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Balmoral Hotel upgrades bring supportive housing to south Nanaimo

January 22nd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Balmoral Hotel upgrades bring supportive housing to south Nanaimo)

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picture 044In September 2008 the Canadian Mental Health Association purchased the Balmoral Hotel building on Haliburton Street in Nanaimo for the purposes of providing supportive housing and outreach. Christina Martens, CMHA’s Mid-Island Branch executive director, said that the organization had invested in the community and was looking forward to being a good neighbour, despite hearing some initial concerns about the plans. (more…)

One man’s story of recovery, in his own words

January 22nd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on One man’s story of recovery, in his own words)

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picture 043Wallace Malay is a Nanaimo artist and a student at Vancouver Island University. There was a time, however, when Wallace was homeless, ill, and in active addiction.

Wallace Malay joins us in the studio to share his personal story of experience, strength, and hope, and to talk about homelessness and recovery. (more…)

Seminar to focus on youth anxiety, acute disorders

January 15th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Seminar to focus on youth anxiety, acute disorders)

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picture 042Anxiety disorders are surprisingly common in children and teenagers, affecting approximately 10 per cent of them. Unfortunately, 80 per cent of anxiety disorders in this age group go untreated.

What are anxiety disorders? Why do they occur? What can be done? To help parents learn how to deal with anxiety disorders in their children, AnxietyBC is bringing a skills building seminar to Nanaimo on Monday, Jan. 19. (more…)

RDSP for disability savings comes into effect January 1st

January 15th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on RDSP for disability savings comes into effect January 1st)

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picture 041In what is considered one of the most significant disability initiatives since the International Year of the Disabled in 1981, Canada’s federal government has launched a new tax-deferred savings plan for people living with a disability.

The government has also created the Canada Disability Savings Grant and the Canada Disability Savings Bond. (more…)

Calling attention to the national tragedy of homelessness

January 15th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Calling attention to the national tragedy of homelessness)

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picture 040Vancouver housing activist Am Johal is coordinating a hunger strike to shame the federal government into reinstituting a national housing program. Canadians from coast to coast can participate by spending a week on a liquid-only diet. The hunger strike began on December 30th and it will continue through the coming B.C. election and the 2010 Olympics. [source: www.straight.com] (more…)

2008 becomes 2009: A look back and a look forward

January 8th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on 2008 becomes 2009: A look back and a look forward)

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picture 037We devote our full program this week to a review of some of the stories that made the news in 2008…month by month…from the perspective of social issues as they unfolded…primarily in the Nanaimo region. We also look forward to what 2009 might bring to the community. (more…)