Seniors of Tomorrow 2019 Fall Programs

Volunteers Needed

The Seniors Volunteer Program is in need of volunteers to assist with our seniors programs. Please email volunteers@communityclinic.ca for more information.

Changes to our Board

Board of Directors for 2019/2020

Left to Right Back Row: Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Gertie Paul, Karen Cederwall, Keeley Phillips

Left to Right Front Row: Sherri Swidrovich, Patti Warwick

Missing: Fran Forsberg, Heather Hale, Marianne Jurzyniec, Patrick Lapointe

New to the Board are…

Marianne Jurzyniec has been appointed as a director in the interim.  Marianne has worked for the past fourteen years for Affinity Credit Union.  Her current role is in the area of governance including working with elected officials from across the province gathering member feedback and facilitating local decision making.  She also volunteers with the Canadian Community Economic Development network and chairs their Governance Committee.  She has a Certificate in Social Economy and Co-operatives from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

Sherri Swidrovich is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation from Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan.  Sherri holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan.  As an educator for the past twenty years, Sherri has taught a variety of Indigenous Studies classes at the University of Saskatchewan and First Nations University of Canada.

Patti Warwick holds a B.A and LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan.  Patti is recently retired from the City of Saskatoon with 27 years of public service experience and expertise in governance, strategic planning and policy making.  Patti has volunteered for a variety of activities in Saskatoon including coaching youth basketball, serving on her Community Association and Preschool Board, and founding and running a co-ed volleyball league.

Returning Board Members are….

Karen Cederwall is in her first term as President.  Karen is the Executive Director of the Saskatoon Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH), which operates out of the Clinic’s Westside location.  Karen has over 14 years of experience in non-profit organizations primarily with Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association). Through many and varied roles, Karen has developed skills in operations, project and change management, labour relations, team leadership and occupational health and safety.

Heather Hale is Vice President.  Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Community Development from the University of Victoria. She has worked in a variety of capacities for non-profit, international development, co-operative and community organizations for the past 10 years.  Heather is currently the Executive Director of Saskatoon Sexual Health and serves on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative.

Fran Forsberg recently received an honorary doctorate in divinity from Saint Andrews College, University of Saskatchewan.  Fran has received the Peter Corren Award for her work with the LGBTX2 community, as well as a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Building.  She has served on many boards over the years.  Fran is also the founder of Camp Caterpillar, a camp for gender diverse children age 7-13, siblings, friends and children of same sex parents.

Patrick Lapointe served on the Board in the 70s and late 80s.  During that time, he was also a social worker and community developer for the Clinic.  From 1993 to 2011, Patrick served as Executive Director of the Clinic, representing our co-operative on numerous committees and holding executive positions with many organizations including Saskatchewan Health, the Canadian Alliance of Community Health Care Associations, Saskatoon Age Concern Council and the Community Health Co-operative Federation.

Gertie Paul has been a member of the Clinic since 1970 and was elected to the Board in 2016.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and worked as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for 22 years.  She also facilitated workshops within the Federal Government on topics including Diversity, Stress Management, Communications, Harassment Awareness and Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is a full-time lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan and is Canada’s “first and only self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy”.  Jaris began his relationship with the Clinic by volunteering as a Pharmacy student with SWITCH and he now volunteers with SWITCH as a pharmacist mentor.

National Pharmacare Resolution Passed at AGM

Be it resolved that the Saskatoon Community Clinic indicate its support for a universal, national, single-payer Pharmacare program and communicate that support to the Federal Government.

Moved by Stan Rice/Seconded by Diane Ewert/CARRIED

 

Whereas 90% of Canadians support the implementation of a National Pharmacare program;

Whereas the implementation of a National Pharmacare program has been endorsed and recommended by the all-party House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (April 18, 2018);

Whereas Canada is the only country with a universal healthcare system that does not include universal access to prescription drugs;

Whereas Canadians pay more for prescription drugs than most other industrialized countries;

Whereas one in ten Canadians cannot afford the drugs they are prescribed;

Whereas we need to force the pharmaceutical companies to have competitive pricing on prescription drugs;

Whereas a single-payers system would reduce prescription drug costs by 6%;

Whereas a national universal Pharmacare program would improve safety, quality and efficacy of the drugs we use;

Whereas pharmaceutical companies have not lived up to the previous commitments to increase research in Canada;

Now Open: Community Clinic Pharmacy – Westside

The Pharmacy Staff and Board are excited to announce the opening of the Community Clinic’s second pharmacy, located at our Westside Clinic 1528 20th Street West.  Entrance is at the back of the building off the alley. This location, similar to our Downtown location, is available to provide service to all members of the public, whether or not they have a physician at one of the two Community Clinic locations.

The additional location allows your health care co-operative to provide more comprehensive primary health care services at our Westside Clinic location. Meagan Turgeon-Walter, Director of Pharmacy notes, “Our new location supports our desire to provide comprehensive primary health care services at the same site.  We will be a valuable resource when making therapeutic choices and will be in a great position to monitor therapy responses and medication adherence.”

If you currently use our downtown Pharmacy location, you may choose to use the new Westside location instead.

Free two hour on-street parking is available adjacent to the Westside Clinic.

For more information, please contact our pharmacy staff at either the Downtown location at 306-664-4277, or, the Westside location at 306-986-2906.

NEW Parking Lot Configuration

The patient parking behind the downtown Clinic will only be accessible through the alley between 26th and 25th Street.

This change will result in:

  • Having patient parking closer to the building,
  • More parking for patients, and,
  • Lower maintenance expenses.

Only staff parking will be accessible from 1st Avenue.

Signage will be posted to help direct patients and staff.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.  

An illustration of the new parking lot configuration can be viewed here.

 

Handicraft Club presents annual baby quilt

 

Congratulations to baby Scott Douglas who was presented with the annual baby quilt created by the Clinic’s Handicraft Club.  The presentation took place at the Club’s monthly meeting on August 22nd.

Each year, the Handicraft Club presents a handmade quilt to the first baby born on or after July 3rd to honour the anniversary of the Saskatoon Community Clinic which first opened on July 3rd 1962. To be eligible, the baby’s family/parent must be a patient at the Clinic.

Featured in the photo are mother Joanne Harris and baby Scott Douglas (sitting), and  Handicraft Club member Sheila Finnestad and Scott’s brother Jonah (standing).

 

Minister Hussen visits Clinic

The Saskatoon Community Clinic was honoured to host Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and his staff Wednesday August 2nd.  Minister Hussen met with physicians and representatives of the groups partnering to offer the Refugee Engagement and Community Health Clinic (REACH) at the Saskatoon Community Clinic. He shared his own personal experience in navigating the Canadian health care system upon his arrival to our country, and commented on how wonderful the model is at Saskatoon Community  Clinic to be able to offer so many services under one roof. The group shared what is working well with the REACH Clinic, and what our challenges are in trying to sustain this collaborative model with the limited resources and available funding.