Changes to our Board

The new Board of Directors for 2018/2019 was declared at the Community Clinic AGM on June 20th.

New to the Board are…

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.

Heather Hale 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.

Keeley Phillips is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation in northern Manitoba She has her B.A. (Hons) from Wilfred University in Religion and Culture with a minor in Philosophy. Keeley was called to the bar in Manitoba in June 2016 and now practices law with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan working at Station 20 West with women who are involved with the criminal justice system.

Returning Board Members are….

Bill Davies is in his fourth term as President of the Community Clinic Board.  Bill has a solid history with community clinics having been a board member of the Regina Community Clinic while living there and strong co-operative roots that date back to his rural Saskatchewan upbringing.  He has held senior executive positions with the government of Saskatchewan and has worked with labour, health, intergovernmental affairs, postsecondary education and the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.

Karen Cederwall, 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 the 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.

Carol Eaton was elected to the Clinic’s board on January 13, 2016. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation and a Bachelor of Vocational Technical Education degree. Carol has worked for 40 years in management, finance and administration with a number of public and private businesses and has volunteered as a board member in a number of organizations including Affinity Credit Union, the YWCA and Transition House (Regina).

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.

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.

Outgoing Board Members…

The Board would like to express its sincerest appreciation to outgoing Board members Jason Cruickshank and Jason Majid.  Their hours of dedication to both Board and Committee work contributed greatly to the positive changes at the Community Clinic.

Lastly, sincere appreciation goes out to retiring Board member Anne Doucette who has been a Community Clinic Board member since 2006, serving as President of the Board for seven terms. During that time, Anne served as President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Community Clinics, was a founding member of the committee that formed the national organization of health care co-ops (Health Care Co-operative Federation of Canada), represented the organization in international forums and represented the provincial Federation on the Board of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.

Bill Davies, Anne Doucette, Evan Carlson

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 Community Clinic Pharmacy Staff and Board announce the opening of the Community Clinic’s second pharmacy, located at our Westside Clinic 1528 20th Street West.

Meagan Turgeon Walter, Director of Pharmacy (second from left), welcomes new Pharmacists (left to right) Taisa Trischuk, Madison Bomboir and Amanda Allaway

 

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.

Hours of the Community Clinic Pharmacy Westside are:

  • Monday to Friday –  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – 12 noon to 4 p.m.

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.

 

2017 Influenza Immunization Options

Please bring your Health Card with you!

 

Community Clinic Pharmacy

The influenza vaccine is available at the Community Clinic Downtown Pharmacy beginning October 30 for those ages 9 and older to any member of the community whether or not they are a patient of a Saskatoon Community Clinic Physician or Nurse Practitioner.  The Pharmacy staff encourages you to make an appointment during the first two weeks of immunization availability.  Walk-ins will also be accepted pending the Pharmacist’s availability.  Call 306-664-4277 to make an appointment.

Downtown Clinic Patients

Commencing October 30, Downtown Clinic patients 6 months of age or older may drop in for influenza immunization from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Mel Langer Building, 424 – 1st Avenue North, on the following dates:

Monday, October 30

Tuesday, October 31

Wednesday, November 1

Wednesday, November 8

Thursday, November 9

After November 13, appointments can be made with the Appointment Nurse at the Downtown Clinic by phoning (306) 652-0300.

Westside Clinic Patients

Commencing October 23, Westside Clinic patients may drop in for influenza immunization anytime Westside Clinic is open.  Patients must be 6 months of age or older.

Public Health Locations

Public Health will be providing free influenza immunization clinics at locations throughout the Saskatoon Health Region.  Information about times, dates, and locations are available on the following websites:

www.4flu.ca, www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca  or www.saskatchewan.ca

For your safety, you will be asked to wait 15 minutes after your flu vaccine to ensure there is no reaction.

Influenza Vaccine is Most Important for:

  • Persons with chronic health conditions or severe obesity.
  • Residents of Long-Term Care Homes, Personal Care Homes, and other Chronic Care Facilities.
  • Adults 65 years of age or older.
  • Pregnant women in all trimesters, members of households expecting babies, households and close contacts of babies younger than 6 months of age.
  • Children 6 months to 59 months of age (under 5 years).
  • Individuals providing regular childcare to children under the age of 5 years either in or out of the home.
  • Caregivers and close contacts of individuals at high risk.
  • Healthcare workers and volunteers.
  • Persons who work with poultry or hogs.
  • Health Sciences students (human and animal).

Get your immunization early so you are protected for the entire flu season!

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.

 

 

Community Clinic Board of Directors 2017/2018

Introducing the Board of Directors for 2017/2018, declared at the Community Clinic AGM on June 14th

Standing (left to right):  Carol Eaton, Bill Davies (President), Patrick Lapointe, Jason Majid (Vice President),  Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Gertie Paul.  Sitting (left to right): Jason Cruikshank, Anne Doucette, Karen Cederwall.

New to the Board are…

Karen Cederwall, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH), which operates out of the Clinic’s Westside location.  Karen has over 13 years of experience in non-profit organizations primarily with the 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.

Patrick Lapointe returns after having 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.

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’ relationship with the Clinic began over a decade ago when he volunteered, as a Pharmacy student, with SWITCH and he now volunteers with SWITCH as a pharmacist mentor.  He is also on the Board of Directors of Sanctum, Saskatchewan’s first hospice with respite and supportive care for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Returning Board members are….

Jason Cruickshank worked in Member Relations for the Saskatoon Community Clinic in 2009/2010 and is currently working in IT with ProjectLine Solutions. Jason was re-elected to the board in 2016, having previously sat on the Clinic Board in 2011. Growing up in Winnipeg, Jason received a Media Production diploma from Assiniboine Community College and later attended Brandon University. He now lives in Martensville with his wife and daughter.

Bill Davies is in his third term as President of the Community Clinic Board.  Bill has a solid history with community clinics having been a board member of the Regina Community Clinic while living there and strong co-operative roots that date back to his rural Saskatchewan upbringing.  He has held senior executive positions with the government of Saskatchewan and has worked with labour, health, intergovernmental affairs, postsecondary education and the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.

Anne Doucette has been a Board member since 2006, serving as President of the Board for seven terms.  During that time, Anne served as President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Community Clinics, was a founding member of the committee that formed the national organization of health care co-ops (Health Care Co-operative Federation of Canada), represented the organization in international forums and represented the provincial Federation on the Board of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.

Carol Eaton was elected to the Clinic’s board on January 13, 2016. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation and a Bachelor of Vocational Technical Education degree. Carol has worked for 40 years in management, finance and administration with a number of public and private businesses and has volunteered as a board member in a number of organizations including Affinity Credit Union, the YWCA and Transition House (Regina).

Jason Majid was elected to the Clinic’s Board in 2015.  He is Vice-President, Legal Counsel at Concentra, Canada’s leading provider of wholesale finance and trust solutions to credit unions.  Prior to joining Concentra, Jason practiced with international law firms in the Arabian Gulf, where his clients included governments, healthcare institutions, insurers and pharmaceutical companies, among others.

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.