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 UPCOMING EVENTS

COMOX VALLEY ADVANCE CARE PLANNING 

  "It always seems too early .... until it's too late" 

 

 2017 ACP WORKSHOP DATES 

The Comox Valley ACP Committee hosts Advance Care Planning workshops at various times of the year. These workshops include:  

  • Part I:      Introduction to Advance Care Planning and 
  • Part II:     Working on Your Advance Care Plan.

Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in duration.  

If you are interested in attending a workshop please call the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5533 to register.

You  may also leave your name and contact information if you have a special request regarding Advance Care Planning. A member of the Comox Valley Advance Care Planning team will contact you. 

 

 PART I -  'INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING'

The Part I Introduction to Advance Care Planning Workshop is held for participants who are interested in learning why an advance care plan is important and how to begin the conversation with your loved ones and your physician about your personal health care wishes. Participants will also hear about the current BC Legislation and resources that will assist participants in preparing their own advance care plan.

At the Part I 'Introduction to Advance Care Planning' Workshop interested participants will be notified of upcoming dates for the PART II - 'Working on Your Advance Care Plan' 2 hour workshop. The BC Government's advance care planning guide called 'My Voice - Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment' is available to workshop participants by donation. See map links below for Workshop Locations.

 

  • Saturday October 28, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Berwick Comox Valley 
  • Monday November 13, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Berwick Comox Valley

 

PART II - 'WORKING ON YOUR ADVANCE CARE PLAN'

The Part II workshop is held for participants who have previously attended Part I -'Introduction to Advance Care Planning' and who now wish to develop their own written advance care plans. Individuals wishing to register for Part II are requested to let the Part I Workshop Facilitators know of your interest. Registration for upcoming Part II Workshops will be available at the Part I Workshop or by contacting the Comox Valley Hospice Society 250-339-5533.

 

WORKSHOP LOCATIONS - Click on the link beside each Workshop Location below for map directions

Berwick Comox Valley 1700 Comox Avenue, Comox  map

Comox Fire Hall at 1870 Noel Avenue, Comox map

Comox United Church at 250 Beach Drive, Comox map

Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church at 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay  map 

North Island College 2300 Ryan Road East, Courtenay map    Campus Building Directory

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox 1825 Comox Avenue, Comox map

Vancouver Island Regional Library - Courtenay  at 300 - 6th Street, Courtenay  map

Vancouver Island Visitor Centre at # 101 - 3607 Small Road, Courtenay  map

 

HOW TO REGISTER  - To register for future workshops or for further information about Advance Care Planning, please contact Comox Valley Hospice Society  250 - 339-5533 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Additional Workshops are available by special request.

 

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PAST PRESENTATIONS

2017

  • Thurs. Oct 12, 2017 - Part II - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Sat. Sept 30, 2017 - Part I - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Thurs. Sept 14, 2017 - Part I - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Thurs. June 22, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Thurs. June 8, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Mon. May 29, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Comox Fire Hall
  • Mon. May 15, 2017 - Part I -  Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • May 8, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Presentation to Comox Valley Prostate Support Group
  • Thurs. April 20, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall
  • Sat. April 1, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Thurs. March 30, 2017 -  'Food for Thought' Conversation about Advance Care Planning hosted by North Island College Nursing Students
  • Sat. March 18, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Tues Feb 28, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Comox Fire Hall
  • Thurs. Feb 23, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Vancouver Island Visitor Centre
  • Mon. Jan 30, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning- Comox Fire Hall
  • Wed. Jan 25, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • Sun.  Jan 8, 2017 -  Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, 888 Wing RCAFA, Lazo
  • Thurs. Jan 5, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall 

