Brandon Friendship Centre Circa 2010
For a number of years this was the website for the Brandon Friendship Centre, an urban Aboriginal service delivery agency developing programs and support services to meet the needs of Aboriginal people in the community as a whole. If you have inadvertently found this site looking for the Brandon Friendship Centre, please go to their current site.
The current website for the Brandon Friendship Centre is found at: https://www.brandonfriendshipcentreinc.ca/
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages providing a brief glimpse of what this site offered its community.
An aside: 2020 Update with respect to Covid-19. Brandon Friendship Centre, just like everywhere in the world, has taken steps to ensure their community and those who access their facility and services are kept safe. Some services have closed and others are modified.
An aside: Having retired from the Assiniboine Community College and moved to New York City so I would be closer to my adult children, these past seven months has been surreal to say the least. The contrast between Brandon MB Canada and NYC is a shocker in itself, but I have really enjoyed the past five year in NYC until Covid-19 hit the city. I consider myself lucky that I am not in a nursing home, but nevertheless, all our live's have changed. Masks, masks, masks, social distancing, feeling fearful outside, at least initially. Adjustments have been made, but still...My normal Spring cleaning activities such as getting my oriental rugs cleaned were put on hold as NYC shut down during the surge. Now that new cases and deaths have plummeted and the "curve" is flattened, we are all beginning to emerge. I am astounded at the number of people going to restaurants. The outside eating areas are often full, here on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I wonder what will happen to the restaurants when the cold weather arrives. Perhaps it will be back to only takeouts. Meanwhile, recently I called my rug cleaning company to see if they were still in business. I was so happy when Haim picked up the phone. Once I arranged to have some of my oriental carpets picked up to be cleaned, I took a look out of my living room window that over looks Central Park. It's still green as ever, but cold weather is forecast and soon the park will change to its Fall colors before going to rest for the winter. I must say I don't miss the winters in Brandon, but the area of Manitoba is lovely and I do miss hiking and fishing in the various Provincial Parks. Hopefully in a year, there will be a viable vaccine that will allow life to get back to normal. I would like to go back to Brandon for a visit.
The Brandon Friendship Centre is pleased that you have visited our site. There are plenty of programs and services being offered by our Friendship Centre. Please explore our programs and if you require more information please call or send us an email.
Our main office is located at 836 Lorne Avenue Brandon, MB. R7A 0T8.
We also have buildings at 303 9th Street, 205 College Avenue, 321 9th Street, and 602 Rosser Avenue.
The Brandon Friendship Centre has an open policy whereby membership is open to all Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people.
We have a front Drop-In area that serves as a meeting place for anyone wanting a place to relax and have coffee during the day.
The Brandon Friendship Centre is 1 of 120 Friendship Centre’s across Canada and 1 of 11 in Manitoba.
Brandon Friendship Centre
A Bridge Between Two Cultures
A Friendship centre is an urban Aboriginal service delivery agency. It exists to meet the needs of people, either migrating to cities or living in them. It attempts to bridge a gap between two cultures, the non-urban and urban culture.
Our Mission is to provide programs & services to all people with an initial emphasis on Aboriginal people
Objectives Of Our Centre
To carry on without pecuniary gain, objects of a national, charitable, scientific, social or professional character and the like.
To partner with service agencies, volunteer organization, private industry and all levels of government in advancing and maintaining the well being of Aboriginal people.
To provide medium for the development of Aboriginal leadership in the community.
To assist the community in promoting a deeper awareness of the culture and heritage of our Aboriginal population.
To develop programs and support services to meet the needs of Aboriginal people in the community as a whole.
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm
By appointment only
The Brandon Access Exchange Service
836 Lorne Ave. Brandon, MB. R7A 0T8
Phone: (204) 729-8115
Fax: (204) 726-0902
Brandon Access Exchange Service
BAES provides supervised access services to families where there has been a history of domestic violence and/or where there exists a high level of conflict.
