Ringside Community Message Board

Our local resident, Taio Samuel, created a wonderful school project. This project is located in the Ringside for all to view and add to. This project takes the form of a chalk board entitled “Before I Die”. Taio explaines in her write up below her reason and vision for this message board.

Please read her writeup below and view her photos on the changing messages. Check back for our continued updates of the messages, thoughts and inspirations people have added.

“Before I Die”


I am currently going to school at an online school and am in grade 11. This year I have wanted to be able to do some sort of project that I could tie into a school project that involved my whole community. When I started learning about the “Before I Die” movement the cogs of my brain started turning and I started to think about how I could make it work to put up a “Before I Die” wall in my community.

The “Before I Die” movement was started by a woman, Candy Chang, in New Orleans after she lost someone that was very dear to her.

In her period of mourning after Joan’s sudden death, Candy Chang spent a long time feeling like her inner world didn’t match with the world outside of her being. One of the big things that she noticed during her period of mourning was how much we avoid the subject of death as humans, and she wanted to bring some sort of awareness and attention to death and what it stands for.

While walking around in her community Candy had seen an old house a number of times that was burned and abandoned, though still standing. She had often wanted to make it look nicer as it was all boarded up and covered in graffiti. Then the idea to create a “Before I Die” wall came to Candy and she got some friends to help her paint the house with chalk paint and pre-draw a bunch of “Before I Die” outlines for people to fill out.

Not long after the board had been created, it was filling up with ideas of things that people wanted to do before they die. The “Before I Die” Movement has become a global public art project for people to reimagine our relationship with one another as a species and with death.

Thousands of people have helped erect over four thousands “Before I Die” walls in seventy-eight countries around the globe since then. Each wall has been created by local residents of a community who wanted to make a space to restore perspective and share more with the members of their community.

At first when I was imagining creating a “Before I Die” wall on Hornby, I thought it wouldn’t be possible. One of the parts of my project was to deepen my understanding of one of the subjects that I had been learning about. Creating a “Before I Die” wall was one of the options. So, I got the materials that I need and created a chalkboard that said “BEFORE I DIE”. I’ve put it up in the Ringside Market, one of the main gathering places on Hornby Island.

I am excited to see what people write on the board, and was hoping that you could all share this story. I have put it up and explained what it is for hoping that people will add to it if they want to.

Thank You,

Taio Samuel 


Picture #1 ~ Taken on May 21, 2019

Picture #2 ~ Taken on May 22, 2019

Picture #3 ~ Taken on May 26, 2019

Picture #4 ~ Taken on May 30, 2019

When I was thinking about putting up this board I was thinking of going every couple of days to take a picture of it so that I would have record of all of the things that were put on the board. I thought that it would be cool to somehow share it somewhere with the island and people that come, though didn’t know where and how I should do that. These are the images that I have taken of the board in the order that I took them, with the date that they were taken.



Priority Boarding Summer Initiative

for Essential Home Support Delivery

This month Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society (HDCHCS) celebrates 40 years of delivering Home Support services to our island communities. Home Support services can be short term to help someone recovering after surgery or an accident, or longer term to allow islanders to continue living in their own home as they age. These services are approved and funded by Island Health and delivered by HDCHCS. We are proud of our grassroots origin and the many ways we have adapted over the years to meet the many challenges of delivering these services in our rural/remote communities. One of the challenges that arises is that the demand for care on each island doesn’t necessarily match the number of staff available on each island to deliver that care. This sometimes necessitates staff travel between islands.

Similar to a model being used for the last few years by Island Health on Quadra/Cortes Islands, HDCHCS will be using priority boarding when our R.N. Supervisor determines it is necessary to have a staff member travel between islands to deliver care. This is only done when there aren’t staff available ‘on-island’ and when it is determined that the care is ‘essential’ or cannot be delayed. As we have worked hard to increase the number of staff working on Denman Island where the demand has been the greatest over the last few years, we anticipate that staff will only be travelling between islands on an occasional basis to cover when staff are ill/on vacation. Staff vehicles will be identified with signage indicating they are working for the program.

We are grateful for the support our community has always offered this service and your patience and understanding is appreciated as we use priority boarding when needed over the summer months. And thank you for your assistance in spreading the word to your summer visitors and guests.

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Safety & Security for Seniors

 | Online & at Home |

| Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at the Hornby Island Library 1:00 – 2:00 pm | 

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Parent Craft Night!
Collage, chat about parenting issues, relax!

Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society

Please contact Meredith if you have questions or need childcare or 250-898-0247


Training Volunteer Drivers for Seniors




Volunteer drivers will assist rides for seniors to appointments/shopping/social events who are unable to drive.


Hornby & Denman Island Better at Home Program Coordinator: Dominique Husereau

Email: Phone: 250-898-0245


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Holiday Hampers for Hornby Islanders

Hornby Hamper Has Begun! We are busy making preparations for the 2018 Christmas Hamper Program.  If you would like to receive a hamper, volunteer or make a donation, please contact our Coordinator Jade…


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Choose to Move

is NOW Available on Denman Island!!

