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
Be sure to bring your BC Care Card with you to the Lion’s Hall.
To see if you are eligible for the free vaccine, go to the VIHA website . If you are ineligible for the free vaccine or unable to get to the November 19th flu vaccination clinic on Galiano, please make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your options.
The Mental Health & Wellness Committee is partnering with the Galiano Library to co-host a free health workshop focusing on depression and anxiety. Guest presenters include Cheryl Bell-Gadsby from Saltspring Island Community Services & Andy from the Bounceback program.
Learn about common mental illness, take home strategies to manage symptoms, and gain a clearer appreciation of the experience for a loved one living with a mental illness (including ways that family and friends can help).
The library will display collection items that have threads related to the discussion on mental health.
Venue: Galiano Library
When: Tuesday November 4th
Light refreshments available
For further details contact Jenelle at 250 539 2422
You are invited to attend a public screening of the film ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ at the South Community Hall on October 4th. This drama/comedy explores the life of ‘Pat’ who has experienced many challenges in life, including mental illness, marriage breakup and unemployment. Watch the film to experience some of Pat’s journey & recovery.
A panel discussion will be held at the end of the film to allow for reflection and comment. Our panel will include Jo Rippin NP, Dr Carlson, Peter Barrett and Virginia Monk.
This event is co-sponsored by the Mental Health and Wellness Committee of the GHCS and the Galiano Club.
Questions? Contact Jenelle at 250 539 2422.
Hope to see you on Saturday 4th October at 1pm.
The GHCS owns and operates the Health Care Centre building. Right now we have a great team of health professionals provided by VIHA and using the Centre to serve our community. However VIHA is unwilling to provide sufficient funding to cover the costs of managing and operating the Health Care Centre itself. Each year our Board has energetically fundraised and sourced donations to make up a shortfall of approximately $60,000 just to keep our doors open.
That effort is proving more challenging due to economic constraints together with rising maintenance costs. We have reached the point where the Board has had to make the difficult decision to go to the community for support via a property tax levy.
See the attached document for answers to some common questions people are raising. If your question is not answered by this or you have other comments, please do come to our Public Meeting on September 28th at 1pm at the Lion’s Hall. Everyone’s welcome!
This year is the 22nd annual Galiano Wine and Beer Tasting Festival with proceeds to the Galiano Health Care Society to support health and social programs for local residents, families and visitors to the Island.
Date: Saturday August 9, 2014
Venue: Lion’s Field on Burrill Rd (next to the health clinic)
Tickets: $40 (includes wine and beer tasting, plus finger food)
Check out the Festival website for more information at www.galianowinefestival.com
Tickets are selling fast. Reserve tickets with credit card by phoning Jenelle at 250 539 2422; you can also pre-purchase tickets from various businesses on Galiano Island.
Thank you to the Galiano community for your enthusiasm and support for the Nunsense performances this weekend. A big thank you to the cast – Lynette Salton, Sherry Harapat, Elaine Hazelrigg, Julie Kehler and Richard Helvig. An equally large thank you to Linda and Judy for organizing/coordinating/juggling/encouraging excellence and entertainment before, during and after the events.
The Board of Directors thanks everyone for their generous support through attendance and cash donations – it will make a big difference – positively – for our health centre this year.
Now we can start preparing for the Wine and Beer Festival on August 9th!
Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting at the south hall in April to hear from our practitioners, and to learn more about current issues impacting our health centre.
For your review, here’s the draft minutes from the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Galiano Health Care Society
And here’s the Manager’s Report
Link for the President’s report
If you have any questions about the content in the reports, you are welcome to contact Manager Linda Ruedrich, or President Mike Hoebel.