Parkland Region

Parkland Region

parkland region

Hi, my name is Mel, and I am the Peer Support Outreach Worker for MDAM in the Parkland Region of Manitoba. Included in the Parkland region are the towns of Alonsa, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, McCreary, Minitonas, Winnipegosis, Mafeking, Inglis, Roblin, Rossburn, Laurier, Benito and Swan River and the city of Dauphin. 

As a Peer Support Outreach Worker, I can provide one-on-one peer support, facilitate peer support groups, or give presentations in workplaces, non-profit groups or in schools about mood disorders.

If you are struggling with your mental health, looking for resources, or would like to book a presentation or one-on-one peer support session, please email


My name is Melanie Balanyk, and I am the peer support worker for the Parkland Region. I have been with MDAM for over a year. I live in the Parkland region and currently have several programs happening here. My newest project is “Together Let’s Eat!” a free meal kit program. I also partake in The Friendly Caller Program within the region. I consider myself to be very active. I have participated in the MS Society Bike Tour, Manitoba Snowshoe Run, Relay for Life just to name a few. I believe my personal experiences may add knowledge and growth to my position at MDAM.

Stay tuned for more upcoming programs and events!

Contact: Melanie Balanyk
Phone: 204-647-1047


Crisis Phone List

All Rural Farm and Rural Stress Line: 866-367-3276

Interlake: 1-866-332-3030

Mixed Peer Support Group – Parkland *On Hold*

Soul Sisters 

This online mixed group is open to all genders and meets on Saturdays. *CURRENTLY ON HOLD*



11:00 am - 12:00 pm


This is a “coffee and conversation” support group for women experiencing mood disorders, low mood, or the frustrations and concerns of Covid-19. It is a group of women helping women through sisterhood and connection. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group)

To receive the link to this group or for further information, please contact or call / text Marian at 204-721-2174 or Susan at



10:00am to 11:00am

Facilitator: Susan


Presentation & Workshop Requests

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation or a workshop on peer support and/or mental health, please fill out the Presentation Request Form by clicking on the Request button below.

Book a One-on-One

Do you need someone to talk to? We offer peer support in a one-on-one (virtual) setting. If you would like to book a peer support session, please click on the BOOK NOW button below. Appointments are 30 min – 1 hour in length and are conducted by video chat, using Microsoft Teams.

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Parkland Events

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Volunteer in Parkland

Volunteers are integral to the creation and ongoing maintenance of MDAM’s programming. MDAM offers several opportunities for anyone interested in providing support and education directly to our clients.

Interested in volunteering in the Parkland Region?

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