The Winnipeg Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Winnipeg area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Video features

Blood donors: helping others

Ten years ago, cancer almost killed me. Blood donors saved my life. And for that, I just wanted to say thanks.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude. What’s so special about it, and how can we cultivate more of it in our lives to help us through tough times?

Life is awesome. Life is awful.

Sometimes life is an ice cream sundae smothered in chocolate. Other times it’s a flurry of kung-fu kicks to the gut.

Letting go

When my sister Meghan got stuck in the mud, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of letting go.

Community resources in the Winnipeg area

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

Families and 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 and financial

Credit Counselling Society

Career counselling and coaching

Osborne Village Resource Centre
(pre-employment resources)


Immigrant Centre Manitoba

Manitoba Start

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few 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