Archive for month: September, 2013

The Vancouver Coastal Health Caregiver Support Program is hosting three, FREE workshops for family caregivers in October!

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These workshops are open to individuals providing unpaid care or support to an adult friend or family member. Your help distributing this information with those who might be interested is appreciated. Please see attached posters and details below for registration information.
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013
10 am – 12:30 pm
This free workshop looks at common relationship changes family caregivers experience while caregiving and how these changes and transitions impact loss and grief.  This session will be an opportunity to connect with your sources of hope and strength, and learn ways to take care of yourself during challenging times. Open to individuals providing unpaid care or support to an adult friend or family member. Speakers: Carolyn Main and Kathy Schretlen, experienced group facilitators with the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society. Kathy has been supporting people in their grief for 15 years, and Carolyn has a background in both teaching and counselling related to bereavement.  Carolyn and Kathy believe in the value of community education around loss and bereavement.
Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Caregiving can be overwhelming and exhausting. In order to maintain your own health and wellness, it is important to learn and practice basic ways to care for yourself!
Join us as we discuss and learn about:
  • Recognizing and reducing caregiver stress
  • Setting limits and personal boundaries
  • Asking for and accepting help
  • Simply ways to practice self-care
  • Creating space for rest and rejuvenation
Presenter: Sarah Galuska, Coordinator, VCH Caregiver Support Program
Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
6:30 pm – 9 pm
This information session will help you:
Learn about wills, estate planning, powers of attorney and representation agreements
Understand the common legal issues that arise in relation to aging and senior care
Learn how to plan effectively and avoid crisis situations
Presenter: Jack Micner, Partner, Spry Hawkins Micner
All three workshops take place at the Raven Song Community Health Centre (2450 Ontario Street, Vancouver).
Pre-registration is required!
For more information and to register:
Tel. 604-709-6437*
Hosted by the Vancouver Coastal Health Caregiver Support Program

Caring Circle Needs Your Support at BIRD!

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BIRDCaring Circle will receive the proceeds from BIRD recycling for part of Oct/ Nov. and we need your support! We need a few more people to cover some of the dates. So if you can help even one day, we would be thrilled. So the dates are Oct. 17-21 / Oct. 24th – 28th / and Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th.

The times are quite undemanding – weekdays are noon- 2:30 p.m. And weekends are 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please call Colleen at Caring Circle at 9100 or home at 0232 or email at or

Caring Circle to Provide Relief

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letters Bowen Island Undercurrent
Published: September 19, 2013 3:00 PM

Dear Editor:

Thank you for your full report on the Caring Circle and their efforts to provide interim support to people in need of medical care or social services. However effective their resource guide and other printed material may be, it is the human element the Caring Circle provides which seems most important. Let us hope they will find the financial resources they need.

I’m a senior Bowen resident who came here in the ‘80s and stayed for 15 odd years. I moved closer to my family for a while, but gladly came back a couple of years ago. This island is my home, yet I now wonder if my return here was wise: increasing age often brings decreased health. Bowen is not providing well for emergencies – or after-care. The Caring Circle is trying to fill an enormous gap. Just this week I learned of three long-time senior Bowen Islanders leaving for the mainland, to be closer to doctors and related facilities. Most of us know of a few more who are considering a move from their Bowen home and life here: all seniors who are weighing the odds of managing on the island.
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Caring Circle Seeks Funding

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Caring Circle New Home

Caring Circle’s new home at the cottage behind the library

By Susanne Martin – Bowen Island Undercurrent
Published: September 13, 2013 2:00 PM
Last week, the Caring Circle Resource Centre’s office moved from Village Square into the heritage cottage next to the library. Since it opened in its previous location in February, about 180 people have visited the premises. At the September 9 council meeting, Colleen O’Neil presented a report on behalf of the Caring Circle and asked council for funding for the position of a health navigator.

“You have on your desk a major application,” O’Neil said. “It includes about 15 pages of statistics about the people who came in and some of the concerns we had to address since February.”

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Diane and Don Marshall named Citizens of the Year

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Don and Diane Marshall are Bowen Island’s Citizens of the Year for 2013


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By Susanne Martin – Bowen Island Undercurrent

Published: August 16, 2013 9:00 AM

Community engagement and volunteering are alive and well on Bowen Island, as was evident from the many substantial Citizen of the Year nominations.

The list of submissions included four individuals and two couples. Last week, the Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce announced that Diane and Don Marshall will bear the title of Citizens of the Year for 2013. Susan Pratt, director of the Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce, said that Diane and Don Marshall perfectly fit the criteria for the award that included the completion or successful results of a project, a well-exercised leadership role and remarkable services that were performed recently.

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