Archive for month: January, 2014

Council Hears Competing Visions for Development of Lot #2

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BIMBy Meribeth Deen
Bowen Island Undercurrent

Jan 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

On Monday, Council heard from both the theatre community and the gymnastics community about potential uses of community lands in Snug Cove. Another perspective, brought to council in the form of a letter written by the Bowen Island Caring Circle, was put on hold until the letter’s authors might be available to present their perspective in person.

In December 2012 a committee made up of councillors Daron Jennings, Cro Lucas andTim Rhodes took the lead on planning for a community centre initiative. This committee came up with a vision for a “Community Campus” that would incorporate arts and recreational space into a building that would also house a Municipal Hall, saving the Municipality the $100 thousand per year it currently plays in rent for its offices and town hall. Councillor Tim Rhodes says the other aspect to the Community Campus plan was that if a group could get the money together to build something, then the municipality would give them the land they needed to make it happen.
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Province Helps Seniors

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JordanSturdySEA TO SKY – Seniors in Pemberton and Bowen Island will enjoy increased health care support and social programs thanks to Age-friendly BC grants from the B.C. Government. The Caring Circle Resource Centre will receive $20,000 to provide support and health services that enrich the quality of life of seniors living on Bowen Island. Pemberton will receive $20,000 to boost the Seniors Interacting through Art program.

Pemberton and Bowen Island are among 26 communities across the province receiving Age-friendly BC grants this year. A committee made up of staff from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Ministry of Health reviewed all applications. More than $480,000 will be awarded to this year’s successful applicants.

The Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grant Program is a partnership between the B.C. Government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The program allows local governments to establish or continue projects that support the needs of older residents. To date, it has funded more than 200 projects aimed at keeping seniors active, healthy and independent.

To learn more about Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grants please visit

Big Steps Towards Better Health Care on Bowen

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Jan 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM
In the 20 months since its inception, members of the Caring Circle’s Advisory Board have been working vigorously to determine health needs and to facilitate access to health and wellness information on Bowen.

The first initiative was the publication of the Bowen Island Health Resource Guide in March. The idea grew out of a recommendation by the “2009 Age Friendly Report to Council” which stated that Bowen Islanders needed a guide to help them navigate through the complexity of the health system.

In February, Colleen O’Neil, a retired RN, took on the job of health navigator/coordinator to assist people in accessing the health information they require.

Most recently, Caring Circle has been actively participating in the Vancouver Coastal Health’s “My Health, My Community” survey, which is designed to inform the Ministry of Health about gaps in health services.
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