Manitoba

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, EthnoCultural Program (Winnipeg)

The Cultural Resource Facilitators of SMD’s Ethno-Cultural Program help people and families living with disabilities, that come from a variety of ethnic communities, connect with much-needed social services and supports. We provide a support system for newcomer families in accessing services and supports that are available in Winnipeg.

What does the CHW do?

  • In association with internal and external Case managers, to provide direct cultural interpretation and facilitation services for individuals with disabilities, and their families, facing language and cultural barriers.
  • To ensure that individuals with disabilities of ethnic origin, and their families have access to assistance in navigating health, rehabilitation and social services.
  • To support and educate service providers by increasing their awareness of, and sensitivity to, the cultural values of clients of SMD’s Ethno Cultural Program

What difference does it make?

At the same time, SMD’s Cultural Resource Facilitators help people gain confidence in their own ability to access resources and support, which encourages them to take action on their own, secure in the knowledge that any service providers they meet through SMD will respect their cultural differences and beliefs.

What are some successes?

Cultural Resource Facilitators respect other languages and culture and it is this respect that enables them to create positive experiences for people. Positive experiences, in turn, give people greater confidence in Manitoba's health and social services.

What challenges/risks does the target population face?

The Cultural Resource Facilitators of SMD’s Ethno-Cultural Program help people and families living with disabilities, that come from a variety of ethnic communities, connect with much-needed social services and supports. We provide a support system for newcomer families in accessing services and supports that are available in Winnipeg.

Cultural Resource Facilitators respect other languages and culture and it is this respect that enables them to create positive experiences for people. Positive experiences, in turn, give people greater confidence in Manitoba's health and social services.

At the same time, SMD’s Cultural Resource Facilitators help people gain confidence in their own ability to access resources and support, which encourages them to take action on their own, secure in the knowledge that any service providers they meet through SMD will respect their cultural differences and beliefs.

We currently provide services to the following linguistic communities:

Amharic
Arabic (Sudan, Syria, Somalia)
Bhutani
Cantonese
Darsi
Dinka
Farsi
Gugradi
Hindu
Ilocano
Kurmanji
Mandarin
Nepali
Pilipino
Punjabi
Sanscrit
Somali
Sorani
Tagalog
Tigrinia
Urdu
Please contact the program supervisor Traicy Robertson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 204 975-3121 for more information.
Website: www.smd.mb.ca

Networks

CHW Network - Alberta

CHW Network - British Columbia

CHW Network - Manitoba

CHW Network - Ontario

CHW Network - Québec