My Community – Manitoba

A group of Stroll for Liver participants pose for a group photo in front of a field

Manitoba prides itself on its participation within the community. No matter your race, gender, age, or background, everyone is equal. Unfortunately, the same principle is true when it comes to liver disease: everyone is at risk!

The Canadian Liver Foundation understands that liver disease doesn’t only affect the person with the diagnosis but their family and friends, as well. Everyone should be educated about the illness and feel comfortable talking about it, if they choose, without facing stigma and judgment. Research, patient support, education, and public awareness are important in strengthening our community.

If you are looking to get involved, we host events that welcome people of all ages. Liver disease doesn’t discriminate; it affects those as young as newborns to older adults. For that reason, our events like Stroll For Liver are family-friendly events where children and adults can participate and feel comfortable with one another. This year the CLF is hosting a virtual event that you can participate right in the comfort of your own home. The 2020 Stroll date is Sunday August 29th, 2021. 

Do you like to golf? Why not join us in a round or two! We understand that tournaments might be tricky again this season, but enjoying a round of golf with your friends is totally do-able, and now you can use that fun time to also support a good cause. The Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation has partnered with several Golf Courses to offer you the opportunity to some charitable giving into your recreational activity. Throughout the 2021 golf season, when you book a tee-time at one of our listed gold courses, you can simply say that your game is in support of the Canadian Liver Foundation, and the club will add your $20 donation to your greens fee. No extra steps are required, and you will receive a full tax receipt for your donation to the Canadian Liver Foundation. This opportunity is designed to be simple and easy for you, and there are no limits on what you can do. Book your tee time whenever you want–no specific dates or times are set aside. And you can do it as many times as you’d like, all season long. If you enjoy the game, the course, and supporting the cause–this is your opportunity to do it all! Invite your friends and family, too; and don’t forget to tell them that you’re golfing in support of the Canadian Liver Foundation! 

The Manitoba chapter also offers a number of outlets for patient support and education; LIVERight Health Forum: Living with Liver Disease series. This program is a free forum for liver disease patients, transplant recipients and families to connect with each other to learn about their disease and learn how to cope. The program also offers free education to high school students, businesses and corporations across the province. 

The LIVERight: Living with Liver Disease Series is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation.

If you are looking for more information on our chapter, the events or programs we offer, please navigate through our regional pages and reach out to our office below!

Regional Coordinator, Manitoba:
Bianca Pengelly

Bpengelly@liver.ca

204-345-2434

The Peer Support Network

This program is a national network of people living with liver disease that have offered to share their experiences with others. It was developed by the Canadian Liver Foundation as a means to link Canadians like you who have been diagnosed with a liver disease, have a family member who has liver disease or care for someone who suffers from liver disease to talk about your concerns with a peer with a similar experience.

If you would like to connect with a Peer Supporter in your area, or would like to join the Peer Support Network, please contact Bianca Pengelly.

2021 Featured Supporter

We are fortunate to welcome new volunteers and participants to all of our events, and are extremely fortunate for the individuals who continue to support us year after year.

Ashlee Hodge-Hirshfield joined our CLF team for the first time in the summer of 2019. She was hired as the Fundraising Coordinator for Manitoba. She joined us from a passion that was fueled by a close family member being diagnosed with liver cancer. 

In Ashlee’s first year she learned the “ins and outs” of fundraising for our organization. She assisted in daily office duties and learned about what the CLF has to offer the community. She was happy to join us a second time for the fall of 2020, where she took on some much bigger projects that we use to help all Canadians. Ashlee built an exercise index that is available to all Canadians. This exercise index is a useful tool that liver patients can use to help promote safe physical activity in their daily lifestyle. She also created a exciting fundraiser that was safe for the community during Covid-19 restrictions.

Every year that Ashlee spends with our Chapter, she has created more to give back to the community. She really enjoys her work with the CLF and we enjoy having her with us even more!

We are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing volunteers, supporters and participants who help make all of this possible. Your donations and hard work are what keep hope alive for all of us who search for an end to liver disease.