Thirty-five per cent of Sooke residents do not have a family doctor. (file photo)

Foundation formed to support Sooke health care centre

Much needed centre inches closer

The long and sometimes frustrating journey to improved health care services in Sooke took an important step forward with the announcement of the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation.

“We’ve been working on this for a year and a half, and have just received our charitable tax status so now we hope that we’ll get in our first set of donations before the end of the tax year,” said Rick Robinson, board co-chair.

“Now we’re waiting on a major announcement from the government that we hope is going to be responsive to the proposals that went into the report by Island Health.”

That announcement was expected this month but is delayed until January.

The report to which Robinson referred has called for a new regional health centre in Sookebuilt with the support of the Capital Regional District, the provincial Health Ministry and Island Health.

In future years, the foundation will look broadly at all other health-related needs in the region, and public consultation will be important in helping the board understand the priorities of the community.

“What’s needed right now are more physicians as well as nurse practitioners, support staff, nurses and all the staff needed to provide a well-rounded health care facility. Thirty-five per cent of Sooke residents don’t now have a regular family doctor,” Robinson said.

“In a broader sense, we’re also interested in community centre proposals, senior services, and child and youth services. Essentially, we hope to have a well-rounded health-care facility in the community that can address health and quality of life for all ages.”

RELATED: a long road to health care

The foundation’s role is to raise funds through appeals to the public and large corporate and business donors.

Robinson said the ideal situation is to establish an interest-bearing fund that can then be utilized to help equip the health-care facility with those pieces of equipment and services that are not funded at the government level.

In the coming months, foundation board members will be reaching out to all of the communities in the area: East Sooke, Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, and Port Renfrew, in order to raise awareness, listen to local priorities and enlist support for the health-care venture.

The board will also be creating a fundraising plan supported by a website, social media outreach, and valuable partnerships with local businesses, organizations and community members.

“This has been a huge issue that we have been working on with the mayor, but now we’re getting much closer to having a centre in Sooke,” Robinson said.

He added that while the initial centre would likely be housed at Evergreen Centre the long-term plan is to have a new clinic constructed, perhaps on Lot A in Sooke.

“That was certainly the preference that was expressed at a recent charrette regarding Lot A. The location would be ideal for Sooke residents.”

More information about the foundation launch will be posted in the new year. For more information on the foundation and how to volunteer or make a donation, please contact the foundation by email at SookeJDFHealthFoundation@shaw.ca.



mailto:tim.collins@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Retooled Oak Bay hoops team starts strong

‘Not the tallest,’ but Oak Bay are off to big start

Saanich seeks contractors for Shelbourne Street upgrade project

The three-phase project is expected to begin in 2020

PHOTOS: West Shore students rally for 10,000 Tonight food drive

Students, community members gather, sort food donations

UPDATED: Royal Jubilee gets 15 more patient beds for Greater Victoria end-of-life care

New patient beds in hospice and acute palliative care to be in place by spring 2020

Cannabis cultivation: Former North Saanich chicken farm goes into pot

North Saanich would join a small, growing number of communities with marijuana growing

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

Most Read