Sicamous – Eagle Valley Community Support Society

Eagle Valley Community Support Society

Malcolm Makayev, Councillor       mmakayev@sicamous.ca
Pam Beech                                 pbeech@telus.net

For 25 years, the Eagle Valley Community Support Society has risen to the challenge of supporting those who are disadvantaged in any way in Sicamous and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Area E.   The organization has an office in Sicamous and a satellite office in Malakwa, providing life span services that include pre and post natal, early intervention and activity programs for young children, parenting support, counselling for all ages, food security and nutrition education, seniors support services, resource referral and literacy supports.  We house outreach IH Addiction services, MCFD Child Protection Services and other outreach services as needed.   We manage the senior non medical support program Better At Home for the Shuswap region with in-community Coordinators in 3 regional Shuswap areas and 1 Shuswap/N OK region (Enderby).

Sicamous and catchment area is defined by the Municipality of Sicamous and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Area E. The approximate permanent population is 2,700.

Sicamous is primarily a tourism based economy with some agriculture, manufacturing and wood milling year round.
The community’s healthcare needs are serviced by:

  • Medical and Dental Clinics
  • Public Health Unit
  • Ambulance Station
  • RCMP Station
  • Heliport Field
  • Optometrist
  • Chiropractor

The community has four levels of Seniors housing from independent up to Assisted Living.  The Eagle Valley Volunteer Transportation Society provides transit. There is a  Recreation Centre supported by both the CSRD and the Municipality.

Hornby and Denman Islands

Lori Nawrot – Executive Director lori@hornbydenmanhealth.com
Bill Engleson – President

Hornby & Denman Island Community Healthcare Society http://www.hornbydenmanhealth.com

“Our largest single source of funding is from the Island Health Authority for the provision of Home Support services. We also provide a cluster of grant funded community services and we facilitate regular monthly meetings of the networks of community health and health care providers on each island as well as play a leadership role in sustaining a cross-discipline senior’s table for the Comox Valley Region.”

Trail

Society for Protection and Care of Seniors (SPCS)

Candy Parrilla             cparrilla888@gmail.com
Theresa Buchner        tandt79@telus.net
Janice Androsoff         jandrosoff@netidea.com

“We lobby for improved health care, help people navigate the health care system, meet 6 times per year with Connected Communities, a group other West Kootenay health advocates and twice a year with Interior Health. We have found that senior health issues affect the whole community. We are concerned about centralization of services in Kelowna.”

A doctor who worked for decades in the Greater Trail area has been recognized by his peers.

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada presented Dr. Blair Stanley with a Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine at its recent annual meeting in Halifax.
Stanley, who was born and raised in Trail and lived in Rossland, was cited for his years of expertise in the practice of rural medicine in Canada.
“I feel really flattered and honoured. It’s not something I was necessarily expecting. It was really nice to be validated and recognized in that way,” he told the Rossland News.


Please click on the following link to sign the petition Trail has started:
https://www.change.org/p/margaret-crawford-regain-local-control-over-health-care?

Princeton

Support Our Health Care Society      

Website:
http://www.sohc.ca

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/supportourhealthcare

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/tulameennienke

Edward Staples, President  edwardstaples8@gmail.com          
Bill Day, Vice President witsend001@gmail.com
Nienke Klaver, Secretary tulameennienke@gmail.com 
Jon Bartlett, Treasurer
Rika Ruebsaat, Director
Connie Howe, Director
Angela Ziegler, Director
Paula Shackleton, Director   

The Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society of Princeton is a grassroots movement dedicated to the improvement of health care services in Princeton and Area.
Previously called the Save Our Hospital Coalition (SOHC). Established in April 2012, when Princeton received the news that our Emergeny Department was closing for 4 nights a week.

Our Vision: Our future includes a model of health care that serves Princeton and Area from “cradle to grave”, competently and efficiently, with Princeton General Hospital at the core of these services. The renewal of our health care services will ensure that our community will thrive.

Our Mission: Dedicated to the development of Princeton as a model of excellence and innovation in rural health care.

SOHC is a member of the BC Health Coalition (www.bchealthcoalition.ca) and is associated with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (www.rccbc.ca) and the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (www.rhsrnbc.ca).

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Position Paper on Urgent and Primary Care Centres

Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) were first introduced to the province in 2018, with the creation of five UPCCs in the West Shore (Langford), Vancouver, Quesnel, Surrey and Kamloops. An additional five were launched by summer 2019. The Ministry has set a target of an additional 10 UPCCs to be opened across BC in 2019/20 – primarily in urban settings. A further 10 will be added in 2020/21.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) Policy Directive, the goal of UPCCs is to provide a flexible resource to meet both the urgent and ongoing primary care needs of people in communities  (primarily in larger urban settings) across the  province.

Furthermore, the Policy states that UPCCs will:

  • address urgent primary care needs in the community
  • provide immediate attachment for patients who do not have a family physician or nurse practitioner
  • provide interim attachment for those who may not fit into the traditional model of primary care and for higher needs complex populations 
  • act as a vehicle to attach patients to other practices/Patient Medical Homes within the Primary Care Network as capacity is identified.

