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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 [Read More…]

Wine Festival 2013 Kudos2013-08-13T21:01:51-07:00

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 [Read More…]

Welcome Jo Rippin – our NP hire!2023-05-03T09:01:21-07:00

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 [Read More…]

Wine Festival August 10, 20132013-05-27T17:33:35-07:00

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

Workshop – Dementia or Normal Aging?2013-05-10T03:04:19-07:00

NP Full-Time Position APPROVED!


Today we received exciting news! Our application for funding for a full-time nurse practitioner (NP) on Galiano Island has been approved by the Ministry of Health. This will enhance the comprehensive health services already available to islanders. It should also serve to act as an attractive professional team model for prospective physicians. This new NP position will not be a replacement for a full-time physician, and will not affect our advocacy for a full-time physician on Galiano. The next step is for the Vancouver Island Health Authority to post the NP position vacancy and begin the recruitment process.

NP Full-Time Position APPROVED!2013-04-30T01:49:05-07:00

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


Summer Dance Benefit July 20, 20132013-04-29T23:16:18-07:00

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

Annual General Meeting – April 27th 20132013-04-24T00:54:02-07:00

Variety Show 2013 Success!


The Galiano Health Care Society wishes to thank and acknowledge the incredible community support this past weekend through your attendance and participation in the annual Variety Show. This year’s theme of “Radio Galiano” proved to be highly entertaining and both nights we had a sellout for attendance. A special note of thanks to Sylvie, Margaret and Linda for producing the show and Patti for being stage manager – this consumed hours of time and investment of loads of energy – and the result far exceeded expectations. Also thanks to the performers, and to Rock and Marek for their expertise. We are pleased to say that the funds raised will go directly towards purchasing low-flow toilets (to replace our broken versions) and to complete plumbing works to achieve health care infection control standards with hand basins and faucets etc. This facility improvement project will also be a great asset when we describe the [Read More…]

Variety Show 2013 Success!2013-04-15T23:29:47-07:00
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