Group applying for non-profit status

A group of concerned Armstrong and Spallumcheen residents is hoping official status as a non-profit organization will help efforts to resolve the community’s doctor shortage.

The group, which is supporting a multi-physician clinic for the communities, has decided to seek charitable status and to call itself the Haugen Community Healthcare Society in honour of Dr. Ragnvald (Roy) Haugen, a physician who served the Armstrong area from 1939 to 1971.

The society is hoping to promote timely access to primary care services, promote health and wellness and continue Haugen’s legacy of health care leadership.

“We are bound and determined to ensure Armstrong and Spallumcheen is not left like other communities in B.C. that have been left without doctors,” said spokesperson Nick Watkins.

The group hopes a meeting between the mayors of Armstrong and Spallumcheen and Minister of Health officials Monday will result in funding for a clinic in the community. If it does not, Watkins said status as a non-profit will enable the group to raise money to try and support such a clinic within the community.

Anybody with donations or other support to offer can call Nick at 546-3731.

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