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November 22, 2007

Pender Health Centre update

Filed under: News,Recreation, Health and Fitness,Services — Jocko @ 7:33 pm

The estimated total cost of the expansion and renovation of the Health Centre is $1,300,000. To date over $1,040,000. has been raised thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the community and with a generous grant from the CRD. We still require an additional $260,000 to complete the expansion and renovation. We are making every effort to raise these additional funds in the next 3 to 4 months through many sources including corporations, foundations, government sources, and by asking that you, the residents of Pender, show your continued support with a year-end, tax deductible donation to the Pender Islands Health Care Society Building Fund. Please mail or drop-off your contribution to:

The Pender Island Health Centre Society – Building Fund, 5715 Canal Rd., Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1 250 629-3326

And please continue to designate your Tru-Value purchases to the Health Centre Building Fund (#32). We raise almost $1,000. per month through this initiative. Thanks Tru-Value. For more information on how to make a contribution please call Robert Dill at 250 629-3326.

We also offer our heartfelt thanks to the Pender Island Community Services Society (Nu-to-You) who have offered the Health Society an interest free loan of up to $80,000. to help ensure that we can continue with the expansion, while additional funds are being raised.

We are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming a new physician for the Penders! Dr. Michael Thompson will be moving to Pender with his wife Sandra and will begin practicing at the clinic on January 14, 2008. Michael has an extensive background in family and rural medicine and will be a wonderful addition to our team.

November 21, 2007

Island economy threatened?

Filed under: Gardening,Governance and Legal,News — Jocko @ 12:41 pm

The new proposed war on drugs legislation from the Harper Conservative government would bring a minimum 6 month jail sentence for growing a single cannabis plant. Refer to the article in the Vancouver Province newspaper for details: Ottawa cracks down. Is the holding tank on Pender big enough to accommodate the potential landslide of newly designated island “offenders”. Let your MP Gary Lunn know what you think about the proposed legislation at:

November 15, 2007

Photo of the week…

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 8:11 pm

November on Pender. Photo by Jocko.

The return of the Purple Martins!

Filed under: Nature watch,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:59 pm

Build it and they will come! And, indeed they did – to the nest boxes now provided on the shores of Pender! These beautiful birds had almost disappeared from our province, but the placement of nest boxes through the Purple Martin Recovery Program is encouraging their return – with “our” birds establishing this year’s only new colony in British Columbia!

Sponsored by the Pender Islands Conservancy Association and the Pender Island Field Naturalists. For more information about Purple Martins, go to:

Overcoming poverty…

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 6:47 pm

As of Jan. 4, ’08

The Pender Islands Lions Club is again supporting CARE Canada’s work in Peru to provide poor people with economic opportunity. Loans will be provided to farmers to allow them to get their products to the otherwise inaccessible general market. Training and technical support will be provided to small entrepreneurs giving them access to funds needed to purchase donated machinery at affordable prices. CARE also offers financial management and business training so that small entrepreneurs can start their own businesses.

Please support the CARE Canada project in Peru by sending your donation to the Pender Islands Lions Club, P.O. Box 75, Pender Island, B.C. V0N 2M0 or put your donation into the Lions Box just inside the front door of the Insurance Office at the Driftwood Centre.

The “Edith and George Pearson” CARE Tree on Bridges Road was lit up at 4 pm on Sunday November 25, 2007 as a reminder to make a donation.

For more information about CARE Canada visit their website:

November 14, 2007

An inspiration…

Filed under: News,Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 3:09 pm

Submitted by Rich & Steve of Pender:

Pippa on the “TrailRider”

Our friend Pippa Blake of Victoria, in a wheelchair from MS, recently journeyed to the Mt Everest Base Camp.
Check out her adventure at

November 13, 2007

Something to ponder…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 1:43 pm

 Submitted by John Jones:
“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before”

November 2, 2007

Photo of the week…

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 4:05 pm

Photo: Jocko

Looking towards Hope Bay from Hoosen Road, November 1, 2007

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