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Caregivers given a break

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April 1 is Caregiver Recognition Day, but a group of local residents can’t wait quite that long.

Celebrating Family Caregivers! Inspiration and More, slated for Mon., March 31 from 7 to 9 p.m., will be a celebration at the Caboto Centre (1055 Wilkes Ave.) to promote awareness of Caregiver Recognition Day.

According to a release, Statistics Canada found that a third of Manitobans are caregivers, much higher than the 28 per cent national average.

"Caregiving is not an easy task.  I continue to be a caregiver to my mother who survived a brutal home invasion in 2007 that made national headlines," said Katherine Peters, Comforts of Home Care founder in the release. "I also understand that caregiving is a labour of love and dedication which is why I am so committed to giving Winnipeg’s caregivers a free night off."

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba will be supporting the free event.  The night will include entertainment, stories from caregivers, and free refreshments.

— Staff

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