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CDMR – Bad for Nurses, Bad for Patients

3 Mar

Last Thursday night, I had a Facebook Rant that went a little something like this:

“Thankfully I have the pleasure of living with a nursing student and have been rather informed on the issue of Vancouver Island Health Authority changing the current patient care model on Vancouver Island. Tonight I heard first hand the horror stories from nurses in Nanaimo about how it is affecting the work place and who it is hurting – Do yourself a favour and get informed on the issue, the changes they are making are BAD for nurses and BAD for patients. The plan is to roll out this program at VGH and RJH April 23 and this should not happen. For more information about the CDMR check out BCNU’s website.”

It has been a few days since I was able to attend a Town Hall about the Patient Care Delivery Model Redesign organized by Andrew Weaver, MLA and it is still bothering me. Many members of my community have no idea that this bomb is going to be dropped directly in the middle of the their health care system. Nurses can do the best they can to assist in informing the community of what these changes are going to mean, but I do not think that will be enough.

Contact your MLA, show your support for the BCNU by signing their petition and educate others about the issue.


Further to this Andrew Weaver has just released the notes from this weeks Question Period and he called on the Minister of Health, Terry Lake. The dialogue clearly shows that the Minister is in support of Island Health, which may be the scariest piece of information yet.



19 Nov

It wasn’t until recently that I realized how important it is for me to be involved in the community that I am living in. And by saying this, I don’t mean just on a social level. Philanthropic involvement, spiritual involvement, physical involvement, I could go on and on… After graduation last year, my key focus, priority numero uno, was getting a job.

So, that happened, work is going great, but there is something missing.

I’m one of those people who perform better, do more, and am generally a happier person when I am BUSY. So I joined a running clinic, signed up for a French class and was going to yoga a few times a week.

Still, something was missing.

About a month ago a friend took me to a mixer after work, there was wine, appies, and young business professionals, lots of them. All chatting, networking, mingling and in general having a good time. And in that moment, watching this happen, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. What I was missing was a community.

After the mixer I asked more about how I could get involved with the group throwing the mingle, Prodigy Group.

Fast forward 1 month…

I am now apart of the team, focussing on developing Social Media for PG and super excited to be involved with this organization. There are some amazing people who sit on the board who have  a focus on community, mentorship, events, and in general, being awesome. This little bit from their website explains it best “The Prodigy Group is a diverse network of emerging professionals who reside in the Greater Victoria Area. Through our ties to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and other business and community organizations, we provide our members the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and to affect positive change in Greater Victoria.”

Thanks Lindsay for bringing me to the mingle & introducing me to PG. Super excited for what is to come over the course of the next year.


Town Wide Yard Sale

16 May

Every year the town of St. Andrews gears up for the town wide yard sale, by 9 am there is a hustle and a bustle of people from the community and surrounding areas. In order to even have a chance at finding something good, we hit the streets with the rest of the eager beavers at 9 am. Our first stop was the basement of the Algonquin as they have lots of treasures in the basement that would be great for anyone that is looking for old pots and pans, TV cases, RCA TV’s for $2, dining room chairs, the list goes on and on. From there we wandered the streets looking for streets with lots of cars, giving us the signal that a yard sale was close by. All of this walking is when I discovered that I had made a crucial mistake, I wore the wrong shoes, flip flops were a bad choice… but I kept on trucking along, eager to find the next great thing.

Meandering through the town each home had something different to offer, many had toys and old Disney VCR Movies, and others had vinyl records and books that had been read many times over. The local library had an open door with a sign saying ‘books for sale by donation’. I love a good read, and I have plenty of time on my hands to enjoy a few good books this summer. I make my way into the basement to find various romance, mystery, science fiction, and alphabetized classic novels all for the taking. I find three that looked like they should be interesting, look on the back to see that in total they would have been worth about $50. At the register the lady thanked me for coming in and told me to give what ever I felt like, I handed her a $5 and her jaw almost hit the floor. I laughed and told her that it was totally fine as I thought that paying the $5 was a great deal. She physically would not let me leave until she gave me $3 back – I just got three books for $2 and may have discovered a newfound passion for yard sales!

The next stop was the parish office of one of the local churches where there was coffee/cookies/more stuff to try and get for a good deal. Purchase number two was a $0.50 power bar that I can use in my room. There is only one really awkwardly placed outlet for two girls with cell phones/laptops/flat irons/etc… it will be very handy!

Finally we arrived at Water Street (the main street) where many local businesses had set out tables of merchandise or yard sale stuff too. Scotiabank had a table of yard sale stuff that was also for sale by donation and all of the proceeds were to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. My third and final purchase was here. This one was kind of goofy and unnecessary but everyone in the house will get to use it. When we celebrated my birthday I had to wear a silly crown and from now on we have a birthday cake hat. After my donation of $5 we now have a hat for birthday parties for the rest of the summer. Some people who are not even celebrating birthdays while they are here want to wear it out to the bar just because it’s so awesome – hah!

I came home with 3 books, 1 power bar, and 1 crazy birthday hat – total cost $7.50

The Goods