CCB-Yukon division newsletter, The Observer, February 2022 edition

President’s Message

Hello, can you believe it, it’s snowing as I sit here contemplating life!  And here’s hoping by the time this gets to your inboxes, the snow has disappeared!  It’s Groundhog Day and from all reports, most of those furry little creatures predicted six more weeks of winter.  Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam, Quebec’s Fred la Marmotte, Manitoba Merv and BC’s marmot Van Isle Violet all predicted six more weeks of Winter; while Ontario’s Wiarton Willy and Groundhog Harvey both predicted an Early Spring.  I wonder what you would predict?  And I can’t help but be proud of our Canadian soccer team!

Okay, get ready, let’s giggle just a little, here are your jokes…  First, what did the girl cat say to the boy cat on Valentine’s Day?  Second, why did the Oreo go to the dentist?And third, what did the stamp say to the envelope on Valentine’s Day?  Please check the end of this newsletter for the answers.

There’s always lots to be thankful for and lots of people to thank. And so, cheers and thank you to our Division members who attended our Division Special Meeting and played a part in successfully passing the revised Bylaws and Constitution unanimously.  Let’s hope we can go ahead with our Triennial Conference in Comox/Courtenay at the end of April.  And furthermore, join us in welcoming Rose Pokeda from the Comox Valley Chapter (Courtenay) to the Division Board of Directors by appointment in December.

Make sure to connect with us at the Division’s White Cane Week (WCW) virtual events on Sunday February 6th at 1:00pm and Friday February 11th at 1:30pm – an email invitation has been sent out giving details, with reminders to follow.; please share with family, friends and colleagues.

In two previous editions of our newsletter, we included a scrambled word puzzle challenge for you to discover; and here it is again…  In this edition of the Observer, there are five (5) letters scattered throughout the newsletter in no particular order – each letter is capitalized and italicized in brackets like this (A); and to give you a head start, “A” is the first found letter, but note, not necessarily the first letter of the scrambled word.  Once you have found all 5 letters, you’ll need to unscramble them and send me your answer and I’ll make sure you get credit in the next Observer.

Remember your Division Board of Directors is here to help you; and do not hesitate to email or call me or any other Division Board Member for more information or clarification on any matters concerning the CCB BC-Yukon Division.  Ann McNabb, President

 

Membership Tidbits

– submitted by Pat Chicquen

Renewing Your Membership:

As you know, during these unprecedented times of covid some of our Chapters have not been meeting.  We encourage you to meet safely and when your Chapter members feel comfortable.  You may want to do a formal meeting at your regular meeting place following health mandates, go out for lunch at a restaurant with your members who are vaccinated, get together using the Division’s Zoom platform, connect by telephone or maybe you have another way of gathering?  Please let us know.

Most Chapters have sent in their individual $10 membership dues to CCB National and we urge you to make sure your CCB National dues are up to date.  You can pay your $10 CCB National membership dues online at:

https://ccbnational.net/shaggy/membership

You can pay either by PayPal or credit card.  If you have trouble accessing the online form, you can contact CCB National directly and either send an e-transfer or pay by cheque through the mail.  On the form, you’ll need to let them know which Chapter; and if you are not sure, use the Festival of Friends Chapter.  And if you need any assistance or have further questions, please contact us.

 

White Cane Week

– submitted by Bill Conway

“White Cane Week” (WCW) is the first full week of February (Sunday to Saturday) in Canada since 1946; and this year WCW is from February 6th to 12th.

The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) BC-Yukon Division is celebrating WCW by hosting 2 webinars.  Firstly, Sunday February 6th at 1:00pm PST, host Albert Ruel will be speaking to CCB National Vice President Leo Bissonnette PHD about the CCB and advocacy.  And secondly, Friday February 11th at 1:30pm PST, host Amy Amantea will converse with Albert Ruel about his vision loss journey and Charles Mossop from the World Blind Union (WBU) will share his story and progression of mobility from local to international travel; and, Amy’s skit Dressing for A Snowy Day will be shared.