The following are several concerns regarding UPCCs placed in rural communities:

  • they are urban based and provide little or no service to rural communities;  their purpose is essentially to provide urgent care to patients and reduce the high demand found in urban emergency departments and do little to reduce emergency department demand in rural communities
  • they focus primarily on episodic care, not longitudinal care
  • practitioners working in UPCCs earn higher salaries and have fewer responsibilities than practitioners in rural settings, which has the potential to attract rural healthcare professionals into UPCCs
  • there are communities where UPCCs have been or will be established that see them as competition against the model of care that they would like to see in their community.

UPCCs are a “made in BC” solution to a very complex problem. To my knowledge there has been no assessment completed as to the efficacy of the UPCC model. On the other hand, the Community Health Centre model  has abundant evidence to show that it is a highly effective approach to primary care delivery, however it receives little or no support. And yet, it appears that the MoH policy is to continue  establishing UPCCs in urban centres throughout the province.

Although the MoH has indicated that they plan to enhance the provision of longitudinal care in the UPCC model, anecdotal evidence suggests that there has been little movement in this direction to date and concerns have been raised about how effective these adjustments will be. 

The other major issue is that this is an urban solution to a provincial problem. For thousands of people living in rural and remote BC, UPCCs will only widen the health equity gap, partly because their location makes access difficult or, in some cases, impossible and partially because it has the potential to siphon doctors away from rural communities into urban-based UPCCs where salaries are higher and responsibilities lower.

The following outlines my position on Urgent and Primary Care Centres:

  1. The best care is longitudinal care, that places the patient at the centre of their care, takes into account the context of the patient’s family and wider social environment, and develops a healthy relationship with a team of healthcare providers.
  2. The backbone of a team-based primary care system should be a major expansion of Community Health Centres (CHCs) which are non-profit, community-governed primary care centres that emphasize long-term, relationship-based care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of practitioners.
  3. In rural communities where UPCCs presently exist, effort shall be made to incorporate as many of the five criteria of the Community Health Centre (CHC) model as possible.
  4. UPCCs risk widening the health equity gap between urban and rural British Columbians. Rural BC residents require a model of care that addresses their distinctive needs, e.g. Community Health Centres. Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) will provide primary care services to populations of select communities throughout British Columbia, particularly in metro and urban areas
  5. One of the objectives of the UPCC is to increase attachment to a GP/NP. However there is no evidence to indicate that this has happened. A broader policy needs to be developed that addresses rural patient attachment in an effective and sustainable way.

    Author: Nienke Klaver

    Sources:
    https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/upcc
https://www.pcnbc.ca/media/pcn/PCN_UPCC_Revised_Policy_October2019_V5.pdf

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fact-checking-the-throne-speech-inflated-numbers-on-doctors-and-nurse-practitioners-at-urgent-care-clinics-govt-admits

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News Release
Princeton Community Health Table
Saturday, September 25

In response to growing concerns with mental health and substance use services, the Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society has formed the Princeton Community Health Table (PCHT). 

On June 29 & 30, 2020 members of SOHC participated in the BC Rural and First Nations Health and Wellness Conference.   It included over 900 participants from around the province.   

Our cohort focused on mental health and substance use issues. It was from this productive collaborative discussion that the PCHT originated.

Various barriers have been identified to accessing mental health and addictions services in rural communities. Transportation acts as a barrier, as there are limited options to get from rural areas to facilities located in urban cities that offer the services needed. Costs associated with transportation, food, travel, and accommodation to access those facilities may not be affordable for some service users. Further, the current availability of information may not be sufficient to direct community members to the services they need. Communication platforms that advertise information on whereto access services are needed in sites that will reach populations that are at increased riskof mental health challenges. It also appears that stigmatization around mental health treatment plays a role in the barriers to accessing treatment, particularly in communities where the small population size has the potential to reduce the level of confidentiality between service providers and service users. Finally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic decreases access to services, and has resulted in the need for social distancing.  This puts individuals at risk of isolation and related mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety, and depression, amongst others.

The goal of the PCHT is to improve access to mental health and substance use services for people living in Princeton and surrounding area. The group aims to include key stakeholders in projects that address the root causes of mental illness and improve access to mental health and addiction services in the community. To accomplish this the group plans to review the community’s current resources and determine a path forward together to address current and new challenges.

The PCHT held its third meeting on Thursday, September 24 where the group developed prioritized action items and identified volunteers to work on the delivery of an action plan. Participants included the Assistant Superintendent of School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), the Executive Director of Princeton and District Community Services, the President of the Princeton Metis Society, members of the Support Our Health Care Board of Directors, and other stakeholders from the Princeton community. 

Participants who have agreed to participate but were unable to attend include the Executive Director of Princeton Family Services Society, the Nurse Manager of Princeton General Hospital, and a student representative from Princeton Secondary School. 

The PCHT hopes to expand the group to include participants from local government, healthcare practitioners, the RCMP, and people with lived experience.

