How Does a Non-Profit Registered Charity Come Into Being?
In 1969…..Right There When It Happened
Annette Saltel* was right there when it happened. In fact, she was instrumental in the establishment of Stroke Recovery.
It all started in 1969 when she survived a stroke. Diagnosis, being what it was back then, found Annette confined to the St. Boniface Hospital psychiatric ward for three weeks.
When further diagnoses were complete, she was admitted into the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) while she underwent three months of speech therapy. She was the only female in the program.
During her stay at HSC, she met someone who would play a major part in her life: George Bonnett, another stroke survivor. Their common dilemma brought them together and they became fast friends.
And, as fate would have it, George’s roommate at HSC was Walter Karlicki.
A Stroke Club, If You Will
Annette, who was soon to be released from the hospital, suggested to Walter and George that it would be a heck of an idea if there was somewhere where stroke survivors could meet, share their experiences and help one another.
A Stroke Club, if you will…with peer support groups. And at this point in time, stroke was still widely misunderstood…even by doctors.
No one knew what to do with a stroke survivor, and as such, many of them ended up in psychiatric wards as Annette did. The three decided to team up and create a group of people who fully understood what a stroke survivor experiences.
They began to meet at George’s home, but before long, the club outgrew his basement. In 1973 they moved to the downtown YMCA, the same year the Stroke Club of Manitoba was incorporated.
The Founding Members were Annette Saltel, a housekeeper who became the first Secretary, Walter Karlicki, a law clerk who became the first President, George Bonnett, a salesman who became the first Vice President, and Willie Pohl, a manager who became the first Treasurer.
Another early member was a woman by the name of Mary Ann St. Germaine, who didn’t stay long, but in her brief stay with the Stroke Club, made a contribution that would change the face of the organization forever…a doodle. She was doodling on a piece of paper one day and, out of the blue, drew a little walking man who resembled a half paralyzed stroke survivor.
At the time the little guy was nameless, but not for long.
The Manitoba Stroke Club worked out of the YMCA until 1984, when more growth forced it to move to Lombard Ave. In March of 1986, the club changed its name to the Stroke Association of Manitoba and the little walking guy finally had a name. SAM.
Then in 1995, ‘Recovery’, arguably the most important word in the organization’s name, was added in order to clarify and emphasize the mission and objective of the corporation.
The name change took place on April 8, 1995 and since then we have been known as the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba. In 1992, SAM once again outgrew its home and moved to Vaughan Street.
And Now We Are Here
Then, time and more growth have forced SAM to its newest and most picturesque location at 247 Provencher Boulevard, in the heart of the historic French Quarter in St. Boniface, and still we are growing at a rapid rate with more programs than ever before and space is at a premium.
We’ve come a long way since 1969, and throughout the years, we have been blessed with many incredible leaders…some, sadly taken from us…but remembered always.
*The source of this material is from Annette Saltel – SAM co-founder.
ANOTHER EPICURE TASTE EXPERIENCE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT
THE STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA INC.
This year we are selling the Epicure Extraordinary Trio Fundraiser which includes three delicious dip mixes and a recipe booklet attractively packaged in a reusable cloth bag. Selling for $20.00 each SAM receives $5.00 from each Fundraiser sold.
Phone SAM at 204-942-2880 or drop by the office at 247 Provencher Boulevard.
A big SAM thank you to Richard Marchak, President Rpm Enterprises, at Petro Can., his Staff And their many Customers
THE STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA, INC.
and stroke recovery services and programs right here in Manitoba at their recent and very successful Petro Can Hot Dog BBQ Event.
Sunnybrook Tales & Poems Book Signing
today May 10th, 2017 at
Coles Book Store from 1 to 3 pm
City Place, 234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1M8
Richard Edwards has been dabbling in poetry for years and has learned to capture the emotions felt when faced with beauty and desire. He enjoys people of all persuasions. He currently lives in Winnipeg with Joyce Lancaster.
Both Joyce and Richard are long-time members and supporters of the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba, Inc. They are part of the Art Expressions group at SAM and their individual works of art are popular items of choice at community venues.
They also dedicate many hours of volunteer time working with the Association administrative office and assist with the programs.