Month: September 2020

Governance For Creating Healthy, Relevant, Mission Fulfilling Organizations

Very few organizations manage to stay relevant, vibrant and impactful for 75 years, but–by focusing on the ends the USC wished to accomplish–the USC board has managed to keep the USC keenly relevant to the needs of a changing world by refocusing its ends to acting to ameliorate food systems that create injustice, damage the environment and put human health at risk.

Community Conversations

The pandemic continues to illuminate the ways the social determinants of health are interconnected and how they impact our health. Housing, food insecurity, social isolation, accessibility, transportation, diversity and inclusion, social support and connections, education and employment are social determinants of health and all have been impacted by this pandemic. Our coordinating circle and action teams continue to safely meet and focus on collective action to positively impact these social determinants of health.

During the next few months, the health network will share resources and information about social isolation, mental health, and wellness on our social media. Please join us there, we would love your input.

We are all in this together. Be kind, be calm, be safe.

Getting Ready for a New Learning Curve

If you have always had a dream, vision, or goal, this course may be for you. It is called ‘Making Your Dreams Come True’ and encourages participants to find clarity about what they REALLY want out of life and identify their longings and discontents. At the same time, they get a chance to discover the fears which are holding them back. It’s all done in a fun and insightful way to better understand how the laws of the Universe work.

The Hole

Caring for ourselves is often seen as selfish, but compassion for ourselves is the beginning of compassion for others. There are many ways to care for ourselves. Eating well and exercising takes care of the body. Letting go of long-held grudges or hurts and forgiving ourselves for the mistakes locked into our memories takes care of the mind. But taking care of ourselves is above all a function of the heart. It is loving ourselves unconditionally so that we can love others unconditionally. True love from the heart begins with surrender. We let go of concerns of the body and the mind. We allow our heart to open up the channels of love to and from our soul, through our mind and body, and then out to the people around us.

The Hole

Caring for ourselves is often seen as selfish, but compassion for ourselves is the beginning of compassion for others. There are many ways to care for ourselves. Eating well and exercising takes care of the body. Letting go of long-held grudges or hurts and forgiving ourselves for the mistakes locked into our memories takes care of the mind. But taking care of ourselves is above all a function of the heart. It is loving ourselves unconditionally so that we can love others unconditionally. True love from the heart begins with surrender. We let go of concerns of the body and the mind. We allow our heart to open up the channels of love to and from our soul, through our mind and body, and then out to the people around us.

Shamanic Thinking in a Changing World

The old thinking, where all things and people are considered as commodities, must be replaced. More than a hundred economists have recently published a paper noting that the carbon economy we developed (supported by our political and legal systems) is the major cause of our climate change problems.

1st Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest

1st Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest

This 4 day experiment in hybrid virtual/real world programming features 5 live stream talks with fungus experts, an online CCFS Science Pub panel, dance events, film screenings, a bio blitz, myelium themed playlists, pop up performance art, kids art projects, a mushroom market and more. Your $25 unlocks a whole world of discovery with exclusive links to online events, downloads, films and presentations. The best part? 100% of proceeds support biodiversity projects of the CCFS.

RAISE A GLASS TO SUPPORT FOOD SECURITY

RAISE A GLASS TO SUPPORT FOOD SECURITY

This year, not being able to sell the juice at various events due to the Pandemic could have affected the success of the Backyard Blend fundraiser, however, a number of local retailers have stepped up to help. The 100% pure apple juice, with no chemical additives, can now be purchased at several locations.

Basketball and Racquet Court Upgrades Complete at Cumberland’s Village Park

Basketball and Racquet Court Upgrades Complete at Cumberland’s Village Park

Much needed upgrades to Cumberland’s basketball and racquet courts at Village Park are now complete. The upgrades include a new racquet court configuration maximizing the existing space for one tennis court and two pickleball courts. The new layout reduces the likelihood of errant balls disrupting adjacent games

I Miss the Easy Library Access

We may well be protected from viruses on the outside through social distancing but wither on the inside from lack of soul connection. No wonder people are breaking the rules to have their needs met.

Immigrant Welcome Centre Introduces Coalition Assistant

Immigrant Welcome Centre Introduces Coalition Assistant

Meet our New Welcoming Communities Coalition Assistant, Laurel Megalli. In her own words:
“I grew up in the Comox Valley and have recently returned to the Island after living in the UK for the past 3 years. I moved to London in 2017 to do my master’s in Art History, and after completing my degree I worked for a cultural communications company in London where I worked on communications strategies for museums, galleries and other arts organizations.

United Way Invites You to Show Your Local Love During Their Annual Campaign

United Way Invites You to Show Your Local Love During Their Annual Campaign

“Island Health is pleased to celebrate 30 years of supporting United Way’s annual Workplace
Giving Campaign,” said James Hanson, Vice President of Clinical Operations for Central and
North Island at Island Health. “Our staff share a commitment to supporting the health of people
in their communities and donating to the United Way is an extension of the care we are
honoured to provide each day.”

Films of change by local youth will be live-streamed Saturday

Films of change by local youth will be live-streamed Saturday

The Sid will host two sets of live presentations at 3pm and 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 19. The live event is by invite only to respect COVID protocols, but they will also live stream the presentation. Visit the Sid’s website to see these works.

Lake Trail Students Collaborate to Create an Art and Story Walk Honouring Residential School Survivors

Lake Trail Students Collaborate to Create an Art and Story Walk Honouring Residential School Survivors

On September 30th Lake Trail Community Middle School will be celebrating Orange Shirt Day, a day when we acknowledge and honour thousands of Indigenous c1hildren who were taken away to residential schools across Canada. Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake in 2013 by survivor and author Phyllis Webstad. Webstad’s children’s book entitled The Orange Shirt Story conveys the message that every child matters, and raises awareness about racism, bullying and the injustices of residential schools. Today, Orange Shirt Day events have spread to communities and schools all over B.C. and Canada.