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SOHC sent 11 healthcare questions to the candidates:

  1. What will your party do to relieve the financial hardship of travel for medical care?
  2. What will your party do to increase specialist services in rural areas?
  3. What will your party do to provide family physicians in areas that have none?
  4. If elected, what will your party do to ensure adequate financial and planning support is provided to rural communities expressing an interest in establishing a Community Health Centre?
  5. If elected, what will your party do to ensure continued funding for existing Community Health Centres?
  6. If elected, how will physicians be paid in Community Health Centres?
  7. What is your party’s position on private, for-profit healthcare?
  8. What is your party prepared to do to defend further challenges to Canada’s public health care system?
  9. What would you and your party do to improve long term care in BC?
  10. What is your party’s position on P3s in healthcare?
  11. As a candidate in the provincial election, what are you and your party prepared to do to address these barriers to mental health and addictions services in rural BC communities? (transportation and out-of-pocket costs, small town stigma)

Click on the Downloads to read the answers the Candidates provided.

http://sohc.ca/?p=29141 Listen and watch the All Candidates Public Forum on Healthcare (Boundary-Similkameen) held on October 20, 2020.

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SOHC’s History in Pictures

September 17, 2013 – At the second meeting of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, IHA announced that, as of October 11, 2013, the Emergency Departmentat Princeton General Hospital would be reopened 24/7.

June 4, 2014 – SOHC holds Public Forum on Medicare. Presentations on the history of Medicare, and background to Dr. Day’s constitutional legal challenge
Our first Rally was on May 22, 2012. This was our poster. The media was invited…..
May 23, 2015 – “Colour Me Healthy” Fun Run held at Princeton Secondary School. SOHC assists with organization.

March 31, 2014 – SOHC organizes Public Rally in support of the Public Health Care in Canada. The Rally is part of a nation-wide Day of Action marking the end of the national agreement between the provinces and federal government, known as the Canada Health Accord.

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Princeton Community Health Table 

News Release
Saturday, September 25  2020

In response to growing concerns with mental health and substance use services, the Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society has formed the Princeton Community Health Table (PCHT). 

On June 29 & 30, 2020 members of SOHC participated in the BC Rural and First Nations Health and Wellness Conference. It included over 900 participants from around the province. 

Our cohort focused on mental health and substance use issues. It was from this productive collaborative discussion that the PCHT originated. 

Various barriers have been identified to accessing mental health and addictions
services in rural communities. Transportation acts as a barrier, as there are limited options to get from rural areas to facilities located in urban cities that offer the services needed. Costs associated with transportation, food, travel, and accommodation to access those facilities may not be affordable for some service users. Further, the current availability of information may not be sufficient to direct community members to the services they need. Communication platforms that advertise information on where to access services are needed in sites that will reach populations that are at increased risk of mental health challenges. It also appears that stigmatization around mental health treatment plays a role in the barriers to accessing treatment, particularly in communities where the small population size has the potential to reduce the level of confidentiality between service providers and service users. Finally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic decreases access to services, and has resulted in the need for social distancing. This puts individuals at risk of isolation and related mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety, and depression, amongst others. 

The goal of the PCHT is to improve access to mental health and substance use
services for people living in Princeton and surrounding area. The group aims to include key stakeholders in projects that address the root causes of mental illness and improve access to mental health and addiction services in the community. To accomplish this the group plans to review the community’s current resources and determine a path forward together to address current and new challenges. 

The PCHT held its third meeting on Thursday, September 24 where the group
developed prioritized action items and identified volunteers to work on the delivery of an action plan. Participants included the Assistant Superintendent of School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), the Executive Director of Princeton and District Community Services, the President of the Princeton Metis Society, a health researcher from UBC Okanagan, members of the Support Our Health Care Board of Directors, and other stakeholders from the Princeton community. 

Representatives who have agreed to participate but were unable to attend include the Executive Director of Princeton Family Services Society, the Nurse Manager of Princeton General Hospital, and a student representative from Princeton Secondary School. 

The PCHT hopes to expand the group to include participants from local government, healthcare practitioners, the RCMP, and people with lived experience. 

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This profile provides an overview of the Princeton Local Health Area (LHA) population in the areas of:
Population Health | Health & Social Status | Health System Performance | Home & Community Care | Healthy Behaviours

Click to access Princeton%20LHA.pdf

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PRINCETON

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Princeton businesses donate protective equipment to local health-care workers

ANDREA DEMEER

Apr. 2, 2020

Princeton’s doctors, nurses and other health professionals, as well as care providers from around the region, are making a plea for donations of Personal Protective Equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

Already local businesses have stepped forward with donations to equip front line workers.

Copper Mountain Mine, Weyerhaeuser, Lordco, Princeton Dental and Cascade Veterinary Clinic have made contributions, said Mayor Spencer Coyne.

Surgical and procedural masks, industrial dust masks or N95s, latex and non-latex gloves, safety goggles and glasses, face shields and procedural gowns are still needed.

Ed Staples, president of Princeton’s Support Our Health Care, said by collecting supplies now the heath care system will be better prepared for the coming weeks.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” he said. “These are the people who are right on the front lines doing battle for us and they need protection more than anybody.”

Staples said he’s heartened by the response thus far.