**See Poster below for Registration Details**
Choose to Move


Choose to Move

is NOW Available on Hornby Island!!


**See Poster below for Registration Details**



Count Yourself In.

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Please attend if you find yourself currently or will soon be in the housing situation(s) noted in the poster. This will help bring needed truthful awareness to homelessness in the Comox Valley.

A little Care Package will be provided to those who participate in this anonymous and voluntary survey!

Hornby Island

Located at The Kitchen on Wed., March 7th from 12 – 1:30 pm

Usual lunch starts at 12:30

Denman Island

Located at the Guest House on Wed., March 7th from 2 – 4 pm


Link to Poster: 2018 PiT Comox Valley (002)


Parent Café Extended!

We have extended our weekly Tuesday Parent Café until March Break!
It will run for the next 3 Tuesdays, at a new time, 12:30-1:30pm at the
Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society.

This is a weekly group for conversation, education, and support for parents/caregivers of children ages 0-10. A simple soup and bread lunch will be provided by parent volunteers. We hope to see you there!

Please email me or call if you have any questions, Meredith (250) 898-0247


Parenting in the Digital Age

Workshop Facilitated by Meredith and Mike from the Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society

Denman Island

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:30pm

For parents/caregivers of young people age 10-16

Denman School Library

• “Must-Have” Conversations
• Screen-time, Setting Limits, and Family Digital Use Agreements
• Relationships with Peers – Cyberbullying, Anonymity, Chatting

To register call 250-898-0247 or email

Hornby Island

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:30pm

For parents of young people age 10-16

Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society Boardroom

• “Must-Have” Conversations
• Screen-time, Setting Limits, and Family Digital Use Agreements
• Relationships with Peers – Cyberbullying, Anonymity, Chatting

To register call 250-898-0247 or email

Parent Café


Come enjoy a warm beverage and discuss being a parent on Hornby and Denman Island

Hornby Island: Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society Boardroom

Every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:30 pm 

Denman Island: Denman Clinic Lobby

Every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:30 pm 

Until February 27th & 28th, 2018

Discussion facilitated by Meredith and Mike from the Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society

For more information call 250-898-0247 or email or




Holiday Hampers

for Hornby Islanders


We are busy making preparations for the
2017 Christmas hamper program.
If you would like to receive a hamper,
volunteer or make a donation,
please contact our Coordinator

Jade at (250) 898-0245

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Life Happens – Live Prepared

A Workshop on Advance Care Planning


Part 1: November 8th  &  Part 2: December 13th

Denman Island
9:00 am at Denman Activity Centre
Hornby Island
Part 1: 1:30 pm at Hornby Island Community Hall
Part 2: 1:30 pm at Health Care office, 1965 Sollans Rd.


Please RSVP to 250-335-2885 
(Part 1 is mandatory to attend Part 2)


It’s about conversations. It’s about wishes.

One of the most important conversations you can have with those close to you is about what kind of care you would want if you should become very ill and unable speak for yourself. These conversations relieve your loved ones of the burden of making health care decisions on your behalf without knowing your wishes.

This interactive Advance Care Planning workshop,facilitated by the Comox Valley Hospice Society, is for all adults and will:

♦ describe Advance Care Planning using a variety of print and video resources ♦ provide a framework for choosing who you would like to have speak on your behalf and review the British Columbia requirements for creating a Representation Agreement ♦ explain the process of documenting your goals, values and beliefs ♦ provide an opportunity to ask questions of skilled Advance Care Planning facilitators

Participants will be provided with an Advance Care Planning workbook –

a $5 donation towards the cost of the booklet is suggested.

Presented by:

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Hornby & Denman

Community Health Care Society

Revised constitution and by-law as proposed by the Board of Directors – to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on September 20th, 2017 on Denman Island

Select the below link to view:

HDCHCS Proposed new bylaws Sept 2017



HDCHCS AGM  |  September 20th, 2017 

Denman Activity Centre, Denman Island at 2:30 pm

Special presentation on:
Community Health Centres 
By Rick MacDonald,
BC Association of Community Health Centres 


Door Prizes of Wood Briquettes & 2 Free Hours of

Home Assist Services & Refreshments! 

Come & share in creating a

healthy community! 



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Join Kim & Mike of HDCHCS

They will be facilitating drop in open discussions that will aim to address the healthiest ways to respond to our anxieties and concerns on the subject.
Tuesdays Jul. 18, 25, or Aug. 1,
from 1 – 2:30 pm at 1965 Sollans Rd., H.I.
Other Resources:
Comox Valley Hospice
(providing over-the-phone counselling supports)
250-339-5533 or
For further info or to schedule a time to meet call
Kim or Mike at 250-898-0247



Naloxone Training: Knowing when and how to administer Naloxone can save a life! 2pm Tuesday, June 20th or 7pm, Thursday June 22nd. Training by Maggie Ellis RN. Health Care Society office (beside the clinic) at 1965 Sollans Rd. Recommended for anyone that may be around anyone using any recreational or non-prescribed drugs.

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Happy Retirement Karen!

