Go Fund Me

Many of you know Peter and Erika, from their volunteer efforts among other things one as Last year’s Santa and his most beautiful elf assistant.  Peter daughter, Liz is now fighting a battle with Stage 4 Cancer, where the experimental treatment will cost upwards of $14,000.00 each cycle.  Plick the image above to be directed to Liz’s gofundme page.  If you feel it in your heart to donate, the family would be grateful, any amount will help. 

Paramedic Donna Schneider soon to make home visits

Community paramedicine comes to Gold River, BC

Residents in the Gold River area living with chronic conditions may soon have the support of a community paramedic visiting them in their homes on a regular basis. This service is part of BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program being rolled out in rural and remote communities throughout BC.


Gold River’s community paramedic is long-time resident Donna Schneider, who has been a paramedic since 1999 and became the ambulance station’s unit chief in 2008.

Donna is now completing a 14-week orientation program designed to help community paramedics develop the competencies for applying their current scope of practice in a primary health care setting, and will begin providing services to patients in their home by the end of this year.

“My first priority will be getting a deeper understanding our local community and the Tsaxana First Nations community, and helping them understand how community paramedicine can provide additional health care support in the home,” Donna said. “I’m looking forward to working with the other health care professionals in Gold River, and to helping patients better self-manage their health so they can stay in their homes longer.”

Donna will be working as a community paramedic 20 hours per week during two 10-hour shifts. While carrying out these duties, she’ll visit patients in a specially-marked community paramedicine vehicle.

Patients are referred by their physician or a member of the local health care team, who are also responsible for determining the patient’s care plan. Services provided by the community paramedic include checking blood pressure, helping with diabetic care, identifying fall hazards in the home, medication self-management assessments, post-injury or illness evaluation, and assisting with respiratory conditions.

To find out more visit the BCEHS website at www.bcehs.ca.

Strengthening Rural Canada

In light of the recent comments around the community on social media I thought it might be a good idea to share this Strengthening Rural Canada Report once again from last November that encapsulates what was happening at the time and is still very relevant today. This was a Federal Government Project that put focus on creating small successes in rural Canadian communities to create momentum for bigger successes in the future.   

There were 36 people who came to the public meeting but there were many others involved in the idea sharing and brainstorming about what could be done to improve the situation in our little town.  I would hope that people know that from this report a call went out to the community and a task group was formed and has been working on a Trail Marking and Mapping project for the Scout/Antler Recreation Area (SARA).  This project is mapped and the pamphlet is almost complete the signage to be purchased has been researched and quotes received. The project has been shared with Council and has received endorsement from the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nations.  So there are just a few tasks left to complete this undertaking. I think we were all surprised at how much more time and energy it took to get us to where we are with this project but we are encouraged by how many have asked about the trails project and look forward to having our map to the Tourist Information Center this summer and signs up showing people how to get around the area. 

There were a couple of other projects identified in the Strengthening Rural Canada Report, namely a “Composting Facility” for organic waste and a “Job Board” using The Buzz or other social media to help our Seniors get help around the house/yard from local youths when needed. It would be great to see a couple more talsk groups created to address these items.

For those who are asking what’s being done, I urge them to reach out to others and get involved there is so much happening here.   We aren’t in charge of what big or small business does in Gold River, but we are in charge of what we volunteer to do and how we present ourselves and our community to those who would choose this place to live or visit. Let’s show them the good stuff, Craft Fair, Revellers, Gold River Days, Literacy Society, and so many, many clubs, groups and volunteers that make this place so special. 

Lynne Unger

Strengthening Rural Canada Report


Museum and Archives Society-Community Directory

If you are new to the area, or want to update/change your information or if you are a business in the community the Museum and Archives Society is compiling current information for the Community Directory.  The directory is meant to provide community information to members of both Gold River and Tsaxana and if there’s something you think we should have in there, please let us know!

All businesses in the community are welcome to be listed for free, however all proceeds over and above the cost of publishing goes to the Society, so purchasing an ad is most welcome and appreciated.  

Submit your information by:

Email to: suzannetrevis [at] gmail [dot] com 
Mail to: PO Box 985, Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0,
or in person at: the Literacy Centre, weekdays 10am – 1pm

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