Thanks to Global News for a great piece on SSCOPE and Rockin’ the Bridge after spending Saturday afternoon with us at the Festival. Marvin Thiessen, SSCOPE’s operations supervisor and lead singer for The Home Street Band and Derek Marker, SSCOPE employee member are interviewed, along with Executive Director Bob Rempel.
It was another great and successful year for SSCOPE and Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 4 Mental Health on May 24-25 2013.
We are so grateful and blessed by our performers and volunteers and we thank them all for participating, many year after year.
Our goals are limited but realistic: an opportunity for a better conversation with the community about what SSCOPE is and does and whom it serves, and how living with mental health problems can be improved for the individual and society by a real jobs within a supportive environment.
Watch for a SSCOPE CD of songs from performers at the 2013 Festival coming soon.
SSCOPE was deeply honoured on Monday May 27th by this Member’s Statement in the Manitoba Legislature by the MLA for Burrows, Melanie Wight.
View the statement HERE
Ministers of Housing and Health Kerri Irvin-Ross and Theresa Oswald posed later with MLA Wight and Bob Rempel, Executive Director of SSCOPE for the presentation of the Members Statement and privately thanked SSCOPE as well and promised to seek additional ways their two departments can support SSCOPE’s work. (We reveal it here first!)
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The Festival continues all day Saturday at 1466 Arlington St. with the garage sale starting at 8:00 am and the first act starting at 9:00 am Split Crooked closes the Festival at 8:15 pm.
We kicked off the Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 2013 for mental health Friday night with a great performance by Mark Stallard and Ryan Janz, SSCOPE’s music ambassadors, and then Sons of Zed came and the place got loud in a very good way. Mercy Mercy closed the opening night with more great new and old stuff.
It’s a week away now and we need more volunteers to help us make our Rockin’ the Bridge event on May 24 & 25th a success.
If you can work a minimum of a 2 hour shift sometime during the day and evening on May 25th or more please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line to read “SSCOPE Volunteer” or call us at 204 987-6300 or 204 987-6303 and indicate your preference for shift times. Shifts start at 7:30 am on Saturday morning with the last shift ending at 10:00 pm Saturday evening. On Friday shifts starts at 6:00 pm and the last shift ends at 10:00 pm
Benefits for your volunteering: Priceless!
Great Music, Great Food, Great People, Great Feel Goods
It’s all at 1466 Arlington St, between Burrows and Magnus
Update: Watch the interview HERE
Watch the SSCOPE interview on Global Morning News at 7:40 am on Wednesday May 15. Recent break ins at SSCOPE, our upcoming Rockin’ the Bridge Festival4 Mental Health on May 24-25 just a few days off now, and the impact SSCOPE has on his life, expressed by SSCOPE member Mike Jackson, who will be in studio with executive director Bob Rempel, will all be part of the discussion.
Update Monday am: You can view the interview Here
Watch the SSCOPE interview on CKY-CTV Morning Live at 7:55 am on Monday May 13. Recent break ins at SSCOPE and our upcoming Rockin’ the Bridge Festival4 Mental Health on May 24-25 just a few days off now, will be part of the discussion. Possible special guest singing a few bars from The Snow Shoveling Blues.
Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 4 Mental Health by SSCOPE is set for May 24 & 25 at 1466 Arlington Street. The public event, which is both a public awareness effort about mental health recovery and the work SSCOPE does, and a fund raising effort for SSCOPE, is now in it’s fourth year.
This year SSCOPE is raising funds (the Bricks & Mortar for People retail campaign) to expand it’s Thrift Shop approach in other areas of Winnipeg to expand on its work at 1446 Arlington St, and continue providing retail level employment for its members and assist the community with additional recycling and reuse efforts.
SSCOPE provided jobs and income to just under 200 member employees in 2012 and average bi-monthly payrolls average 50-60 program individuals. It’s goal with sufficient community support is to continue to expand it’s supported employment and training programs delivered through social enterprises to at 400 individuals by 2016, with expansion of offices and stores throughout Winnipeg.
View and Download the News Release and Lineup ( on page 2) by clicking the link HERE
or view it below.
Another performance of The Snow Shoveling Blues by SSCOPE’s own Marvin Thiessen, our Operations Supervisor, this on on March22 at SSCOPE’s Treasures Cafe Stage 1466 Arlington St. Watch all SSCOPE stage performance videos and more videos about SSCOPE HERE over at Youtube.
It’s sounding better every time maybe because we are getting to the end of a long and difficult snow shoveling season, or more likely Marvin’s getting it polished up a bit more each time. As you’ll hear everyone’s enjoying the song. Come out May 24-25 at SSCOPE’s Festival4MentalHealth/Rockin’ the Bridge and hear it again.
View the Live Friday Poster Here and join us next on Friday March 22 at 1466 Arlington in our warm and friendly coffeehouse atmosphere and enjoy a great variety of music from talented Winnipeg and Canadian performers who are freely donating their time to support mental health and SSCOPE’s work in the community.
Watch an excerpt of the original song, “The Snow Shoveling Blues” written for SSCOPE and SSCOPE employee members who have the challenge of serving SSCOPE many snow shoveling to honour SSCOPE committments through -30 windy conditions and often several feet of snow to contend. The Snow Shoveling Blues
Marvin Thiessen works for SSCOPE as our Operations Supervisor, and wrote the song and performed it first time in public with his band seen also at this link, The Snow Shoveling Blues at SSCOPE Live Friday February 22 event.
Watch more great LIve Performances at SSCOPE recent Live Friday nights on YouTube here. Or search for channel SSCOPE2 at http://www.youtube.com
We will be announcing our Live Streaming For Charity Channel for our events soon as well.
SSCOPE is pleased to announce three new volunteers in key positions in the organization, supporting the Executive Director.
Jason White- Jason is an experienced marketing specialist and consultant to business, particularly in the tourism business field. Through the assistance of the non profit Spark, SSCOPE was linked with Jason. We are excited about the potential for Jason to help us better market our services and program to potential new customers and partners in Winnipeg to continue to create more opportunities for our employee members and support mental health recovery and coping even better in the city.
Yan Yu Sha-a student in her second year Accounting at Red River College with top marks in her program, She has joined us as a financial and accounting assistant with responsibility at this time for the work required to create monthly financial statements. We are thrilled to see how quickly she has picked up our system.
Jim Timlick-Jim is a former director of media relations for the Blue Bombrs and an experienced editor and reporter who is assisting SSCOPE with expanding our communications initiatives in support of the growth we require for our social enterprises in order to create more employment. He has great contacts in the community and we are very happy to have him decide to join with us. Jim is also a Board of Directors candidate.
SSCOPE continues to recruit new volunteers and staff as we attempt to create the staff and volunteer team that can take the organization to our organizational goal of 400 employee members by 2016, along with four retail and office locations in Winnipeg, and programs in at least two other communities outside Winnipeg. Please contact SSCOPE at 987-6300 if you can help serve as a volunteer Team Leader within SSCOPE and help us develop new and current employment programs for our members and support the other organization objectives.
We are also hoping to be able to make an announcement shortly about the successful recruitment of a Financial and Accounting Supervisor and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, with prime responsibility for our Festival4MentalHealth and Live Fridays events.