Closing April 30th 2018

PPASS BC is sorry to announce that our Society will come to a close on April 30th, 2018.  This is necessary because of lack of funding and the failing health of your executive.

We are proud that PPASS BC has been working on behalf of its members and the medical community for the past 31 years and has helped so many people.  Many of the local groups will continue to meet so please check with your own group for further information.

At this time I would like to acknowledge your Board and our Executive Director Leiane  who have worked so hard over the past 10 years.   This group of dedicated people have provided you with information and a newsletter so that you did not have to feel alone in your struggle with PPS.  They have met with you, spoken to you and arranged AGMs for you and do not forget these people are also polio survivors themselves.

We will be holding a final get-together in Victoria late in April or early May and we will assist those groups who cannot attend to have their own final party.

I am privileged to have served as your President. 

Joan Toone
President PPASS BC


Our 2016 Annual General Meeting will be help on September 17th, 2016, at the Sandman Hotel in Penticton BC.  Please contact our office for more information.

We are delighted to have our own Marijke Dallimore Lindsay who really needs no introduction.  We also have regrets from Dr. Elizabeth Dean who must be in Sweden at the time of our AGM. 

'What the Clinical Trials Don't Tell You: My Path Toward Resilience Living With Polio Over My Life Course' by Marijke Dallimore Lindsay

Marijke will address the ‘ups and downs’ in resilience over her life course, she herself living with a history of polio, which many will be able to identify with and share. She will describe how awareness can bolster the ‘ups’ and lessen the ‘downs’ of the life journey. Although clinical trials can have a major role in examining the physiological effects of biomedical interventions, it is less-well quantifiable attributes such as ‘resilience and mindfulness’ that often can determine the outcome of interventions tested by clinical trial or that largely contribute to quality of life in general. Marijke will describe her experience with managing her personal resilience through such techniques as awareness and mindfulness and how these strategies have worked for her. There will be an opportunity for others to share their experiences so that others may gain the benefit of the collective knowledge of the group.

India Polio Free

It's official: India is no longer polio-endemic, leaving just three countries left to conquer.

It was a much-anticipated moment. Weeks after India marked 12 months in which no child had been afflicted with polio, the World Health Organization notified the national authorities that India was officially removed from the list of countries with active transmission of endemic polio. India’s success leaves only three countries remaining polio-endemic. Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Report of the Independent Monitoring Board

I have included the report from the Independent Monitoring Board as it gives great insight to the position on polio eradication around the world. The story is one of challenge, while India has remained polio free for a year other countries have slipped into the abyss and regressed to the point that are showing a gain in polio outbreaks. Take some time to read the report and you will glean a better understanding of the progress being made by Rotary and the World Health Organizations.

GF STrong

We have a temporary hold on new referrals to our Neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) outpatient program, due to our waitlist of one year. New referrals are still being accepted and will be kept on hold for consideration when our waitlist has reached our goal of 2-4 months. We will also make recommendations regarding other services and resources available to you in the community.


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