No. 88 April 2005 British Columbia Schizophrenia Society The Notepad North Shore Branch Newsletter Inside PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENING In Memoriam .........................2 Discretionary Trusts Upcoming Events...................2 Early Intervention ..................3 Pet Therapy ............................3 Speaker: Nicole Garton New Research ........................3 Sager Anderson Gardener Available ................3 10th Anniversary Party ...........4 Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 Call for Communicators.........4 Location: Lions Gate Hospital Downstairs Auditorium Time: 7:30 p.m. . . . sharp Support Groups Family Support Centre & Families and friends, come BCSS, North Shore Branch and share your concerns, #205 - 1865 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, V7V 1J7 questions, experiences and Open 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, or by appointment. needs with others who under- stand. Tel/Fax (604) 926-0856 www.bcssnorthshore.org BCSS, North Shore holds email: email@example.com monthly meetings for family members and close friends of The B.C. Schizophrenia Society, North Shore Branch those afflicted with schizo- is an Incorporated Branch Society and Registered Charity, BN 89422 6935 RR0001 phrenia or other serious men- tal illness. Please join us. Your generosity is appreciated. Receipts will be issued for income tax purposes. For more information please call 604-926-0856. 2 April 2005 The Notepad In Memoriam UPCOMING EVENTS Blake McKenzie ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Mark your calendar so you won’t forget the Our condolences to Blake’s family and many North Shore Branch AGM on Wednesday, friends in the North Shore psychiatric commu- May 25, 2005, 7:30 p.m. at Lions Gate Hospi- nity. Those who attended Canora Club over the tal. If you think you might be interested in years will remember Blake, who was usually standing for the Board, please call the office to on hand at the front desk to greet people, urge find out what is involved. them to sign in, and answer queries. Please note that your membership must be paid Blake was also a regular attendee at the BCSS at least a week before the AGM if you wish to Christmas Dinner Party, and an enthusiastic vote. one at that. He was one of the first to respond to our notice last fall that the party was being WEST VANCOUVER PARADE revived, and he was determined to be there. The West Vancouver Community Day Parade Two housemates changed their minds about will run Saturday, June 4, and the North Shore coming, but Blake was there to enjoy the Branch is planning to march again in this an- cheery music, good food, and conviviality. We nual event. We hope you will put in an order will miss him. for fine weather and join our contingent under the banner. Let us know if you can lend a hand to assist us with preparations (such as decorat- ing the car). I would like to help the BCSS NORTH SHORE BRANCH WALK the WORLD for SCHIZOPHRENIA 205 - 1865 Marine Drive June 26 – To finish the pre-summer season West Vancouver, BC V7V 1J7 with a flourish, our 14th annual “Walk the with a donation to help keep the Family World for Schizophrenia” will take place as Support Centre open usual on the scenic West Van Seawall. We as- Cheque enclosed semble at 10 a.m. at John Lawson Park, walk to by making a contribution to help the Dundarave and back with posters, brochures Branch build its endowment -- a gift that and balloons, to the accompaniment of the goes on forever West Vancouver Adult Pops Band. We hope by making a bequest to the North Shore you’ll join us. Branch in my will I would like some suggestions FAMILY to FAMILY for appropriate wording The next Family to Family course will start on Please call me with information Tuesday, September 13, 2005. The class is fill- Name: ______________________________ ing up quickly, so let us know soon if you are interested. Address: ____________________________ The North Shore Branch is an Incorporated Branch __________________ Postal Code: ______ Society, and financially independent of the provin- cial society. Please send contributions to help the Tel: __________ Email: ________________ Branch directly to 205 – 1865 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, V7V 1J7. 