Official opening events pull back curtain on new Health Centre

The Bowen Island Community Health Centre will begin seeing patients in the new facility on April 29, 2024. But guests and the community got a sneak peek at a series of events over the past week.

On April 15, Health Minister Adrian Dix and members of the Squamish Nation were on Bowen to declare the Health Centre officially open and perform a traditional land blessing.

“When people are ill, their focus should be on getting well, not on the inconvenience and expense of travelling to other communities to get the care they need,” said Minister Dix. “On Bowen Island, and throughout B.C., the BC government is taking action to better connect people with primary care providers and improve coordination through local primary care networks, so people can receive quality care, locally.” 

Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation President Tim Rhodes told guests that the completion of the facility was a “momentous day for the community, for patients, for our more than 550 donors, for our volunteer board and everyone who has supported our vision of putting community health care in community hands.”

On April 19, 20 and 21, the Health Centre was the setting for a donor recognition event and a community open house. The April 19 donor event featured a Knick Knack Nook art sale. The Knick Knack Nook has been a strong supporter and donor of the Health Centre over the years, and the art sale continued that tradition. The Nook receives art donations on a regular basis, and the Nook’s art sale is their way of helping to raise funds for community benefit. Proceeds from the April art sale were donated to the Health Centre, with some art donated for permanent display in the new facility. On April 20 and 21, the community got their first glimpse of the new Health Centre, with tours conducted throughout the day.

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