2016

  • Tues Dec 13, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Courtenay Public Library
  • Mon Nov 16, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall
  • Mon Nov 7, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Courtenay Public Library
  • Mon Oct 17, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Berwick Comox Valley (5)
  • Wed Oct 12, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Casa Loma (21)
  • Mon June 27, 2016 - Information Session on Medical Assistance in Dying and ACP for Comox Valley Hospice Volunteers - Comox Fire Hall
  • Tues June 7, 2016- Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Comox Fire Hall
  • May 27-28, 2016 - Participation in the BC Hospice Palliative Care Conference - Sharing The Comox Valley ACP Story - Richmond, BC
  • Thurs May 26, 2016 - BC Centre for Palliative Care - Training Volunteers to Facilitate an ACP Public Event - Radisson Hotel, Richmond BC
  • Wed May 18, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • Wed May 4, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall
  • Tues April 26, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick Comox Valley
  • Sat April 16, 2016 - National Advance Care Planning Day - North Island College - Video showing of Dr. Atul Gawande's PBS Frontline Documentary 'Being Mortal' & Panel Presentation
  • Tues April 12, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick Comox Valley
  • Mon April 4, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • Tues Mar 22, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Courtenay Public Library  
  • Tues Mar 8, 2016 -  Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library 
  • Thurs Mar 3, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library
  • Fri Feb 26, 2016 - School District 71 - Pro D Day - ACP Workshop- Vanier High School
  • Tues Feb 23 2016 - Part II Working on Your Advance Care Plan - North Island College - Elder College
  • Wed Feb 17, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Tues Feb 9, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - North Island College - Elder College
  • Thurs Feb 11, 2016 - Advance Care Planning with ARNBC- Comox Valley - North Island College
  • Tues Feb 2, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Comox United Church
  • Tues Jan 26, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Tues Jan 19, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox United Church

2015 

  • Tues Dec 8, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Courtenay Public Library
  • Wed Nov 25, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Pan - Comox Curves
  • Tues Nov 24, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library
  • Thurs Nov 19, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Curves
  • Tues Nov 17, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library
  • Sat Oct 17, 2015 - Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices Education Day - Parksville
  • Tues Oct 13, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Wed Oct 7 & Thurs Oct 8, 2015 - Berwick CV - "Boot Camp for Seniors'
  • Tues Sept 29, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Thurs Sept 24, 2015- Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Presbyterian Church, Aspen Road, Comox
  • Tues Sept 15, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick CV
  • Tues June 16, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Tues June 9, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Tues May 26, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick CV
  • Thurs May 28, 2015 - Part I- Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick CV
  • Thurs April 16, 2015 - National Advance Care Planning Day 2015 - Two Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning Workshops hosted at Berwick CV
  • Mon Feb 16, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick, CV
  • Wed Feb 11, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - BC Cancer Society, Courtenay
  • Mon Feb 2, 2015 - Part 1 - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV

2014

  • Dec 8, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • Dec 4, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - BC Cancer Society, Courtenay 
  • Oct 17, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Elder College
  • Oct 24, 2014 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Elder College
  • Sept 24, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • Sept 15, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • June 11, 2014 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick, CV
  • May 25, 2014 - Part I - Intro to Advance Care Planning - Comox Unity Spiritual Centre
  • May 14, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • Apr 16, 2014 - National Advance Care Planning Day, "Is Advance Care Planning on Your Bucket List?" Open House & heARTful Expressions Exhibit - Berwick, CV
  • Apr 9, 2014 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Berwick, CV
  • Mar 12, 2014 - Part I-  Introduction to ACP Workshop at Berwick CV
  • Feb 27, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to ACP - Comox Strathcona Probus Club, Comox Legion
  • Feb 19, 2014 - Can. Hospice Palliative Care Webinar - Planning for National ACP Day
  • Jan 7, 2014 - ACP Presentation to Comox Valley White Cane Club