Please plan to join us!  For the ZOOM link to WCW 2022 email ccbbc-yukondivision@telus.net and it will be sent directly to your inbox; or you may have already received a link and a reminder will be coming your way.

 

What About February?

– submitted by  Rose Pokeda

Sending a Thank you to President Ann McNabb and the Division Executive Committee for my recent appointment to the CCB BC-Yukon Division Board as a Director.(T)

February is a jam-packed month with it being Heart Month, celebration of Valentine’s Day and more importantly White Cane Week being celebrated across Canada the first week in February. Historically during this week there are many social and educational events planned; however with Covid many of these are not possible . Even though we can’t spread the word about the importance of good eye health as a group we can do our part individually. Each of us can speak to a friend, relative or community member about the importance of having an eye exam by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.  A look at your internal eye health can uncover early signs of eye disease and underlying health issues such as high blood pressure ,diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Aging brings with it some natural changes in our vision. Adult’s age 65 or older are at a higher risk for a number of eye conditions and diseases that can threaten sight such as –Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy – the leading causes of blindness in Canada. Today an estimated 1.5 million Canadians identify themselves as having a sight loss. An estimated 5.59 million more have an eye disease that could cause sight loss.  [ Source: The Cost of Vision Loss Report ]

75% of vision impairment is preventable if detected and treated early enough. [Source  : CNIB ]

On February 14 encourage family, friends and community members to “LOVE  THEIR  EYES “.  Happy Valentine’s Day  everyone.

 

Division Call Ins: Calling All Members

– submitted by Iris Thompson

The CCB has had many great guest speakers over the past two years.  We hosted our second zoom Christmas event.  This year we focused more on a winter theme.  We  had 34 members join us for our Winter Wing Ding.  A lot of fun was had by the members and the committee that organized the event.  Lots of laughs were had by the members.  Again many door prizes were given out.  It was great to have many members all over the province join us and another from Ontario.  A plus for holding the event over zoom.

At the last Division Call In Bill Conway gave us an overview on what will be going on during White Cane Week this year.  A member shared information about a computer she received from the Neil Squire  Society.  This member was in need of a new computer since her old one  broke down and the Neil Squire Society will help   individuals with getting a refurbished  computer.  A computer can be very costly so it’s great that organizations  like Neil Squire are there  to help.  And Iris Thompson shared her experience working at the Dark Table.  The Dark Table is a restaurant in Vancouver where customers experience an evening where they use their other senses other than vision for their dining  experience .  The restaurant is completely dark.  Visually impaired  servers will guide customers to their table.  The servers will serve the customers their food and beverages.  The restrooms have light, but the servers will guide the customers to the restroom.  The Dark Table is a busy and lively restaurant.  The servers just have to remember to pick up the customers from the restrooms and take them back to their  right table.  For me this has been an eye-opening experience. It certainly tests your memory.

Looking forward to meeting up with members through our Division Call Ins this year.

 

Division Call In Update

The Division’s Upcoming Call In schedule:

*Thursday February 17th at 10:00am, Guest speaker Rob Sleath from Access for Sight Impaired Consumers (ASIC)

*Thursday March 1 at 10:00am, an open session giving you the opportunity to share and discuss your ideas, thoughts and whatever’s on your mind

*Thursday March 17th at 10:00am, guest speaker to be announced

If you are interested and would like to join us, but have trouble with phoning in because of punching in numbers, please let us do the dialing for you and all you need do is answer your phone.  Please email ccbbc-yukondivision@telus.net or call 604-795-3885 and we will make it happen.

 

2022 Triennial CCB BC-Yukon Division Conference

– submitted by Pat Chicquen

As many of you may know, the Division is planning our conference for April 2022 at the Westerly Hotel in Courtenay.  The schedule is tentatively as follows:

* Monday April 25th – travel day for delegates, evening Meet ‘N Greet

* Tuesday April 26th – Opening Ceremonies, morning workshop/guest speaker, afternoon & evening community visit

* Wednesday April 27th – morning workshop/guest speaker, afternoon public Open House

* Thursday April 28th – AGM, elections, evening Banquet

* Friday April 29th – travel day

FYI, the Westerly Hotel current covid restrictions and policies dictate the following:

* All meeting attendees will need to show valid vaccination passport and matching id to gain entrance to meeting rooms.

