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General News · 23rd September 2010
Myrna Kerr
This letter, with a copy of the petition and signatures, went to Vancouver Island Health Authority yesterday, Wednesday, September 22.

Jac Kruet, Chair, Vancouver Island Health Authority and the
Vancouver Island Health Authority Board of Directors
Howard Waldner, Vancouver Island Health Authority President and CEO
Richard Crow, Vancouver Island Health Authority Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice-Presient

Petition to the Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) Board of Directors
And to the Vancouver Health Authority (VIHA) Board of Directors


Attached is a petition, addressed to the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors, and to the Vancouver Island Health Authority Board of Directors and to the British Columbia Minister of Health. This petition has more than 100 signatures of residents of Cortes Island; more than 80 per cent of those who have signed are CCHA members.

This petition is in response to the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors decision, on July 28, 2010, to preclude Dr. Kirstie Overhill of the opportunity to apply for the position of general practitioner for Cortes Island and the compliance of the staff of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in this injustice.

This petition requests, and requires, that the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors to hold call a General Meeting of the Cortes Community Health Society explain their decision, and authority to make this decision, and to allow CCHA membership to ascertain why such a decision was made.

The petition further calls upon the Vancouver Health Authority board of Directors to direct staff of VIHA to attend the meeting to explain how such a denial could happen.

Dr. Kirstie Overhill has agreed to attend this meeting and to clarify issues and answer questions from the community.

Cc: Dr. Kirstie Overhill
Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors


People have been phoning me for the names of the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors. This list was published the the Cortes Community Health Association in their September 9, 2010 letter mailed to the community. They are as follows:

Board Members
Ed. Safarik
Paola Filippin
Izzy Ruthenburg

Robert Fraser
Robert Chapman
Rosie Hansen
Paul Kirmmse
Emilia Hansen
Jason Andrews
Ginnie Ellingsen
Ron Croda
Jeremy Morrow

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Petition and Letter Sent to CCHA

Petition to the Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) Board of Directors

A petition, addressed to the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors, and to the Vancouver Island Health Authority Board of Directors and their staff and to the British Columbia Minister of Health. This petition has more than 100 signatures of residents of Cortes Island; more than 80 per cent of those who have signed are CCHA members.

This petition is in response to the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors decision, on July 28, 2010, to preclude Dr. Kirstie Overhill of the opportunity to apply for the position of general practitioner for Cortes Island. This petition requests, and requires, that the Cortes Community Health Association Board of Directors to hold call a General Meeting of the Cortes Community Health Society explain their decision, and authority to make this decision, and to allow CCHA membership to ascertain why such a decision was made.

Dr. Kirstie Overhill has agreed to attend this meeting and to clarify issues and answer questions from the community.

The B.C. Society Act (RSBC 1996) Chapter 33 (current to September 1, 2010) states in section 58, Requisition for general meeting:

“58 (1) In this section, “requistionists” means the voting members who requisition a general meeting of the society under subsection (2).
(2) The directors of a society, on the requisition of 10 % or more of the voting members of the society must convene a general meeting of the society without delay.”

I ask also that the method of counting membership by the CCHA Board of Directors excludes infants, children and youths as may be inadvertently counted in your “family membership.”

I distributed CCHA membership forms to both those individuals who signed the petition and to those who did not. It was my intent to engage as many of the Cortes community as possible in the process and decision making of providing for a medical doctor and health care on Cortes Island.

Cc: Dr. Kirstie Overhill
Vancouver Island Health Authority Board of Directors and staff
Claire Trevena, MLA, North Island