MIALS - Community Meeting: Tue Jan 20

The Mayne Island Assisted Living Society’s (MIALS) Board would like to expand the services we offer to younger people here on the island, particularly young families who are experiencing life’s challenges.

As a community member, we would value your input on what we could offer, training that would be beneficial and how we can attract younger people to become volunteers.

We have scheduled a meeting for 7 pm on Tuesday, January 20th at the lower level of the Health Centre.

If you would like a ride to the meeting please give us a call. For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530.

posted January 2015

Burns Supper: Sat Jan 24

January 24th at the Agricultural Hall.

Celebrate Scotland’s Bard, Robbie Burns, with an evening of feasting, great music, lively dancing and general merriment, Scottish style!

Potluck dinner (haggis provided!), piper, toasts, singalong, and ceilidh dancing to Scottish duo, The Slow Pokes, and caller JD Erskine.

Bring a dish to share and BYOB. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Advanced Tickets Only - $15 at the Trading Post.

For further information please contact Vicki vturay@hotmail.com.

posted January 2015

Mayne Island Reading Challenge: Jan 1 to Jun 21

As part of the Truth and Healing/Reconciliation process, the Mayne Island Library and the bookstore are challenging the community to read Thomas King’s “The Inconvenient Indian” between January 1st and June 21st (National Aboriginal Day). During that time we hope to have at least 100 Mayne Islanders read and respond to the book.

For more information and to find out how to be part of the Reading Challenge, check the December and January Library Notes column in the Mayneliner or stop in at the Library (411 Naylor Road) or at Miners Bay Books (at Fernhill Centre).

Join Us. Be part of the process! For any additional information please contact: Judi Walker judilu@live.ca.

Update January 4, 2015: CBC Radio 1, province-wide show North By Northwest featured an interview with Mayne Island's John Aitken today. John speaks about how the 2015 Reading Challenge came about and speaks about Thomas King's book, The Inconvenient Indian and why he thinks Mayne Islanders and others should take up the challenge and read the book.

Listen to the interview below:

Check this out on Chirbit

posted December 2014

Free Emergency Volunteer Training: Jan 7 & 28

Mark your calendars for Wed Jan 7 and Wed Jan 28, 2015. We will be holding afternoon training sessions for "Reception Centre" Operation and "Registration & Referral" forms respectively. 1 to 4 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. There is no charge for these courses. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please register for one or both courses now. We need to plan for enough material (and chairs). Please email miepc@shaw.ca or call 1 (250) 508-3002. Many have had some training, however, the more people that are trained in multiple areas the better; and those who have taken these courses are welcome to take a "refresher”.

In a small community such as Mayne Island, volunteers may be asked to do any number of different tasks depending on the incident, from a single house fire to a severe winter storm and long power outage.

All members of Mayne Island's Emergency Program are Volunteers who serve on various teams: Team leaders are Mayne Island Coordinator and Deputy: Gerrie Wise, Irene Barrett, Duty Officers: Harold K, Vicki T, David R, Irene & Nigel B, Communications: Herbie & Bernard R, John C, Harry L, Neighbourhood coordinator: Evan M, Food Services: Pat G, Emergency Social Services: Maureen P, Brian C, Glenda G, Janet G. Specific roles that need to be filled are ESS Director, Reception Centre Manager and more Duty Officers. If you have any questions or require more information about your Emergency program, please contact:

Gerrie Wise,
Mayne Island Emergency Program Co-ordinator
cell: 1 (250) 508-3002 Tel: (250) 539-5148

posted January 2015

Monitoring Climate Change in the North: Sat Jan 10

David Barrett, PhD student, Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre, University of Victoria, will present “Monitoring Climate change in the North”. Jan 10th 2015, 7 pm at the Ag Hall, Mayne Island.

David will discuss the methods used to monitor a remote, harsh environment and the implications for climate change.

For further information please contact Irene Barrett barrett@shaw.ca.

posted January 2015

Come Join Monday Morning Tai Chi: Starts Mon Jan 5

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?
Come join us for Tai Chi.

On Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:15 - 10:15 am, Experienced Beginners 10:30 – 11:30 am, New Beginners 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.

$25 for the Winter Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee, plus a 2015 MICCS membership. Winter Session begins Monday, January 5th.

For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or dell29.m@shaw.ca.

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted.

Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted January 2015

Christmas Lights at the Japanese Gardens: Fri Dec 19

Bring family and friends to see the annual, magical display of lights at the Japanese Gardens, Dinner Bay.

We are open: every night from 5 - 7 pm from Dec 19th, up to and including, Jan 1st. Closed Christmas Eve.

Sneak preview after the Santa Ship, on Saturday, Dec 13th from 5 - 7 pm.

Volunteers have worked hard to adorn the gardens with thousands of lights and ornaments to make this a special experience. Come join us for hot cider, cookies, and holiday ambiance. Donations appreciated.

For further information please contact Ingrid (250) 539-5024

posted December 2014

Last Chance Christmas Market: Sun Dec 14

Merry Crafters — Last Chance Christmas Sale at the Ag Hall from 10 am - 2 pm this Sunday.

Mayne Island produced and hand-crafted.

For further information please contact Cecila chrisncelia@shaw.ca

posted December 2014

Island Health Eliminates On Call Nursing on Mayne Island

Island Health has eliminated on call weekend nursing coverage on Mayne Island.

 Island Health has announced that a realignment of nursing services to increase home and community care support means that there will no longer be a first call relief nurse on Mayne Island during weekends. This announcement is being published in its entirety in the next issues of Driftwood and Island Tides and is posted on the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) web site and the Mayne Island Info Facebook page.

We have been advocating for increased home and community care nursing coverage on Mayne and welcome this part of Island Health's announcement.
We were not, however, expecting this increase to come at the expense of our on call nursing services. That possibility was never discussed with either Mayne's medical team or the MIHCA board. In fact, we have been lobbying for and awaiting a permanent replacement since our on call nurse retired in the spring of 2014.

We were taken completely by surprise when Island Health gave us two weeks' notice that our on call nursing position would be eliminated effective November 21st, 2014. Galiano residents have also lost their on call nurse under the same circumstances.

What does this mean?
 With the exception of one weekend in four - when Dr. Losier will be available on island - all on call coverage will be by provided by phone. Barb Edwards, Mayne Island’s Unit Chief for BC Ambulance Services, notes, “This reduction in on call coverage will greatly increase the number of medical emergencies that need to be sent off island by either water taxi or helicopter, at significant cost to the health care system.”

What happens now?
 While we are very disappointed with this decision and the process by which it was reached, we will continue to work with Island Health, our medical team and our counterparts on Galiano to look for creative ways to fill the gap created by the elimination of this position. We will also make every effort to have a strong voice in any future decisions that affect health care delivery on Mayne. —Your MIHCA Board

Comments or questions? Island Health ceoexecutiveassistant@viha.ca. Ministry of Health hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca.

Phone or write to Island Health:
Island Health 
1952 Bay Street

Victoria, British Columbia 
V8R 1J8 Toll-free phone number: 1-877-370-8699.

You can also contact our local MLA Gary Holman in person or by mail:

Saanich North and the Islands Community Office

2393 Beacon Ave.
Sidney BC, V8L 1W9

Telephone: (250) 655-5711. Toll-Free: 1-855-955-5711. Fax: (250) 655-7398. Email: gary.holman.mla@leg.bc.ca.

MIHCA would like to hear from you too! If you have contacted or plan on contacting any of the above, please send us a copy to info@mayneislandhealth.ca or drop a copy off at the Health Centre, Attention MIHCA.

A message from Dr. Losier regarding the elimination of our on call weekend nursing coverage.

It is very unfortunate that after 15 years of dedicated nurses serving our community, we have lost our on call weekend nursing coverage as of November 21st.

I strongly disagree with this decision to eliminate our on call nursing position. As the practicing physician on Mayne since 2001, I have spent over 2000 nights on call — something I could not have done without the support of a nurse.

I am also deeply concerned that Island Health Rural Health managers made this decision without any prior consultation with or input from our medical team.

The elimination of this position is being offset by increased home care nursing, but I believe the on call position could have been combined with more home care nursing hours.

At a meeting after we were informed of elimination of the on call position, I provided the Rural Health Managers with what I felt were strong and valid arguments to incorporate the on call role into the new home support nursing position, but Island Health was firm in its decision.

While I am extremely disappointed in this turn of events, I remain committed to our community and my patients.

With care and respect,
Juliana Losier, MD CCFP.

For further information about the contents of this announcement please contact MIHCA Board member Lindsay Allan lindsayallan100@gmail.com.

posted November 2014