Health

Nōmina Wellness is breaking the Mental Health Mold with Engagement and Expertise

Nōmina Wellness is breaking the Mental Health Mold with Engagement and Expertise

The Comox Valley has changed in many ways. Our local population has significantly grown in size, we’re grateful that our current local government officials continue to bridge old gaps (mind the Puntledge pun), and the need for adapting our housing initiatives is driven home by almost unbelievable stories of professionals sharing basement suites with NIC students while looking for homes. And they are the fortunate ones, as too many Comox Valley residents remain homeless while incredibly engaged and qualified people work full tilt full time to find solutions to our social justice dilemmas. It is our pleasure here at Tidechange.ca to introduce you to Nomina Wellness, the new mental health facility with an inclusive, enganged multi-tiered approach to integrating those on the fringes back into the society they long to be part of.

Honoring the Mystery at the End of Life

Barbara Morningstar, one of the province’s renowned experts on death and dying, will be sharing her stories and offering her keen perspective on this difficult topic to residents of the valley.

Meet Our Coordinating Circle

The Comox Valley Community Health Network is pleased to introduce the members of its new Coordinating Circle. To find out more and to read about other news for the CVCHN, click on this post.

Advance Care Planning Day April 9th

North Island College nursing students are partnering with the Comox Valley Hospice Society’s Advance Care Planning team to present “Talk to Me Goose”—a light-hearted take on Advance Care Planning conversations for adults of all ages hosted in Berwick Comox Valley’s Grounded Pilot on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. There will be fun, food and great prizes!

What’s the Story About Alcohol: An Evening with Harold R. Johnson

The Community Drug Strategy Committee, the Comox Valley Community Health Network and the John Howard Society North Island are pleased to sponsor a presentation by Harold R. Johnson, author of “Firewater – How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours). Mr. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation Band (Saskatchewan), a former Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice and a talented speaker and storyteller. He will challenge us to “change the story we tell ourselves about alcohol.” He will share his insights about alcohol, including its history, myths surrounding it and it’s impacts on our communities.

What’s the Story About Alcohol: An Evening with Harold R. Johnson

What’s the Story About Alcohol: An Evening with Harold R. Johnson

The Community Drug Strategy Committee, the Comox Valley Community Health Network and the John Howard Society North Island are pleased to sponsor a presentation by Harold R. Johnson, author of “Firewater – How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours). Mr. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation Band (Saskatchewan), a former Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice and a talented speaker and storyteller. He will challenge us to “change the story we tell ourselves about alcohol.” He will share his insights about alcohol, including its history, myths surrounding it and it’s impacts on our communities.

Borderline Personality Disorder – In Search of the Lost Self

Borderline Personality Disorder – In Search of the Lost Self

Twenty years ago while I was in the throes of depression, I received a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I was an Educational Psychologist with a Masters in Psychology, and yet, I had never heard of BPD. Not until recently, when I started doing a series of blogs on BPD, had I really come to understand it.

New Way of Volunteering: A Coordinating Circle With A Difference…You

New Way of Volunteering: A Coordinating Circle With A Difference…You

December 17th was a big day for the Comox Valley Community Health Network, at the Little Red Church in Comox. We were meeting the applicants to the Coordinating Circle. Since this week is the time of the year many of us make New Year resolutions, please click on this article to see if you, or someone you know, should be a key participant in 2019.

Introductory Classes – Comox Valley Scottish Country Dancing Society

Introductory Classes – Comox Valley Scottish Country Dancing Society

The Comox Valley Scottish Dancing Society, will kick off its 2018-1019 season and open two FREE  introductory classes to the public. September 10  and October 1. No kilt or partner are required, just a desire to enjoy yourself.   

The Comox Valley Scottish Country Dancing Society meets in fall and winter at 7:30-9:30pm at the Comox United Church Hall (corner of Comox Ave. and Beach Drive.)  ( Teenagers between 13 and 16 should be accompanied by an adult).

Talking About Death Can Add Value To Life!

Talking About Death Can Add Value To Life!

Kick the bucket. Buy the farm. Pushing up daisies. Whatever you want to call death — many of us are uncomfortable talking about it. But could we actually benefit from confronting our mortality head on? For most of us, we want time, and lots of it, to live on this earth. However, more and more people are realizing that actually talking about death can add value to life.

CUMBERLAND’S SENIORS ARE GETTING AN EXTRA PEP IN THEIR STEP

CUMBERLAND’S SENIORS ARE GETTING AN EXTRA PEP IN THEIR STEP

This September, an innovative program that motivates seniors to get up, get out, and get active is coming to Cumberland Recreation and it will be free to join. Choose to Move is a six-month program based on scientific research that motivates and supports individuals 65 or older to get moving and meet new people in the community.

Cycle of Life Tour Supports Hospice Care in the Comox Valley

Cycle of Life Tour Supports Hospice Care in the Comox Valley

All of us at the Comox Valley Hospice Society are extremely grateful for the generous acts of kindness that are being gifted to us by nine courageous community members; Dave Ward (Zoomers) and Ellissa Prendergast, Liz Gilbank, Kelsey Staples, Leah Hull, Yana Suna, Casey Schoenfelder, Jamie Reid and Tyler Bellows (Soul Cyclers). These amazing individuals have joined forces as the to participate in the Cycle of Life Event on July 28 & 29 in support of our Hospice Society.

The “Knot On My Property” program is up and running for 2018

The “Knot On My Property” program is up and running for 2018

Local governments in the Comox Valley (the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay, the Village of Cumberland, and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)) have once again joined forces with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC) to bust invasive Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. Both plants are considered alien invasive species in BC and if left unchecked can wreak havoc on our local ecosystems and diminish property values. And in the case of giant hogweed, can lead to third degree burns when in contact with skin, due to its clear phototoxic sap.

March 14 – CV Community Health Network Forum – Report and Appendices

March 14 – CV Community Health Network Forum – Report and Appendices

The Transition Team is having their first meeting on April 30 and will be proceeding with the development of Terms of Reference for the Coordinating Circle and Action Teams and then the Coordinating Circle and Action Teams will be recruited. We will keep you informed as the Network moves forward.

Read the March 14 CV Community Health Network Forum Report and Appendices by visiting the post and clicking the button at the bottom.

Mindfulness Meditation: An 8-week Introductory Course

Mindfulness Meditation: An 8-week Introductory Course

An 8-week Mindfulness Meditation Introductory Course is being offered in Comox beginning on Sunday, April 15th.

The course is suitable for beginners and those interested in deepening their practice and journey of awakening to the present moment. Learn simple mindfulness meditation techniques to develop stability in your daily life and uncover your true nature and inner wisdom. Practice being present and accepting of your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations while maintaining a friendly and kind attitude toward yourself.