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REPORTING · 28th June 2012
Walter McFarlane
On Saturday, June 9th, the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group held their Annual General Meeting. It was a time to discuss the past year, elect the new executive.

Rob Goffinet, Chair of KHAG stated the group was formed when the Provincial Government took away local board autonomy over the hospital. The group was formed to advocate like a local hospital board. They focused on acquisition, recruitment and retention of trained people in the hospital. Last year, they became an advocacy group.

For the election, Rob Goffinet retained his position of Chair, Doctor Derrick Carstens remained Treasurer and Councillor Corrine Scott was named Secretary, all by Acclamation.

Goffinet asked the two members leaving the table, a pair of High School Students, Adam and Sabrina what their future plans are. Sabrina stated she was going to UBC and going into sciences and considering a career in the health profession. She also provided a report on what she has learned by volunteering in the hospital. Adam stated he was going to UNBC to take General Studies until he finds what he wants to do. Good luck to both of you in the future.

Scott gave an update on the Kitimat Hospital Foundation. She explained the foundation members volunteered at Bull-O-Rama for a donation to the foundation. They have also made a $10,000 donation to the hospital to seed a reception area for the Doctors and Nurses to give them some privacy. This area has been budgeted for.

One discussion around the table was about the food at the hospital. While some people are getting good cooked food, others are still getting food that is frozen solid. It was pointed out the Hospital had good food at one time.

Goffinet concluded the meeting by going over the changes to the group from 2011. KHAG is an advocacy group for the community of Kitimat. The Committee should be engaged on behalf of the community prior to any changes to health services in Kitimat.

The group has been disbanded for the summer and will return on September 8th.