Lorraine Doiron

Lorraine Doiron

An easy way to call on your doctor

Lorraine has experience with an easy solution to appointments with Vancouver doctors.

I have had the good fortune three times to attend a telehealth appointment at the hospital.

Appointments in Vancouver are expensive and during the winter months it is sometimes difficult to leave or arrive at the airport due to weather conditions. Driving is pretty much impossible with uncertain road conditions. Taking either the Medical Bus or Greyhound can happen but you are gone for a week just to have a 10 or 20-minute appointment and it is also costly.

Here I just take 10 minutes, check in, sit down in a conference room and there is my doctor. I can ask questions, get answers and return home all done within an hour and pretty much at no cost. If I am to be seen during the winter months by a Vancouver doctor, I ask for telehealth. They have been very agreeable to this.

The B.C. government is looking for feedback on university and college sexual violence and misconduct policies that were legislated to be created May as a result of a private member’s bill. Valuable, helpful input from comments online, focus groups and one-on-one interviews with survivors was used to write the UNBC Sexual Violence Policy. The provincial government is now seeking additional feedback through an online survey.

Here is your chance to provide input: engage.gov.bc.ca/preventsexualviolence/feedback/. Help to strengthen the policy and procedures, make more people aware of the policy and how to work towards the prevention of sexual violence. Deadline to respond is Jan. 29; contact information Sarah Boyd MSc, executive director, empower@unbc.ca or 250-960-5632.

At the library: Programs for young children, winter/spring sessions. All programs are free, drop-in and open to parents and caregivers of young children. Baby Time (newborns to 18 months), Toddler Time (18–36 months), Story Time (preschoolers), Lego Time (all-aged children, parent-supervised). Call the Smithers library for more information or to find out about special events and programs for older kids and teens: 250-847-3043.

Block Printing on Fabric with Mo Hamilton, Monday, Jan. 29, 9:30–4 p.m. (bring lunch) at the Smithers Art Gallery. $105 members/$115 non-members, all supplies are included in the price. For adults and older youth (16+), any experience level. Spaces are limited, registration and pre-payment are required, 250-847-3898.

Thursday, Jan. 25, 12–1:30 p.m. Theme ‘What is on Your Plate?’ Enjoy lunch, learn Wet’suwet’en language and hear some legends written by learners in our community. Lori Knorr, lknorr@nwcc.bc.ca.

Closing with: “Even though there are days I wish I could change some things that happened in the past, there’s a reason the rear view mirror in a vehicle is so small and the windshield is so big; where you’re headed is much more important than what you’ve left behind.” –Author unknown.