General Meeting – July 26th – Speaker

On June 19th, 2013, High River Alberta, experienced catastrophic flooding – the worst in Alberta’s history (5 people died) and one of Canada’s largest natural disasters.  Rob Royston was appointed Deputy CAO in charge of municipal recovery.  He played a key role in transitioning the community from near-total devastation, to being well on the way to recovery.

Rob’s talk will illustrate the practical aspects – the economic impacts, rebuilding broken neighbourhoods, and the toll on the residents staff and volunteers e.g. PTSD, when an entire community is afflicted by such devastation.  He will share insights gained when working with external groups, agencies, various levels of government, people who have been evacuated and want to return to their homes, managing lost pets, telling people their home and job are gone forever etc.  Other topics include how to build and allocate temporary housing and a Business Community, and what happens when you lose your core services such as Libraries, Pools, Schools, Stores etc.

Rob will be pleased to respond to questions at the end of the discussion.

Annabel Rogers
Vice President

June meeting Speaker

At our meeting on June 28thDr Lynne Brookes will talk to us about the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association’s dynamic rehabilitation centre in Errington, BC.

Lynne will discuss the organization’s brief history and dual mission, and the “Discovery Campus” concept. She will also provide some behind-the-scenes glimpses of the work of helping wildlife and an overview of the new Dan’s Nook Wildlife Garden. This consists of raised beds, a pond, a mini-marsh and over 500 native and common garden “wildlife-friendly” plants.

Lynne will happily answer questions following her presentation.

Annabel Rogers
Vice President

MAiD Presentation

In conjunction with the MAiD presentation at our meeting this morning, there is a resource sheet with various phone contacts and websites. It contains information for those who wish to know more, and may be viewed by clicking HERE.

May President’s Message

It’s here. Warmth. What a relief to have a respite from the weather topic. I hope you are enjoying the outdoor activity this affords us. Would this be an appropriate time to complain about yard work?

I want to thank Lola Denesyk for organizing the Spring Luncheon that many of us recently attended. It was a great afternoon and the food was outstanding. We are thankful for members like Lola who are willing to give of their time to plan and make such activities a reality for us.

Carol Halliwell has volunteered to organize our annual August BBQ which will be held at Costin Hall on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Thank you very much Carol for taking on this task. I am sure the membership will make themselves available to assist you by volunteering to run the various games that we always enjoy.

Lia VanWassenaar our coffee coordinator (250- 751-1801) is looking for help in the kitchen for our monthly meetings. Helpers are needed to arrive at 08:30 a.m.to assist with the preparation of coffee, tea and refreshments. Members are reminded to bring their own coffee mug.

I am looking forward to the upcoming Out and About Day Trip to the Campbell River, Salmon Point and Seal Bay area Monday, June 25, 2018. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with fellow Probus members on a relaxed and fun day trip. Please email or call me to ensure your spot on this outing.( joan.honig@shaw.ca , or
250-758-9930 ). A notice will be sent out prior to the upcoming monthly meeting confirming the final cost. Payment in full is due at the meeting Thursday, May 24, 2018.

We invite you to bring along a friend to hear this month’s speaker from the Victoria Association of M.A.I.D. (Medical Assistance in Dying). It’s a timely topic, one many of us want to educate ourselves about, and we think your friends may feel this way as well so please bring them along.

I look forward to seeing members at the upcoming monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 09:30 a.m. at Costin Hall.

Joan Honig
President

Next Meeting Speaker

Presentation for May 24th Meeting

Representatives of the Victoria Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada will give a presentation entitled “Assisted Dying 101: The Basics”.

This will provide information on the various aspects of assisted dying on Vancouver Island including:

  • what Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) means;
  • who would qualify;
  • Patient Requests;
  • getting approved and what to do afterwards;
  • the peace one feels, and choosing a date;
  • what happens on the day, the necessary arrangements and other considerations.

We will also cover palliative care and sensitive topics like life fatigue, dementia, mental illness, life insurance and family.

Please feel free to bring any interested guests to this meeting as our presenters are traveling up from Victoria especially and would, I am sure, appreciate a full house.

Annabel Rogers
Vice President

Reminder – April meeting

At our next meeting on April 26th Bill Corsan (City of NanaImo Deputy Director of the Community Development Department) will talk about the proposed Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway.

Nanaimo’s harbor is one of our City’s greatest assets, and the existing waterfront walkway showcases its natural beauty. Work is underway to extend the waterfront walkway as well as improve connections between it and the City’s other trail networks. The long-term goal is to create a continuous multi-use trail from Departure Bay to the Nanaimo River Estuary.

The presentation will summarize the Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan that was endorsed by Council in December 2017 and focus on the expansion projects being planned for 2018/2019.

February General Meeting – Reminder

The next General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd February at 09:30am at the Costin Hall, Lantzville.

Our speaker will be D’Arcy Bolton, a Sports Physiotherapist who
looked after the Short Track Speed Skating and Figure Skating teams for the
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics –  amongst many other similar assignments.
He will talk about the many benefits of using Nordic walking poles and demonstrate
the correct method of using them. If you have your own poles, please feel
free to bring them along and D’Arcy will be happy to give personal guidance if
time permits.