August Health Centre Updates

Hope this summer has been memorable for you and your summer guests! Here’s a quick update on recent work to make our much-needed new health centre a reality on Bowen.

Health Centre Concept

Our new home is official: As reported in our last update, this spring a generous donor stepped forward with a $300,000 donation which allowed the Foundation to purchase land for our health centre on Lot 3 of the Community Lands. On July 22, Municipal Council accepted our Offer to Purchase and Agreement of Sale. This marks a major milestone in the journey towards better health care on Bowen and we are greatly indebted to the anonymous donor who made it happen. Look for the sign marking our site on Miller Road, across from the ambulance station.

Fundraising begins with major donors: We’ve raised over $1 million even before our current fundraising campaign began and we are confident that the support of Bowen islanders for this project will allow us reach our $5 million target. The role of major donors is critical. If you or someone you know can help make this health centre a reality, please contact Colleen O’Neil or Bill Brown. This health centre will belong to every child, senior, adult, family on Bowen. We all need to give like our health depends on it…because it does!

Fundraising begins with major donors: We’ve raised over $1 million even before our current fundraising campaign began and we are confident that the support of Bowen islanders for this project will allow us reach our $5 million target. The role of major donors is critical. If you or someone you know can help make this health centre a reality, please contact Colleen O’Neil (colleenoneil@bowenhealthcentre.com) or Bill Brown (billbrown@bowenhealthcentre.com). This health centre will belong to every child, senior, adult, family on Bowen. We all need to give like our health depends on it…because it does!

Decorative image shows signs reading "on-island health care as we age", "urgent care when we need it', health care close to home" and "more Lifelabs hours"

Visit us at Bowfest on August 24: We are enthusiastic participants in Bowfest this year, with both a parade contingent and a booth at the Bowfest grounds. Look for the flyer in your mailbox this week and be sure to cheer us on in the parade or drop by our booth to say hi, pick up our literature, and ask any questions.

Donate items to this year’s Knick Knack Nook auction and help build our health centre: The Knick Knack Nook has selected the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation as the sole recipient for proceeds for its annual auction this year. Please drop off items of value earmarked for the auction at the Knick Knack Nook, such as jewelry, artwork, gently used furniture, china, silverware, tools and equipment, tickets to upcoming concerts or sporting events, holiday rentals, household or yard services…..whatever might attract worthwhile bids. The online auction is scheduled to begin in early October, and the auction event will be on November 9th.

Decorative graphic image of hands of many bright colours raised to vote, with the title 'Town Hall Meetings'

Town Hall meetings: We plan to hold Town Hall meetings this fall to help raise awareness about this vital community project. We will let you know when dates are set – we’re counting on good turnouts to spread the word and build momentum for the project across the island!

Thanks to all of you for continued support and enthusiasm! If you would like additional information on your Bowen Health Centre, please request our Case for Support at info@bowenhealthcentre.com.


P.S. Besides vastly improving year-round health care access for full-time residents, a health centre on Bowen gives us the security of knowing that urgent health care access is also there for our summer and weekend visitors.