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Support. Care. Knowledge.

Support

We provide personal and family consultations, workshops and information sessions, group support sessions, and specialized exercise classes.

Care

Our professional staff offer a wide variety of services to clients at all stages of the lifecycle, from children to seniors, and their loved ones.

Knowledge

We welcome calls for information and assistance - connecting with schools, workplaces and the community.

Calendar

Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming for our Epilepsy Services

January 3, 2019. - Medical Qi Gong. We are starting a T’ai Chi / Qi Gong class - they will take place each Thursday from 10-11am at Absolute Therapy (across the hall from our office)  If you are interested in joining this group, please email epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca

February 8 – March 15, 2019 Chronic Condition Self-Management Facilitator Training Program

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Chronic Condition Self-Management Facilitator Training. This training program is now full!  Once our volunteers are trained, we will be able to offer this 6-week program to our clients. It’s an interesting and informative program that comes with a free and amazing textbook.  The program itself is offered through UVIC and Self-Management BC at no charge to its participants.  

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Chronic Condition Self-Management Program

If you are interested in enrolling in the follow up program, please email Deirdre or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list.  There is no cost to enrol in this program. 

The first session will be held on Friday from 2:00 – 4:00pm, February 8 – March 15, 2018.  

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Food and Nutrition Series

February 4, 2019.  Join naturopaths Dr. Pam Hutchison and Dr. Stephanie Bayliss for a talk on nutrition from 6:30-8:00 here at HeadWay Fee = $25/person

February 11, 2019 Help us welcome local celebrity Chef Michael Williams who will lead us through making a nutritious slow cooker meal. We will share the meal together at the end of the night. A slow cooker is provided to each participant free-of charge.  From 6:00 – 8:00pm on February 11, 2019, here at HeadWay. Check out the article on the February nutrition series in Country Grocer’s Friends and Family magazine which came out on Friday, December 7, 2018. Fee = $25/person

February 18, 2019.  Join us and help us celebrate Family Day with an evening of potluck deliciousness! Bring your family and your favourite dish and enjoy the great food and awesome company!

February 25, 2019. Join us to learn food budgeting tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your hard-earned dollars!  From 6:30 – 8:00pm on February 18, 2019, here at HeadWay.

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Presentations

Feb. 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm Dr. Sare returns! For all of us who attended her first workshop, you know what an amazing evening it was! Contact Deirdre to reserve your spot

March 4, 2019. Please help me welcome Dr. Rob Sealey to HeadWay to kick off Purple Month with a discussion on using cannabis as a medicine.  “A typical presentation includes a description of the endocannabinoid system, history and evidence behind medical cannabis, potential therapeutic indications, dosages, administration, side effects, and contraindications” (drrobsealey.com).   Dr. Sealey will help us answer some of our questions on March 4, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Please let us know soon if you are interested in attending this presentation.  We anticipate a lot of interest in this event and therefore may need to book a larger space to accommodate everyone!

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Social

March 23/24, 2019. Join us at Peacock Billiards for a charity pool tournament during this weekend that was organized by one of our members! Details to come...

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BCALM’s Art of Living Mindfully Program

BCALM’s Art of Living Mindfully Program is now accepting referrals for the HeadWay group. If you are interested in attending but do not yet have a doctor’s referral, please get it in straight-a-way!  And please make sure it is the referral form marked “HeadWay”. This allows our clients to attend a great program without having to sit on BCALM’s regular waitlist.

This program will likely be scheduled for Thursday afternoons once we have 15-18 participants who have completed their referrals.

“This 8 week course provides participants with a firm grounding in mindfulness based strategies useful in navigating stress and in recognizing patterns of thought, speech and behavior that may be contributing to stress and suffering. Home meditation practice is a major component of this course in order to embody concepts learned in class and to then apply them into life. Exercises focusing upon mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy complement the meditation practice and allow participants to further explore key concepts of inquiry, acceptance, non-attachment, compassion, loving kindness and non judgement” (BCALM website). Please email epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list if you are interested in attending this program.

Call for stories! We want to publish your stories in our newsletter.  I have spoken to so many amazing individuals who have inspiring stories.  If you are open to share your stories in our newsletter or for our Purple Day campaign, please get in touch with me (Deirdre).

NEW! If you would like to attend a peer group but are too far away or can’t make it to the office, you can now join via FaceTime, Skype, or on our conference telephone. Let Deirdre know if you want to join up and she will get you started.

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION! I have been very busy recently speaking to a number of organizations about epilepsy. These are targeted presentations which help an organization – whether that be a business who employs someone with epilepsy, a school that has students with epilepsy, or any organization working with someone who has epilepsy -  arm itself with the knowledge and support needed to best serve their employees, students, or clients.

If you know of an organization that would benefit from some seizure education and support, please let Deirdre know.  We are always happy to spread the word!

Services Across the Island

We are now offering a number of services, such as peer groups, up island for any individuals who live with any form of epilepsy.  If you are interested in meeting others in your area, please let me know at epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list. 

Personal one-to-one consultations and education programs will now be offered once a month in a variety of communities up island.  It you are interested in meeting with me personally, or if you have an organization at which you would like me to speak, please send me a message at epilepsy@vecp.bc.ca . or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list

Our first visit will be to the Duncan area on Thursday, January 31, 2019.