* Masks must be worn to enter the hotel and move around the public areas.,.

* Masks must be worn anytime someone is not sitting at their assigned table, i.e. to use the washroom, go through the buffet line or entering or exiting the meeting room.

* The current max capacity is 48 in the ballroom and the style of setups are limited due to social distancing requirements.

The situation could change rapidly but this is where they stood as of January 31st.

 

Book of Honour

– submitted by Bill Conway

The Book of Honour Awards will be presented at the 2022 CCB BC-Yukon Division Conference in Courtenay/Comox at the end of April 2022.  These awards are given to a Blind/Partially Sighted Member, Sighted Member, and Posthumous Member; and give CCB BC-Yukon Division members an opportunity to recognize CCB members’ contributions to the organization.  The criteria and nomination forms for these awards have been emailed to Division members and can be re-sent upon request.  Remember to send in your Book of Honor nomination forms by April 1, 2022 to the Book of Honour committee at ccbbc-yukondivision@telus.net

 

CCB Alberni Valley Chapter

– submitted by Jean Kanngiesser

With a big thank you for the Division Social Subsidy, we enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch in early December. Mayor Sharie Minions was unable to attend our December meeting however Councilor Ron Paulson stepped in at the last moment to provide an update of the many economic and social happenings in Port Alberni. Did everyone notice that Port Alberni had one of the province’s highest year-over-year residential property assessment increases in 2022? Yes, a whopping 47% – an indication of our very strong housing market fueled by people recognizing that our City is a great place to reside.

We have asked the City to proclaim the week of February 6 to 12 as White Cane Week and plan an article for our local weekly newspaper. We will place posters in prominent places around town.

Due to the heavy snow fall in early January, we cancelled our January 5th scheduled meeting. With the current COVID protocols in place, we have decided to cancel our February meeting as well – better safe than sorry! Our next meeting is planned for March 2nd.

 

CCB Prince George Blind Curling Chapter

– submitted by Terry Pipkey

Hi Everyone, the Prince George Blind Curling Chapter is busy curling in our Seniors Curling League once each week.  We’ve managed to win one game so far this season versus an all-sighted team.  Wow … that losing team has had to suffer much anguish because of all the teasing they are getting for losing to a visually impaired – blind curling team.  All that I usually say is “Success is sweet”.

On another note, we are quickly seeking any info on a former CCB BC-Yukon member named Stan Bradshaw.  Our chapter intends to submit his name to be placed in the CCB Book of Honour, posthumously.  Our reason for this effort is to recognize Stan’s outstanding work in keeping the BC-Yukon Division partially financed into perpetuity …!!

For the information of all CCB members who have never heard of Stan’s contribution, negotiating a BCLC deal between the CNIB and CCB-Yukon Division in which a massive sum of money was transferred to the Vancouver Community Foundation.  The crux of the deal basically allocated a specific amount of funding which would remain with the Vancouver Foundation forever as a “Principal” amount, but the interest earned each year would be credited to the BC-Yukon Division of the CCB to do with whatever we see fit.  I would say that Stan’s contribution amongst others, does deserve our recognition and gratitude, wouldn’t you agree – on behalf of All us BC-Yukon members and All the Future Members whom will join us.

 

CCB Provincial Book Club

Members of the Division Book Club are individuals with varied interests and tastes, but the one thing we do have in common is that we like to READ.  Reading takes us places we’ve never been before, sometimes to places out of this world. maybe even to places we have already visited or to any place we want to go.  If you would like to join us on our adventures (or at least they’re adventures in our minds) please join us on the fourth Friday monthly at 9:00am using Zoom, where you can join in on our sometimes lively discussions.(H)

In January our book was The Four winds by Christian Hannah; in February it is The Nymph and the Lamp by Thomas H Raddall; and in March it’s Something in the Water by Mathew Stedman.

