About us

Who We Are

SOHC (Support Our Health Care) is a healthcare advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement of healthcare services for the people living in Princeton and surrounding Area.

 

Our Vision

Our future includes a model of health care that serves Princeton and Area from “cradle to grave”, competently and efficiently, with Princeton General Hospital at the core of these services. The renewal of our health care services will ensure that our community will thrive.

Our Mission

Dedicated to the development of Princeton as a model of excellence and innovation in rural health care.

The purposes of the Society are

To ensure that residents of Princeton and Area have access to timely, essential health care services within our community. 

To work with the Ministry of Health and the Interior Health Authority to develop an improved and sustainable health care model with Princeton General Hospital and Cascade Medical Clinic at its core

To ensure equitable access to health care, regardless of an individual’s income, level of ability, age, cultural heritage, sex, sexual orientation or geographical location. 

To address local health care concerns, doctor shortages, and service reductions.

SOHC Executive

The following members of Support Our Health Care were elected to the Executive at the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Society:

President: Edward Staples (edwardstaples8@gmail.com)

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Edward Staples is a graduate of Dickinson State University and holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. His career as a musician/educator spans 38 years, including twelve years in Alberta and British Columbia public schools and seventeen years in international schools in Saudi Arabia, Chile, and Japan. Ed’s experience also includes six years as a Music Consultant to Edmonton Public Schools and a two year term as President of the Alberta Band Association. He has extensive experience as a music festival adjudicator and educational clinician throughout western Canada.

Ed retired from teaching in 2008 and moved to Princeton where he and his wife, Nienke Klaver, became active supporters of public health care at the local, provincial, and national levels. He and his wife formed  SOHC in April, 2012.

Vice President: Bill Day (witsend001@gmail.com)

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William L. (Bill) Day is retired.  He spends his time in Vancouver and Hedley BC.

He served as Citizenship Court Judge for British Columbia and the Yukon from 1998 to 2009.  He was Adjunct Professor of Higher Education at the University of British Columbia from 1990 to 2001. He  did numerous accreditation studies in the private sector for the Private Post-Secondary Education Commission of BC.

His working career started at Ocean Falls as a young construction millwright.  His work in education was centred in British Columbia, with intermittent work in India and the Philippines under Colombo Plan and CIDA auspices.  He retired from the Presidency of Douglas College, a large urban community college in the eastern suburbs of Vancouver, in 1995.

He was active as a developer, teacher and administrator of volunteer (community based) and school district adult education programs in BC from 1954.  After 1967, he was active in planning and developing community college institutions and programs in western Canada.

He has represented Canada at five OECD consultations on Adult, Recurrent and Distance Education in France, The Netherlands, U.S.A. and Portugal.

Bill received the Order of Canada in 1998 for his work in community, adult and international education, and the development and promotion of the community college concept in Canada.

Secretary: Nienke Klaver (tulameennienke@gmail.com)

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Nienke has been a professional musician for most of her working life. She received her initial training in the Netherlands and in 1973 became a member of the violin section in the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. After seven years, she moved to Canada where she did her Masters of Violin Performance at the University of Victoria. She moved to Edmonton in 1984, where she played in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. She also taught violin at Alberta College. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Santiago, Chile where she taught Suzuki violin at Colegio Nido de Aguilas. From there she moved to Tokyo, Japan where she continued her teaching career at the American School in Japan.

She retired in 2008, moved to Princeton and became involved in efforts to improve the model of healthcare in Princeton and Area. Nienke is a strong advocate for human rights and public healthcare. Her interests also include travel and photography.

Treasurer: Keith Olsen (kevin_acres@nethop.net)

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Keith Olsen has a wealth of experience having worked for Woodwards Stores, Douglas Lake Cattle Company, CP Rail, Canadian Telephones and Supplies Ltd and BC Telephones.
After retirement from BC Tel in May 1966, Keith moved to Courtenay where he managed an art gallery and a supply store. He moved to Princeton in 1998 where he operated two small businesses and was elected to Town Council as a Councillor in 1999 and then as Mayor in 2002.

Keith is a valuable member of the Princeton community having served on many volunteer organizations. This is his second term as Treasurer of SOHC.

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Director: Lynn Wells (lynn.m.wells@gmail.com)

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Lynn grew up in Barrie Ontario, where she rode, trained and showed her own horses, a passion that lasted many decades.

After graduating from high school, Lynn went straight into television production. For four years, she worked for a TV station in Toronto, working on a variety of local and national productions.  She married a colleague and stayed home for 15 years to raise their two sons first in Toronto, followed by two marvellous years in France, then in Ottawa.

After the marriage ended, Lynn went to work for the Federal Government in Ottawa where she advanced through several positions in Information Technology. From there she moved to a computer consulting company, writing proposals and managing contracts. During that time, she also enrolled in a B.A. program in Art History at the University of Ottawa, graduating Cum Laude, and followed that with several courses for teachers of English as a Second Language.

After 20+ years of living in Ottawa, Lynn moved to Penticton, BC where she worked as Executive Director of an immigrant services organization. Her proposal-writing skills allowed her to increase the organization’s funding from $80,000 a year to $300,000 a year. After ten years in Penticton, Lynn retired and moved to Hedley where she has been actively involved in two of Hedley’s non-profit organizations and as Chair of the Hedley Improvement District.

Because many of Hedley’s residents prefer to go to Princeton for medical services, Lynn became involved in Princeton’s Support Our Health Care group.

Director: Frank Turner (frank3jean@gmail.com)

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Frank Turner is a retired dentist. He and his wife Jean live on an acreage just outside Princeton.

Director: Rika Ruebsaat

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Rika Ruebsaat was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada as a child. Her working life has included theatre, music and classroom teaching. In 2007 she moved to Princeton where she became involved with the local arts council and the Princeton Museum. She has served as president of both organizations. Rika is one of the founders of the annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival, now in its eleventh year. She is currently President of the Princeton Traditional Music Society.

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Click on the following link to see the SOHC Constitution:

SOHC Constitution

BECOME A MEMBER

To become a member of SOHC, please
email the secretary.
Annual membership is $2.
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SOHC Discussion Paper

Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C
Support Our Health Care has released a discussion paper in order to get feedback from the community, politicians and professionals about the state of local healthcare and what the long term solutions should be.
Download PDF Here