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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

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Advance care planning day set for April 16 Let your voice be heard when you can’t speak for yourself

communicate. Monday, April 16 has been declared National Advance Care Planning Day. What is advance care planning? Advance Imagine, one day, care planning is a prowithout any warning, cess of reflection and you find yourself in a communication, a time hospital in a life-threat- for you to reflect on ening situation, unable your values and wishes, to communicate. Who and to let others know would speak for you your future health and personal and make care preferhealth care ences in the You may decisions event that on your never need your you become behalf? incapable of That’s a advance care consenting q u e s t i o n plan — but if to or refusthat all of ing treatus need you do, you’ll ment or to answer be glad that it’s other care. – and a there … Advance M a r ch , care plan2012 IpsosReid poll indicates ning means having that most have not. discussions with famThe poll found that ily and friends, espe86 per cent of Cana- cially your Substitute dians have not heard Decision Maker – the of advance care plan- person who will speak ning and less than half for you when you canhave had a discussion not. It may also include with a family member writing down your or friend about health- wishes, and may even care treatments if they involve talking with were ill and unable to healthcare providers,

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING can make for a more worry-free life. and financial and legal professionals. You may never need your advance care plan – but if you do, you’ll be glad that it’s there and that you have had these conversations, to make sure that your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself. For more information

and helpful resources on My Voice – Advance Care Planning, contact the Comox Valley Hospice Society at admin@ comoxhospice.com or the Vancouver Island Health Authority website at www.viha.ca/ advance_care_planning. – Comox Valley Hospice Society

KidStart celebration Sunday Public invited to Simms Park party to greet runners The public is invited to this Sunday’s community event to celebrate the KidStart Run coming to Courtenay at Simms Park at 12 noon. “Two KidStart volunteer mentors (one past and one present), are so passionate about raising funds and getting the word out about our need for more mentors, that they decided to run 600 km across Vancouver Island this month to do so,” an event spokesperson said. “They will be running into Courtenay on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with other caring community members joining them for the last five kilometres from Bridges Road along the Old Island Highway to Simms Park.” There will be speakers, including runner

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Shane Douglas and representatives from The John Howard Society of North Island. There will also be donated refreshments. For more information about the run, visit http://www.2mevents. com/index.php/event/

kidstart-vancouver-island-run. You can also follow the runners’ epic 600 km journey (tip to tip across Vancouver Island) at: http://kidstartrun.blogspot.ca/. “They have run over 150 km through wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow,

and finally sun in the past six days to raise funds and get the word out about the need for volunteers in KidStart. There are 45 children waiting for mentors in Courtenay right now,” the spokesperson added.

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April 11, 2012 edition of the Comox Valley Record

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