The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Winnipeg, MB edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Good advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. And no matter who you are, everybody goes through tough times in their lives.

Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 year old when he experienced his biggest obstacle yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. He survived, and although it was a gruelling ordeal, having cancer taught him a lot about resilience and overcoming whatever obstacles life throws at us.

Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Winnipeg community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.

Download your free copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 2.0 MB]

Community Resources

One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Winnipeg area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Mental health

Canadian Mental Health Association – Manitoba & Winnipeg

Crisis lines

Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7)

Klinic Crisis Line (24/7)

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7)

Physical health

Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba

Canadian Cancer Society – Winnipeg

Support services for seniors

Palliative care in Winnipeg

Drug & alcohol rehab centres

Family & individuals

Winnipeg counsellors, therapists & psychologists

Winnipeg grief therapists

Food banks

Winnipeg Harvest

Riverwood Church Community

Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Women’s shelters & support

North End Women’s Centre

Native Women’s Transition Centre

Fort Garry’s Women’s Resource Centre

The Laurel Centre

Employment & financial

Credit Counselling Society

Career counselling and coaching

Osborne Village Resource Centre
(pre-employment resources)

Services for New Canadians

Immigrant Centre Manitoba

Manitoba Start

Helping others overcome obstacles

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:

Volunteer Manitoba

Human Rights Hub – volunteer opportunities

City of Winnipeg – volunteer opportunities

Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Winnipeg”)

Habitat for Humanity Manitoba

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg