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Answering these questions is known as Advance Care Planning – a process that supports you and your family to prepare to make decisions about your future health care. It involves understanding and sharing your values, beliefs and wishes regarding health and personal care.

The British Columbian was strong, fit and healthy. An avid skier and road cyclist. But at age 58, he unexpectedly collapsed and ended in a coma. His family rushed to his side. After the medical diagnosis was known, his wife Karen knew what to do.

You see, she had an incredible gift of love from her husband of nearly 33 years — a gift that enabled her to make a decision on his behalf without conflict or guilt: He had expressed his wishes to family and friends should something medically catastrophic happen.


He had an Advance Care Plan.

“It was an incredible gift to me that I didn’t have to second guess what he wanted, or if I would be doing the right thing,” recalls Karen. “In the chaos, the trauma, the overwhelming emotional turmoil, it created clarity when our lives were turned inside out.”

Advance Care Planning Day is a day to remind you to ask yourself, “Who needs to know?” By doing so, you’re realizing that you need to have conversations with your family and health-care providers (such as your family doctor and pharmacist). This will be your “team” — led by your substitute decision maker — that will to make decisions for you if you cannot.

Cowichan Hospice holds information sessions on Advanced Care Planning at the Hospice office as well as in the community for interested groups. The next dates for the sessions at Hospice are April 26 and May 24. For more information, visit cowichanhospice.org

The countdown to mark the start of the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games is officially on, and Games organizers are have put together a Volunteer Appreciation Open House for April 16 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to express their gratitude and get more information into the hands of eager volunteers.

“As part of National Volunteer Week we would be thrilled if you stopped by our Games office (540 Cairnsmore St., Duncan) on April 16 between 9 am and 6 pm. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about your Games job, select the area you want to work in, ask questions, meet other volunteers and give us a chance to personally thank you,” read a message from Games organizers.

This year, the student action planning team is planning a Leadership Conference to be held on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Quamichan Secondary School. It’s open to all district students free of charge but pre-registration is required. Conference information and registration forms are available at http://cis-iwc.org/youth-action-day/ or by contacting Ray Anthony, Project Coordinator at CIS 250-748-3112 ext 203 or ray@cis-iwc.org.

The student planning team has organized a day for student delegates including emcee Jon Williams of 91-3 The Zone FM, keynote speaker Michael Bortolotto, musical guest Stinging Belle (March Zone FM Band of the Month) and 12 workshops to choose from (one in the morning, one in the afternoon).