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Health measures up The Sea to Sky Community Health Council has opened wide and said, "ahh" this week as part of a national accreditation process that judges how well the health organization provides service. The Sea to Sky CHC was the first B.C. regional health authority to participate in the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation process, June 1-4. Squamish General Hospital and Hilltop House have participated before, but this will be a first to include community health care centres in Whistler and Pemberton, and the Howe Sound Home Support Services. The process measures local service against national standards. External examiners meet with teams of staff that include board members, health care staff, physicians, volunteers and other affiliated groups. "We have spent many long hours preparing for this accreditation process," says Jim Miller, chair of the corridor CHC. "The accreditation process helps us understand more about the various sites, programs and services that make up the Sea to Sky CHC." Initial information from the process should be available soon, with the full report coming in the fall. "The CHC wants the community to know about this process and how we rate against national standards," Miller says. For more information, call Richard Wadsworth, director of planning and evaluation: 932-2555. First-timers get screened Seventy-five per cent of the women who received mammographies between May 2-22 at Squamish General Hospital were first-timers, a surprise for health council heads. "We were surprised that 370 of the visits were by residents who had not had a screening mammography before," says Brian Kines, CEO of the Sea to Sky Community Health Council. This was the first time the service was located in the corridor. The majority of visits were in Squamish. Thirty-two women from Whistler and 10 from Mount Currie attended. It is hoped future clinics can be held in Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie. The big ride is back The local Heart & Stroke Foundation's Big Bike fund-raiser returns, Tuesday, June 9, for teams to take the "bicycle built for 30" on a spin around town. To register your team for an excursion of fun, fitness and fund-raising, call Sonya McCarthy: 932-3849. Plan your winter Whistler's winter recreation programs will only be as good as your input to help plan them. That's why Whistler Parks and Recreation staff are inviting everyone to Myrtle Philip Community centre, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. to share your ideas to create winter programs during Parks and Recreation Community Planning Day. Staff setting up the event say the two hours will be full of entertainment, food and prizes to entice as many participants as possible. Gazebo gets musical Two school groups will entertain from the Village North gazebo next week, bringing big band sounds and the elegance of strings to Whistler. Thursday, June 11, sees the Queen Mary Elementary String Orchestra from Vancouver perform a 45-minute concert beginning at 11 a.m. Next day, June 12, the Hastings Elementary Senior Band, also from Vancouver, takes over the gazebo at 11 a.m. for a 45-minute show. Can't stop listening Local singing group Colours on Key presents a musical evening "Can't Stop Singing" at Our Lady of the Mountains Community Centre, located at the foot of Lorimer Road. Special guests include the Moving Chords Winter Showchoir, a Whistler youth choir of Grade 7-9 students, who will present a musical revue celebrating rock 'n' roll. The event ignites the eardrums at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 14. Admission is by donation. For more information, call Sadie Culliford (932-4908) or Colleen Koop (898-5981).

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