On April 16, we lost our beloved Paul. He passed away at Powell River General Hospital surrounded by family. Paul was born in Dawson Creek on July 2, 1964, but was a Powell River resident from July 1968 ever after. He was predeceased by his dad Michael (2002) and is survived by his mother Shirley, siblings Lesley (Greg), Ian (Sheryl), Neil, Patrick (Rita) and Robert, and his nephews and niece David, Blair, Daniel, Matt, Nolan and Cara. Paul loved his nephews and niece dearly and they always looked forward to receiving his unique Christmas and birthday gifts. Until the last few years, Paul was a great walker and was seen and well-known around town. He also loved his drives around Powell River with his dad, and in more recent years with his mom and/or siblings. With his passing, the Eagles have lost their greatest fan, and shares in Coca-Cola will dip quite a bit. Paul looked forward to his daily Coke and newspaper. He also liked the occasional Labatt’s Blue. Paul loved rock and roll music and had a vast record collection. He also loved America and often expressed his wish to live in California. He had some great trips to New York City, California and to Aunt Dolly and Uncle Bill’s acreage outside Toronto where he spent many hours “teaching the shickens to crow.” Paul suffered many illnesses and setbacks throughout his life. He endured them with a stoic courage. He spent most of his adult life in community care with Inclusion Powell River (formerly PRACL). Paul’s family is forever grateful for the love and care he received from his caregivers, past and present. A big thank-you as well to doctors Dohm, Burns and Murphy for their care of Paul over the years, and to staff at Powell River, Lions Gate, Vancouver General and St. Paul’s hospitals, where he spent far too much time. To those of you who gave Paul a kind word or gesture over the years, we thank you. A gathering in remembrance of Paul will take place between 1:30-4:30 pm on Friday, May 5, at Jean Pike Centre, 7055 Alberni St, Powell River. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Inclusion Powell River.
That’s how many pounds of clothing you helped keep out of the landfill this past year by donating to our Clothes Drop bins.
Thank you for supporting the work of our movement and helping the earth!
We would like to take this moment to aknowledge our Michelle Riddle, Early Intervention & School Age Occupational Therapist, for her recent professional accomplishments.
Michelle introduced a community based education program called “Food For Thought” several years ago and has been invited to speak about her program within our community and in other communities. This year she is presenting a poster presentation entitled “Food for Thought: Epigenetics and Childhood Epidemics”. She is presenting this at the OT/PT/SLP Provincial Pediatric Update Symposium in Vancouver. Michelle has also been invited to be a speaker at the upcoming ECEBC conference this month. She is presenting a 2 hour lecture on changing health habits to address the increase in childhood problems like ADHD and anxiety. The presentation explores “how nature and nurture (genetic and epigenetics) can work together to turn on factors that change the trajectory of young lives”.
On a final note, Michelle has been working hard at organizing a conference happening in September at UBC entitled:
Resilience 2017: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive in the 21st Century:
This conference features presentations by several neurologists and specializing physicians including Dr. Derrick MacFabe, Physician/Neuromicrobiologist who is featured in David Suzuki’s film ‘The Autism Enigma’ and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Physician, Neurosurgeon, Neurologist and Nutritionist who has authored “Gut and Psychology Syndrome’ and ‘Put Your Heart in Your Mouth’.
We just wanted to let everyone know the amazing work being done by Michelle and the exciting ways she is contributing to the increasing the awareness of healthier lifestyle choices and just how much of a difference they can make in addressing the ever increasing beahvioural symptoms we are seeing amoung our children today.
Amazing work Michelle!
Did you know you can vote early?
-From now until 4:00 pm on May 9th you can vote at the District Electroral Office located at F-4493 Marine Ave. The office hours are:
April 11-28, May 1-2 and May 8
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 29-30 and May 3-6
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-There is also advance voting at 55-7100 Alberni, that’s at The Town Centre Mall.
Advance voting dates:
Sat-Sun, Apr 29-30 Fri-Sat May 5-6.
All Advance voting times are: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-For more information please call The Electoral District office at (604)485-0678 or go to the Elections BC website. http://elections.bc.ca
Please watch the 2nd annual Film Festival Trailer Here
Check out the September calendar below for upcoming events in the Fall. We are working on some exciting things and will let you know once it is all planned. Last Hot Dog Day is Tuesday 13th September at noon. Soup Days will start up on 4th October and run every second week. We hope that you can take the time to come out and enjoy!
In June, upcoming changes were announced to the Bus Pass Program for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD). These changes begin on September 1st 2016. The community update below includes a chart which explains the new PWD rate system and more information about the changes.
There are three ways to contact the Ministry about the Bus Pass:
By Phone: Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm 1-866-866-0800
By Email: SDSIBUSPA@gov.bc.ca (allow up to 5 business days for a response)
Online via My Self Serve: www.myselfserve.gov.bc.ca (once registered)
Kathaumixw choir will be rehearsing in the ARC July 5th 2-4, 6th and 8th 3:30-5:00. Come check it out !!!!