Long term planning for rural health needs


Briefing Notes

Local Government: Regional District of Central KootenayMinistry: Health, Honourable Adrian Dix
Meeting ID: 60


Long term planning for rural health needs requires more support and communication between health authorities and hospital district boards. Services are moving to larger centres and access to services is becoming more and more difficult for residents.

The current transportation criterion is not adequate for rural health needs. Drive times are much longer through mountain passes and in the winter and do not align with the “as the crow flies” measurement used by health authorities for the minimum distance to acute health centres. With bus service in the province all but disappearing, those who cannot drive and do not have support people to assist them do not have the ability to get to appointments or surgeries. Further, if transported in an ambulance they then become stuck at the hospital with no transportation home.

This makes access to health care significantly inhibited for many people in the RDCK and without change or new ideas, will continue to worsen.


The RDCK Board respectfully requests that the Ministry change the minimum distance to health care centres and rural centres be based on driving distance rather than an ‘as the crow flies’ measurement.

The RDCK Board respectfully requests that the Ministry request that Interior Health engage the Hospital Districts in its service area improve service delivery in rural areas through long term planning and communication to meet the needs of their rural communities.


Stuart Horn

Chief Administrative Officer


Little ones with cold or flu and the Family Centres

Hi everyone,

After hearing from several families about a summer cold/flu making its way through our community we want to remind everyone of our guidelines around when to avoid coming to the Family Centres.

Please stay home if you or your child have any of the following symptoms (guidelines based on recommendations from Interior Health Authority):
* coughing
* sneezing
* fever – please stay home for 24 hours after the fever is gone
* vomiting or diarrhea – please stay home for 24 hours after the last episode
* sore throat
* redness, swelling or discharge of of eyes, ears or skin

If a member of your family has any of these symptoms that are related to another health issue that is not contagious, we invite you to speak with a staff member to let us know.

We appreciate your support in helping to minimize the spread of illnesses to others.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 250-353-7691.

Thank you,

Sarah Evans

Strong Start Parent and Child Time

Hi everyone,

Strong Start Parent and Child Time will begin again in Kaslo on Monday, September 17th, and in Meadow Creek on Tuesday, September 18th.

The schedule this year will be as follows:

Monday 8:45 – 11:45 am
Tuesday 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday 8:45 – 11:45 am

Meadow Creek-
Tuesday 8:45 – 11:45 am
Thursday 8:45 – 11:45 am

***Please note for the evening Strong Start dinner program families who attend must have at least one child who is 5 years old or younger.

In Kaslo on Wednesday, September 19^Th., Liam Fitzpatrick from the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society will be joining us at Strong Start.  Beginning at 10:45 Liam will be with us to share cultural teachings and traditional drumming on the Grandmother Drum. We hope you can join us.

Some additional information for Kaslo is that our gym time has changed again this year to fit in among the other scheduling needs the school has. Our daily schedule in Kaslo for the year will be:
8:45 – 9:10 – Welcome and free play
9:10 – 9:25 – Circle time
9:25- 9:45 – Snack
9:45 – 10:45 – Gym time (families will also be invited to use the school library during this time)
10:45-11:30 – Activity/storytelling/free play
11:30 – Clean up and goodbye

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sarah Evans

The Langham Super September

A Super September of events coming to The Langham!Fall is in the air, bringing passionate Celtic-Folk music, a mind-bending science presentation on Gravity Waves, a beautiful Chamber-Folk harp concert, and the return of our Guest Artist Series for the 2018-2019 season!

** Get ready for the return of the fan-favorite Celtic-Folk duo The New Customs. Hailing from that hot-bed of musical creativity Winnipeg, the Customs are the compelling blend of guitarist Emma Cloney’s haunting voice with the eclectic riffing of multi-instrumentalist Dale Brown – fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, cigar box guitar, and harmony vocals.


** Gravity Waves coming to the Langham Theatre!

Café Langham presents a mind-bending multi-media presentation by amateur astronomer Sandy Nichols exploring the nature and significance of gravity waves, what causes them, and why they are important to the future of astronomy.

This presentation will focus on the events of Aug 18 2017. On that date a gravity wave was detected, triggering a worldwide detective effort to locate its origin.

The talk will provide background information needed to better understand this finding that confirms theories first proposed by Albert Einstein in 1916.

** Independent Concert in the Langham Theatre

Diemm – Debut Album Launch! Kaslo’s own Dawna McLennan plays from her new album – transformative Chamber Folk music, gorgeous vocals, & spoken word that borders on the shamanic.
Prepare to be inspired!

www.diemm.ca (http://www.diem.ca)

In Honour of Kaslo’s 125^th Anniversary
The Langham Theatre kicks-off its Guest Artist 2018-2019 series with a Special Langham Production

A Beginner’s Guide to Kaslovia Written and Performed by Lucas Myers

A comedy celebrating the unique story and character of Kaslo

Come find out as Lucas Myers presents a tongue-in-cheek lecture for new and old alike: A Beginner’s Guide to Kaslovia. Witness Myers transform into various inhabitants of Kalso’s diverse populace who all manage to speak their truth, whether it’s through sock puppets, songs or absurd TEDTalk-like presentations.

Copyright © 2017 Langham Cultural Society, All rights reserved.

Our Contact Info is:
Langham Cultural Society
PO Box 1000, Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
Phone:  250 – 353 – 2661
Email:  ** langham@netidea.com (mailto:langham@netidea.com)

Website:  www.thelangham.ca

Jewett School Staff Newsletter

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Welcome to week 2 of the 2018/19 school year.

We had a great week last week that ended in an awesome Macro-invertebrate study at Argenta Slough with Jane Gao.

We will continue our Take Me Outside Days with Jane for the next few Fridays.

Library Day has changed to Tuesdays and Sharing is now on Mondays.

We will be publishing the newsletter every second month this year. We started using Back and Forth books last week so please remember to check backpacks daily. We will be sending out our monthly fridge calendar at the end of this week for events and reminders for September and October.

Please send non-marking shoes for gym. Please make sure they do not mark before you buy them-black are the hardest to get out but other colors leave a mark too and is more work for the custodian.

Our week:

Monday, September 10-Sharing Day
Tuesday, September 11-Library
Wednesday, September 12-Hot Lunch
Thursday, September 13-Strong Start begins next week
Friday, September 14-Take Me Outside-Light Box with Jane on the school grounds.

Parent ideas for Speaker Series

Hello parents! I hope you all had a wonderful summer! I’m back in the office and beginning to plan for a new year of parent education at our Kaslo and Meadow Creek Family Centres. I need your ideas to help plan for the upcoming Speaker Series for Parents. Each year, we gather parents’ ideas and wishes for topics and speakers for this series. Typically, the workshops are 2 hours each. Childcare, snacks and good coffee are provided 😉 Gas cards are available for families living on low income to help you get here. It’s a great way to take some time for yourself. While your children are having fun in good hands, you can sit and enjoy listening and sharing ideas with a supportive group of fellow parents.
What would interest you? What are the challenges in your family that could benefit from some new ideas, inspiration and insight?

Perhaps something relating to your child’s development?
Something about family health?
What about an aspect of emotional well-being (focusing on either parents or children)?
Maybe something more active and hands-on? (think parent-child yoga or an art exploration for parents or…)
What about early learning… any ideas how we might explore that as a group?

Send me a quick email with your thoughts and ideas.     barbcyr@nklcss.org

Send me multiple emails whenever you think of something!! When I have a good-sized list of ideas (hopefully within a week or two), I’ll share that list and you can let me know which you’d be most interested in attending.

Thanks for supporting our programs!