“The community is pulling together. It’s coming together and that’s what we need.”

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COMMUNITY CONSULTATION – BUILDING ON STRENGTHS, ACTING ON CHALLENGES

Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 10:00 am to 11:15 am, L’Chaim Room
Description: Healthcare delivery is complex. Each community, shaped by a unique history, geographic location and social context, has strengths and needs that collectively make up its capacity for care. When healthcare needs outweigh capacities, communities reach critical points requiring focused attention. Such has been the case in the community of Princeton where the Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society was formed to better understand and support the community’s need for change. They organized a research based consultation to solicit the perspectives and experiences of Princeton citizens and to glean the ‘story’ from the community’s perspective. Discussion in this workshop will focus on how participants might initiate similar initiatives in their communities.

Presenters:

Nienke Klaver is a retired musician and music educator, now living in Princeton. She got involved in healthcare in 2012, when Interior Health announced closures of the local ER. She is a founding member and Secretary of the Support Our Health Care Society of Princeton. She also serves on the BC Health Coalition Finance Committee.

Ed Staples, President of Support Our Health Care – Princeton is a retired teacher with over 35 years experience as an educator and administrator. Mr. Staples taught for twelve years in Alberta and British Columbia schools and for six years served as Education Consultant for Edmonton Public Schools. His experience includes seventeen years teaching overseas in Saudi Arabia, Chile, and Japan. In 2008, he moved to the Tulameen River Valley near Princeton where he became involved as a public health advocate focusing on rural healthcare issues. He is President of the Support Our Health Care Society of Princeton and an active member of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Healthcare Coalition, and the British Columbia Health Coalition Steering Committee.

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February 16, 2016 Princeton Healthcare Community Consultation
Riverside Community Centre, Princeton, BC

Princeton Healthcare Community Consultation February 2016
http://sohc.ca/?p=13831

or click on Download (below)

Areas of Strength – questions
What healthcare resources are you aware of that are available to you in our
community?
What aspects of healthcare are working well in this community?
What positive changes have you observed in the health care services available in Princeton over the past three years? Have these changes impacted you personally?
What healthcare services have you become aware of that you didn’t know about two or three years ago (or until recently)?

Areas for Development – questions
What are the aspects of healthcare that are not working so well in our community?
What are the health care challenges that our community still faces?
What still needs to be done? In other words, what are the needs of this community? What is causing the need? Who has the need? What are the effects of the need?

Suggestions for Change
What recommendations do you have for changing healthcare?
What innovations have you heard about in other communities that might be applied to our community?

Participants were encouraged to share their own views and the views of their constituents while respecting the views of others without debate. Recorders summarized strengths, weaknesses, and potential innovations on flip charts so that participants could ensure their points had been captured accurately. Groups were audio recorded. At the conclusion of the focus groups, participants reconvened in a larger group to hear the summary of each group. Participants were provided with five voting stickers and were instructed to place those stickers on a single item or multiple items they perceived to be most significant to them. This exercise allowed participants to identify noteworthy areas of strength and prioritize areas for development

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January 28, 2013 Princeton “Save our Hospital Coalition” Community Consultation

Prepared by Barbara Pesut, PhD, RN,
Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Health, Ethics, and Diversity School of Nursing, University of BC, Okanagan Campus.

Note: At this time we called our organization the Save Our Hospital Coalition, however, during the consultation there were several voices from the community that felt this name was too negative, thus the name change to Support Our Health Care, keeping the same acronym.

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2012 – Discussion Paper SOHC
Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton
prepared by Ed Staples

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BC Health Coalition – 2017 Conference
Revolutionizing Rural and Urban Access to Primary Health Care in B.C.: Moving Toward Patient-centred, Team-based Care Rooted in the Communities it Serves. 

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Theatre Jewish Centre, Vancouver
Moderator:
Marcy Cohen has over 35 years of experience working as health and social policy researcher and educator. Her research has focused primarily on community health restructuring, strategies for improving public health services, and workforce equity issues. Now retired, Marcy continues to support the work of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and volunteers for a number of community organizations, including the BC Health Coalition. Most recently, she led the Raising the Profile Project, that has been instrumental in raising the profile of the Community Based Seniors Services (CBSS) sector in BC.

Some of the presenters:
Colleen Fuller, health policy analyst and a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the REACH Community Health Centre in East Vancouver and co-founder of PharmaWatch Canada.
Dr. Margaret McGregor, family physician who worked at Mid Main Community Health Centre for 25 years. She now works with a home-based primary care service for seniors unable to access usual primary care due to advanced frailty (Home ViVE ). Director of the UBC Dept. of Family Practice, Community Geriatrics and Research Associate with the VCHRI’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation and the UBC Centre for Health Services & Policy Research.
Edward Staples, President of Support Our Health Care, member of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Healthcare Coalition, and the British Columbia Health Coalition Steering Committee.

