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GA Newsletter – Focus on EPR

Good day,
I hope you enjoyed last week’s series of newsletters acknowledging the fantastic work being done across our agencies by those in support worker positions, including family support workers, direct service providers, in-home support workers, one-on-one support workers and drivers.

This week, I would like to follow up with another newsletter featuring more “unsung heroes,” that is, the Winnipeg Child and Family Services staff who work in the Emergency Placement Resources (EPR) Program. These shelter staff do some of the most difficult work in our system.

Please take a few moments to read the stories in the attached newsletter. As you will read, EPR staff do so much to ensure children and youth are safe and feel supported during times of difficulty and severe trauma. Often youth who enter the EPR system have recently been through a crisis and/or have quite challenging needs. Our EPR staff respond with compassion to help these youth settle.

While the pandemic threw many additional challenges at these workers, they handled those challenges with a great deal of resourcefulness.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to our EPR staff for your valuable contributions. It takes a special person to do what you do each day, and please know that your efforts are very much appreciated.

Please see this newsletter and a series of newsletters celebrating the work of our support staff here.

With much gratitude to our EPR workers,
Jay Rodgers, CEO, General Child and Family Services Authority