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May 2019 – Nurse Practitioner Project and Upcoming Events

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On Topic: Your Wellness

Which would you prefer –  to have the best possible physical, mental, emotional and social wellness you can, or wait until you find yourself focusing on illness and injury?  At the Victoria Health Co-op we have, from the start, worked at trying to achieve wellness.  It has been a challenge but we want to let you know about the progress we are making, and ask for your advice.

First the progress.  We are continuing in very encouraging discussions with the Cook St Village Activity Centre (CSVAC) about space.  Our hope is to provide exam rooms for our Nurse Practitioner, treatment rooms for the wide range of Wellness Practitioners, and space at both CSVAC and at Centennial United Church (CUC) for Wellness Programs.  Being a patient of the nurse practitioner is covered through your Medical Services Plan.  Please let us know if you want to be on the list of potential patients.  Services of some of the Wellness Practitioners are covered under some insurance plans, and we will be offering a unique, affordable, results-focused extended service plan to help with all of the wellness services.  

We are continuing to organize Co-op Cafés.  In March Civic Leaders from the municipal, provincial and federal levels told us about their upcoming priorities and co-operatives from the environmental, housing, health, financial, transportation and seniors sectors explained how they responded to such needs.  This led to many energetic and enthusiastic conversations and we will continue this at our final Café event on May 15th. 

Please help us to move our ahead on our plans and activities.  

  1.  Would you like to be on the list of potential patients for the Nurse Practitioner?
  2.  Would you like to come to an explanation of the Scope of Practice of a Nurse Practitioner at CSVAC or CUC?  You can get a good start at www.bccnp.ca/Standards/RN_NP/resourcescasestudies/clientcare/scope/Pages/Default.aspx
  3.  Would you like to receive treatments from a range of Wellness Practitioners at the CSVAC?  Which of these, and which of our other many practitioners could be of interest? Osteopathy, therapeutic meals, Trager® bodywork, Alexander Technique, Cranio Sacral treatment.  Would you like to come to an information session regarding the services of our Wellness Practitioners? We hope to have a full list on our website in the near future.
  4.  Will you come to the next “Civic Leaders and Co-ops” session to hear about how Civic Leaders and Co-ops work together for the benefit of the community? Join us from 6.30pm – 8pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the CSVAC?
  5.  We urgently need to raise funds to purchase furniture and equipment for the Exam Rooms and Wellness Treatment Rooms.  You can receive a charitable donation receipt for gifts to the Creating Community Wellness Society. How can we encourage people to donate?  Would you help us with fund-raising?
  6.  Would you like to know more about having complete access to your health record (medical record AND wellness action plan) and about developing your long-term wellness circle plan through the Victoria Health Co-op?

Please share you thoughts with us. We can be reached at vichealthcoop@gmail.com or 250.415.9272. Thank you for your participation – we hope the Co-op and our programs will support you at any stage in your wellness journey.

Yours Co-operatively,

Vanessa Hammond, Chair

Victoria Health Co-operative

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March 2019 – Post-AGM Updates & Volunteer Support

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On Topic: Next Steps

We thank you for joining us at our 2019 Annual General Meeting last month, on February 23. It is always a pleasure to gather together to celebrate the contribution of not-for-profits, societies, co-ops and those who volunteer their time each year. We are fortunate to live in a country rich in volunteers and a beautiful city in a spectacular province.  And we have much to celebrate in the Victoria Health Co-op, and some questions for you, whether or not you are members.

You have probably already heard, due to our enthusiastic announcements over the past months, that we  have funding for the salary for a Nurse Practitioner who will provide Primary Health Care services at the Cook St Village Activity Centre and for residents of My Place (part of the Our Place family).  We are working to ensure that she will also be able to provide community outreach services at Centennial United Church – check our website and Facebook for updates on our fundraising efforts and project goals. Along with this new initiative, we continue to provide monthly Members Only Wellness Clinic, asking our members to be as generous as possible to support the Health Access Fund through their donations to Creating Community Wellness Society.

We, a very small group of volunteers, need some additional community support to maintain these programs, keep writing funding proposals, lead Choices and Hans Kai outreach programs and run the monthly Wellness Clinics as well as introducing two new community services.  Whether you are a member of the Victoria Health Co-op or a willing volunteer, please consider the following requests if you are available to help, or pass this information on to someone who might be able to help.

The Victoria Health Co-operative is looking for:

  • A grant writer and/or researcher who can help with the 5 – 10 funding applications we write each year to run our programs
  • Financial contributions to the Creating Community Wellness Society to fund the supply of furniture (exam table etc), medical equipment and disposables for the Nurse Practitioner’s office, plus the salary for a Medical Office Assistant in our community partners’ spaces
  • Board Director positions to be filled including a Secretary for either the Victoria Health Co-op or the Creating Community Wellness Society (CCWS), a Treasurer for the CWWS with a good understanding of Canada Revenue Agency, and an enthusiastic Fundraising Coordinator for CCWS

New volunteers would be joining a wonderful group of volunteers, receive good training to develop their skills, and a very warm welcome!  By growing our team of volunteers we can reduce the amount of work for each of us and benefit from shared ideas and skills, and make strong connections in our community.

Wellness and health matter.  Would you help us reach more people in our community?  For more information, please contact Vanessa at vichealthcoop@gmail.com or 250 415 9272. Please plan to attend our events, say hello and connect with new people. Our Board members are happy to answer questions and receive new ideas – we welcome discussion in person or over email.

Stay tuned for event postings We are excited to be hosting a Political Panel for our next Co-op Café session on March 30th from 3pm-5pm at James Bay New Horizons. We have invited Murray Rankin, Lisa Helps and other councillors to discuss the contribution of Co-operatives to a healthy community  – please come with YOUR comments about the need for government at all levels to support community owned enterprises. We will wrap up our Co-op Café series in May with our co-host BC Co-op Association and plan more opportunities for Members to meet and connect in person.

Yours Co-operatively,

Vanessa Hammond, Chair

Victoria Health Co-operative