Monthly Members’ Wellness Clinics

Once a month, Wellness Practitioners donate their time and expertise providing “pay-what-you-can-afford” treatments.  All member-owners receive an advance email with information on the modalities available that month.  Contributions are made to the Creating Community Wellness Society’s Health Access Fund. Member-owners can receive a charitable donation tax receipt for their contribution.

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The Health Access Fund

The contributions collected at the Members’ Wellness Clinics are held in the Health Access Fund which is administered by the Creating Community Wellness Society.  Members can request support from this Fund to help them access a course of treatments they could not otherwise afford.

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Choices for a Healthy Lifestyle is a very simple and enjoyable program.  We plan every series of 4 to 6 topics with a representative from the host organization and, if possible, potential participants.  Each session includes a nutritious snack, a short presentation, discussion, social time, sometimes a hand-out. Most importantly, we encourage the participants to share their own expertise and knowledge.

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Hans Kai™

Addressing a community wellness need – for many years healthcare professionals and policy makers have known that we need an Integrated Health and Wellness approach, not merely medical services.  We need to knock down the silos to let the full range of community members and professionals stretch their knowledge and work together. This is the path to reaching as many individuals and communities as possible, affordably and effectively.

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“Person of the Month” Profile

We highlight a member-owner, whether a practitioner or other leader, in each edition of the James Bay Beacon and offer them a “highlight” option on the website.

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Co-op Cookbook Project

Our planned project for an online, updateable, cookbook. This excellent idea was proposed at the Annual General Meeting in March.  We hope people will be interested in bringing it to reality, possibly nutrition and cooking enthusiasts and people who understand how to put it on-line.

Interested in becoming a part of the project? Contact us to get involved.

Intro to Co-ops

What is a co-op? Starting in the fall, we will be hosting short info sessions on co-operatives: what they are, what we do, the legalities, their history, etc. From September 2018 until June 2019, each monthly session will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about how co-operatives are making a difference in Victoria. The Co-op Café events will feature retail, transportation, housing, food, social justice and additional financial co-ops in our community.  We will also be hosting a political panel in March, and our January Cafe will be a movie night with popcorn. As a group, we will explore many interesting topics.

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Join us at our first Co-op Café


VHC invites you to get to know more about your local co-ops at our first Co-op Café on Saturday, September 29th from 11 – 12:30pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies St.). Every month we will feature a local co-operative that is doing good things for our community.

We welcome Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) as our co-host of the September Co-op Café. As a financial institution focusing firmly on the Island, CCCU is an active partner in a number of community ventures. Find out why they are expanding in our area and what new services they offer.

We invite you join the discussion and share your views about co-ops and how we can contribute to our communities. Enjoy refreshments and good company. Give project leader Bruce Livingstone your suggestions. Say “thank you” to the City of Victoria for sponsorship. Get the agenda for the next monthly Co-op Cafés. We are looking forward to collaborating with you!

Partnering with James Bay Pharmasave: Wellness Education

Working with the James Bay Pharmasave to present Wellness Education sessions.

We look forward to having use, from time to time, courtesy of Pharmasave, to the former library space at the James Bay Community Project.  Our hope is to use this space for wellness education, probably co-presenting with Pharmasave, for the Our Co-op Community series, and other regular and one-time events.  

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