 2013

  • Nov 25, 2013 - Part II ACP Workshop at Berwick CV
  • Nov 19, 2013 - Part I ACP - Presbyterian Church - Comox
  • Nov 18, 2013 - Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • Nov 9, 2013 - Vanc Island Fed of Island Hospices Education Day, Tigh Na Mara, Parksville
  • Oct 28, 2013 - Part II ACP - Nursing Centre, Courtenay
  • Oct 21, 2013 - Part I ACP - Nursing Centre, Courtenay
  • Sept 23, 2013 - Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • Aug 31, 2013 - Woodland Gardens/Kitty Coleman - Promotion of heARTful Expressions
  • June 26, 2013 - Part II ACP - Berwick CV
  • June 17, 2013 - Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • June 2013 - Part I ACP - St. George United Church
  • June 8, 2013 - Elevate the Arts, Courtenay - heARTful Expressions
  • May 19, 2013 - Woodland Gardens/Kitty Coleman - Promotion of heARTful Expressions
  • May 13, 2013- Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • May 9, 2013  - ACP Presentation to Comox Valley Clergy
  • May 7, 2013 - Showing of 'Are You Listening to Me?' - a play by Dandelion on ACP - Creekside Commons, Courtenay
  • Apr 18, 2013 - 'Consider the Conversation' video showing at North Island College - Panel discussion on ACP
  • Apr 18, 2013 - ACP Presentation to Comox Valley Clergy
  • National ACP Day April 16, 2013 - Premiere showing of 'Are You Listening to Me? A whimsical fantasy of the final journey from here to there', at Courtenay Little Theatre Rehearsal space. Play written by Dandelion for heARTful Expressions
  • Apr 6, 2013 - ACP Presentation to Presbyterian Men's Breakfast Club
  • Apr 5, 2013 - Launch of Comox Valley ACP website
  • Mar 18, 2013 - ACP presentation to Comox Valley Ostomy Club
  • March 2013 - Part I ACP - Comox United Church
  • March 2013 - Part I ACP - Kiwanis Village
  • Feb 26, 2013- Part I ACP - Comox United Church
  • Feb 21, 2013 - ACP Presentation to Kiwanis Club
  • Feb 18, 2013 - ACP Presentation on Denman Island
  • Feb 2, 2013 - Comox Valley World Community Film Festival
  • Feb 1, 2013 - Part I ACP - Comox United Church
  • Jan 20, 2013 - Comox Senior's Forum, Florence Filberg Centre
  • Jan 22, 2013 - North Island College 'Ethics in Nursing' Class Presentation

 2012 

  • Dec 2012 - Xmas 'Tis the Season to start the conversation about ACP' media release
  • Nov 2012 - ACP Presentation to Physician Support Program
  •  Nov 2012 - Hornby Island, Denman Island ACP Presentations
  • Fall 2012 - Presentation to 'Ethics in Nursing Class' at North Island College
  • Sept/Oct 2012 - ACP Presentations at Nursing Centre, Courtenay
  • Aug 28, 2012 - Introduction to ACP-  Hospice Volunteers and guests
  • July 2012 - Draft outline developed for ACP workshops
  • May 8, 2012 - 'Conversation on Aging' Playlet shown to Hospice volunteers at Comox Valley Senior's Village
  • Apr 27, 2012 - 'Life Before Death' film and community panel, Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC
  • Mar 28, 2012 - Invitational Island Health (VIHA) Workshop on "'Consent to Health Care and ACP", Nanaimo - Federation of Vancouver  Island Hospices

  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

A huge bouquet of thanks to all those who helped to support National Advance Care Planning Day April 16, 2016 at North Island College - Stan Hagen Theatre. Dr. Atul Gawande's PBS Frontline Documentary 'Being Mortal' was shown followed by a Panel Presentation. A special thanks to North Island College Nursing Faculty and Students, Moderator Barb Colwell and Panel Members: Dr. Leah MacDonald, Nicole Burgess, Whitney Schaefer, Richard Hart and Sue Grant. We also wish to thank our event sponsors, volunteers and the @ 150 participants who took part in this very important community conversation.

