Victoria Health Co-op: Good News

Victoria Health Co-op

By Vanessa Hammond, Chair, Victoria Health Co-op

Do you love paying income tax? The good news is that when you make a donation to a registered charity, you legally reduce the taxes you must pay at the same time as helping worthwhile charities in your community. How does this relate to your local Health Co-op?

The Victoria Health Co-op offers several ways for our member-owners and the wider community to make a contribution to their own health and to the wellness of the community - all while reducing the taxes they must pay next Spring. But first, here are some updates about our work.

Co-op Café Series

We are happy to be hosting our Co-op Café series, supported by the City of Victoria, through which we highlight at least one Victoria area co-op each month. The World Health Organization describes health as the whole range of physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial well-being. Each of these Co-op Cafés is an opportunity to enhance our individual and community health by focusing on at least one of these social determinants of health.

Funding for New Services

We are delighted that we have secured funding to access the services of a nurse practitioner. To ensure that we can use the funds entirely for a nurse practitioner salary and related costs, we are writing proposals for funding to cover associated overhead such as rent, electronic medical records, equipment and supplies etc. Victoria Health Co-op members and others in the community can contribute to these non-salary costs. For any amount of $10 or more received through the Creating Community Wellness Society (CCWS) by Dec 31 we will be happy to provide a charitable donation receipt.

Upcoming Events

Please join us as we gather together to learn and discuss - bring your ideas and questions! Co-op Café co-hosted by the Co-op Housing Federation - Wednesday, December 5 - 6:30-8 p.m. at CityStudio (711 Douglas St). How can we work to address the shortage of affordable housing in our area?

VHC Board Meeting - Wednesday, December 12 – 6 p.m. at the upstairs meeting room, Bent Mast (512 Simcoe St) followed by a Volunteer Social 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. for all volunteers: board, practitioners, members.

VHC Annual General Meeting - Saturday, February 23 - 11a.m.-1p.m. at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies Street). More information to come!

Please contact VHC Chair, Vanessa Hammond at vichealthcoop@gmail.com or 250.415.9272 or at www.victoriahealthcooperative.com for details of upcoming events.

The Boards of the Victoria Health Co-op and the Creating Community Wellness Society wish you and your family and friends the happiest and healthiest of holidays and a very bright 2019.

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