The Family Gathering 2024
April 11, 2024

April 5th and 6th members of the Innovative Life Options team, along with their partners within the 120 Maryland Group, hosted a Family Gathering in Dauphin.

Friday was an evening for families to connect with one another, build peer support and just relax and socialize. Attendees were treated to wonderful facilities at the Aspen Lodge within the Dauphin Rec Center, with great food and good music and plenty of conversation.

Saturday was a day jam packed with family stories and opportunities to learn more about support networks and assisted decision making. This really assisted with breaking down some of the feelings of isolation and loneliness that families can struggle with, recognizing that every family has their own unique journeys, but that there is strength in coming together. With the focus being on highlighting the importance of support networks and assisted decision making, participants were able to walk away with a strong sense of why these two pieces are so very important to their families and loved ones.

The 120 Maryland Group’s partners include Family Advocacy Network of Manitoba, Community Living Manitoba, Inclusion Winnipeg, Continuity Care and Innovative Life Options. Together, we are participating in the Community Based Decision-Making Pilot Project. For more information on the project, please visit