Western Bay of Plenty Ostomy Society Inc Report
The year has been interesting as we tried to bring in some new elements to encourage people to do normal things, e g. A speaker on Dyslexia, A music evening , Talk on an Orphanage in the Philippines as a coming event, as well as Reps from Convatec and Omnigon.
Our coffee mornings appear popular and these are held in Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo.
Our A.G.M. Brought a change for the committee and we now have;
We are sending a/cs out to remind people of subs, awaiting with great expectations.
The other exciting news we have Jacky Pryor & Emma Dowling who are coming on board to support the younger people with families and we are looking forward to encouraging them in this area.
In October we obtained funding to hold a major seminar to mark World Ostomy Day with some excellent speakers and had registrations from as far away as Whakatane, Taupo and the Waikato. This was held in the beautiful venue ‘Woodhill” which is owned by the Legacy Trust who were one of our sponsors along with the Rotary Club of Tauranga.
Richard and myself are constructing a letter to the medical fraternity that a support team is operating and we are trusting they will pass this on.
At our AGM we discussed the idea of helping those who were in a much worse position than ourselves and decided to “twin” with the National Ostomy Association of the Philippines and have agreed to assist them by paying their capitation fee to the Asia & South Pacific Ostomy Association for the next 2 years.
We have just started a new project which is to expand into the Eastern end of the Bay of Plenty as there are a lot of Ostomates there and no society and will be holding regular coffee mornings in Whakatane and we have some other ideas we are working on so watch this space.
I continue with visiting and spend some time on the phone with enquirers I have had the occasion to speak to folk through Drs advice & Helen Collins, the hospital ward stoma nurse, when people are feeling alone prior too or after surgery. This is a very satisfying.
Our new team is looking forward to working together we will share some of the work load as we are all getting older and job sharing works well for us. We are also offering subsidies to encourage folk to conference.
It is my pleasure to be available for a second term as President
Western Bay of Plenty Ostomy Society,
President Dian Cheyne