Manitoba Chapter

Contact information

For information about osteoporosis, to find a support group near you or to create a group in your community, please contact:

Manitoba Chapter
Janet Choboter, Executive Director
123 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 2Z1
Phone: (204) 772-3498 


Upcoming events


September 27
Fall Forum- Nutrients for Healthy Bones- How Much Is Enough?

Time: 7 to 9 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm
Location: Berney Theatre, Rady JCC, 123 Doncaster St., Winnipeg
Please note: Admission is free, but please register in advance at 204.772.3498 or

It’s never too soon to take care of your bones, learn how to nourish them, and be aware of the possibility you may have osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the quantity and/or quality of the bone is reduced, leading to weaker bones and broken bones. It is NOT to be confused with osteoarthritis – a disease of the joints.

Learn how to nourish your body for optimal bone health on September 27 at Osteoporosis Canada- Manitoba Chapter’s Annual Fall Public Forum.

Presentation and practical tools
Registered dietitians Pat McCarthy Briggs and Anna Pohorecky will advise on topics including how to get your calcium, Vitamin D supplementation, and the importance of protein in your diet. They will share practical tools like the Calcium Calculator– a practical way to determine if you are getting enough calcium in your diet, and how you can meet the recommended target. 

Special guest Dr. Bill Leslie, Director – Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Clinic and member of Osteoporosis Canada’s Scientific Advisory Council, will join the panel discussion.

See how you measure up at the Stand Tall Canada display, gather a wealth of excellent health information and resources, and attend the informative presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

About the presenters
Pat McCarthy Briggs is a registered dietitian and holds a Master’s degree in Health Education. Pat is a founding member of the Manitoba Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada, a past member of Osteoporosis Canada’s National Education Committee, and has served on the Manitoba Chapter’s Education and Volunteer Training Committees. Pat is a frequent speaker at the Manitoba Chapter’s Public Forums and other presentations for health care professionals.

Anna Pohorecky is a registered dietitian and long-time volunteer with the Manitoba Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada. Anna is the chair of the chapter’s Education Committee and provides training on nutrition to Chapter volunteers. As a member of the Chapter’s Speakers’ Bureau, Anna also does presentations for community groups.

Dr. Bill Leslie is Director of the Manitoba Bone Density Program, and a Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the University of Manitoba with over 300 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Leslie’s research interests are in fracture risk assessment, osteoporosis testing, and nuclear diagnostic techniques. He is Past Chair of the Osteoporosis Canada Scientific Advisory Council, Past President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and he was involved in the development of the 2010 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis in Canada.


October 19, 2017
Carribean Dreamin Appetizer & Wine Pairing Evening

Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Riverwood Square Retirement Living, 1778 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg
Tickets $25 each at 204.772.3498 or

In the fall, there’s nothing like a little Caribbean Dreamin. Warm up to a delightful casual evening of wine & appetizers, in support of bone health.

Caribbean Dreamin is a new fall fundraiser in support of Osteoporosis Canada- Manitoba Chapter’s bone health education and awareness programs and services. Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the quantity and/or quality of the bone is reduced, leading to weaker bones and broken bones.

On October 19, enjoy a selection of wines paired with delicious appetizers, good entertainment, and good company. Leave the tie and formal wear at home. Dress in your favourite cruise/winter vacation/summer wear, and enjoy the warmth of an excellent Caribbean-inspired evening in support of a good cause.

Bring your friends.  Non-alcoholic and vegetarian options will be available. Check out the decadent dessert table too. Join us for a little Caribbean-inspired fun. Get your tickets today.


Draw December 7, 2017 
Holiday Liquor Raffle

Get your raffle tickets now. Support Osteoporosis Canada-Manitoba Chapter by selling some raffle tickets for us, and buying your own. Our annual Liquor Raffle is your chance to win some holiday cheer and support bone health education. Tickets are 3 for $5, and draw date is Thursday December 7, 2017 at noon, at Hunter Physiotherapy, 390 Provencher Blvd. Ticket holders welcome.

Pick up some tickets at the office. Contact 204.772.3498 or


Coming Soon
13th Annual Purple Tie Affair

Plan to attend the social event of the year- The 13th Annual Wine & Cheese Purple Tie Affair. Osteoporosis Canada, Manitoba Chapter’s signature event is a prestigious evening of wine, food, and fun. You should be there. Bring your friends, wear purple, support bone health, and enjoy a wonderful evening with us.

Further details will be announced shortly.


Speaker services

‘Reducing the risk of and managing Osteoporosis’

Do you want to learn more about reducing your risk of osteoporosis and practical tips on how to manage osteoporosis? Consider having a trained volunteer spokesperson from the organization meet with you and your group of colleagues for a personalized session. An excellent selection of pamphlets about calcium, exercise, drug therapies and many other topics will be made available to you at each session.

To arrange a date and location that is convenient for both you and the speaker contact the Manitoba Chapter. There is no charge for these services however a donation to the Chapter is appreciated.


Support groups

‘Supporting the Newly Diagnosed’ 

This program is designed for individuals who have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis.  Once a month, we offer the opportunity to attend a presentation containing accurate and pertinent information and an introduction to the variety of resources available through our Chapter. Participants can share their stories and have their questions answered.

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis, contact the Chapter office for further information. There is no fee to attend but registration is required as space is limited. Please call the Chapter office at (204) 772-3498 or email


‘Break Through’

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you are not alone. Break Through the mysteries and solitudes of this condition by joining Osteoporosis Canada’s fall education and support group  for people with or at risk of osteoporosis.

Fall 2017 Session: 
Break Through: An Education Program for the Prevention, Treatment and Management of Osteoporosis
Monday afternoons, from September 11 to October 30, 2017 (7 weeks)

Time: 1 to 3 pm
Location: Fort Garry Access Centre, Room 219, 135 Plaza Dr., Winnipeg
Registration is limited. Please register in advance at 204.772.3498 or

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the quantity and/or quality of the bone is reduced, leading to weaker bones and broken bones. It is NOT to be confused with osteoarthritis – a disease of the joints.

Each weekly Break Through session is an opportunity to learn more about how to take care of your bones and live well with osteoporosis. Learn about proper nutrition, exercise, staying safe and preventing falls, and more, from an Osteoporosis Canada- Manitoba Chapter volunteer who has been there. Meet and share a kinship with others living with the disease.

Break Through is a great opportunity for learning and sharing. Participants must sign up in advance.


Available positions / Volunteer postings

Our aim is to help people avoid or reduce the pain and suffering of broken bones. We can’t do it without volunteers though! Please contact the Chapter office if you can help us help people to keep their bones strong and healthy by volunteering in one (or more!) of the following capacities:

Educators: join us in fulfilling our mission to provide life-changing education to the public and work toward a future Canada without osteoporotic fractures. We provide extensive training with ongoing continuing education and support, and we have a terrific social community of volunteers and staff collaborating and networking toward a common goal.

Join one of our Special Event Committees and help plan and implement our fundraisers!

Come help us out in and around the Office.

To volunteer, please call the Chapter office at (204) 772-3498 or email .


Upcoming Events

  • Thu

    Holiday Liquor Raffle (draw)

    12:00 pm