On July 13th, Kevin Manning of First Credit Union proudly presented Colleen O’Neil of Caring Circle with a cheque for $2768.70 for youth mental health on Bowen. This was part of the mental health week earlier in the year and the First Credit Union team topped up the $2500 donation with proceeds from a week long bake sale. It was presented with thanks to Colleen and her team and all they do for the health of the community. A big thank you also to the First Credit team and all the members who contributed.
Colleen O’Neil has been working to build better health-care support as part of the Medical Clinic Society on Bowen.
She sees a dire need for a health centre so that islanders don’t have to leave the island when they feel least like commuting into town for health services. O’Neil is flabbergasted that it would appear to Vancouver Coastal Health that we are well-served on Bowen when it comes to medical services as a result of their own survey “My Health, My Community.”
“However, we went in depth and drilled down into their results with a 39-page survey. Our survey showed that while 85 per cent of us have a GP, (general practitioner or family doctor) only 32 per cent use a GP on the island. It would seem like we are well-served here, but we are not.”
Here is a link to the slide presentation produced by the Health Centre Society to council on January 18, 2016. Please refer to this presentation for more detailed survey results:
SEA TO SKY – Seniors in Pemberton and Bowen Island will enjoy increased health care support and social programs thanks to Age-friendly BC grants from the B.C. Government. The Caring Circle Resource Centre will receive $20,000 to provide support and health services that enrich the quality of life of seniors living on Bowen Island. Pemberton will receive $20,000 to boost the Seniors Interacting through Art program.
Pemberton and Bowen Island are among 26 communities across the province receiving Age-friendly BC grants this year. A committee made up of staff from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Ministry of Health reviewed all applications. More than $480,000 will be awarded to this year’s successful applicants.
The Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grant Program is a partnership between the B.C. Government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The program allows local governments to establish or continue projects that support the needs of older residents. To date, it has funded more than 200 projects aimed at keeping seniors active, healthy and independent.
To learn more about Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grants please visit www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.