The Dauphin HERO (Helping Everyone Reach Out) Club recently celebrated their grand re-opening and 25th Anniversary on Thursday May 9th, 2019. Mayor Allen Dowhan officially cut the ribbon to invite all to see the spacious new location. Just like a phoenix, the Dauphin HERO Club has arisen from the ashes of a fire in their previous location, which was totally destroyed in February 2019.
Jim Price (Hero Club Navigator, Prairie Mountain Health) expressed sincere thanks to the Dauphin Friendship Center for providing immediate facilities on an emergency basis and now longer-term space for the club. He acknowledged although the former site was lost, members showed great resiliency and recovery and rallied back.
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) Director of Mental Health Services, Lynda Stiles, congratulated the club on their 25th Anniversary and commented on the great value and benefits of the club, which is a testament to its longevity and vitality for the members and for the public.
PMH provides coordination and other assistance to the HERO Club through its mental health program. Dauphin is one of four HERO Club sites within the health region (established in 1994). Roblin, Russell and Swan River are the others.
Appreciation goes out to the MGEU for the very generous donation that came directly from the members themselves. The Club also thanks Laurie Church, the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy, Dauphin Super Thrifty, Dauphin Seniors Centre, Lutheran Church Ladies Group, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society Out-reach, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and Fusion Credit Union for their contributions, donations and support.
The Club is especially grateful to the citizens of Dauphin and area and local fire departments for their much-needed support and encouragement. The new location seamlessly integrates those persons living with enduring mental health challenges with the community of Dauphin and will further help to reduce stigma and to create further inclusion, participation and acceptance. There are currently about 33 members with connections to the Club and around 10-12 members attend on a regular basis.
Dauphin Hero Club members are sincerely grateful for the support and encouragement provided by PMH as they felt that their losses and concerns were immediately heard and reacted to by both Maria Kent (Manager) and by Lynda Stiles (Director). The spirit of the HERO Club was truly contagious and everyone came on board to truly embrace the philosophy and motto of “Helping Everyone Reach Out”!
Possibilities create capacities and hope has been resurrected at the new location!
-Submitted by Jim Price, PMH Community Mental Health Worker
Official Dauphin HERO Club ribbon cutting with Dauphin Mayor Allen Dowhan.
HERO Club Executive members Nancy Guley and Rhonda Roulette get ready to serve the official cake
MGEU representative Steven Roznowsky presents the Dauphin HERO Club with a cheque for $2,750 from a Board of Directors Fundraiser.