The primary goal of BAES is to ensure the safety and well being of children by providing a secure and comfortable environment in which visits and exchanges can occur. BAES does not provide service to families where children are in the care of Chidl and Family Servies.
BAES does not make assessments or judgements with respect to whether a parent should or should not be supervised. Observation notes completed by facilitators following each visit/exchange provide a factual accounmt of what occurred during contact.
BAES does not negotiate access conditions nor will we advocate on behalf of parental parties.
Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 pm
A Supervised exchange is the transfer of children between two parental parties involving a third party who facilitates and supervises the actual exchange. The purpose is to avoid contact and potential conflict between parties throughout the course of the transfer.
How Do I Apply?
- Participation in BAES is voluntary.
- Both parents must initiate contact with BAES before we will proceed with the application process.
- Once we have been contacted by both parties, intake appointments are scheduled inpidually with each parent.
A supervised visit is contact between a parent and one or more children in the presence of a facilitator. The facilitator observes, listens and intervenes when necessary by limiting or modifying a parent's behavior and protects the child from potential harm during a visit.
$10.00 (maximum 2 hours)
$5.00 (per exchange)
BAES works with families where:
- There has been a history of domestic violence and/or continued conflict
A parent identifies concern for their personal safety
There exists a court order pertaining to access or where there is an agreement between parties
We are a non-profit organization and donations are welcome
Main Office 727-1407
BAYAC Youth Drop-In 729-8112
Kokum's Daycare 728-9041
In A Good Way 571-0670
Aboriginal Healing and Wellness (Nellie) 726-1112
Aboriginal Healing and Wellness (Lorrie) 726-8791
Portage Aboriginal Head Start (204) 239-5853
Adult Upgrading 726-1830
Stepping Out 727-1407
Hours of Operation
Aboriginal Healing and Wellness
Little Teaching Lodge/Portage Aboriginal Head Start
BAYAC and PCC Programs
Brandon Friendship Centre Staff
GAIL - Executive Director
ANITA – Financial Administrator
CARLA – Receptionist
STEPHEN - Janitor
JAMIE – Housing Maintenance
MAVIS – In a Good Way Coordinator
BARB – CPNP Coordinator
ERIKA– Family Support Worker
LAURENE– CPNP Assistant
CHARLENE– Family Support Worker
TAMMY – Head Start Coordinator
LARA – Head Start ECE
AMANDA – Inclusion Facilitator
KATHY – ECEII
ELILAH– IF WORKER
DENISE – Driver/Cook
SHARI – Head Start Receptionist/PIC
LYNDON – Adult Upgrading Instructor
BRENDA – Literacy Tutor
MELISSA – Partners for Careers Counselor
CARRIE – Partners for Careers Assistant
RANDA– UMAYC Program Coordinator
JEANINE – BAES Coordinator
BRITTANY – BAES Facilitator
SHIRLEY – BAES Facilitator
SERINA – BAES Facilitator
GINA - BAES Facilitator
HANNAH - BAES Facilitator
NELLIE - Community Wellness Worker
LORRIE – Community Wellness Assistant
SAMANTHA – Community Liaison Assistant
MARIE– Referral Worker
FRANK – Cultural Worker
VERNON – Project HOPE Caretaker
ANNA KAY – Day Care Coordinator
REBECCA – Day Care ECEII
DONNA - Day Care ECEII
YAN – Daycare ECEII
NICOLE - Daycare ECEII
CHANTELLE - Day Care ECE
AMANDA - Daycare ECE
DIANE– Daycare Cook
STEPHANIE - PLP Daycare Supervisor
RACHELLE - PLP Parent Involvement Coordinator/Admin
HEATHER - PLP ECE
CRISTA - Cook/Driver
JAKI - PLP Daycare ECE
TANYA - PLP Daycare ECE
LAURA - PLP Daycare ECEII
LAURA – FASD Coordinator
LEANNE– FASD Support Worker
PAUL– FASD Support Worker
LAURENE – FASD Support Worker
KATHY – FASD Support Worker
PAUL - Financial Admin Assistant