Wine & Beer Festival 2014

Save the date now for the annual Galiano Wine and Beer Festival 2014 – Join us on Saturday August 9th for an afternoon of good company, wine and beer tasting and finger foods, with proceeds supporting the Galiano Health Care Centre.

Check our the Festival website for more information

Advance Ticket Sales now open – Call Jenelle at 250 539 2422, or email

Tickets also available from Galiano Inn, Galiano Bookstore, Twirly Tree Post Office, Galiano Garage and the Corner Store

Questions about the festival? Call Sylvie at 250 539 3077





AGM – Saturday April 26

Save the date: the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Galiano Health Care Society is scheduled for April 26 at 1pm at the South Community Hall.

Presentations by Dr Erin Carlson, Jo Rippin (NP) and Nancy McPhee (Aging in Place). Hear about plans for social programs and health care for 2014.

Information about current fundraising goals will also be presented along with financial statements. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and offer ideas to support the ongoing operation of your health centre.

Refreshments served.

Note that we will also be proposing amendments to our Society By-Laws Click for details

For further information contact Linda at 250 539 3753

Thanks Galiano – for Welcome Event

Thank you to the Galiano community for your enthusiastic attendance at the Welcome and Thanks event held on October 16th at the South Community Hall. A special thank you to Leanne Rowand (NP) for her dedicated work as our only consistent primary care practitioner over the past three years. Gratitude to Jim Schmidt for his efforts as Past President that spearheaded the search for a new physician for Galiano. A big welcome to Dr Erin Carlson and nurse practitioner Jo Rippin – our new permanent members of the health care team.

The welcome event was a huge success – many dynamic conversations and positive energy – we are all very excited about our new team. The hall was filled to capacity which is a great indicator of the local support for the health centre and the large team of practitioners who care for us and our families.

A note of thanks also to Alison Colwell for a superb / delectable spread of treats for us to enjoy while visiting with Dr Carlson, Jo, Leanne and Jim.



Meet our Doctor and NP – Oct 16

The Galiano community is invited to attend an open house to meet our new doctor, Dr. Erin Carlson, and our new nurse practitioner, Jo Rippin. We will also be thanking Leanne Rowand (NP) for her commitment to health care on Galiano for the past few years, and thanks to Jim Schmidt for his efforts to support the search for new practitioners for our island.



Date: Wed October 16th

Time: 11am-12.30pm

Venue: South Community Hall

Refreshments available

No RSVP – just drop-in to say hi

For further information contact Jenelle at 539-2422


Wine Festival August 10, 2013


Greetings, wine & beer lovers!

The 2013 Galiano Wine Festival, an event to benefit the Health Care Society, will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Lions’ Park on Galiano Island. We are inviting new wineries and  introducing more breweries this year. Check out our website at

Tickets are $35.00 and all proceeds go to the Galiano Health Care Society.

Tickets available for reservation: (credit card required). Reservations close 5pm Friday 9th (note: lots of tickets still available for sale at the Ticket Booth at the Lion’s Field from 12pm on August 10th)

Tickets will be on sale after June 15th  at Galiano Island Books, The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, Galiano Garage, The Corner Store and the Galiano Health Care Center, and at the Saturday Farmer’s Market on Burrill Rd.

Note: Minors and Pets are not permitted on the Festival site

Watch this page for exciting updates,

Click here for the list of wineries and breweries attending: Wine Fest 2013 Vendors (update from July 11)

Hope to see you all there!


Workshop – Dementia or Normal Aging?

The GHCS Mental Health Committee is pleased to invite you to attend our next community workshop, with a focus on dementia and aging.

Date: Thursday June 27th, 2013

Time: 1-3pm

Venue: Galiano Inn

To reserve a seat, call Wendy at 250-539-3768 (leave your name and phone number)

Come to learn, ask questions and share experiences. Hope to see you there! See Poster for Details: Dementia or Normal Aging

Summer Dance Benefit July 20, 2013

Yes, it’s soon summer again! That means it is time to come together in an evening of music and dancing on Galiano. Proceeds from the dance go to the Health Care Clinic to support ongoing health care on the island.

Date: Saturday July 20, 2013

Time: 6pm for food, 7pm dancing begins

Venue: South Community Hall (Sturdies Bay Rd)

Live Entertainment: The Beladeans – from Vancouver

The Beladeans mix catchy vocal refrains with infectious instrumentals.When the Beladeans play, the people MOVE! Check out their website at

GHCS Dance poster 2013


Annual General Meeting – April 27th 2013

Saturday April 27th at 1pm – our annual general meeting is being held at the South Hall. Come to hear updates on physician recruitment, upcoming events and other clinic news. Stay after the business meeting for an open forum discussion about potential funding sources to tap into to ensure that we can establish a stream of core funding to keep the clinic operations going. We look forward to hearing  your ideas.

For information, contact Linda at the Clinic, or check out the invitational flyer here Final AGM Flyer

Random Acts Of Kindness – May 5th to 11th



Date: March 11, 2013

Re: Random Acts of Kindness Week on Galiano Island

The GHCS mental health committee is organizing Random Acts of Kindness Week May 5-11 in recognition of Mental Health Week 2013.

Acts of kindness are a special sort of good manners; those of looking outside yourself, and having empathy towards and awareness of the experiences of those around you.   Life is full of stress. At work, at school, in traffic, at the grocery store, we regularly bump up against the sharp edges of someone who is angry and hurt; and often our day is darkened as we absorb some of their frustration, even bring it home at the end of the day and let it affect our relationships with family and friends.

Sometimes we forget that the reverse is just as true; a friendly smile from a stranger, a cheerful phone call from a friend, a compliment from a workmate, or a small unexpected gift can dissipate those negative feelings, and get the day back on track. In some instances an unexpected kindness can be life-changing.

We aim to make the whole community aware of this special week by asking each person on Galiano to commit to doing at least one random act of kindness during that week.  We will be having displays up at the bookstore and the library, give you a treat at participating businesses, and encouraging each of you to be supportive and appreciative of one another. It is our hope and intention that individuals, having increased consciousness of the effect that words and deeds have on others, will form a habit of kindness which they will continue to practice after the event. The entire community will benefit.

We are also asking you to record these acts of kindness either on our Facebook page “Random Acts of Kindness on Galiano Island”, or by sending us an email at  This information will help us gauge participation and be used for statistics for future endeavors.

Contact Person: Linda Ruedrich (Centre Manager) at 250-539-3230

Variety Show – April 12th & 13th

Galiano Variety Show 2013Radio Galiano International, By Sylvie Beauregard

The Galiano Variety Show is back for its third year and this year we are mounting a mock radio show, sort of in the vein of the “Prairie Home Companion”, staged with a live audience and mock simultaneous broadcast around the world via the not so Serious Satellite. Join us in the audience for the live taping of Radio Galiano International.  The evening is sure to entertain you with sketches, traffic reports, local news, mock interviews, and music and commercials, as well as interviews with some interesting global characters like Silvio Berlusconi and Benedict 16th’s butler. All entertainers are from our own little island with an important contribution from CBC.

This is our most popular annual fundraising event and an important source of funding for health care on Galiano.

Let’s see you all at the South Hall on April 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets on sale for $15 at Galiano Island Books and the Health Care Clinic.  The doors open at 6:00 for libations and edibles, and of course, to get the very best seat in the house!