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Pain Hurts! Conversations about Chronic Pain

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Last call for registrants for this conference focusing on various issues around pain. Deadline to register is this Friday Nov. 10th so please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested. We have 13 registrants at this time so we will most likely change the venue from Bowen Lodge to a smaller space. But we will contact you when we’ve secured a smaller space. Call Caring Circle at 947-9100 or info@caringcircle.ca to register.

Blood Clinic at Gleneagles Community Centre – Wednesday May 24th

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BLOOD CLINIC AT GLENEAGLES and
THEY NEED BOWEN ISLAND BLOOD!
May 24th, Wednesday at Gleneagles Community Centre

OK TIME to CALL ME! Surely we can come up with 15 people who want to give blood on May 24th? We can all walk on the ferry and they will send a shuttle bus for us in H.B.to take us to Gleneagles and then it looks like Brian Biddlecombe will donate the time and gas to bring us all home after we donate!! But this won’t happen if we only have a few people and after I mentioned this last week, I only had two people say they would like to go over. The best time for Brian is if we go over on the 1230 ferry and he’ll bring us back around 2:30 / 3 p.m. depending on how fast we all bleed :) Call Caring Circle at 947-9100 or email at info@caringcircle.cad it.

Run for Fun Supports Caring Circle

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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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Knick Knack Nook Auction – Saturday, October 15th 7pm

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Bid on items now! All proceeds are being donated to Caring Circle, thank you KKN!

More Stories from Caring Circle

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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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Do Bowen Islanders know what we do?

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We were told recently that although Bowen Islanders are concerned about health and the provision of health care on the island, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they know anything about the work of Caring Circle. One suggestion to our board, by a local councilor was to make sure Islanders know more about the work we do.

We always feel that we’re talking to our Bowen Community on a regular basis: on the Forum, on Facebook, in the Undercurrent and on our website.

When you’re living and breathing your work, you sometimes assume others are also paying attention. From our viewpoint, there are many Islanders who are having trouble coordinating the health services they need. Caring Circle is reaching out to them in as many ways as we can, providing support. It’s rewarding work and we are told, at least weekly “I can’t thank you enough. This information has made all the difference.” or “thank goodness you’re here to help”.
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September community lunches are a go!

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The Community Lunches are indeed going ahead in September – we’ve just been advised that the Legion is now available for the month of September, so our team kicked into high gear and is raring to go!

Just drop into the Legion on Tuesday the 13th and 27th this month from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. $5.00 for organic borscht and seafood chowder soup (on the 13th), artisan breads, dessert, tea & coffee and the company of friends! Transportation is available just call Caring Circle at 9100. The Community Lunch program is a partnership between SKY, Caring Circle Health Resource Centre, The Little Red Church on Bowen Island, Bowen Island Legion, Snug Cove House Bowen and Bowen Island Community Recreation (BICR) – see you there!

NextGen Hearing – Collins Hall this Wed. Aug. 31

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Free Hearing Screening Test or a free clean and check of your hearing aids.

NextGen Hearing will hold a clinic at Collins Hall this Wednesday August, 31 from 10:45 to 3:30. They will once again be offering free Hearing Tests and introducing a free Hearing Aid Clean and Check Clinic.

Hearing aids should be checked at least four times a year, to help prolong the life of the hearing aids, and to ensure that they are working optimally.

To make an appointment for either a Hearing Screening Test, or for the Clean and Check Clinic, please call Lori or Vivien at NextGen Hearing, West Vancouver, 604-281-3691

Legion Lunch this Tuesday August 23 – Collins Hall

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African peanut chicken and Summer vegetable and barley are on the menu!

They will be served at Collins Hall for the month of August. Just drop in on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. $5.00 for gourmet soup, artisan breads, dessert, tea & coffee and the company of friends! Transportation is available just call Caring Circle at 9100. The Community Lunch program is a partnership between SKY, Caring Circle Health Resource Centre, The Little Red Church on Bowen Island, Bowen Island Legion, Snug Cove House Bowen and Bowen Island Community Recreation (BICR) – see you there!

Caring Circle Receives $15,000 Funding Boost

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West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy presented Caring Circle program director Colleen O’Neil with a $15,000 provincial gaming grant last week. The money will support ongoing programming at Caring Circle, which has helped 1,032 people access health care on Bowen Island in the last three years. – See more at: http://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/community/caring-circle-receives-15-000-funding-boost-1.2308558#sthash.PMAjYNPz.dpuf