Yakimovich Wellness Centre

About the Yakimovich Wellness Centre

The Yakimovich Wellness Centre is a place of learning in a large room that seats 60 people and has a full complement of AV equipment. The Centre offers free health education; Self-Management and community programs to adult population as well as peer support groups. The Centre can be booked for staff education both within Island Health and community groups. There is no charge to use the space – if interested in using the facility please contact, Liz McCarter: 250-580-3034 or by email: Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca

YWC Education sessions

The Yakimovich Wellness Centre has started offering sessions again. The upcoming schedule of sessions will all be virtual using zoom – this means you get to view the sessions from the comfort of  your own home.

JUNE 2022 Sessions

Title: Get the Facts about MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) (in person)
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Debrah Beukes, MAID Coordinator, Palliative and End of Life Care, Island Health
Course #: 28629

In this session you will learn about:

  • What is Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
  • Eligibility
  • Updates in the new laws for MAID


Title: Computer and Printer Choices and File Management (in person)
Date: Monday, June 6, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Course #: 28664

This session will include:

  • Uploading and downloading
  • Apps – how do you know they are saved and how much space they take up on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones
  • What do I need – desktop, tablet, laptop, smartphone computers
  • Managing files – including music and photos
  • Learning about the various types of printers and what they do


Title: Digestive Health (via zoom)
Date: Monday, June 6, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Swati Scott, Dietician, Island Health
Course #: 28630

In this session you will learn:

  • Overview and how the digestive system works
  • Common digestive problems:
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Gall Bladder disease
    • Celiac Disease
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Other digestive issues
  • Question and Answers


Title: The Role of Gut Microbiota in Gut-Brain-Immune System Communication: An Update (in person)
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speaker’s Bureau
Course #: 28631

Session Description:
An update on the role of gut bacteria in the regulation of the gut immune system and gut-brain communication.


Title: Social Media and Computer Security (in person)
Date: Monday, June 13, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many in Victoria
Course #: 28666

Session Description:
Social Media and security – what does it all mean and what do I need to know:

  • Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Skype, WhatsApp and Twitter
  • Security issues on different apps/programs and devices
  • Scam reviews

Title: Here Today Gone Tomorrow (in person)
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Victoria Hospice Education and Research, Island Health
Course#: 28147
Session Description:
Conversations about death can be difficult to approach but we know that these discussions are important and necessary for clarifying values, wishes and goals about care and end of life care. There are a number of tools such as advance care planning which helps to achieve these goals, but often this planning is left until a person is ageing, or is diagnosed with a life limiting illness. To encourage de-stigmatizing these difficult conversations, Victoria Hospice has developed a series of conversation starters that you can use in you home with your family, friends and loved ones.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow is a conversation game around living, dying, and what matters most. When you register for this session, you will receive the card deck that will be used to begin conversations. The conversations have four simple rules: listen, reflect, write and share (or not!). This card deck is an easy, safe and sensitive way to reflect on what matters most.


Title: Intro and Review – iPad/iPhone (in person)
Date: Monday, June 20, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Course #: 28665

Session Description:
Bought or received an iPad and do not known how to use it? Or thinking of getting or giving one and want to know what the craze is all about?

Demonstrate; transferring songs to you iPad from the internet or CD, sync with your MAC or PC, playback options, transferring podcasts to our iPad, basic operation.

Title: Android – Tablets and Phones (e.g. Samsung) etc. (in person)
Date: Monday, June 27, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Course #: 28667
Session Description:
Any questions to do with your tablet (e.g. Samsung) or smart phone (e.g. LG, Samsung) will be discussed.

if you see something that interests you and you would like to sign up - please see below

Have questions or need more information?

Contact: Liz McCarter, Restorative Health & Yakimovich Wellness Centre Coordinator
Phone: 250-580-3034 Email: Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca

Address: Hillside Seniors Health Centre, 1454 Hillside Ave,
Victoria, BC, V8T 2B7
Official Website: https://www.islandhealth.ca/yakimovich (under development)