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

B.C. Transit saves $300,000, scores 28 used fareboxes idle in California

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Tenants above Wellburns uncertain after ‘nightmare’ sewage flood ousts them indefinitely

Tenants evacuated after sewage flooded basement of century-old building

Victoria cycling community raises concern over new bike lane designs

High traffic along a corridor needs to be considered, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition says

Hundreds of students gather at Government House to decorate Christmas Trees

The annual tradition let Grade 2 and 3 students help celebrate for the holidays

Trauma sufferers support group takes shape on West Shore

Aaron’s Society open to more peer support groups with certified trauma practitioners

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Camosun College for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Carriageworks Restorations come together to care for car

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

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

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Oscar Hickes: Longest running hockey tournament on Vancouver Island cancelled

Patrick Murray, one of the organizers for the tournament, broke the sad news on social media.

Most Read