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Princeton Health Profile
Income greatly impacts health by affecting our living conditions (e.g., adequate housing and transportation options), access to healthy choices (e.g., healthy food options and recreational activities), and stress levels.
Those with the lowest levels of income experience the poorest health and with each step up in income, health improves. This means all segments of the population experience the effect of income on health, not just those living in poverty.
Income
Princeton average household income $ 67,680
BC average household income $ 90,354
(Census of population, Statistics Canada, 2016
Education
People with higher levels of education tend to be healthier than those with less formal education. Education impacts our job opportunities, working conditions, and income level. In addition, education equips us to better understand our health options and make informed choices about our health.
Offering or partnering with other organizations to deliver informal education, such as skill-building workshops (e.g., literacy training), can contribute towards improved individual and community health.
Education
No diploma Princeton 23.7 %
No diploma BC average 15.5 %

University degree Princeton 9.7 %
University degree BC average 24.6 %

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Too many Canadians can’t afford their medication

Posted on  by tulameennienke

Pharma

Letter to the Editor
Princeton Similkameen Spotlight

William L. Day
11 July 2018

The House Of Commons All-Party Standing Committee on Health has recently endorsed and recommended the implementation of a Canadian Pharmacare Program.

Many currently healthy people are not aware that prescription drugs are covered by our Canada health insurance only while the client is in hospital. Insurance outside the hospi- tal varies greatly among provinces and territories.

For example, the same out-of-hospital cancer treatment can cost you $0 in Nunavut; $3,000 in BC; $20,000 in PEI.

Currently, Canadians pay more for prescription medications than citizens in any other of the 29 wealthy OECD countries except Switzerland and the USA.

More than three million Canadians are under-insured or uninsured for prescription drugs outside approved hospitals.

Researchers have found that overall, 5.5 per cent of respondents across Canada reported they couldn’t take their medications as prescribed because of costs. In B.C., the propor- tion falling through such cracks in the health system was highest among all provinces and territories, at 8.11 per cent.

Unlike all other industrialized countries, neither the USA nor Canada have established a drug plan that would allow their national governments to negotiate drug prices on behalf of their entire population.

In summary, Canada remains the only industrialized country with universal health insur- ance but no national Pharmacare strategy for its citizens.

The Support Our Health Care Society (SOHC) of Princeton will be doing its best to ac- quaint Similkameen residents with our collective problem and opportunity. We will be providing information in Princeton at retail outlets and surveying our local public on the issue. We intend to inform our MPs and MLAs of our activities and findings. To date, they have been very receptive. Readers are encouraged to go to the government website to read the original complete document and join the discussion:
https://www.letstalkhealth.ca/pharmacare.

The power to engineer this change lies with us, with Ottawa and our collective Members of Parliament and MLAs. They are listening and waiting for us to signal our support for change.

The Time Has Come.

Yours respectfully,

Bill Day, Vice President, Support Our Health Care Society, Princeton BC

Too many Canadians can’t afford their medication

Slocan Chamber of Commerce

Slocan Chamber of Commerce – Health Committee
Colin Moss, Councillor of New Denver, Chair – chamber@slocanlake.com     
Janice Gustafson
Lisa Haddelton

“Over the past year our activities have grown to encompass efforts to secure better ambulance service, lab/x-ray services, accommodation for physicians and locums, building a locum pool, telehealth, networking with other small BC rural communities and various BC rural health initiatives.”

 

To watch Slocan’s physician recruitment video, please visit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPRVGhqj9VI&feature=youtu.be

Interested physicians, please email recruitment@slocanlake.com or call a representative of the Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee at 250.358.2561.

Additional questions can be emailed to chamber@slocanlake.com.

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July 2018

Our annual New Denver Hospice Society Garden Committee yard sale netted over $6,000.

New Denver

Someone even donated a tractor!

South Shuswap

South Shuswap Health Services Society

Doug Brown                 dougab6@gmail.com
Sue McCrae                  ds.mc@telus.net

The South Shuswap Health Services Society was formed to secure additional medical and health services for Area C of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. There is a large population that is served from outside the community. Our vision is to:

  • promote and support sustainable health care and medical services within our communities
  • promote and support access to healthy living choicesallow seniors to stay in their homes and communities longer by encouraging Age Friendly opportunities
  • support a healthy built community for everyone

Nelson

We have three community organizations in Nelson. They are listed in alphabetical order.

Age Friendly Community Initiative, Advisory Committee
Corrine Younie  seniorsproject@nelsoncares.ca

Community First Health and Education Centre
Debby Zeeben – Chair zeeben@telus.net
Sharon Browning – Treasurer cfhcoop@shaw.ca
Madeline Collins – collinsmadeline@gmail.com

Nelson Area Society for Health (NASH) and Community Connections
Pegasis McGaauley – Chair  pegasisp@gmail.com

Ashcroft

Healthcare and Wellness Coalition (HAWC)

Sheila Corneillie – President                         srcorn@telus.net  
LeAnne Davies – Vice President leannepdavies56@gmail.com
Louise Seaman – Membership Director
Donna Monford – Secretary-Treasurer

Website: www.ahawc.ca

info@ahawc.ca

“To facilitate the development and sustainability of an effective wellness and health care model for our region while respecting and protecting community identities.”

