TUMBLER RIDGE HOSPICE/PALLIATIVE CARE SOCIETY

Our Annual General Meeting was held in Room #5, of the Community Centre, Tumbler Ridge on April 30, 2008.

The Business meeting began at 6:30 P.M. with ten persons attending. Two new members were welcomed ? Lenore Sprake, and Sandra Pilgrim. Four members were away and had previously called in their plans.

Reports were read by the Treasurer- Shirley Lausch and by Donna Mandeville with Respite coverage.

President Doug Foerster read his report concerning the 2007 accomplishments and things yet to be done. In particular, attention was directed at the ?new? initiative, the provision of Home Care Certified people to help the community residents to stay in their homes when many essential as well as domestic needs were required, and they were unable to provide 24-hour care with family/friends only. The funding thereof could be assisted by the Society with the help of Donations and Grants ? possibly such as the Grant-in-Aid offering made by the Town in certain cases. Part of this assist was tendered to the Town Council; however, their response was negative, which was a perplexing. Foerster explained that this initiative was developed by the Society, by practical examples in this community and others, and that a separate ?Trust? group would be the best way to continue and attend to the needs as they come.

This could set Tumbler Ridge as an example of community leadership within the Region.

Hospice Facilities #4, and #28 Chamberlain Place were reported ready for use. The Society has furnished, and operates the facility; however, the usage is for and by the community.

Funding was approved for four members to attend the ?Bold Steps: Dancing to the End? Conference in Surrey from May 22 to 25.

Sponsored by B.C. Hospice/Palliative Care the conference will include special workshops and guest speakers, who will cover the multi facets of life.

Northern Lights College will assist in whatever way they can to integrate the medically trained members (R.N., LPN. and others with training (but out of province) in their Certification Program of Home/Residential Care ? a B.C. recognized program. This is what the Society wants to fund, in order to have available to the community, trained and reliable individuals who can provide Certifiable help, quickly and within the means of all, yet with fair wages to the Care providers. A subsidy fund is growing.

The Officers and Directors duly resigned, and the meeting was adjourned for the election of new Officers and Directors.

Lisa Ruffell handled the position of Nomination Chair with practiced aplomb.

The following persons were re-elected: Doug Foerster as President, Florence Stirling as Vice President, and Shirley Lausch as Treasurer. Directors are: Mary Buist, Prudence Mueller, Donna Mandeville, Lisa Ruffell, Lenore Sprake, and Vicky Bye. Blaze Bressers has confirmed membership by telephone, and that she will act as Secretary for the coming year.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30, and our guest speaker introduced.

Guest speaker was Dr. Steve Ashwell M.D. ? Medical Coordinator of Northern Health. His speech was, in fact, a workshop, and was well received. Guest attendees were Sandy Armitage ? Senior Home Care Nurse for Northern Health, Dr. Charles Helm, Mary Frizzell, R.N. BN, and David Price .

The Topic: Palliative Care: When, What, Where? leads to ?When does Palliative Care start?? What are the dimensions of Palliative Care? What does a Palliative person want? And, what can we offer?

Some of the many facets of Volunteer home interests were covered, with the Life Histories Program at the initial stage of a major workshop presentation. Mr. Dan Curtis had given a workshop (courtesy of the Prince George Society some time ago, attended by five of our volunteers). This professional presentation (CBC and other private consults) will be a priority of our Society, and, it is hoped, to have the three communities; Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek bring him for another workshop ? possibly hosted by our Society here.

We are privileged that these persons are here, in our district and town.

We didn?t sing O Canada, but, if TR had a keynote tune, it would have been a good time to try it out. Many thanks to all involved, and, again, to all who have donated towards the Home Care Initiative.