thank all our staff and the Occupational Therapy summer student Kelsey for assisting with the ses

GROW in Gimli Program was a wonderful success,