Healthcare and Wellness Coalition (HAWC) is a group of citizens who are committed advocate for the healthcare and wellness of the communities in the catchment area.   The group was established in 2014, and to achieve our objectives we strive to work in collaboration with the villages of Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Clinton, TNRD Areas I and E, the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, Interior Health, the Ministry of Health.

NEWSLETTERS

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HEALTH MINISTER HOPING TO ADDRESS STAFFING SHORTFALLS AT ASHCROFT HOSPITAL
Colton Davies
June 14, 2019 11:07 am
Adrian Dix says he wants to hear from people there about healthcare service shortfalls.
B.C.’s Minister of Health says he plans to visit the Ashcroft Hospital this summer to hear about some of the issues it is facing.

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https://bcrhn.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/ashcroft-community-consultation-summary_final-3.pdf

Ashcroft and District Community Healthcare Consultation Summary

September 16, 2014 – Ashcroft and District Seniors Centre, Ashcroft BC
Summary prepared by: 
Barbara Pesut, Canada Research Chair, Health, Ethics and Diversity, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus 
Ed Staples & Nienke Klaver, Support Our Health Care Society of Princeton. 

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Local News Now
May 24, 2019
ASHCROFT EMERGENCY CLOSED

“It’s a full on effort, both in the short term with the recruitment being really critically important for Ashcroft and communities around the region. It’s also important in the long term, I think increasingly we’re working to train people in the Interior. We believe that training more people in the Interior will lead to more people working in the Interior. We’ve got to make decisions now that make this problem better in the future.”
The emergency room in the Ashcroft Hospital only has enough staff to be open on weekends, and in the past 12 months it has seen repeated overnight closures because of limited staffing.

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Community Members

ASHCROFT
Wellness and Health Action Coalition  http://www.whac-chb.ca
Sheila Corneillie, President – srcorn@telus.net

CASTLEGAR
Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation
Betty Lutz, Director – yippee@shaw.ca
Nettie Stupnikoff, Alternate –
nettiemarozstu@gmail.com

CASTLEGAR
City of Castlegar
Mayor Tassone – mayor@castlegar.ca
Tracey Butler, Director of Corporate Services –
tbutler@castlegar.ca

CHASE
Chase and District Health Services Foundation
Dave Smith – jackdavesmith@gmail.com
Bruce Nelson – brucenel46@gmail.com 
Jeanine Joelson
jeaninejoelson@hotmail.com
J.L. (Len) McLean – len-mclean@telus.net

EAST SHORE KOOTENAY LAKE
Community Health Society
Tom Wishart, President – tom.wishart@usask.ca
Karen Lee, Treasurer – kplee@telus.net

FORT NELSON
Northern Rockies Seniors Society

Joan Kinzett – nrss@theedge.ca

FORT ST. JOHN
Save Our Northern Seniors
Margaret Little, President – mackeno@xplornet.ca
Connie Kaweesickaweesi@telus.net

FRASER LAKE
Autumn Services Society
Elaine Storey, Coordinator autumnservicescentre@gmail.com
Bob Storey – bstorey50@gmail.com

HORNBY & DENMAN ISLANDS
Community Healthcare Society
James Leslie, Director – jamesleslie@telus.net

KASLO and AREA D
Kaslo and Area D Health Care Select Committee
Karissa Strosheim – admin@kaslo.ca
Suzan Hewat, Kaslo Mayor – chair
Aimee Watson – Vice Chair
Elizabeth Ross – Secretary

LANGLEY
BC Association of Community Response Networks
http://www.bccrns.ca/generated/homepage.php
Sharon Johnson, Director of Administrative Services – sharon.johnson@bccrns.ca

NANAIMO
JANE OSBORNE
BC Community Response Networks www.bccrns.ca
jane.osborne@bccrns.ca
Phone: 250-751-2588 / Mobile: 604-363-5370

Member of the Community Based Seniors’ Services Leadership Council
Co-leader of the Rural and Remote Communities Provincial Working Group.

NELSON
Age Friendly Community Initiative Advisory Committee
Corrine Younie – seniorsproject@nelsoncares.ca

NELSON
Nelson Area Society for Health (NASH) and Community Connections (NELSON)
Pegasis McGaauley – pegasisp@gmail.com

NELSON
Community First Health and Education Centre (NELSON)
Debby Zeeben – zeeben@telus.net
Madeline Collins – collinsmadeline@gmail.com
Sharon Browning – cfhcoop@shaw.ca

NUU-CHAH-NULTH
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Nursing Services
Jeannette Watts  – Nursing Manager, RN, BScN, MPH, jeannette.watts@nuuchahnulth.org
Lynnette Lucas, Director – NTC Health Department
https://nuuchahnulth.org  

OLIVER
STUART JOHNSTON – Rural Coordination Centre of BC representative cstuartjohnston@gmail.com
https://rccbc.ca

POWELL RIVER
Powell River Voices www.prvoices.org
Drena McCormack – drenajean@yahoo.ca

PRINCETON
Support Our Health Care Society www.sohc.ca
Edward Staples –  edwardstaples8@gmail.com
Bill Day  – witsend001@gmail.com
Nienke Klaver – tulameennienke@gmail.com

