HAVE YOUR SAY: Dedicated Comox Valley health-care pros there when we need them

We in the Comox Valley lucky to have the calibre of professionals that we have to assist us through the most difficult of times.

We in the Comox Valley are so very lucky to have the calibre of professionals that we have to assist us through the most difficult of times — when we or a loved one is at a stage of life that palliative is the diagnosis. Dr. Barb Fehlau is second to none and one of the most compassionate people you could ever meet. She is now mentoring Dr. Simon Colgan, who has already showed immense compassion for our marginalized population. How wonderful that her load is lightened and by such a caring physician. Our Comox Valley Palliative Care team are just plain great and because of their care so many more folks are able to have their last days in the peace and comfort of their own homes, rather than in a busy, cold and often-confusing hospital room, mostly staffed with nurses with nursing care interest in medical surgical areas and some with no interest in end of life nursing care. In the past 10 years, our health care system has improved some in this area but there is still no commitment for funding from VIHA for staffing a palliative care unit. I understand that funding is in place for the actual unit. We all need to plan for our future — and though we do not know when our need will be for the many services of this unit, we do know that as sure as we were born, we and our loved ones all will die. Please contact our MLA and VIHA to inquire about what needs to be done for us to have our end of life care in the Comox Valley equal to what so many other communities in our province have.

Colossal kudos to the staff and management of Kinetic Powder Coating, Linex, Reids Automotive and Beaufort Welding for your exceptional service and support in assisting us with making the University of Victoria’s Aerospace vehicle such an overwhelming success. All of us at AV Commercial Systems greatly appreciate your extra efforts and look forward to working with you in the future.

Comox Valley Seniors Village and Casa Loma send out a huge thank you to the Royston Roasting Company for their donation of coffee and chai tea for our annual Alzheimer Coffee Break fundraiser. Everyone enjoyed the Fair Trade Organic Coffee! Special thanks to Dyane for the barista training. All the money we raised will go the Alzheimer Society.

Seniors working together to outwalk cancer! Thank you to all the participants in the Comox Valley Seniors Village annual Silver Fox Walk (seniors version of the Terry Fox run). Glacier View, Cumberland Day Program, Casa Loma and Comox Valley Seniors Village residents raised close to $2,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Way to walk to make a difference.

A giant bouquet of thank yous to Dr. Conradi and his nurse Debbie for coming in to work while their office was closed for the holidays to resolve my tooth pain for me before I flew off on my own holiday so that I could travel with less discomfort. Your professionalism and obvious concern for my well being was much appreciated and for someone who is terrified of the dentist was a welcome positive experience. Thank you.

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