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Mountain Trike Available for Check Out at Bowen Library

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Sally Fitz-Gibbon’s dream for Islanders with disabilities to be able to enjoy Bowen’s trails has come to fruition.

An all-terrain Mountain Trike, designed for people with mobility issues, rolled into the Bowen Island library last month. It was around this time last year, while Fitz-Gibbon was volunteering at the library, that she met a couple that wanted to enjoy a summer stroll in the local trails.

Fitz-Gibbon took one look at the man’s “flimsy” wheelchair and her heart sank. She just knew the couple wouldn’t be able to explore very far. “They wanted to go up Dorman Point and I talked them out of it because it was not accessible at all for them,” said Fitz-Gibbon.

She then tried to figure somewhere else scenic on Bowen for the couple to go, a path the wheelchair could handle, but she came up short. The couple left the library feeling dejected.

“And I think they were crying. I was almost crying. I was so upset about this couple that couldn’t really do anything on Bowen,” said Fitz-Gibbon.
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Bowen’s New Mountain Trike has Arrived!

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Many of you will remember Sally Fitz-Gibbon’s great idea, and her successful application to the Bowen Island Community Foundation for a grant enabling the Bowen Island Library Foundation to buy a Push Mountain Trike.

Just recently, the eagerly-anticipated mountain trike arrived on the Island! The trike will enable people with mobility issues to experience our beautiful trails. It will be available to Bowen Island residents to borrow from the Library for the day in the same way they borrow items for the Med Shed (however, in this case, with a credit card deposit). The Library will also assume responsibility for maintaining and storing the bike, and will insure it as part of their insurance policy through the Municipality.

Making a Life Saving Shock Accessible

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Amanda Ockeloen

Amanda Ockeloen shows off the Municipal Hall’s new Automatic External Defibrillator. Photo credit – Meribeth Deen

By Meribeth Deen – Bowen Island Undercurrent
Feb 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

First Aid instructor and former paramedic Amanda Ockeloen’s first rule of emergency response comes down to thinking ahead and formulating a plan ahead of time. As one of the leaders of Bowen Island’s Sun Run group, not only does she carry basic first aid supplies with her on each run, she also considers every route with key address points so that if something happens and she needs to call in for extra help, she can communicate the group’s exact whereabouts without hesitation. Ockeloen’s recently taken on the position Municipal Emergency Planning Coordinator, but she’s recently been caught up in a personal project: to make the knowledge of life-saving Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) accessible on all parts of Bowen, and to make their whereabouts common knowledge.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, every twelve minutes someone in Canada experiences sudden cardiac arrest, and 85 percent of those incidents happen outside of hospital – making properly delivered emergency care critical. The basic emergency procedure to deal with this situation, which, when it works, involves actually bringing someone back to life, is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Every five years, the standards and method of delivering this potentially life-saving process is updated by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
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Sleep Apnea Machine Available

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sleepApneaCaring Circle has been donated a sleep apnea machine – a very expensive piece of equipment. If you’re in the market for one, we would be happy to pass this on for a donation to Caring Circle. Email: Caring Circle at info@caringcircle.ca