ROBERTS CREEK/SUNSHINE COAST
JOHANNA TRIMBLE
johanna@daletrimble.com
Lecturer – Care of the Elderly – Dept. of Family Practice UBC
Patient Champion, Patients for Patient Safety Canada

SALT SPRING ISLAND
Salt Spring Island Community Health Society (SSCHS)
www.saltspringcommunityhealth.ca
Jennifer Williams – 130jewill@gmail.com
Martha Taylor, Vice President – marthataylor02@gmail.com
Jane Horsburgh, Secretary – magnamum@shaw.ca

SICAMOUS DISTRICT
Eagle Valley Community Support Society
Malcolm Makayev, Councillor – MMakayev@sicamous.ca
Pam Beech – pbeech@telus.net      

SICAMOUS MUNICIPALITY
Malcolm Makayev, District Councillor – mmakayev@sicamous.ca
Colleen Anderson, District Councillor – canderson@sicamous.ca

SLOCAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Slocan
Chamber of Commerce Health Committee
Colin Moss, Chair – chamber@slocanlake.com
Janice Gustafson

Lisa Haddelton

SORRENTO
Sorrento and Area Community Health Centre Society
Marilyn Clark, President – marilynatlegacy@telus.net
Barry Stokes, Vice President –
stokesbarry54@gmail.com
Michelle Moore, Treasurer

SOUTH SHUSWAP
Health Services Society 
Doug Brown , President – dougab6@gmail.com
Sue McCrae , Vice President – ds.mc@telus.net

TRAIL
Society for Protection and Care of Seniors (SPCS)
Candy Parrilla – cparrilla888@gmail.com
Theresa Buchner – tandt79@telus.net
Janice Androsoff – jandrosoff@netidea.com

UBC CENTRE FOR RURAL HEALTH RESEARCHRURAL EVIDENCE REVIEW
Jude Kornelsen, Co-Director – jude.kornelsen@familymed.ubc.ca
https://crhr.med.ubc.ca/apru/rer/

VILLAGE OF NEW DENVER
Mayor Leonard Casley, Chair – mayor@newdenver.ca 
Councillor Colin Moss – moss@newdenver.ca

VILLAGE OF SILVERTON
Hillary Elliott – CAO helliott@silverton.ca

VILLAGE OF SLOCAN
Councillor, Madeleine Perriere – mperriere@villageofslocan
Mayor (alternate), Jessica Lunn



Members

BC Health Coalition
https://www.bchealthcoalition.ca
info@bchealthcoalition.ca
Liaison: Teresa Murphy 

Bella Coola Moira McIlwain, Individual Member
moiramcilwain@hotmail.co

Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation
Susan Raymer – President sue.raymer@gmail.com
Betty Lutz – Director yippee@shaw.ca 
Nettie Stupnikoff – Alternate nettiemarozstu@gmail.com

Castlegar  Mayor and Council 
Mayor mayor@castlegar.ca 
Tracey Butler – Director of Corporate Services

Chase and District Health Services Foundation
Dave Smith – President jackdavesmith@gmail.com
J.L. (Len) McLean – Director len-mclean@telus.net
Jeanine Joelsen – Secretary jeaninejoelson@hotmail.com

Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce
Naomi Larsen – Executive Director
manager@chetwyndchamber.ca

Cortes Community Health Association
Jenny Hartwick – Admin Ass. admin@corteshealth.com 
Marilyn Fitzmaurice – Head Administrator ccha@twincomm.ca

East Shore Kootenay Lake Community Health Society
Linda Cassidy – President  casss3@telus.net 
Peggy Skelton – Vice President  skelton.peggy@gmail.com  
Tom Wishart – Treasurer      tom.wishart@usask.ca     
Margaret Crossley – Secretary      mfocrossley@gmail.com  

Fernie – Elk Valley Hospice Society
Elke Weber – President
Barbara Parkinsob – Vice President
Jennifer O’Donell – Treasurer
elkvalleyhospice@gmail.com
 

Fort Nelson Northern Rockies Seniors Society
Joan Kinzett – Director nrss@theedge.ca
Carol Seidel – President

Fort St. John  Save Our Northern Seniors
Margaret Little – President mackeno@xplornet.ca
Jim Collins – Vice President
Connie Kaweesi ckaweesi@telus.net

Fort St. John Individual members
Margaret Little
Jim Little

Fraser Lake Individual members
Elaine and Bob Storey
ebstorey54@gmail.com

Greater Trail Hospice Society
info@trailhospice.org
Brenda Hooper – Chair
Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid – Vice Chair
Gail Potter – Secretary
Barbara Gibson – Treasurer

Hedley/Vancouver Individual member
William Day – witsend001@gmail.com

Hornby & Denman Community Healthcare Society  www.hornbydenmanhealth.com
Bill Engleson – President bengleson@telus.net
Lori Nawrot – Executive Director lori@hornbydenmanhealth.com


Invermere – Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley
Michèle Neider – Executive Director ed@hospicesocietycv.com
Daneve McAffer – President
Barb Gagatek – Treasurer

