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March 2016 is a very busy month and it seems that spring has arrived early. It has been reported that the first geese were sighted 3 weeks ago. I'm sure that my son & I spotted those very geese as we were sitting at the lights on Bishop Grandin & Waverley. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw that pair!
Get ready to loose an hour's sleep on March 13th as we turn our clocks forward as Daylight Savings Time commences; March 17th is the day all the Irish (and the Irish at heart) celebrate St. Patrick's Day; Easter is early this year as Good Friday falls on March 25th and Easter Sunday on March 27; and ...School Spring Break starts on Monday, March 28th. And as I thumb through the Parade of Homes magazine (March 5 - 26), I want to find a way to squeeze a few trips through those magnificent homes too!
I would like to draw your attention to the Registration forms for Conference and the Delta Hotel found on Pages 10 & 11. For the first time in our conference history, registrations can also be completed online: go to: www.ostomy-winnipeg.ca and click on the conference page and check out all the details. Keep watch for more information as the plans develop.
Brandon ostomates had the opportunity to meet the 2 new ET nurses last month. ETs, Kendra & Christie, will be handling the needs of ostomates in the Prairie Mountain Regional Health area. Thanks to the Brandon Westman group for setting up this very informative and beneficial meeting. If you are looking for any information on how to live with your ostomy, drop in to the next meeting on Mar. 29th or give one of the members listed a call.
This month I am sad to announce the passing of Sam Knacker. Sam had been a long time member and brought us many enjoyable moments as he often entertained us with his music on the harmonica at our many social functions. As I look back, I remember fondly that Sam entertained us with his music during the Meet & Greet when we hosted the Ostomy Conference in 2005. He was quite a hit that evening and the conference goers dubbed him, "Sam the Music Man."
On the other hand, we celebrate Evelyn Waldera's "70th Stoma Anniversary". Having had surgery in 1946 when there were no appliances to be found, Evelyn is a great example of overcoming the odds and living with an ostomy as she turned 92 years young in January. We thank Evelyn for the lovely cake she supplied for our coffee break. The Stoma Anniversary Club is much richer since she donated $1.00 per year in celebration of this milestone in her life. Keep on smiling Evelyn! Here's to many more!
And to all you readers, here's hoping that March goes out like a lamb!Cheers,
Monthly General Meetings are held at Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Building (SMD),
rooms 202 and 203, 825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB.
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