PPASSBC 2016 AGM

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting will be help on September 17th, 2016, at the Sandman Hotel in Penticton BC.  Please contact our office for more information.

We are delighted to have our own Marijke Dallimore Lindsay who really needs no introduction.  We also have regrets from Dr. Elizabeth Dean who must be in Sweden at the time of our AGM. 

'What the Clinical Trials Don't Tell You: My Path Toward Resilience Living With Polio Over My Life Course' by Marijke Dallimore Lindsay

Marijke will address the ‘ups and downs’ in resilience over her life course, she herself living with a history of polio, which many will be able to identify with and share. She will describe how awareness can bolster the ‘ups’ and lessen the ‘downs’ of the life journey. Although clinical trials can have a major role in examining the physiological effects of biomedical interventions, it is less-well quantifiable attributes such as ‘resilience and mindfulness’ that often can determine the outcome of interventions tested by clinical trial or that largely contribute to quality of life in general. Marijke will describe her experience with managing her personal resilience through such techniques as awareness and mindfulness and how these strategies have worked for her. There will be an opportunity for others to share their experiences so that others may gain the benefit of the collective knowledge of the group.

India Polio Free

It's official: India is no longer polio-endemic, leaving just three countries left to conquer.

It was a much-anticipated moment. Weeks after India marked 12 months in which no child had been afflicted with polio, the World Health Organization notified the national authorities that India was officially removed from the list of countries with active transmission of endemic polio. India’s success leaves only three countries remaining polio-endemic. Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Report of the Independent Monitoring Board

I have included the report from the Independent Monitoring Board as it gives great insight to the position on polio eradication around the world. The story is one of challenge, while India has remained polio free for a year other countries have slipped into the abyss and regressed to the point that are showing a gain in polio outbreaks. Take some time to read the report and you will glean a better understanding of the progress being made by Rotary and the World Health Organizations.

GF STrong

We have a temporary hold on new referrals to our Neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) outpatient program, due to our waitlist of one year. New referrals are still being accepted and will be kept on hold for consideration when our waitlist has reached our goal of 2-4 months. We will also make recommendations regarding other services and resources available to you in the community.

Scott Wasserman reports

Polio. It's a disease we rarely talk about anymore because the last known case in the U.S. was nearly 30 years ago. But as many as 40-percent of those who contracted the disease then are now suffering from post-polio syndrome. That's the bad news. The good news is a new therapy that's giving hope to many who have suffered through decades of muscle weakness, joint pain, and fatigue. Scott Wasserman reports. See the video report ..  here (link no longer available). 

Paul Harris Fellow

PPASS BC President Joan Toone Receives the Prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International District 5020.

Our president, Joan Toone, together with fellow polio survivor and Rotary member, Denny Wilford, from Port Orchard WA, were each presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award by Rotary District 5020 Governor Norm Watts at the 2008 District Conference, held in Parksville BC on May 31st.

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