October Board Meeting is in the books. The leaves are turning colour, the sky is so blue, when it is blue, and the frost is on some of the roof tops, but what a spectacular time to get out and walk or cycle or run.
West Kootenay TEETH Clinic Society is thrilled that the mobile dental clinic is up and running. In collaboration with IHA, who are letting us use their facilities, one has been held in Castlegar and the next one will be in Grand Forks. We also have a dentist in Trail and one in Nakusp, who have indicated an interest in helping out and we have one in Castlegar, doing Adopt a Patient dental services from his office.
As many of you know, we won $50,000 last year from Pacific Blue Cross to support initiatives with TEETH and that money is being spent on new equipment, training of chair side assistants and enhancing our denture service.
We have had over 635 patient visits but still have 135 people waiting since January for a first appointment. You can help us, but talking to your dentist and seeing if they are willing to be involved in helping us with this vital service.
On a great note, we have a Toonie for TEETH donation and recently we have had former clients, who no longer need to access low- cost dental because of a change in their economic status, donate considerable amounts back to support the program – most notably one for $700. It is indeed better to give than receive when you are able.
They say if you build it, they will come and we continue to have people looking for space in our building. The latest partners in the Wellness Centre are Street Culture Collaboration, who are working on the streets of Nelson under a contract with the Nelson Community Services Society. We are pleased to have them as part of our integrated services in the building.
Congratulations to the organizers and sponsors of the 2nd VERY SUCCESSFUL Seniors Fair held on Friday, September 30th at the Prestige. With between 250-300 seniors in attendance, the organizers were happy with the great feedback and participation in this event.
One of the most important things for to know about your health is that having a community that offers support, respect and opportunities to participate helps us ALL to be HEALTHY.
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving... and be thankful for friends, family and your health.
Eric, Erin and Marion