Our sincere gratitude to our partner Berwick Comox Valley for their ongoing support of our Community Conversations and for hosting our very successful National Advance Care Planning Day events, April 16, 2014 & 2015

A special thank you to Rice Toyota Courtenay for hosting Comox Valley ACP Committee meetings. 

 

 

 


heARTful Expressions - National Advance Care Planning Day April 16, 2014

 "Creative outlets of expression allow complex and strong feelings to be rendered in tangible forms that have the power to express things that words alone cannot" (Center for Hospice Care, Southeast Connecticut)

  

Paintings by - L'Arche Comox Valley

 

National Advance Care Planning Day Wednesday April 16, 2014 saw the Comox Valley Advance Care Planning Committee celebrate heARTful Expressions at an evening public exhibition, open house and reception held at Berwick Retirement Community in Comox.

heARTful Expressions emerged from the committee's recognition of people’s individual creativity as a beneficial avenue for communication and one way to possibly start the conversation about advance care planning. As the Comox Valley is a unique region that is well known for its rich array of artistry and creativity including artists who work in many mediums, the committee established heARTful Expressions to encourage creative ways of ‘having the talk’ about advance care planning. Throughout 2013 community members with an interest in creativity and the arts were invited to take part in this project encouraging conversations about the issues, ideas, and concerns that may arise when people express their own personal wishes about advance care planning, life and death wishes and bereavement.

Nearly 200 individuals enjoyed viewing and listening to the unique sharings that formed our heARTful Expressions exhibit and open house. We gratefully acknowledge the participating artists and their unique gifts of inspiration as a variety of art mediums were celebrated including: theatre, written verse & creative writing, painting, photography, rock art, paverpol, glass jewelry and creations, stained glass, dance, songwriting, music and doll making.

Participants created original works of art that encouraged people to have the conversation about advance care planning at the open house and with their loved ones. Having one’s voice and personal wishes spoken from the heART was a common theme throughout the submitted pieces.

 Our sincere thanks to our heARTful Expressions Artists!

 

♥ Angela Termarsch     Paverpol - ‘Teacup’, ‘Clown’ and ‘Angel’

♥ April Dyck                 Paintings - ‘Joy’ and ‘Army of Angels’

♥ Barbara Simonson     Painted Craft Coffin - ‘Out of the Box’

♥ Cheryl Moore             Ala Prima Painting Series -  ‘Laughter is Good for the Soul’

♥ Cleo Agar                  Contemporary Dance -  ‘Where is my Mind’

♥ Christina Nienaber-Roberts  Photography & Creative Writing -  ‘The Things That Are Important To Me’

Dandelion                  ‘Are you Listening to Me? A Whimsical fantasy of the final journey from here to there’ (Theatre production)

♥ E. Ann Behrens           Creative Writing - ‘Come The Day’

♥ Jane Gilchrist              Puppetry Video - ‘Is There An Elephant in the Room?’

♥ Janet Shaw                  Pianist - ‘Piano Selections’

♥ Julia Campbell            Guitar & Song - ‘Dance to the end of Love’

♥ Kath Street                 Copper Sculpture - ‘Tunnel of Love’ & Creative Writing              

♥ L’ARCHE Comox Valley Outreach Centre                   Watercolour Paintings

Brandy Jensen                                               ‘Happy Hearts’

Gary Scavarda                                                ‘Love’

Joe Lacourse                                                 ‘Overflowing with Hearts’

Mildred Johnson                                            ‘Red Heart’

Rachel Scott                                                  ‘Sparkling Hearts’

Robert Cronk                                                 ‘Pastel Heart’

Shelley Blake-Knox                                        ‘From the Heart’

Suzanne Davis                                               ‘Fruit of the Heart’

♥ L’ARCHE Group Art Piece 1:                          ‘A COMMUNITY OF HEARTS ‘

By Brandy, Chrissy, Gary, Jennifer, Joe, Judith, Millie, Rachel, Robert, Shelley, Suzanne

