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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.

Upcoming Programs/Workshops

Mark Your Calendars:

December 16, 2018. The Social Club will meet on December 16th at Peacock Billiards for a good time while we learn to play pool! Well, some of us (like me) will learn. Others will be bring their own pool cues and school us!  We will be there from 3-5pm.  Join us!

December 17, 2018. Our First Nations facilitator - Shane Baker – is back and ready to lead the December peer meeting! The meeting will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018, from 12:00 – 1:00pm here at HeadWay.

December 18, 2018. Our Craft Club members are creating personal craft projects or bracelets for Purple Day! Our next Craft Group is on Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30 – 8:30pm here at HeadWay.

December 19, 2018. Our Youth and Young Adults Group will meet on December 19, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00pm at HeadWay rather than on the usual 4th Wednesday of the month.  George Colussi from Volunteer Victoria will be speaking on Volunteerism and Community Service! If you are interested in attending, please let us know!

December 20, 2018. You are cordially invited to attend our HeadWay Holiday Open House on December 20, 2018 from 3-6pm here at our office.

December 25, 2018 – January 1, 2019. HeadWay’s office will be closed for the holidays. We will re-open with gusto on Wednesday, January 2, 2019!

Medical Qi Gong. We are close to confirming dates and times for our Medical QI Gong class in partnership with Absolute Therapy! We will keep you posted!

February 7 – March 14, 2019 Chronic Condition Self-Management Program

Are you interested in attending a great program aimed at helping those of us with chronic conditions to lead our best life!  The program is funded through the University of Victoria and Self-Management BC.  It comes with great book!  I (Deirdre) attended this program in January of 2018. I was the only participant with epilepsy so I reached out to see if some of our members could go through the facilitator training in order to have a group that was epilepsy or Parkinson’s specific.  The facilitator training will be in January, and the first session of the program is tentatively booked for Thursday afternoons beginning February 7, 2019.  If you are interested in attending, please email me epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca or call 250-475-6677.

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.

February 11, 2019 Helps 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, 2018, 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.

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 tricks and tips to the most out of your hard-earned dollars!  From 6:30 – 8:00pm on February 18, 2019, here at HeadWay.

Dr. Sare returns Feb. 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm. 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!

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...

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.