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

 

2015 Polar Brrr Swim – January 1st

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

 

Service Cut – First Call Nurse (weekends)

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 / galianohealth@shaw.ca

 

Silver Linings Playbook – Oct 4th

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.

Poster October Movie 2014

Referendum Nov 15, 2014

The Capital Regional District has approved a referendum on behalf of the Galiano Health Care Society – to be held on November 15, 2014.

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!

Galiano Referendum – CRD Information

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Brilliant performances – Nunsense!

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!

 

Clinic Garden – Fresh Produce

 

Dr Erin Carlson has been busy with volunteers in the new Galiano Clinic Garden Plot – located at the rear of the Lion’s Field in the new community allotment garden area. Here’s a peek at some early harvest from our garden. If you’re interested in helping in the garden or would like to sample the produce, let one of the staff at the Clinic know and they’ll point you in the right direction. Hmmm. I wonder what will be growing over the summer?

 

 

 

June 4th – Author Reading

On Wednesday June 4th at 2pm in the Galiano Library meeting room, you are invited to join us for an afternoon reading of High Clear Bell of Morning, a new novel by author Ann Eriksson. The book takes a journey with a family affected by mental illness.

Entry is free.

Co-sponsored by the Galiano Library and the Galiano Health Care Society’s Mental Health Committee

Ann Eriksson Website

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 www.galianowinefestival.com

Advance Ticket Sales now open – Call Jenelle at 250 539 2422, or email galianowinefestival@gmail.com

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 – Special Resolutions

The Galiano Health Care Society has its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday April 26th at the South Hall from 1-4pm. At the business meeting we will be presenting a Special Resolution to amend 5 areas of our Society Bylaws. We encourage members to review the proposed amendments prior to the meeting, and to bring questions and comments to share at the AGM. Click here for a copy of the proposed bylaw changes: GHCS CONSITUTION & BYLAWS CHANGES 2014 Rev

Remember, you have to be a Society member to vote on the proposed changes. You can renew memberships anytime Mon-Fri by contacting Linda at the health clinic at 250 539 3753. Also, we will be selling memberships at the South Hall prior to the AGM on Saturday April 26th from 12pm -1pm.