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Polar Brrr Swim – January 1st 2016

Thanks to all involved in the 5th annual Polar BRRR swim.  It was very successful and could not have happened without the support of the swimmers, volunteers and the community.  This year there were 39 registered swimmers and at least 3 others.  The total raised for the Galiano Health Care Society was over $2000.  We look forward to an even bigger event next year with prizes going to the “best costume” and “most money raised”.

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Join the Galiano Health Care Society to celebrate the New Year – with a dip in the chilly waters at Montague Harbour Provincial Park. January 1st 2016 at 12 noon sharp. Can we dare you to jump into the water? If not, can we entice you to join the throng of support on the beach? We”ll have snacks available too. Proceeds from sponsorship, registration fee and general donations all go directly to the Galiano Health Care Society that runs the Health Clinic on Galiano Island.

For further information contact Ken at 250 539 3404, or Linda at 250 539 3753.

Flu Shots – Clinic

vaccineThe annual flu season is approaching and it is time to be immunized to have the best chance of avoiding influenza.

If you are eligible for a free influenza shot, please bring your Care Card to the vaccination clinic on Galiano Island

 

 

 

Monday November 9th

1.30pm to 4.00pm

Lion’s Hall

If you are not eligible for a free flu shot, contact your family physician or nurse practitioner about vaccine availability and cost. Eligibility details here.

Portable Electronic Defibrillators now on Galiano

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The GHCS is pleased to announce a successful collaborative project with many community businesses, individuals and groups that now has seen at least 14 automated defibrillators (AED’s) distributed to sites on Galiano Island that are accessible to the public.

If you witness someone collapse, or discover someone who is non-responsive, first call 911 for help and then ideally be able to send someone to locate the nearest defibrillator while you provide first aid and/or CPR to the unconscious patient. Check out the map for locations.

The defibrillators are easy to use – they give voice prompts and will not shock a patient unless the heart rhythm indicates that a shock is advisable.

Take a peek at the flyer details in this post – there are a series of CPR & AED courses underway.

Thanks to everyone involved in this project. Galiano is leading the way with other communities watching how our program works.

 

NEW: Wine and Beer Glass Totes for sale

EXCLUSIVE Galiano Wine and Beer Festival Tote bags

FestivalGlassBags1Thanks to Uniquely Galiano and volunteers from the Galiano Needle Guild these practical tote bags are perfect to carry your Festival souvenir wine and beer glasses.

Priced to sell at 1 for $15, or 2 for $25

Colours – Red (available), White (available), Brown (sold out)

Available at the Galiano Bookstore, Post Office, Health Clinic and the Galiano Saturday Farmer’s Market. If supplies last they will also be available at the August 8th Galiano Wine and Beer Festival.

After the Event the tote can be used to carry bottles of wine, lunch and an iPad, a good book or two, wallet/keys/water bottle…be as creative as you can!

 

Galiano Wine & Beer Festival – Aug 8, 2015

 

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The 23rd Annual Galiano Wine and Beer Festival is here!

Date: Saturday August 8, 2015

Time: 1-4pm

Venue: Lion’s Field on Burrill Rd (next to the health care centre)

Cost: $45 includes souvenir beer and/or wine glass plus a variety of finger foods

Check out the website for festival details including the vendors who will be sharing their latest products. www.galianowinefestival.com

Tickets already selling fast – see the website about reservations.

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Oh behalf of the Galiano Health Care Society, a big thank you to all who participated (guests & volunteers, plus the vendors who generously shared their variety of products) – Our 2015 event was very successful with proceeds going directly to the health care centre to enable us to continue to provide this vital service to our community. 

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Stand Up For Mental Health – July 18

 

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Stand Up for Mental Health 

An evening of comedy at the South Hall starring David Granirer! The Galiano Health Care Society and the Galiano Library are pleased to announce that David Granirer will be performing live to offer comic relief to combat stigma associated with mental illness. www.standupformentalhealth.com 

Saturday July 18, 2015 at 7pm

Tickets $10 or pay as you can

Refreshments available by donation

For questions contact Jenelle at 250 539 2422

 

AGM 2015 Minutes and Reports

agmThank you to everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting of the Galiano Health Care Society on Sunday April 26, 2015. The reports from the AGM are linked below for your review.