Kaslo and Area D Health Care Select Committee
Karissa Strosheim – Contact person admin@kaslo.ca
Suzan Hewat – Mayor and Chair
Aimee Watson – Vice Chair
Elizabeth Ross – Secretary

Kaslo – Hospice Society of North Kootenay Lake
Beverley Peacock – Executive Director hospice@kaslo.org

Langley – BC Association of Community Response Networks
Sharon Johnson – Director of Administrative Services sharon.johnson@bccrns.ca
BC Ass. of Community Response Networks 

Nakusp Village
Cheryl Martens – CAO cao@nakusp.ca
Tom Zelenik – Mayor

Nanaimo Individual member
Jane Osborne BC Community Response Networks Regional Mentor
jane_osborne@telus.net

Nelson  Age Friendly Community Initiative Advisory Committee
Corrine Younie cyounie@nelsoncares.ca

Nelson Community First Health Co-op (Wellness and Education Centre)
Debby Zeeben – Chair zeeben@telus.net
Pegasis McGaauley – pegasisp@gmail.com
Madeline Collins collinsmadeline@gmail.com 

New Denver Hospice Society
Ana Bokstrom – Coordinator
Leslie Beare – Chair
Colin Moss – Vice Chair      

New Denver  Slocan Chamber of Commerce – Health Committee
Colin Moss – Chair chamber@slocanlake.com
Janice Gustafson
Lisa Haddelton – Recruiter

New Denver Select Health Committee
Leonard Casley – Mayor mayor@newdenver.ca 
Colin Moss – Councillor ccm99@telus.net

Oliver Desert Valley Hospice Society
Donna Coordan – Executive Director
info@desertvalleyhospicesociety.org


Pender Harbour Health Centre 
Susann Richter – COO
phhc.coo@eastlink.ca

Pender Island Health Care Society
Marion Alksne – Executive Director execdir@penderislandhealth.ca
Gary Steeves – President
Wendy MacDonald – Vice President
http://www.penderislandhealth.ca

Port Alberni  Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Nursing Services
Jeannette Watts – Nursing Manager jeannette.watts@nuuchahnulth.org 
Lynnette Lucas – Director, NTC Health Department

Powell River Voices
Drena McCormack drenajean@yahoo.ca

Princeton Support Our Health Care Society (SOHC)
Edward Staples – President edwardstaples8@gmail.com
Bill Day – Vice President witsend001@gmail.com
Nienke Klaver – Secretary tulameennienke@gmail.com

Quadra Island Health Society
Elizabeth Doak – Secretary md3590@telus.net

Revelstoke Hospice Society
revhosp@telus.net 

Roberts Creek/Sunshine Coast Individual member
Johanna Trimble johanna@daletrimble.com

Salt Spring Island Community Health Society (SSCHS)
Jennifer Williams – President 130jewill@gmail.com 
Martha Taylor – Vice President & Acting Treasurer marthataylor02@gmail.com 
Jane Horsburgh – Secretary magnamum@shaw.ca

Salmon Arm – Shuswap Hospice Society
Cookie Langenfeld – Executive Director admin@shuswaphospice.ca

Sicamous Eagle Valley Community Support Society
Pam Beech pbeech@telus.net
evcrs@telus.net

Sicamous and District
Malcolm Makayev – Councillor MMakayev@sicamous.ca  
Colleen Anderson canderson@sicamous.ca

Silverton
Hillary Elliott CAO helliott@silverton.ca

Slocan
Madeleine Perriere – Councillor mperriere@villageofslocan.ca 
Jessica Lunn (alt.) – Mayor

Sorrento and Area Community Health Centre Society
Barry Stokes – President stokesbarry54@gmail.com
Marilyn Clark – Past President marilynatlegacy@telus.net
Allan Hanson – Director allanhansonah@gmail.com

South Shuswap Health Services Society
Sue McCrae – President ds.mc@telus.net 
Sandi Reutlinger – Vice President
Doug Brown – Past President dougab6@gmail.com

Stigma-Free Society
Andrea Paquette – President Andrea.Paquette@stigmafreesociety.com 

Sunshine Coast Resource Centre – Seniors Planning Table
Pat Hunt – Co-Chair
Jan Bird – Co Chair
Asja Hadzismajlovich – Executive Director
Michelle Bruecker – Manager Seniors Program seniorsprograms@resourcecentre.ca            

Trail Society for Protection and Care of Seniors (SPCS)
Wendy Harvey – President
Candy Parrilla cparrilla888@gmail.com
Janice Androsoff – Past President jandrosoff@netidea.com          
Theresa Buchner tandt79@telus.net      

Valemount – Individual member
John Grogan grogan_email@yahoo.ca 

Valemount – Individual member
Kurien Thomas kurienthomas@aol.com

Vancouver Rural Coordination Centre of BC
Stuart Johnston – RCCbc Representative cstuartjohnston@gmail.com

Vancouver – Individual member
Marcy Cohen – marcycohen192@gmail.com

Vancouver UBC Centre for Rural Health Research/Rural Evidence Review
Jude Kornelsen – Co-Director jude.kornelsen@familymed.ubc.ca