At the January 13, 2021 Semi-annual Members meeting the Board of Directors recognized three members for their outstanding contributions to the Saskatoon Community Clinic. Members Anne Doucette and Michael Finley received the C.A. Robson Award that honours those who, through their affiliation with the Association, have provided superlative service embodying the values of compassion, cooperation and commitment. Donna Phoenix received the Volunteer Recognition Award awarded annually to a member who has given outstanding volunteer service. Click here to read more.
Saskatchewan has created a phased and prioritized approach to delivering COVID-19 vaccines. Our province is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) which negotiates and procures vaccine directly with manufacturers on behalf of provinces and territories.
To learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-vaccine
Upon booking an appointment with our Downtown Clinic physicians, NPs and counsellors, patients will now receive an automated reminder in three ways—text, email and phone call. You will be prompted to either confirm or cancel your appointment. If you do not want a reminder, you must choose to opt out by informing the receptionist each time you book an appointment.
Health Literacy Project, in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing, creates and translates COVID-19 information into different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. Information is reviewed by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals and is freely available for download and distribution without copyright restrictions. https://covid19healthliteracyproject.com
Recovery for All is a national advocacy campaign asking Canadians to encourage the federal government to invest in housing, homelessness and income support to end homelessness in Canada once and for all. Join us in signing up for the campaign and encourage others to do so here.
Volunteers needed to help with Community Clinic group education programs. Please email email@example.com or phone (306) 664-4282.
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.
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;
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.