The 23rd Annual Galiano Wine and Beer Festival is here!
Date: Saturday August 8, 2015
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.
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.
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
Thank 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
Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Galiano Health Care Society
Date: Sunday April 26
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
In 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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ; email@example.com
Galiano Island Health Care Centre in collaboration with local businesses and residents has now installed a number of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) in prominent places up and down the island. Designed for public to use if someone collapses, the AED’s will monitor the person’s heart beat and apply a small electric shock if the machine decides that it could help resuscitate the collapsed person.
A series of public information and familiarization sessions are now underway.
On Sunday March 15 a Public Access Defibrillator orientation will be held at the North Community Hall from 1-3pm (**note change of date) –
Please RSVP for this event to Eileen at 250 539 5677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Refer to attached poster for details. (there is a repeat course at the south community hall on March 21 at 1pm)
COURTESY POST – the Galiano Library is hosting a 3-part series of workshops focusing on helping the helpers (caregivers).
Questions? Registrations? Contact Don McGinnis, Mental Health and Addictions Clinician for the Outer Gulf Islands at 250 538 7662.
Join in the fun on Thursday January 1st – 12 noon at Montague Harbour Beach (by the boat launching area). Be one of the intrepid who dare to take a dip into the water, or simply come to cheer them on. Either way your participation will support the Galiano Health Care Society to provide vital health services and programs on Galiano.
Pledge forms available from the Twirly Tree/Post Office; Galiano Bookstore; Galiano Health Clinic (please bring your pledge form to the event along with collected monies)
Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs available to push aside that winter chill. Yummm!
Questions? Call Sylvie at 250 539 3077
The Galiano Health Care Society received sudden notice that our First Call Nurse coverage (emergency coverage on weekends) would cease mid-November. There was no advance warning or negotiations. This means that we now have three weekends a month without on-island emergency medical care.
911 services with the first responders and paramedics will continue to operate, however they will not have access to the emergency room at the clinic, nor will there be access to after-hours medications.
Dr Carlson will continue with her on call services one weekend a month, but on other weekends there will only be an off-island doctor available via phone.
This cut in services is very concerning. You can take action by contacting Island Health and the Minister of Health to express your opinion.
please review the press release from Island Health regarding Galiano’s on call coverage cut. 2014-11 VIHA HCC-FC
We ask you to also review the formal response from GHCS along with the contact details for the Health Minister and Island Health CEO. 2014-11 GHCS HCC-FC
For further information, contact Mike Hoebel – Board President at 250 539 2003; or Linda Ruedrich – Clinic Manager at 250 539 3753 / email@example.com