New books in the library: April additions

The library at the Family Support and Resource Centre has a large selection of resources that are available to all residents of BC. Here’s what’s new this month:
(Click on the image to order the book online!)


Raising my rainbow
Lori Duron with Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka (foreword)

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family’s adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son.

TakakoWandering son: Volume one
Shimura Takako

In this graphic novel, Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy.


Indian inspired gluten-free cooking Alamelu Vairavan and Margaret Pfeiffer

With more than 100 inspired recipes like “Mushroom and Green Pea Quinoa with Pistachios”, “Chickpeas with Ginger and Mango” and “Chicken in Almond-Coconut Sauce”, this cookbook brings the rich flavours of Indian cooking to your gluten-free table.

HarrisIt’s not the stork
Robie Harris and Michael Emberley (illustration)

Vetted and approved by science, health, and child development experts, this book is aimed at helping kids feel proud, knowledgeable, and comfortable about their own bodies, about how they were born, and about the family they are part of.


Asperger’s syndrome and sexuality: From adolescence through adulthood
Isabelle Hénault with Tony Attwood (foreword)

In this comprehensive and unique guide, Isabelle Hénault delivers practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples’ therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries.

To find out more about the library and the Family Support & Resource Centre, including how to have these and other books mailed to your house at no charge:

Visit: Rm K2-126,  2nd floor, Ambulatory Care Building
Open Mon-Fri, 10 am-4 pm
Call: 604-453-8335 ext 1  OR   local 5102


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Construction impacts parking & clinic access

In early May, a construction perimeter will be built around the site of the future Acute Care Centre. It will affect parking and the ability to directly access clinics.

Everything within the red perimeter on the map below will be closed off, including the parking lots. The ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery clinics have already moved out of the construction area. Click here for details.

Look for new signs to help you find parking and safely travel around the hospital. To find out more about the project, visit the C&W Redevelopment Project website. As we get more details about how the perimeter will affect your visit, we will keep you updated here.

construction perimeter


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Susan Greig leaves PiC for exciting new project

Susan Profile PictureSusan Greig has made the difficult decision to leave the Partners in Care program, after nine years in the position of Family Liaison. Susan’s role started out as the first of its kind in Canada. Since 2005, she had embedded the patient and family voice into the culture at BC Children’s Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, as well as at the national level. Susan has been a leader in the Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN) and has presented numerous times at CFAN and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) events. While Susan’s accomplishments are many, a few highlights include her involvement in quality improvement projects, RPIWs, overseeing the Patient and Family Centred Awards, being involved in family centred care presentations to staff, and incorporating her passion for art into the hospital through PaintFest events. She is also the creator of this very website/blog. Perhaps most notable, though, was Susan’s involvement in every aspect of Site Redevelopment. She involved the voices of 45 Partners in Care members and many Partners in Pajamas members in the process.

100 Braid StSusan is excited to be starting a new phase of her life, where she will be surrounded by the art that is so close to her heart. In a few months, she will be opening 100 Braid St Studios, an inclusive art studio in New Westminster.

We will all miss Susan very much, but are so excited for the many things that the future holds for her. Good luck, Susan!

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BC Children’s Hospital welcomes Irene Watts

Irene Watts

As a part of the Storytime Program, BCCH Family Support & Resource Centre and CWILL.BC are proud to present children’s author Irene Watts.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 10am
Location: Schoolroom
3rd floor of BC Children’s Hospital
Who can attend: all BC Children’s Hospital in-patients and out-patients and their families.
*Note: please do not attend if your child has signs of cold or flu (coughing, sneezing, runny noses, fever, etc.)

Irene WattsIrene Watts is an author who has been deeply involved with theatre her whole life. She is best know for her adaptations of Robert Munsch stories for the stage, and for her award-winning historical novels for tweens. Her latest novel, Touched by Fire, is about a young immigrant girl in 1911 New York who works in a garment factory that catches on fire.

Visit Irene’s website to learn more.


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Saturday: heat turned off 10am-2pm

warm clothingThis Saturday, March 22, the heat will be temporarily turned off from 10am until 2pm in the BC Children’s and BC Women’s main building. This is to allow work on the steam heat system.

If you are coming to the hospital during this time, please bring an extra sweater or other warm clothing with you. The building will be cooler than usual.

Thank you for your patience as construction and upgrades at the Oak Street Campus continue. Click here to find out more about the redevelopment project.

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Reminder: Orthopaedic & Ophthalmology Clinics have moved

A reminder to all patients and families that the Orthopaedic and Ophthalmology Clinics moved to new locations at the end of January.

The Ophthalmology Clinic is now located on the third floor of the Shaughnessy F Wing, near Entrance 73 (see map below.) All patients must go to the new location for their appointments.
For more information, visit the Ophthalmology Clinic website.


The Orthopaedic Clinic and Integrated Radiology Suite is now located on the ground floor of BC Children’s Hospital (1D), in the Djavad Mowafaghian Wing, down the hallway from the main lobby and elevators (see map below). All patients must go to the new location for their appointments.
For more information visit the Orthopaedic Clinic website.


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March 4: changes at BC Children’s & BC Women’s

There are changes happening at BC Children’s and BC Women’s, starting tomorrow (March 4, 2014):

All access to Shaughnessy A Wing will be permanently closed.

The Anatomic Pathology Lab will still be accessible through Entrance 45 and from the E wing, all other access points are closed. (Entrance 45 remains closed to everyone else.)

The North glass hallway, by the Respiratory department, connecting the Shaughnessy Building and the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital main building will be permanently closed.

How to access BC Children’s and BC Women’s:

Going between Shaughnessy and the BC Children’s/BC Women’s main building, you must use the south glass hallway on level 1, passing by the cafeteria and through the main corridor in BC Children’s and BC Women’s.

Temporary daytime walking route: exit the Shaughnessy Building in front of the auditorium on the second floor; walk down the stairs and across the courtyard into the door at the end of the glass tunnel,­ by the Respiratory Department. 


BCCH access

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