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General News · 15th June 2010
CCHA Board of Directors
The Cortes Community Health Association is delighted to inform the community on recent beneficial changes at the Health Centre. We have been fortunate to have so many caring and talented people working towards a better Health Centre and would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their support. In particular we would like to thank Dr. Kirstie Overhill for her past dedication, care and commitment to the community. She has enhanced the foundation on which we grow. A Big Cortes hug for Kirstie.

We have welcomed our long term physician locum, Dr. Jacques Simenhoff to the Health Centre. You may have seen him riding his bike around the island. He brings many skills and is a cheerful addition to the centre. A Big Cortes hug for Jacques.

We have Anita Dotts, our Nurse Practitioner having just completed a major reorganization feat and restocking of supplies in our emergency room. We hope all you members of the Community will never find yourselves witnessing the wonderful job Anita has done in transforming the ER into a first class operation but if you do, you will be treated to excellent care in a top notch facility. She also provides the Community with expert lab work skills. A Big Cortes hug for Anita.

We have endeavored to update and upgrade the computer system at the Health Center. Jason Andrews is one of the new members of the Board of Directors. He brings much needed computer expertise and has worked hard to take the Health Centre into the Twenty-First century. He has been installing and configuring wireless technology, implementing security of electronic data storage, providing for off-site data storage in case of fire, theft or damage, networking computers so they talk to one another and answering a deluge of questions about everything remotely connected to electronics. A Big Cortes hug for Jason.

We have had a very successful Broom Bash that was organized by Paul Kirmmse last month. Many came out to volunteer their labour and make a hard job much easier. Refreshments and healthy snacks were provided by the CCHA, the Teen Szene and Ginnie Ellingsen. The Broom is gone for this year but many weeds remain. We are always accepting volunteers for weed pulling or grass cutting. A Big Cortes hug for Paul and all the volunteers.

Other events recently sponsored by the CCHA.

A Drug awareness talk by Andy Speck

Disc Golf for the Teen Szene

Love and Limits workshop by Dayna Davies

April Health Screen for children and youth

Adventures in Leadership program trip to Wild Play in Nanaimo

Some of the activities for the young people on the island will now take a well deserved summer break and return with enthusiasm and renewed energy in the fall.

The CCHA Board will continue to do its best to keep the Community abreast of the new changes to health services at the centre. We look forward to improving our Community Health Centre.