LGBTQIA2S+ Inclusive


At Aurora, we offer every person who comes through our doors an individualized treatment program. It is because we customize a program specifically for your needs, we can tailor programming inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.

Our counselling team, therapists, and medical team all understand and are educated in helping individuals from the LGBTQ+ community recover from addiction and manage the specific issues that contribute to the higher prevalence of addiction.


We celebrate and recognize Two-Spirited individuals and give teachings about the importance of being Two-Spirit. 

We also help them find their place in their cultural community so that they can truly shine and heal. We inform and educate our population to create an inclusive and supportive environment.

Equine Assisted Therapy

One of Aurora’s new additions to the centre is the implementation of animal assisted therapy.

We know that animals help people by providing comfort and building on what is called the human-animal bond, which is the desire to interact with and relate to animals. This bond can help to calm a person, lower blood pressure, dissipate stress levels, increase dopamine levels, and produce a better emotional and physical state.

More than that, animal assisted therapy allows someone to be able to connect and communicate in ways that are different from human to human interaction. This mutual relationship allows both to share a symbiosis that enriches both their lives. Only through animals can one experience a truly non-judgemental relationship, building on developing trust.

In January 2023, Aurora began its Equine program.  Initially, we participated in a boarding program and now we have Maverick and Maggie, as our permanent residents.  

Living onsite, the clients can interact with the horses daily. We also have sessions with our equine expert, Amanda who educates the clients on proper care, handling, grooming, and safely guides their experience.

Our mission is to expand the animal-assisted therapy program to include other animals for the clients to engage and care for. It is all part of our holistic approach to recovery.

5468796 Architecture

5468796 Architecture is a Winnipeg-based design studio established in 2007.

Aurora Recovery Centre is expanding, and 5468796 is honoured to be a part of growing the impact of this vital service in Manitoba. After helping transform this property into an addictions recovery centre in 2016, 546 is working with the Aurora team again to more than double their existing capacity – adding 78 bedrooms this year. The new addition and renovation prioritizes restorative spaces connected to nature, nestling some parts of the building into the surrounding forest and offering unobstructed views of Lake Winnipeg in others. We trust this expansion will allow more people to access the important services of Aurora, and make a positive change in the lives of those on their way to recovery.

Sasa Radulovic


Sasa is co-founder and creative director of 5468796 and a LEED Accredited Professional. He recently lead the team in completing 17th Avenue Clinic – a dermatology clinic that won the best Health Building Award at the 2022 World Architecture Festival.

Colin Neufeld


Colin works closely with issues of renewal and building lifecycle analysis, managing a series of adaptive reuse projects for the office and acting as a Partner-in-Charge for both phase one of the Aurora Health Centre conversion and the current expansion phase. He was responsible for many of 5468796’s conversion and renovation projects including The Avenue Building in downtown Winnipeg and the interior design of its main floor tenant, Manitoba Start.

Jordy Craddock


Jordy Craddock brings over 10 years of experience as Project Architect and Coordinator on a number of residential, commercial, mixed-use and complex renovation and addition projects for 5468796. Jordy has led the team in completing the first phase of the Aurora Health Centre conversion, and spearheads office initiatives for research into energy efficiency and sustainable building practices.


Acts of Service in Recovery

We know all too well that acts of service in recovery can be a very important part of rebuilding relationships, impacting the lives of others, and discovering how a simple kindness can make a big difference for others.
We all know the expression “good deed for the day”. We encourage our clients to be mindful and show gratitude and also to find ways to contribute to their community. One of our giving back community initiatives that we have implemented into the program at Aurora has clients participating in The Main Street Community Walk.


The Main Street Community Walk is comprised of volunteers (either individuals or groups from organizations such as Aurora) who come together to distribute donated food, clothing, and other essential items to those in need on Winnipeg’s Main Street. Members of the walk also do their part to pick up litter and other refuse to help keep the community clean. This walk creates community connections and fellowship with those living on or near Main Street.

On the first Tuesday of each month, Aurora’s ARC Squad is committed to making and taking 100 sandwiches to the Main Street Community Walk and being a part of this amazing group of volunteers who make such a huge difference to those on Winnipeg’s Main Street.



Everything shared with us is kept strictly confidential and we’re happy to make recommendations if you need a different level of care than we provide. Feel free to reach out, we’re here for you.

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