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Parking Info: We are located at 316 Tache Avenue whiich is the same building as the PharmaPlus at the corner of Marion St. and Tache Ave. Free parking is available on Marion Street, Tache Ave and surrounding side streets but please be aware of the time restrictions (1 to 2 hours depending on the location) and aftrernoon rush hour restrictions (3:30 pm to 5:30 pm). For quick drop offs and pick ups you can stop at the back of the back of the building by the loading door.

About the Open Access Resource Centre

The Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) is dedicated to enriching the lives of Manitobans with speech impairments through the use of communications devices. The Centre provides information on the types and functions of various devices, and operates an extensive equipment loan program.

Established as a pilot project by the Association for Community Living-Winnipeg (ACL-Winnipeg) in 1989, OARC was incorporated in 1997. In June 2000, the Centre received charitable status. Currently, the Centre receives its operating funds from Manitoba Family Services and Housing. 

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Our Mission Statement

The Open Access Resource Centre provides assistive technology, training and resources
to individuals with communication difficulties and those that support them.

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Annual Report

To view the 2013 - 2014 Annual Report - Click Here


Executive Director
Lori Wiebe

Lori brings to the Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) more than 15 years' experience working with children with disabilities and their families. A member of the staff since 1994, Lori shares her extensive knowledge of communications devices with individuals, other health professionals, and care givers.

Administrative Assistant
Doris Fierback

Doris began at OARC in September 2004. She brings several years of experience working as Administrative Support Person for a private Occupational Therapy service as well as a private Speech and Language Pathologist.


Speech - Language Pathologist
Val Buissé

With over 19 years of experience as an SLP Val joined the OARC staff in August 2007. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) having speciallized in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for the past 14 years. With a strong committment to enriching the lives of non-verbal individuals through the proper use of SGDs she is an integral part of our organization.


Executive Assistant
Marnie Loewen

Marnie Loewen has previously served on OARC's Board of Directors and worked part-time as an administrative assistant at OARC. Her past 7 years were spent coordinating the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba's annual stationary bike race fundraiser. Marnie's daughter communicates using a speech generating device and first borrowed a BIGmack from OARC's lending library back in 1995.

  Workshop Facilitator
Roberta Misonne

Roberta is the newest member of the OARC staff. She brings to the table 5 years as a middle school art teacher. She will be delivering iOS apps training workshops and working on the expansion of our on-site and on-line training. Roberta is confident in her ablities to teach anyone, no matter their technology skill level.

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The Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to maintain and expand its equipment inventory. Donations made, contribute toward ensuring the Equipment Loan Program remains progressive.

Thank you to the following Corporations and Foundations who have chosen to invest in our community:

Investors Group Charitable Giving Program
Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg
Link Charity Canada Inc
Manitoba Community Places Program
Manitoba Family Services
Red River Co-op

Sun Life Financial
The Winnipeg Foundation
Wawanesa Insurance
Winnnipeg Goldeyes - Field of Dreams Foundation
Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation

click on the logo to find out more: or download this .pdf to get involved with the Goldeyes Ks for Kids program.

We would especially like to thank the many individuals who have generously chosen to support OARC.

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Volunteer Opportunities

You can become involved in Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) by:

       serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
       speaking at a seminar about the importance and usefulness of speech generating devices.
       helping in the organization of an event.

Contact us today.

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Open Access Resource Centre
316 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2H 2A4
tel: 1-204-949-2430 fax: 1-204-775-2385
e-mail: oarc@oarc.ca

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