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LOUISE LOIK / BOWEN ISLAND UNDERCURRENT
JANUARY 15, 2016 12:16 PM

Hundreds of people participated in a 29-page survey, supported by the Municipality was initiated by the Medical Clinic Society.

The survey was meant to discover specific issues around access to health care on Bowen Island. Organizer Colleen O’Neil said that they “had some concerns as to whether the community would actually spend the time thinking about their answers and persevere to the end.

We were thrilled to have more than 500 people do the survey.

We spent this past Fall analyzing the results, which included 95 pages of qualitative data.”

O’Neil found great value for their project due to the fact that it was “islanders telling their specific stories around their concerns about accessing health care on Bowen.“
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Bowen’s Health Service Needs

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Colleen O’Neil at her desk in the Caring Circle Resource Centre

By Susanne Martin – Bowen Island Undercurrent
Published: May 24, 2013 10:00 AM

Bowen Island had the highest ranking for the percentage of residents who feel a strong sense of community belonging, according to a recent North Shore Community Wellness Survey. The survey was conducted from November 23 to December 21 last year with the aim to support the North Shore Congress Child and Family Friendly Community Charter but Colleen O’Neil, coordinator of the Bowen Island’s Caring Circle Health Resource Centre, says that it doesn’t tell the whole story.

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