If you are interested in going places with us, please call Kathy Sanness at 778 484 2298 or 250 395 0395 or email ksanness@telus.net to get connected.

 

Ruth’s Corner

What is Indigo?

– submitted by Ruth Bieber

When I was a child, and before I lost my sight at age 6 years, the colour indigo wasn’t a thing; not even a part of my vocabulary.  As my sight continued to wane from ten% legal blindness to the current light perception only, I was always able to visualize colours in my mind’s eye, at least the colours I knew as a child before I lost my sight.  But then, along came indigo, and for the life of me I cannot visualize that colour.  Well, turns out I might not be alone.

The ’What is Indigo’ painting in the ‘Beyond the Horizon’ exhibition challenges the viewer with respect to this apparently illusive colour; sighted or blind.  According to Google as well as artist Win Dinn, indigo is two parts cobalt blue, and one part red.  Thus, I dawned my painting glove and mixed these two colours right on the canvas.  Once complete I was told by artist Marnie Temple, that what was there was certainly not indigo.  Undaunted I sent a friend (it takes a community to raise a blind single woman) to the paint store and asked for a can of indigo paint, and covered the same canvas with said paint.  An all together different friend I was staying with for a few weeks during my transition from Creston to Vancouver Island, promptly informed me the color on the canvas, or in the can for that matter, was not indigo.  So, I again asked her to mix more colour; she added some more red, and once again I covered the same canvas with her idea of indigo.  A third sighted friend came to visit, and you guessed it; still not indigo!  This process continued Until I returned to Creston for the art exhibition opening, and so far, as I can assess, it still isn’t indigo, at least not from the perspective of the viewers thus far.

As a blind artist, or person for that matter, who often relies on feedback from various sighted people, who do not always agree on what they are seeing, life can sometimes be very tricky.  ‘What is Indigo?’

See here now a link to the described version of the otherwise 17-minute documentary of the ‘Beyond the Horizon’ collaborative art project, which I have just completed.  Such an interesting 2-year art project, complete with pandemic!  Many thanks to VocalEye for their description services, to the NYC Guggenheim Art Museum for the honorarium, which went toward this project, and finally to the CCB BCY for contribution toward the purchase of art supplies.

With description, go to: Do You See What I See

Happy viewing, and watch for a full feature article coming in the Sageing online journal, March issue!  Happy new year!

 

Ruff ruff Corner

– submitted by Bill Conway

During the latter part of January, I became severely ill and called for an ambulance based upon advice from a health professional and my doctor’s office. Realize this was a truly rare experience for me.  When the paramedics arrived, I first and foremost informed them that I was totally blind and unable to see anything.  The paramedics talked very slow to me, and I felt that they were hesitant to examine me. They eventually started testing and taking steps to record medical information. They also kept on asking me what can I see and if any of my body fluids were discolored.  My property manager, who was also in attendance, stated he informed you he was blind and cannot see.  After answering all of their questions, we decided that going to the hospital was not the right thing to do.  They did fully explain to me what was going on with my body and suggested that I see my doctor as soon as possible. What really upset me the most was, before they left, documents had to be signed because they did not take me to the hospital.  They both turned to the property manager for him to sign for me, they didn’t think twice about asking him.  I spoke up and informed them that I was capable of signing any documents. Yes, I insisted, on them to read me the form before I signed anything.  I do believe that what I signed was somewhat questionable to me. I am fortunate that my doctor’s office is just 1 block away, and my doctor did a home visit the next morning and started to put me on the amends. I did inform him of my experience, his answer, they probably don’t deal with too many visually impaired patients. The document I signed was a liability disclaimer for the paramedics.   Remember and where possible, speak up if you feel discriminated and educate at the same time.