Coming soon: AGM Minutes

Following the business meeting we heard presentations from Colette Legace (Home and Community Care RN) and Diana Lilly (First Call Nurse) – both are retiring after many years of service to Galiano residents and visitors. We also note that Kathy Chapman (First Call RN) is no longer working with us (both First Call positions were eliminated by Island Health in the Fall 2014). Jo Rippin (Nurse Practitioner) also announced that she is leaving Galiano at the end of May for a position in Victoria.

A heartfelt thank you to all nurses mentioned above for their commitment to caring for Galiano-ites over the years. We are all the better (and healthier) for your work.

2015 Exec Director Report to the AGM

Pres. rep for 2015 GHCS AGM

2015-04 Treasurer Report GHCS AGM

2014-21-31 Year End Financials – Galiano Health Care Society

Annual General Meeting 2015

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Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Galiano Health Care Society

Date: Sunday April 26

Time: 1-4pm

Venue: South Community Hall

 

Business meeting will include election of Directors, review of financial statements from 2014, as well as staff & Board reports.

Following the business meeting we are pleased to announce we will bear witness to the experiences working in health care on Galiano Island, through the eyes of two of our registered nurses who are retiring/have retired in recent months. Diana Lilly and Colette Legace will be speaking about nursing on Galiano – it promises to be an interesting conversation.

2015 AGM poster and notice for AP

First Call RN Service Cuts – Our Response

pen writingIn recent weeks the Galiano Health Care Society Board of Directors has been working closely with our health practitioners and community members to formulate a strategic plan to respond to the Island Health service cuts that eliminated on-call RN coverage on weekends last November 2014.

Last week a local contingent of Board and community members presented over 600 signatures on a petition from Galiano Island that implored the government to respond and ensure adequate health care on our island.

This week our President, Mike Hoebel, submitted a letter to the editor seeking correction of facts stated by Island Health regarding our health care coverage on Galiano Island. Here is the published letter for you to review:

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News Footage in Victoria

One of our First Call RN’s, Diana Lilly, wrote a letter to the Island Tides paper pleading with the Health authority to reinstate the on-call RN positions. Diana describes the care she has given over the years and recognizes the inherent risk associated with the absence of on-island health care on weekends. Check out her letter on page 4 of the march 19 edition of the Island Tides.

http://www.islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf

 

Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) available / course information

Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are small portable machines that can check a person’s heart by automatically recognizing the beat rhythm. If the person’s heart rhythm is inadequate to keep the person alive, the machine can automatically administer an electric shock through the skin to the heart muscle. This small shock causes the heart to re-boot and then it may enter back into a normal rhythm. These machines have been proven to save lives in shopping malls, ice hockey rinks, sporting events and many other community places across the country.

Thanks to a number of private donors, plus the work of a small & busy group of local volunteers including the Galiano Health Care Society, Geoff Gaylor and other local business owners as well as interested islanders, Galiano Island is now installing 13 AED’s in prominent places. A map/list of locations will be available shortly. With many locations anyone witnessing a person’s collapse in the community can quickly access a defibrillator. The defibrillator will decide if it can/should shock the person’s heart.

Operating an AED is straight forward – there are voice prompts from the machine all the way. But in case you are unsure, there will be free classes available soon to teach you how to use an AED and explain it’s role in the resuscitation process. An AED does not replace CPR, but it is a valuable tool.

If you have any questions about our AED program or if you wish to borrow a loaner AED for your on-island event (at no cost) please email us at galianohealth@shaw.ca

For information about our AED’s check out the Iridia website

The on-island course/orientation schedule for AED’s: (note these sessions are orientation only – not certified courses. Details for certified AED/CPR courses will follow)

Sunday March 15th at 1pm at the North Community Hall – contact Eileen Beaudine for details

Saturday March 21st at 10am at the South Galiano Fire Hall – contact Chris Terpenning at 250 539 2131 ; cjterpenning@gmail.com