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Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to cancel the luncheon at the Legion tomorrow. Our next lunch will be Tuesday, December 13 which will be our special Christmas lunch – hope to see you then! You need reservations for this lunch so please call Caring Circle @ 947-9100 to reserve.
Caring Circle has a broad vision of reaching out to our entire community in as many ways as needed with health and wellness support. In response to feedback from our community, Caring Circle is launching a new program. Caring Circle’s CONNECTIONS Program aims to provide companionship to those on the Island who are seeking social contact and companionship. The volunteers in our CONNECTIONS program will come and visit people in their home to chat, share stories, read, play a game or do a craft, take a walk together, or perhaps be a grand-figure to a family. Perhaps once a week – whatever works for both parties.
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December 3 – 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bowen Island Lodge Seaside Retreat
Conversations and Questions about Death and Dying on Bowen
This one day symposium is not just for elders who are looking at issues around death and dying…this is for anyone who is interested in advance care planning, palliative care, dying on Bowen, or is looking after someone or might be looking after someone down the road, who would like to spend their last months and days in their own home on Bowen. Please come to find out more about these concerns and bring a friend. We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word on Island with anyone in your circle of email friends. We’ve booked Bowen Lodge as we’re hoping to attract lots of people as this has been a familiar topic at Caring Circle for people dropping in for support.
Nine years ago I started the Reindeer Run as I wanted to offer a winter walk/run event to get us outside and moving in the grey and drizzle and at the same time support Bowen Island’s Christmas Hamper Fund. We raise heart rates, have a whole lot of fun in less than perfect weather conditions – all the while helping to ensure everyone’s Christmas is a little merrier. How wonderful is that?
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It was an evening of magic, possibility and delightfully frenzied bidding. The biennial KKN auction, this year supporting Caring Circle, ignited Cates Hill Chapel on Saturday evening. The room was festooned with enticing “objects of desire” that just couldn’t be resisted.
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Caring Circle would like to thank the Bowen Island firefighters for their recent donation to our organization.
We are proud to know that Bowen’s firefighters support us in our work – their donation will be put to good use providing health-related services that are very much needed in our community.
The founding purpose of Caring Circle is to help people feel safe and secure on Bowen by helping them connect to health and social service resources on Bowen and in Vancouver.
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Dr. Alea Bell and Courtney Morris are happy to announce the opening of a new wellness clinic, Bowen Island Naturopathic and Acupuncture Clinic.
We met last spring, it was one of those thing where people keep saying ‘you two should meet.’ When we met, it was so easy; we shared an interest in family wellness. We both wanted to build a practice on island to support the community and be closer to our own families. We both also have a shared interest in treating women and children’s health. Once that was established it all fell into place. We thought about our ideal location and found a lovely and perfect spot in Artisan near Artisan Eats. The clinic is still taking shape. We would like to display local artists art and we are in the process of creating a small herbal dispensary of loose herbs and supplements for colds/flus, allergies, sleep, mood and more.
Our group of practitioners is also growing. We started with the two of us; Dr. Alea Bell, who is a Naturopathic Doctor and Courtney Morris, who is Registered Acupuncturist and Homeopath. Recently, we have been fortunate to add Julie Hughes and Mary Coleman to our team who will be offering their counselling services.
What we all have in common is a holistic approach to health and a passion to serve our local community.
What can you expect for a naturopathic consultation? Dr. Bell will go through an in-depth consultation, order or review recent lab work and then implement a carefully researched, practical and personalized treatment plan. It is her goal to treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than just managing symptoms. Treatment plans may include dietary changes, herbal medicine, vitamin/mineral supplementation, lifestyle counselling, injection therapy, bio-identical hormone therapy and/or pharmaceuticals when necessary. Dr. Bell treats a wide range of conditions and has a special interest in women’s health, hormone imbalances, pediatrics, fertility/pregnancy, fatigue, colds/flus and digestive ailments. She welcomes all ages and conditions into her practice.
For an acupuncture consult, it’s all about rebalancing. A health history will be taken to get information on which systems need to be balanced. For example, women should not have pain, PMS or a heavy cycle. Or if you or your child have stress, insomnia, tummy aches, all these things give information of what is imbalanced in the body. Acupuncture, lifestyle changes can help to correct the symptoms.
If you aren’t sure about what would be a right fit for you feel free to call, we are all happy to chat. What fits for some, does not fit for others; we as practitioners know and honour this.
Our services are covered under many extended healthcare plans. Insurance plans typically reset in January so now is a great time to start a program and continue with the momentum into the New Year.
Bid on items now! All proceeds are being donated to Caring Circle, thank you KKN!
This article comes to follow-up Caring Circle’s article in the June Bulletin. You may already know about some of our more visible activities like the Driver’s Program and our partnership in the Lunch Program. We hope that you will watch for the launch of our Befriending Program this fall. Caring Circle was founded to help people navigate the health care system. Often this work is not visible except to those individuals and families whose lives are affected. The following stories may help you to understand some of the positive impacts our work has in people’s lives.
➢ One young woman in her early 20’s, who has had difficulty with ADHD, was becoming increasingly distressed around her inability to find meaningful work off the island. Caring Circle did some research and found an organization in North Vancouver that meets with people with disabilities. They did an assessment of this young woman’s skills and interests and matched her with a job in the creative arts. She now has the first secure job she’s had in many years and she is delighted. Needless to say, so are her parents.
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