President’s Message March 2019

President’s Message March 2019

Hello Friends,

I’m sure we are all asking when will spring appear because Calgary has been in a deep freeze for the past month. The weather certainly doesn’t inspire one to go out and get things done. But hopefully March will be more seasonal so we will feel better and more hopeful.

March also signals our annual Vendor Fair, where the newest and greatest ostomy products, as well as standards, will be presented by manufacturers and city vendors.

I encourage you to consider attending the Saskatoon Ostomy Association’s Educational Seminar, “Well… Into the Future,” on April 26-27, 2019. Some of the topics will include nutrition, chronic pain management, medical marijuana, and purchasing travel insurance with a pre-existing condition. If you are interested in attending, please contact us!

The Small Support Group will be held Tuesday, April 9 and Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm at Wellspring NW. 

2019 programming will hopefully include autoimmune tips and questions, possibly in March, as well as kidney & liver disease and other degenerations of the body due to ostomy surgery in either June or September.

We have come to the conclusion that the Cancer Society building was not fulfilling the needs for our meetings so we have decided to permanently relocate to St. Augustine Church hall. Thank you to Sharon and Gerald S. for coming to the rescue by graciously offering the venue. This will, however, require one minor change: our Quarterly Meetings will now be held on the second WEDNESDAY OF MARCH, JUNE, SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER.

Our Christmas auction raised approximately $6,350 for the Ostomy Youth Camp. A big thanks to everyone who participated in making a tremendous difference in a child’s life.

In further support of the Ostomy Youth Camp, the Gutsy Gang will be meeting on April 4th at Aussie Rules Piano Bar. 

We hope to see you at the March Vendor Fair. Until then, stay warm and well.

Pat Cimmeck


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