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PBQ News: Qualicum Beach council honours community volunteers

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The Town of Qualicum Beach recently honoured community volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation reception held Dec. 14.

The event, which took place at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, is a highlight in council’s calendar. It is their opportunity to thank the many people who contribute to the community’s well-being through volunteerism, whether serving on town committees and commissions, or broader community organizations.

This year, the winner of the Above and Beyond Volunteer Award was Adele Kristalovich, chosen by council for her outstanding fundraising achievements and extensive community involvement in the Oceanside area.

Qualicum Beach volunteer appreciation photo

Kristalovich, known as ‘Del’, exemplifies the true meaning of going ‘above and beyond’ in the community as she is a volunteer of a number of organizations, including Flowerstone Health Society, Manna Homeless Society, Oceanside Division of Family Practice, and North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.

Del’s contributions to the Flowerstone Health Society have played a crucial role in the success of the Flowerstone Family Health Clinic. In her role as secretary/treasurer, she brought her advocacy for social justice, extensive community board experience, and exceptional fundraising skills. Her knowledge has been vital in promoting the society and ensuring excellent care at the Flowerstone Clinic, which now serves approximately 4,000 patients.

At Manna Homeless Society, Del serves treasurer on the board of directors, where her innovative approach introduced a new bank balance accountability process, ensuring financial transparency and integrity within the organization. Additionally, her role in organizing newsletters allowed her to intimately connect with Manna’s activities and effectively communicate them to supporters.

A further organization that Del has supported for many years is the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. She became an advocate for programs and projects that would help in the care of wildlife at the centre as well as obtaining grants. Del is now the past president of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association but still an integral part of the association.

The afternoon closed with a sincere thank you from council, on behalf of the whole community saying, “Your generosity of time and spirit shines brightly, and we are profoundly grateful for the difference you make every day.”

The volunteer groups and committee/commission members honoured this year are listed on the 2023 Volunteer Appreciation Recipients Award displayed in the town hall foyer, along with the Above and Beyond Volunteer Award plaque.

PBQ News: Family health clinic in QB now primary care centre for more than 3,000 residents

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The Flowerstone Family Health Clinic in Qualicum Beach is now the primary care centre for more than 3,000 Parksville Qualicum Beach residents.

The clinic, which recently marked its second anniversary, is staffed with six nurse practitioners, who are actively accepting new patients from the Oceanside Health Connect Registry, according to a news release by the Flowerstone Health Society, a community-driven non-profit organization.

Flowerstone Family Health Clinic also looking to staff two family physicians to further strengthen the clinic’s skill set and to quicken the pace at which residents can have a health-care provider to call their own.

“Flowerstone’s approach to healthcare is unique,” said Julie Gibler, a patient at the clinic. “It allows individuals to remain in the driver’s seat, as leaders in their own healthcare decisions.”

The clinic is managed by the Flowerstone Health Society. Earlier this year the society received charitable status, which allows it to receive charitable donations from the community to support its initiatives.

“Patients want to have a voice regarding the direction of health care in their community,” said Rosemary Graham, chair of the Flowerstone Health Society. “We believe residents want to participate in the growth of primary care and they can do that by joining the society. A community membership and the ability to accept charitable donations should enable the Flowerstone Health Society to be a dynamic contributor to primary care in the Oceanside area.”

To learn more about the Flowerstone Health Society, apply for society membership, get connected with the Health Link Connect Registry, or make a donation, visit for more information.

— NEWS Staff, submitted