Yúustway Health & Wellness Department Communications and Engagement Survey

Huy chexw a (thank you) to everyone who completed the Yúustway Health & Wellness Department Communications and Engagement survey. Over 200 members provided their input, and this is what we heard:

• Members would like communications that are respectful, timely, consistent, open, and transparent.
• More information about the Yúustway Health & Wellness team members, how to contact them, and what services are provided.
• The top five ways members would like information to be shared include email, newsletters, Facebook, Squamish Nation website, and community events.
• The top four areas/topics members would like to be regularly updated about include Yúustway Health & Wellness services offered, Health Benefits, upcoming events and workshops, and First Nations Health Authority/Vancouver Coastal Health Updates.

Please see the attached document for an infographic summary of feedback collected through the survey.

Yúustway Health & Wellness Survey Infographic

Protect yourself and your family from poisonings

Advisory Communication from Health Canada:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of household cleaning products, bleaches, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. Between February and March, poison centres received 58% more reports of exposure to these products, compared with the same period last year.

To keep your home and family safe, read and follow the directions on product labels”.

Find more information on how to safely use these products here: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/72983a-eng.php

Superintendent Letter- School District 44

May 6, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

Earlier today, Premier John Horgan held a news conference to share details of B.C.’s Restart Plan, a four-phase plan to ease restrictions currently in place due to COVID-19.

You may have had an opportunity to watch the news conference. For those who did not, here is a summary of what we now know:

-The plan, which will move us toward a “new normal,” is informed by the ongoing advice of the Provincial Health Officer, practical decision-making and common sense. While it is not prescriptive, the plan will rely on all of us doing our part to make choices that will continue to flatten and bend the curve.

-We are currently in Phase 1, a phase in which we have essential services operating, including childcare for essential service workers, K-12 remote learning, and in-class learning for the children of frontline essential service workers, vulnerable students, and students with more complex needs.

-We will move to Phase 2 in the weeks ahead. Phase 2, under enhanced protocols, will allow for things such as: small gatherings, provincial parks to re-open for day-use, more retail businesses to re-open, elective surgeries to resume, and most applicable to all of us, expanded and voluntary in-person schooling for K-12.

-Phase 3 will also occur under enhanced protocols and will eventually allow for more parks to re-open, film and TV production to resume, and movie theatres, hotels and resorts to re-open.

-Phase 4 will only be reached when we have developed treatment, a vaccine, or community immunity to COVID-19.

For your reference, I have included links to both the Office of the Premier’s news release and additional background information on the phased-in approach to resuming in-class instruction (see page 3).

I acknowledge that since the Minister of Education, under direction of the Provincial Health Officer, first announced the suspension of in-class instruction on March 17, 2020, we have all had to quickly adjust to a continuity of learning with new routines in our personal, school, and professional lives. Now, as we are asked to start to return to a “new normal”, we undoubtedly will experience change once again, but it will be done in a measured and coordinated way.

I know that with today’s announcement you will have questions about the timing of Phase 2, and how the expanded and voluntary in-person schooling may take place. Over the coming days, as we receive additional information and direction from the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Officer, we will communicate our plan for making in- class instruction available for more students. This plan will first and foremost prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and our school community. We will also continue to post updates on our District website.

As I have shared in previous communications with you, the North Vancouver School District is here for you and is committed to safely providing education and care for our students. We look forward to sharing with you more information as B.C.’s Restart Plan begins to unfold and we can welcome more students back to the classroom once again.

With appreciation,

Mark Pearmain

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Letter from School District 44

TAX PREPARATION SERVICE AVAILABLE NOW FOR ALL MEMBERS

CRA Filing Deadline – File before May 27, 2020
Please sign up before May 27th, 2020 in order to have your return filed before the CRA deadline of June 1st. If you sign up after May 27th we cannot guarantee your return will be filed by June 1st.

DO YOU NEED HELP PREPARING YOUR INCOME TAXES?

  • The Nation and our tax firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), are able to assist with non-complex “slip based” returns (i.e., no rental income, business income or complicated estate taxes)
  • All services will be provided remotely (telephone and/or online) by the Finance Department, with support from PwC, due to COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Signatures will be required to file tax returns and can either be obtained electronically or via hard copy where necessary.

How to access tax preparation support:

OR

  • Call Robert Michels at 604-982-8612 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm ONLY), or email Michael Pachkowski (PwC) michael.pachkowski@pwc.com PwC email will be answered during regular working hours. If sending an email for PwC, please indicate that it is related to the tax returns.

NOTE: The federal government announced that the regular April 30th filing deadline for personal tax returns has been extended to June 1st.

For more information, visit www.squamish.net/taxreturnsupport

If you have questions for the Finance Department not related to taxes, please call 604-980-4553.

North Shore Resources: Free and Low-Cost Food Guide

The North Shore Emergency Management website has a resource directory with a “wide range of services and supports available to North Shore residents who are in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource directory provides links to community service organizations with a focus on those serving the North Shore.”

There are many resources listed including Families and Childcare, Food, Seniors, Youth, Housing and Shelter, etc.

View the resources and regularly updated Food Guide lists (under Food):
https://www.nsem.info/resources

No-Cost and Low-Cost Food Guide PDF April 30,2020
Grocery Store Food Guide PDF April 30, 2020

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