–Christine Bossi, SRCHN Coordinator
The Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN) has worked to create a strong partnership of groups concerned with serving Sooke Region communities and promoting health and wellness.
Our Annual General Meeting was held Wednesday, June 14th, and we have a change in leadership. After serving for two years as Board Chair, Rick Robinson has stepped down and was replaced by Mary Dunn.
Mary is retired Public Health Nurse who has worked in our communities for over 16 years and was a founding member of our former organization CHI over a decade ago.
As SRCHN continues to evolve, the strategy of collaboration and partnership is critical for our success.
Former Board Chair Rick Robinson explains our activities further:
“Our Healthy Communities project in Port Renfrew, which is a partnership with Healthy Communities BC, Island Health and the Juan de Fuca Regional District remains a work in progress.
“We are also partnering with the Sooke Senior Drop-in Centre Society and Sooke’s Life Long Learners in providing new seniors programming through a New Horizons Grant beginning in September.
“We are supporting the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Abuse working group by partnering with the Sooke Transition Society and RCMP to provide public educational programming beginning in September.
“As was the case with Food CHI, we are providing support to the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation as they do the work necessary to achieve charity status.
“We are supporting the District of Sooke’s Primary Health Care Working Group that is currently engaged in obtaining an urgent care centre to be built in Sooke that will serve the region.
“We are embarking on a new collaboration with the Eldercare Foundation and Healthy Communities BC which will give seniors in Sooke or their family members a way to connect with resources to help them be well, be secure, be connected, and be enriched using a ‘one-stop shop’ online community hub and network of community volunteers that will help people navigate the aging journey.”
Mary Dunn hopes to continue the work Rick has done over the past two years and move it forward by engaging the public in identifying community concerns and partnering with organizations, service providers, and the public in finding new and innovative solutions.