 

Access for Sight Impaired Consumers (ASIC)

https://asicbc.ca/

Although we are not aware of any formal processes at this time, it would be a logical step for those who are interested in serving on their city’s Accessibility Committee to make an inquiry to their City Clerk’s office; and they may provide the information or procedure necessary for appointment to such a committee.

New role for local governments proposed under Accessible BC Act: publishing Date January 5, 2022

https://www.ubcm.ca/about-ubcm/latest-news/new-role-local-governments-proposed-under-accessible-bc-act

– from the UBCM’s weekly update

The provincial government has advised that it plans to move forward with a regulation under the Accessible B.C. Act in September 2022 that would identify local governments as a prescribed organization under Part 3 of that Act. Local governments will be required to establish an accessibility committee, have an accessibility plan and have a mechanism for providing feedback on accessibility.

The Accessible B.C. Act was passed in June 2021, and aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities in B.C. by enabling the development of accessibility standards and introducing new accessibility requirements for government and prescribed organizations.

More information about the requirements of prescribed organizations in the new Act is available on the Ministry website. Please contact Ministry staff for questions about the proposed regulation.

 

Canada Post Makes Mail and Parcel Delivery More Accessible to All Customers – News release November 26, 2021

Delivery accommodation program offers solutions for people with functional limitations and health conditions.

OTTAWA – As temperatures drop and weather conditions make retrieving items from mailboxes more difficult for some customers, Canada Post wants to ensure everyone continues to have safe and timely access to their mail and parcels. (R)

The Delivery Accommodation Program offers support to residential customers whose functional limitations, limited mobility or other health conditions impact their ability to retrieve mail and parcels from their mailbox.  Accommodation solutions vary and can be provided year-round, temporarily or during winter only.

Accessible solutions

Some solutions make it easier for customers to use their mailbox, such as a key turner, sliding mail tray, mailbox compartment change and/or braille markings.  Other solutions help improve customers’ access their mail and parcels by assigning them a community mailbox closer to their home, setting up weekly home delivery, redirecting mail to a family member or post office, or a customized solution.  As each customer’s situation is unique, accommodation requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis.  More than 24,500 Canadians have enrolled in the program since it was launched in 2014 and feedback has been positive.

To learn more about Canada Post’s Delivery Accommodation Program and other accessibility initiatives or to submit a request, visit

https://www.canadapost.ca/accessibilityor call 1-844-454-3009

 

BC Blind Sports

https://bcblindsports.bc.ca

– from Insight Newsletter –January 2022

https://bcblindsports.bc.ca/2022/01/28/insight-newsletter-january-2022/

Ice Hockey. The Eclipse Blind Hockey Team continue to practice at the North Surrey Sports and Ice Center 10950 – 126-A Street, Surrey, near the Scott Road Sky-Train station. Our ice time is every Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm. We also continue to practice every other Friday, the next session is Friday Jan 28st at 11:45am at Moody Park Arena in New Westminster.  As we are able to keep our programs running with all Provincial Health orders in place, please contact the office to ensure you have the up to date information if you are unsure.

Hockey and Learn to Skate day – February 21st at Moody Park Arena, New Westminster there is a free skate from 11am to 12pm and you are welcome to stay and watch the Eclipse Blind Hockey team play an exhibition game from 12pm to 1pm. Members of the Eclipse hockey team have arranged this opportunity for those who want to come out and try skating or hockey, all levels welcome, skates and helmets are available, and there is no cost for this program.  Please contact Mike at the office if you would like to join the fun or need any further information.

Tennis. Please note the schedule for tennis is now every Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the same location Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. Please be aware that everyone participating in Blind Tennis will have to present your vaccine card and ID every single time you come to play.   This is the City of Coquitlam’s policy for every adult program.  For more information, please contact Susan or Mike at the BC Blind Sports office.

