Pain Hurts! Conversations about Chronic Pain

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

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.

New Guide to Hiring Home Care Services

We’ve just published our new Guide to Hiring a Home Care Worker. You can read or download the guide here.

Community lunch at Legion tomorrow CANCELLED!

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.

New “Connections” Program Launched!

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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End of Life Matters: A Caring Circle Symposium

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.

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Run for Fun Supports Caring Circle

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 supports Caring Circle

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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Thank you Bowen Firefighters!

Dear Editor:

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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Acupuncture, naturopathy and counseling come together at Artisan Square

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.