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November 2, 2008

Remembrance Day

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 8:34 pm

 2008 Pender Island Remembrance Day Schedule

Monday, November 10th – CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

1:00 pm – Candles are lit by the children of Pender to honour our veterans.  Parade led by Pender Highlanders Pipe Band and Legion colour guard.

6:00 pm – Candles glow in the darkness over the crosses that mark too many places – as the sounds of a lone piper waft through the air.  A stirring moment.

Tuesday, November 11th – REMEMBRANCE DAY

10:45 am – Parade begins at Legion Cenotaph

11:00 am – Moment of silence, laying of wreaths and last post.

11:15 am – Service begins in Legion Hall, to be followed by refreshments and a day of remembering the debt we owe to the Veterans who fought and died so that we might be free.

Take some time from your day and show you care.

October 14, 2008

Public Lecture

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness,Services,Views — Jocko @ 5:38 pm

Is Disease Mongering the Greatest Threat to Healthcare?

by Alan Cassels

Canadian health care is in crisis and the escalating cost of prescriptions is recognized as one of the key elements of this problem.  University of Victoria drug policy researcher Alan Cassels provides important information on the causes of the increased cost of medications and insights into solutions to tackle this growing problem.  His entertaining prescription for this problem includes a dose of healthy skepticism, humour and poetry.

In Cassels’ new book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (Emdash Publishing, Victoria, 2008), the well-known commentator on drug policy tickles your funny bone with his new take on the very real and growing phenomenon of Disease Mongering – the practice of convincing more and more of us that we’re patients, in order to sell us health treatments of all sorts.

Cassels, the co-author of the bestselling Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients (GreyStone 2005), diagnoses this growng epidemic through the use of engaging rhymes, insightful illustrations and scholarly research.  The book not only gives a fresh new perspective on a health care issue of concern to us all, but creates a new literary genre: Pharmaceutical Policy Poetry.

“By sugar-coating the message with humourous rhymes, maybe we can painlessly spread the word about an epidemic that’s threatening our health and the sustainability of our health care systems”, says Cassels.

Cassels will discuss the phenomenon behind his book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering, at a public lecture which takes place at the Pender Island Library, 7:00 pm on Thursday October 16th.  All are welcome.

For more information go to: alancassels.com

Sponsored by the Pender Islands Health Care Society

October 9, 2008

Media Watch

Filed under: News,Services,Views — Jocko @ 2:31 pm

 

CBC News item:

BC Ferries workers get bonuses, despite service cuts, price hikes

View story here: Employee incentive package

October 4, 2008

Flu shots…

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 1:57 pm

The popular Flu Vaccine Clinics will resume this month at the Pender Island Pharmacy.  Call ahead to book your spot.  Remember if you are traveling to ask about vaccines for hepatitis or traveler’s diarrhea.  Other vaccines are also available through the pharmacy.  Feel free to inquire at:  250-629-6555

September 29, 2008

Fire Hall Open House

Filed under: Kids zone,Services — Jocko @ 6:42 pm

Fire Prevention Week Open House 2008 will take place at Fire Hall #1 on October 11th from 10 am to 2 pm.  The Volunteers of Pender Island Fire Rescue invite you!  Activities will include a fire safety seminar, fire extinguisher ‘hands on training’, fire extinguisher inspections (required annually), refreshments, tours of the Fire Hall and much more.  Don’t forget to bring the kids!

Fire Prevention is Everybody’s Business

September 26, 2008

Foodsafe…

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 5:45 pm

Foodsafe Level 1 will be offered October 6 (all day) and October 7 (morning only) at the Pender Island Elementary/Secondary School.  This is tentative…  there is a possibility that it will be offered the previous week – September 29 and October 1.  The cost of $60 includes a workbook, certificate and registration.  To register, call Paul Hutcheson at 250-629-2074 as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

September 25, 2008

New Health Centre Opens!

Filed under: News,Services — Jocko @ 4:00 pm

The expanded Health Centre is now open to better serve the community!

The Pender Island Health Care Society cordially invites you to attend the opening of the new Health Centre on Friday October 3, 2008  from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  The Pender Island Health Centre is located at 5715 Canal Road on North Pender.  The official ceremony begins at 4:15 pm with an Open House and refreshments from 4:45 – 6:00 pm.

Financial Information:

To August 31, 2008, $1,388,511 has been raised for the new addition and renovation of the existing Health Centre!

Of the total raised, $648,615 was donated through the generous support of the Pender community.  The Capital Regional District (CRD) contributed $597,396, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority provided $142,500.  An additional $45,000 was received from individuals and several community events specifically for the purchase of equipment and furnishings.

However, $12,562 is still required to meet final construction expenses and an additional $20,000 is needed to pave the new access road to the Emergency Treatment Room.  So… your on-going support is needed and appreciated!  To make a contribution please call Muriel Jones at 250-629-9936.  Contributions can take the form of publicly traded stocks, life insurance, “in memory” or “in honour” gifts, or even monthly donations.  This is a registered charity and a tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $10.

September 13, 2008

Tickle those ivories…

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 6:16 pm

A piano teacher with past award winning students has recently moved to Pender Island and is welcoming new students aged 3 to 93.

Rhythm skills, ear training, recitals, sight reading, theory, exams and festivals are offered.

For more information, contact Leona Luchkow at 250-629-6689

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