When you have family responsibilities, being a learner, educator or staff member can be a balancing act. The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre is here to help.
We offer tools and resources to support you as you face life’s challenges and care for your loved ones while making the most of your time at Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
We’re also working hard to identify and address the family-related challenges our diverse community faces to provide a more family-friendly campus.
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About the Centre
The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre is an evolving resource and support service connecting students and staff managing changes in their life with resources and services including:
- monthly parent discussion group
- resource materials
- public use computer to register for maternity leave and employment insurance benefits and to apply for child care, etc.
- assistance finding child care as the University transitions back to in-person work/studies
- help locating suitable nursing space on campus or clinical placements sites
We’re listening and want to hear from you – please let us know of any resources or services you would like to see on our webpage and in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre. Our goal is to provide you with information and services you need in a quick and direct way.
Email your questions, requests or feedback to FamilyCentre@umanitoba.ca.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Support the Centre
To make a donation to the Family Centre, please use the link below.
Diaper and formula drive
The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre is asking for your help to gather donations for students in our faculty struggling to provide their children with essentials like diapers and formula.
Your gifts will directly benefit student families experiencing hardship – please give generously.
WHAT WE NEED
- Diapers of any size are appreciated (high demand for sizes 4 and 5)
- Powdered formula for families with infants
- Financial donations to provide other essentials, including milk
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
- Family Centre, 280 Brodie Centre
- Max Rady College of Medicine, 260 Brodie
- Dean’s Offices: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences
Family Centre services are available to any student in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in need. Visit the Family Centre to learn more.
Upcoming events Rady parent meet-up
The Rady Faculty Family Centre has put together a monthly lunch hour meet-up for parents to get together to chat about all things related to parenting, while juggling literally everything else.
These meetups are a great resource for parents looking for parent-friends who can relate to working and learning in a university environment - and the balancing act that comes with that.
Come your share experiences, ask questions, and meet parents in the Rady faculty.
Bring yourselves, and your lunch if you'd like. All Rady staff, faculty and students are welcome, so tell your friends!
NOTE: You will need to register for each date you would like to attend.
Free service for students Rady Kids' Club
The Family Centre is pleased to introduce our brand new Rady Kids’ Club, a safe and nurturing environment for children of students studying on the Bannatyne campus.
This FREE service gives you time to concentrate on your studies while your kids have a blast in the Joe Doupe Gym.
Who can participate? Children aged 4 to 12 years old are welcome to attend. Please note that all participants must be fully independent in using the bathroom.
Trained childminders - Our childminders are dedicated UM students who have undergone thorough Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry checks.
Snacks included - We will ensure your little ones are well-nourished and happy during their time with us by providing healthy snacks.
Please stay available - For the safety and security of all, we kindly request that you stay on campus with your cell phone on while your child is enjoying play time in the gym.
Experiencing a life change on top of everything else you’re trying to balance can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone.
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supports for Life changes
Change your personal information at UM
If you have a preferred name change, legal name, gender designation change, or address change you will need to notify the university.
Students: full details are available on the Registrars’ Office website.
Faculty and staff: send an email to HRIS@umanitoba.ca with the name related or gender designation change you wish to make and HR staff will guide you through the process.
Employees can self-update an address change through the employee self-service portal via JUMP.
Updating UM eligible staff benefits
UM counselling services
Counselling is available for students, faculty and staff confronted with challenges of all kinds.
Visit the Student Counselling Centre’s webpage to learn more about available services:
Faculty and staff
The University of Manitoba Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) is a voluntary and confidential counselling service for all University of Manitoba staff and their families. Visit the EAP employee and family assistance program page.
Health and nutrition
Legal name change
Mental health and wellness
supports for Family planning
Become a foster family
Fertility and gynecology
supports for Pre-natal or post-partum
Applying for parental leave at UM
For information about the process for applying for leave, please visit SharePoint.
Having a baby
Midwifery and doula care
After your baby's arrival
Support resources and groups
supports for Parenting
Activity ideas (1-5 years old)
Free parent resources - Winnipeg
Free parent resources - areas outside Winnipeg
Kids crafts and activities
Special needs parenting
Supports for Child care
Supports for Senior care
supports for Death
UM spouse, dependent, employee or retiree
Spouses or eligible dependents
If a spouse or eligible dependent passes away, you will need to contact the Staff Benefits Office. Staff Benefits will update the records and arrange for spousal/dependent life claims, if applicable.
If an employee passes away, the department will need to contact the Staff Benefits Office, who will check if any benefits are payable.
The department of the employee will need to complete a cessation form.
If a retiree passes away, the family will need to contact the Staff Benefits Office, who will check if any benefits are payable.
The staff benefits office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
UM compassionate care or bereavement leave
University Governance capture compassionate care or bereavement leaves within the leave of absence governing document. There you will find information on qualifying criteria and the benefits UM staff are entitled to.
Gender inclusive bathrooms
Bannatyne campus offers neutral bathroom facilities in the following locations:
- Apotex Centre, room 132 (first floor)
- Basic Medical Sciences, 6th floor near elevator
- Chown Building, room A284 (second floor) room 396 (third floor) and room 496 (fourth floor)
- Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) rooms 34C, 35C and 36J
- College of Rehabilitation Sciences, second floor room R225
- Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, room D235K
- Joe Doupe Recreation Centre
- Medical Services Building, basement tunnel
- Neil John MacLean Library, rooms 353 and 355
- Pathology Building, P307 3rd floor
Bannatyne campus offers change tables in the following locations:
- Apotex Building, rooms 102 and 109 (first floor)
- Brodie Centre, rooms 171, 172 (first floor) and 275 and 276 (second floor)
- Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) rooms 34C, 35C and 36J
- Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, room D127
- Medical Services Building, rooms 208A and 209A (second floor)
- Neil John MacLean Library, room 353
Child feeding room
The University of Manitoba campuses are a safe space to feed your child anywhere on campus.
The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre offers a private and quiet area if for nursing, chest feeding and pumping. Located at 290A Brodie Centre, the child feeding room is available to all staff, faculty and learners.
The room is equipped with a sink, fridge, microwave, change station, two couches and a table for your comfort. The space also has toiletries, including diapers, baby wipes, disposable nursing pads, pads and tampons.
How to access this space
Email the Family Centre to gain access to the child feeding room. Please include your name, department and your employee or student number in your email. If you require a nursing space in your College or clinical placement, let us know and we can look into finding an ad hoc space that can you can use.