Calgary Ostomy April 2023 E-News
Calgary Ostomy April News From Our President
Dear friends, it has been a busy time for us since Christmas.
First, thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas social at the Kerby Centre. It was a great success, and all had a great time.
Our next event will be the celebration of our chapter’s 55th anniversary. We will commemorate this occasion on Sunday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Community Association. There will be a historical presentation, volunteer appreciation, and social. We hope you will join us to celebrate this special milestone. Click here to RSVP!
Some exciting news for April – starting this month, we will move to a hybrid (Zoom / in-person) Ostomy & J-Pouch Support Group. The first meeting will be on April 26 at 7:15 p.m. at the Nose Hill Library. Click here to RSVP!
Plans are also in the works for another Young Adults event at the Comedy Cave in May.
We are also working on a skincare presentation for May; our AGM and, hopefully, Dr. Baverstock, a urologist, for June; Step Up for Ostomy and Dr. Raman, a gastroenterologist, for September. We hope to make these educational webinars available worldwide to all ostomates and interested parties.
Our Treasurer, Helmut Doerntlein, has resigned due to health concerns. We wish him a speedy recovery and best wishes. If anyone has some accounting experience and could take on this role, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403 273-8946 for more information.
Because of your generosity, we can sponsor up to 6 campers for youth camp again this year. Unfortunately, camp registration fees have gone up 38%—quite a jump for one year. Youth Camp is an excellent experience for any young ostomate or child with related special needs, and we are happy to be able to support this great program.
The executive and I wish you a happy, healthy spring and look forward to seeing you at our anniversary celebration.
Pat Cimmeck, President, Calgary Ostomy Society
Meet Our New Volunteer – Alyson Wood
Alyson Wood has joined us as a support and educational programming volunteer. We look forward to working with her!
“I am a registered nurse working in long-term care. I’m currently completing the NSWOC program, and I plan to graduate in December 2023. I’m taking a semester off in the summer to enjoy activities like camping, running, and mountain biking!
I’m grateful to be a part of the Calgary Ostomy Society, as I’m really excited to get involved in the community and connect with new people. I also hope to continue to learn and grow as an NSWOC student. I look forward to meeting you all!” – Alyson