04 July, 2019

Dr. Clarence H. Labun Lecture Series 2019

Eden’s Dr. Clarence H. Labun Lecture Series (1 day workshop) will be exploring the relationship between Addictions and Mental Health.  The Lecture Series is being offered on Tuesday October 8th in Winkler at the Quality Inn. 

When helping people with mental health challenges, alcohol and drugs are often used as a means to cope which can make the symptoms worse. Alcohol and other drugs sometimes play a role in the development of disorders or symptoms. Our presenters will share their professional expertise related to these issues.

Presenters include:

Dr. Ginette Poulin – Medical Director, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)

Dr. Johann Blignaut – Addictions specialist, C.W. Wiebe Medical Clinic

Terry Warburton – Clinical Director, Eden’s Recovery of Hope

Isaias Harper – Community Mental Health, Long Plains First Nations 

Each of the presenters will be addressing issues as part of their specialty in their practice.

On-Line registration is now closed but you can still register by calling 204-325-5355 or by showing up at the registration desk beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning to register in person.

The registration fee for the day is $50.  Check-in on Tuesday October 8th begins at 8 a.m. with the lectures beginning promptly at 9 a.m.  Lunch is not provided during the event but sufficient time is allotted in order that attendees can choose from a number of eating establishment in the immediate area.  Click HERE to view restaurant options.

Dr. Ginette Poulin

Dr Ginette Poulin is a Family Physician with specialization in Addictions Medicine and a Registered Dietitian (B.Sc., B.Sc (H.N.S.), RD, MD, CFPC (AM), CISAM, CMCBT, PLIC) originating from Thompson, Manitoba and after having ventured to various provinces and countries to pursue her studies, she has returned to her home province where she is currently practicing medicine in a variety of settings. Experienced in both rural and urban health care; she delivers health services through emergency, hospital, clinic, and inner city house calls. She has a special interest and international certification in Addictions Medicine, offering services in Opiate Agonist Treatment as well as Community and In-house Programming. She serves vulnerable populations including those that reside in the inner city and marginalized populations provincial-wide along with those suffering from mental health and addictions issues.

She is bilingual (French and English) and has good working knowledge in Spanish. She has taken on Leadership roles in medicine serving as Medical Director at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and also as the Director of the Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement Program for International Medical Graduates at the College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She serves on numerous committees including physician examination and qualification standards with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada. She is the clinical lead (Prairie Node for CRISM – Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse) for the development of National Guidelines for best practices in the clinical management of Opioid Use Disorder. She advocates for the vulnerable and her patients’ needs with positions such as co-chair of the Manitoba Provincial Opiate Replacement Committee, Manitoba Monitoring Drug Review Committee, and as a Board Member of Main Street Project, the National Canadian Mental Health Association and Doctors Manitoba. She strives to contribute in the improvement of health care – its delivery, access, as well as its quality for all Manitobans alike. She works on National standards of practice, delivery of evidence-based care and de-stigmatization of Addictions and Mental Health as a national speaker, advocate and consultant.

Dr. Johann Blignaut

Dr. Johann Blignaut completed his undergraduate training in South Africa. He has been working as a family doctor at the C.W. Wiebe Medical Centre in Winkler since 1998. He has Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine from the Canadian College of Family Physicians.

Terry Warburton

Terry’s work as Eden’s Recovery of Hope Clinical Director focuses on collaborating with the Program Director to oversee professional standards and to ensure that quality of services are offered at Recovery of Hope. She is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment where growth is nurtured and hope and healing are present.

Terry is a therapist, parent consultant and course facilitator who works in southern Manitoba. She has a Master of Arts in Counselling and has been authorized by the Neufeld Institute as a Parent Consultant and Practitioner ( She understands the ongoing challenges that parents and educators face and is passionate about providing them with support, guidance and practical strategies that can enhance their role with children. Terry is convinced that although parenting can be a tough journey, it can also be a very rewarding experience. She uses an attachment-based, insight approach to help people find meaningful and practical solutions that preserve their most precious relationships. In addition to her work as a parent educator, Terry offers therapy services to those who struggle with depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma and issues within their relationships.

Isaias Harper

I am married with 4 children ranging in ages, 10, 7, 5, & 2.  My family and I operate a hobby farm with laying hens, chickens, pigs and horses. I enjoy working with the animals and tending to our garden.  I have approximately 19 years working as a counselor.  I worked with my community of Wasagamack First Nation as the Education Counselor for 8 years; Addictions Foundation Manitoba (Compass Program) as a Rehabilitation Counselor for over 3 years; Sandy Bay Health Services as the Community Mental Health Worker for 2 years and 1 day; and my current position at Long Plain Health Services as the Mental Health Worker for 6 years in July. I am currently working on getting my Counseling Skills Certificate through Assiniboine Community College and will be complete in December.  My training as a counselor comes from life experience and many workshops and training courses.