Active Living Network for Adults. We had our first meeting of 2022, with new members joining us.  We did some brainstorming talking about new potential presenters, new topics of interest for future, and a possible group get together.  We had discussions on accessibility of various fitness trackers and phone apps.  For our virtual walking venture, our accumulated kilometres are going to go toward hiking in Brazil, including the Amazon River and other well-known hiking sites, with some stops along the way to enjoy some good food and beverages.We hope you will come join us from your own home on zoom or by phone. The only requirement is to be or become a member of BC Blind Sports. So please spread the word and join the conversation at our next get together on February 12 at 1:00pm.  Just email Susan. susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca or call the office at 604-325-8638.Here’s, to a healthy and happy 2022, Marilyn Rushton, Facilitator

Online Zoom Programs -Updated Schedule. Please see the full schedule of all our online classes below:

* Chair Yoga with Candice–Sundays 6pm & Thursdays 12pm noon

* Dragon Boat Fitness with Cindy –Mondays 7pm & Tuesdays 7pm

* Fitness with Brian -Wednesdays 2pm & Thursdays 7pm

In Person Fitness Classes. We have the go ahead to reopen in person fitness classes with restrictions. Our Nanaimo class has started up again, with new protocols in place.  We continue to work on opening a new in person class in Kelowna. If you are interested, in either the Nanaimo class or Kelowna class, please contact the office and Susan will give you all the information you will need to join.  There is no cost other than your membership to BC Blind Sports.

 

CNIB’s Clearing Our Path – 2022 Virtual Summit

https://www.clearingourpath.ca

In 1999, CNIB developed the first edition of Clearing Our Path to help create accessible environments for people who are blind or partially sighted. Based on national and international standards, the document provides accessibility guidelines for public spaces.

With updates in 2009 and 2016, Clearing Our Path has become a valuable resource, but a lot has changed. CNIB, with funding from Accessibility Standards Canada, has embarked on a project to update the guidelines, and we’d love your help.

Please join us for the Clearing Our Path – 2022 Virtual Summit on February 7-8. CNIB is hosting a virtual summit where we’ll ask for your feedback to update Clearing Our Path. This two-day event will be an opportunity for stakeholders to share their suggestions and strengthen guidelines to make public spaces more accessible for all.

Visit the summit portal to review the agenda and register for the virtual event.

If you have any questions, please email advocacy@cnib.ca

 

Neil Squire Society

https://www.neilsquire.ca

Working Together Employment Program

We continue to provide employment support to job seekers with disabilities. Our goal, now more than ever, is to provide participants with client-centered service focused on positivity and empowerment. We will help participants gain new skills and advance their employment goals, even in this difficult time.

We are here to support you with the employment services you need. What We Offer: • Career and personal development • Support to sharpen your resume • Distance learning technologies, including platforms for video conferencing • Resources for upgrading your digital skills • Virtual training • Job search support • Resources on how and where to look for remote work opportunities.

What We Offer: • Individualized and group-based learning environments • Career and personal development, wellness for work, and job search support • Ergonomic and/or assistive technology assessments and solutions • Potential wage subsidy • Continuous support from our career professionals

Qualifications Include: • You have a self-declared disability • You’re looking for employment and need some help along the way

Contact Us for Eligibility! Do You Have a Disability? Let Us Help You Get Job Ready and Land the Job You Want This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities We’re looking for people just like you to join our Working Together Program. We’ll help you develop the skills you need to achieve your employment goals. Our Program is unique, comprehensive, and most importantly, focused on you.

Contact Us: Phone: 604 473 9363 / 1 877 673 4636 or

Email: info@neilsquire.ca

 

News, Views & Tips From You

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)

http://www.blindcanadians.ca

– Relive the 60s and 70s through Trivia

The BC Affiliate of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians welcomes you to a special trivia event celebrating the 1960s and 1970s. All funds raised from this event will be used to support the AEBC’s national scholarship program. Our goal is to award an annual scholarship of $1000 to a post-secondary student from BC.

Sit in the comfort of your own space with the beverage of your choice and play four rounds of fun trivia with your friends. There will be a dress-up contest for participants who wish to dress in the style of the 1960s or 1970s with a prize awarded to the winner.