The staff and the board held a wonderful party to celebrate our long-time Home Care Supervisor, Karen Etheridge, and her retirement. There were funny, funny skits, a wonderful song, heartfelt speeches, a great dinner and some special gifts. It was an evening to celebrate a very special person who has contributed so much to the Society and our community over the last fifteen years. Karen has created a homecare program that services our elders with creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness and with a strong sense of compassion ……

Karen Etheridge Bursary Fund    We are establishing a Karen Etheridge Bursary as a legacy to Karen’s many years of devoted service to the Society and our community. This annual bursary will go towards education in nursing or homecare for a resident of Denman or Hornby. Contributions to the fund are gratefully accepted; cheques can be mailed to our office at 1965 Sollans Rd, Hornby Island, BC V0R1Z0.  Thank you!

Islands Trust logoHornby Denman Community Health Care Society has been nominated for a Community Stewardship Award. The Islands Trust Council created the Community Stewardship Award program in 2002 in order to encourage, recognize and reward leadership in preservation, protection, and stewardship of the Trust Area’s amenities, environment, and resources.  Since its inception, the Islands Trust Council has given 76 awards to individuals and organizations across the Trust Area. Stewardship award recipients for 2017 will be announced in June.

Free Influenza Immunization Clinics 2016


Hornby Island: Tuesday, November 8th 11:00am – 2:00pm  @ The Hall

Denman Island: Wednesday, November 23rd 11:00am – 2:00  @ Seniors Hall

NOTE:  There will be a designated Children’s area at all Drop-in Clinics.
For influenza information visit:, call Health Link BC, dial 8-1-1 or phone
(250) 331-8599 Influenza Hotline (recorded messages) by Comox Valley Public Health Nursing.
Bring your MSP Care Card to clinic.


Riding The River: Parents Group



Understanding Dementia

October 5, 2016 – 9:30am at the Activity Centre on Denman and 1pm at New Horizons on Hornby. Jane Hope from Alzheimer Society of BC will present information and answer questions on a broad range of issues pertaining to dementia. Bring a friend and your questions. More information Lori at (250) 335-2885.

Win the Wood!
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Robert Bateman, “England”

Monday July 18th at the Hornby Island Community Hall
All proceeds go to the Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society



Community Forum: Choosing to die at home

Community forum poster - 2016


Home for the Holidays: Gift-giving with a Community Focus

Home for the Holidays 2015

Holiday Hamper Announcement

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Annual General Meeting

AGM poster


Hornby Island’s Summer Drop-in 4 Girls

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Upcoming Event: Sunday July 28, 8 PM

Robert Bateman poster 2015


NEW Comox Valley Hospital

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Free Workshop for parents, youth, & community members on sexual exploitation and what it looks like in the valley and what you can do about it

It Can Happen to Anyone” is a prevention based workshop designed for parent groups, service providers, and community audiences. The workshop is facilitated by Diane Sowden, founding Executive Director, who lost her 13-year-old daughter to the sex trade. “It Can Happen to Anyone” topics covered include: a comprehensive overview of youth sexual exploitation in British Columbia, case studies and trends of youth exploitation, online exploitation, an overview of legal issues surrounding sexual exploitation, and family support.

Date: September 26, 2012 Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: North Island College Stan Hagen Theatre

***Pre-registration is required***

To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Miranda Blomquist at: or 250-338-7341

Sponsored by the Community Drug Strategy Committee, CASEY (Community Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth) Comox Valley Committee, and North Island College’s Human Service Worker Program


2nd Annual YOUTH Sculpture “Bent Art” Workshop



New equipment additions in tribute to Robert Kungl
Thanks to the big-hearted donations made in memorium by the friends and family of Bob Kungl, the island’s Equipment Loan Cupboard has received a generous boost. These funds have made it possible to purchase a new portable articulating hospital bed, a trapeze lift and a support pole. Each of these items can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for island residents experiencing illness or injury. A very special thank you to Kathy and family, for making this opportunity possible.

There are Equipment Loan Cupboards located on each island. This community service offers short term loans of a variety of equipment necessary when health is compromised. The inventory includes items such as crutches, commodes, wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, hospital beds, lifts and more. In the past the Society has been able to secure some funds from BC Gaming to assist with this program, many items are also graciously donated by community members. Anyone interested in borrowing items or learning more about the program can call the office at 250 335-2885.


Holiday Sharing

Once again the generous community donations of time, goods and funds have come together for the benefit of some valued island programs; the Hornby Hamper Program and the Home Assist Emergency Fund. Coordinator Quinn, program mentor Mike Parrish and a dedicated group of volunteers created a lovely day of sharing on ‘hamper day’ at the Hornby Hall on December 21st. A lovely meal was prepared and shared and hampers were loaded with thoughtful contributions.

Raffles organized on each island over the holiday season were a great success thanks to the many contributions by island artists and producers and generated over $1000 towards the Home Assist Emergency Fund. This fund also received ‘Home for the Holidays’ donations from many community members. The Home Assist Emergency Fund makes it possible for the Society to respond to situations where individuals need some short term personal care to help them through a hardship. This program is ongoing and anyone wanting more information or assistance can contact the Society office at (250) 335-2885. Thank you to all that contributed so generously!