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Newsletter - Volume 7, Issue 53
Community Celebrates Health Centre Achievements At AGM
Community members came together to enjoy a dinner and celebrate the achievements of the Snuneymuxw Health Centre at its Annual General Meeting on January 14th.
The evening began with a welcome song and prayer led by Debbie Good and family members. The Elders in attendance were seated and Health Administrator, Charles Nelson, welcomed them and other honoured guests. He explained that the Health AGM is an opportunity for the Health Centre Team to ensure accountability to the community for the work that they are entrusted with and the funds that are allocated by Chief and Council.
Chief John Wesley and Councilors Emmy Manson and Karen Ahenakew congratulated the Health Team for its good work and encouraged them to strive for excellence in their service of the community.
Charles then introduced former Health Administrator, Sandra Good, who retired last summer. Sandra made a special presentation to the attendees on the accreditation of the Health Centre, which was awarded to the Snuneymuxw First Nation by Accreditation Canada in June 2014. Wooden paddle pins were given to those in attendance to commemorate this achievement. Sandra said that the work of the Health Team has only just begun with the accreditation achievement.
Charles continued by calling four long-serving Health Team members forward to receive special medals in honour of their service to the Nation: Regan Seward, Valerie Elliott and Yvonne Seward, all working for the Health Centre for 19 years each, received a silver 15-year carved medallion in recognition of 15 years of service. Maggie White, who has worked for the Health Centre for 13 years, received a 10-year bronze medallion. These special Team members received a joyous round of appreciative applause from the gathering.
To close the evening, guest speaker Thomas Jones presided over a blanketing ceremony at the request of Charles and the Health Team in honour of Sandra Good and Maggie White. It was a beautiful tribute to these two hard working women who have contributed a great deal to the health and well being of the community.
The Health Centre Annual Report was distributed to the gathering and can be picked up at the Health Centre or viewed at www.snuneymuxw.ca/report/health-annual-report-2013-2014.
See all the photos in the photo gallery below.