When:    Saturday, February 26, 2022

Time:     1:45pm Pacific Time (PST) – Zoom Room opens

2:00pm PST – Trivia starts

We will be giving away door prizes valued at $25 each after each trivia round, and at the end of the event there will be a draw for a $100 Amazon Electronic gift card.

Tickets are $20 each plus applicable fees. They are available for purchase at the following link:

AEBC 60s & 70s Trivia night Tickets Sat 26 Feb at 1:45pm|Eventbrite

Tickets will be on sale until 11:59pm PST Wednesday February 23.

Once you have purchased a ticket, you will be emailed information for the Trivia Zoom Room.Ticket holders will be randomly placed on teams. If you wish to make up a team of 6 to 8 participants, please contact Betty Nobel at singerbettyn@outlook.com with the names of your team members and your request will be accommodated if possible.If you prefer to connect via one tap mobile or a landline phone, please contact Betty Nobel at singerbettyn@outlook.com and the information will be given to you to connect that way.

Only ticket holders will be allowed into the Trivia Zoom room and will be eligible to play. Ticket holders are requested not to share the Zoom information with anyone else. Participants from the US or Yukon are welcome to purchase tickets.This event is being sponsored by the Vancouver Renfrew Lions Club. We would like to gratefully acknowledge their support. Betty Nobel, our trivia master, has some great questions to test your knowledge. Even if you don’t know the answers, it will be a lot of fun discussing the options with your team-mates. Don’t miss this entertaining and worthwhile event.

 

Educating a Medical Person in a Hospital

– submitted by Nelson Viveiros

I ran into a problem trying to deal with a situation with a medical person and tried educating them with no luck.  The matter was this past week when I was at Chilliwack hospital to have an echocardiogram.  The technician didn’t want to guide me to the room to have it done.  He was insisting on getting me a wheelchair to wheel me in there, but I didn’t need to I explained to him that I could walk there.  He insisted he didn’t know how to guide me.  He also, was trying to tell me he didn’t know what to do.  My sister and I even showed him how to guide a blind person by us doing so.  But he was so stubborn and rude to us.  He still wanted to get a wheelchair for me the second time.  I refused to have one and threatened to leave, then he finally compromised and guided me into the room.  Then when he finished the test on me, he threw me a towel to wipe off all the excess cream used on me to stick rubber pads connecting the wires sending the information to the machine that was checking my heart.  Usually they wipe it off me, but this time he was so rude and just through it at me like a ball.  That is our medical services in British Columbia for you.

 

Sleep

– submitted anonymously

Well it’s a new year and still sleep comes sparingly.  It’s amazing and maybe exhilarating or should it be exhausting how much sleep we can survive on.  Letting you know, I just asked google what a good anecdote for sleep was and google proceeded to tell me a shortened story of the three bears – a girl was in their house when they came home, she saw them and screamed and ran away and the bear family decided to get a security home monitoring system!  Now I’m ready for a good night’s sleep.(E)

 

Your Division Board of Directors Contact Information

Ann McNabb, President – 604-795-7230 –ann4council@telus.net

Pat Chicquen, 1st Vice President – 250-339-3904 – patchicquen@hotmail.com

Bill Conway, 2nd Vice President – 604-740-5896 – 5122wac@telus.net

Gerry Braak, 3rd Vice President – 604-485-5028 – gbraak777@gmail.com

Kelvin Adams, Director – 250-895-9835 – kelzar@hotmail.com

Darren Douma, Director – 250-428-1807 – thedoumas71@gmail.com

Brodie McKenzie, Director – 604-942-4255 – Brodster.m86@gmail.com

Rose Pokeda, Director – 250-334-8565 – rospok@telus.net

Vern Short, Director – 250-819-9152 – vshort59@shaw.ca

Iris Thompson, Director – 604-939-1258 – iris.thompson@shaw.ca

 

Answer to President Ann’s questions

First, you’re purrr-fect for me.

Second, because he lost his filling.

Third, I’m stuck on you!