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

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 – 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.




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

Public Survey – NP Integration in BC

The Ministry of Health is seeking input from health practitioners and the general public about the integration of Nurse Practitioners into the primary health care system. If you have five minutes to spare and would like to influence how Nurse Practitioners are utilized in BC, click on the link to the anonymous survey NP Integration Survey (Survey available until Oct 29)




Wine Festival 2013 Kudos

The Galiano Health Care Society wishes to thank everyone who participated in Saturday’s 2013 Wine and Beer Festival – our major fundraiser for the year. For the first time ever we sold out of tickets! (new provincial licensing regulations limit the number of patrons). We apologize to those who could not get tickets this year – next year we will again offer online reservations and pre-ticket sales at venues on Galiano.

A very big thank you to our Festival Coordinator – Ms Sylvie Beauregard – and her busy team of volunteers together with our clinic manager Linda Ruedrich who put in many hours of work over recent months to make the Festival such a success. There are too many volunteers to name everyone, so if you were a volunteer in any capacity, this acknowledgment is for you!

We had incredible support from this year’s wineries and breweries – without their participation the Festival would not operate. Feedback about the various products available indicated a strong appreciation for the vendors and we have heard that many patrons will seek out local products from their liqour outlets.

Final tallies are not yet in, but we anticipate that this event’s revenue will be significant and it will be applied directly to ensuring that Galiano has accessible comprehensive health care services for the coming year.

Thanks Galiano (and to those who came from other islands, Victoria and Vancouver) for making this year’s festival an enjoyable and successful event!


Welcome Jo Rippin – our NP hire!

Jo Rippin- Family Nurse Practitioner

I am delighted to join the team of health care providers at the Galiano Island Health Care Centre.  I thoroughly enjoyed over three months of clinical hours as a student at the centre under the preceptorship of Leanne Rowand, and it is a pleasure to be returning to the community and the Health Care Centre as a family nurse practitioner.  I graduated from UVic’s Master of Nursing program in 2011. Since then I have had temporary work in a few primary care practices in Victoria.

My husband and I have two teenaged daughters and a cat.  Our extended families are spread across the country and Europe, so we enjoy traveling to visit them and to explore new places.  We have always been amazed by the beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands, and have enjoyed visits and stays on Galiano and Pender Islands.  We are looking forward to spending more time getting to know the people and places on Galiano and settling into the community.  In particular, we are hoping to spend a lot of time on the water – probably canoeing or kayaking to begin with.

I am looking forward to getting settled into work at the Galiano Island Health Care Centre and contributing to the exceptional team of health care providers!