3 April 2005 The Notepad EARLY INTERVENTION: NEW RESEARCH SHEDS Results and Challenges LIGHT on SCHIZOPHRENIA Dr. Bill Honer, the Jack Bell Chair in Schizo- A March 7, 2005, news release from the Van- phrenia Research, was back by popular demand couver Coastal Health Research Institute high- to speak at our Public Education Evening, Feb- lights new research that is broadening our ruary 23, at the Lions Gate Hospital. understanding of cognitive problems in Dr. Honer reported on the first stage evaluation schizophrenia. “Researchers now know that study of the South Fraser Early Psychosis In- the strongest predictor for social and occupa- tervention Program, and described a number of tional impairment in schizophrenia is not the the research areas that he and his team are psychotic symptoms of the illness, but instead working on. We are preparing a summary of is the cognitive impairment associated with his talk, which will soon be posted on our web- schizophrenia. Poor cognitive function pre- site, www,bcssnorthshore.org. dicts poor recovery of the ability to work and to have meaningful social relationships.” Dr. Bill Honer is leading research that con- PET THERAPY FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA nects the impairments in schizophrenia to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is being used brain function mechanisms. He has found that by a group of researchers in Israel to treat an- brain proteins called complexins, which are hedonia (inability to experience pleasure), apa- associated with learning and memory in ani- thy, and social withdrawal in persons diag- mals, are decreased in the brains of schizo- nosed with schizophrenia. These types of phrenics, especially those who have suffered symptoms, classified as negative symptoms significant memory problems. because they represent missing characteristics In practical terms this should eventually lead that are normally present, can be difficult to to drug treatments that target the problem at treat with medications. The participants who the molecular level, leading to successful received AAT showed significant improve- treatment of cognitive problems associated ment when compared with the control group. with schizophrenia and ultimately a better For more info: www.angelfire.com/mh/chimo. chance of recovery. (Reprinted from the March-April 2005 issue of the Iris Express – Penticton Branch.) Otto Lim and Barb Livingstone at the Open House HAVE TROWEL WILL TRAVEL Is your garden begging for some atten- tion? Janet Scott is available for light gardening at the great rate of $10/hour. Vicki Rogers, Herschel Hardin, and Rennie Hoffman Just call the office and leave a message at the Family Support Centre Open House for her. 4 April 2005 The Notepad HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY! Thanks to all the old and new friends of the Centre for helping us celebrate. Thanks also to Capers in Dundarave for their generous contri- bution-in-kind, to Extra Foods (Park Royal) and to Save On Foods (Park & Tilford). Spe- cial thanks to Judy, Maggie, and Jean for their contributions to the feast; and to Nana Premji and Michel Ficot who recently opened Le Vol Au Vent in White Rock (worth a visit!). While anniversaries are important milestones, marking what has gone before, they are also stepping stones to the future. We are looking forward to the challenges and victories of the next decade, with a home of our own and a healthy endowment fund to keep things going. The Family Support Centre opened its doors April 1, 1995, with many members cheering and a few muttering sotto voce doubts about the wisdom of the endeavour. Time, we think, has proven the doubts ill-founded. Our Branch membership has increased slowly but steadily over the years, and we have files stuffed with thank-you notes and letters from grateful fami- lies who have come to us for information, sup- port, and ongoing fellowship. We have advocated on their behalf in particular cases, or provided the information and encouragement they needed to advocate for themselves and their ill relatives. More than one has told us Members and guests raise a toast to the continu- simply, “You saved my life.” ing success of the Family Support Centre. Although our operating grant was eliminated by the Health Authority three years ago, we are making a strong comeback, thanks largely to CALL for COMMUNICATORS the efforts and generosity of members and sup- If you have had experience with mental illness as portive friends. family member or patient and wish to share your insights with students and teachers, please give To celebrate this important anniversary, the us a call. We would like to increase awareness of Family Support Centre hosted an Open House schizophrenia and other serious mental illness by on April 1, 2005, from 2 – 7 p.m. Over 60 doing more Partnership Presentations in schools. people dropped by, enjoying fellowship, good Speakers are also needed to address various food, and a chance to check out what we do. community groups. Phone 604-926-0856 Guests included Ron Wood, Mayor of West BCSS North Shore Branch acknowledges the Vancouver, Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Van- support of the Province of British Columbia, couver-Capilano, and Pat Boname, former North Shore Community Psychiatric Services, mayor of West Vancouver. and our many generous Donors.