♥ L’ARCHE Group Art Piece 2:                          ‘BUTTON HEART ‘

By Shelley and Claire

♥ Lynn Black                       Painting - ‘My Loving Family and Friends’

♥ Marla Thirsk                    Painting - ‘Eat, Love, Play’, Art Dolls, Paperclay Sculptures 

 

♥ Martha Ponting              4 Paintings - ‘I Hope You Danced’; ‘Shelter & Grace’ ; ‘Where Serenity & Grace Prevail’ ; ‘The Desiderata’ 

 

♥ Martin Kaspers               Nature Photography- ‘Trio of Landscapes’ 

 

♥ Mikeoula                        Sound Practitioner - ‘Healing Sounds’

 

♥ Monique Thompson       Photography - ’07:25 am & 4:53 pm ‘The Same Day’

Patti Wilson                   Stained Glass- ‘Stained Glass Selections’

♥ Ron Simmons                 Woodworking Birdhouses - ‘Trio of Birdhouses’

♥ Sabine Arends                Fireworx Glass - 'Glass Selections’

♥ Sharon Bearpark             Photography & Creative Writing - ‘My Voice’

 Sue Pyper                       Painting & Pointillism - ‘Did Someone Say Treats?’,   ‘Daisies’       & ‘Going With The Flow -The Wishing Stone’

 Voices Three  -               'The Last Rhapsody' - Helen Austin, Sue Pyper, Judy Wing 

 Wendy Lynn East            Rock Art - ‘Rock Art Collection’

 The Ice Cream Ladies - 'Eat, Play, Love'

 "I created this series because every painting I saw was of a young beautiful woman, especially if she was in a bathing suit. Just because we grow old doesn't mean we are not beautiful anymore. It's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years." - Marla Thirsk

 

The Artist, Creativity and ‘Having the Conversation‘

How heARTful Expressions was inspired …

  

Adapted from 'Eternal Echoes' by John O'Donohue, Author of Anam Cara

 

The artist trains him or herself while animated by a unique longing.

There are no outer ready-made maps for what the artist wants to create as one’s heart pushes out to the edge in the creation of something original.

The artist is called not so much from the outside as from the unknown depths within, and the invitation to create comes from elsewhere.

Artists coax the invisible towards a form where it becomes faintly visible, or silence moves towards voice. Out of the flow something new begins to emerge.

The artist is fiercely called to truth.

Despite all of the personal limitation and uncertainty, the artist has to express what he or she finds.

The artist is always faithful to longing first. This willingness to follow the longing “wherever it leads” enables all kinds of new possibilities of creation.

The Artist is a permanent pilgrim finding their voice in their chosen medium.

Art leads to another way of ‘having the conversation’ about important life issues, beliefs, values and wishes.  Art and creativity may be one’s chosen route to advance care planning and heARTful Expressions emerged from this creative source.

  

 Think Outside The Box

 

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Artist - Barb Simonson 

 

The heART of advance care planning

                                             h ave the conversation

                                             xpress your wishes

                                             A llow your voice to be heard

                                             eveal what is important to you 

                                                                   ell those you love

 

On behalf of the Comox Valley Advance Care Planning Committee we would like to acknowledge the following Sponsors and Draw Prize Contributors for their support of the 2014 National Advance Care Planning Day events

Ambassador Shuttle
Berwick Comox Valley
Comox Valley Hospice Society
Courtenay Little Theatre
L’Arche Comox Valley
Locals Restaurant at The Old House
Majestic Bed & Breakfast & Kayaking, Ucluelet
Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem
St. Joseph’s General Hospital 
Vigneti Zanatta Winery, Cowichan Valley

  And a special note of thanks to our Presenters and Performers

Cleo Agar
Janet Shaw
Julia Campbell
Lynn Brandon
Mikeoula
Ted Hicks
Voices Three – Judy Wing, Sue Pyper and Helen Austin

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