Dear Band Members,

We are very happy to introduce you to the 27th weekly newsletter of Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band!

With this newsletter, we aim to keep all our Band members informed about the latest happenings, events, and news within the community.   We are distributing this news letter by email, so please encourage everyone to get their email address into   manager@wpcib.com, so they can be added to the list.
 
Weekly Updates - August 7, 2017
Kinder Morgan Employment Opportunities

I would like to inform you of the below KMC operations employment opportunities posted today that may be of interest to your community members:  

New Job Postings

Operator Technician – Burnaby/Westridge (#15333)
Sr. Account Analyst (term role) – Calgary (#15379)


As an equal opportunity employer, Kinder Morgan Canada actively encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Aboriginal Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.
 
If you know a potential candidate for these opportunities, please encourage them to apply online through our website: here

Please visit the Canadian HR intranet page for more information. 

To find these or other Opportunities:
Search by:
  • Position Number, or
  • Location (sites in Alberta: AB-; British Columbia: BC-; Saskatchewan: SK-)
Click Search (bottom right of page).
Click on Title.
Click Apply Now
Note:  Please apply on-line.  You will receive a notification that your submission was successful.
 
Prescription Benefits

Effective October 1, 2017, First Nations in B.C. will join BC PharmaCare—the province’s largest drug insurance program. A new PharmaCare plan, Plan W, has been designed specifically for First Nations.

BC PharmaCare helps B.C. residents with the cost of eligible prescription drugs, and certain medical supplies and pharmacy services. It provides assistance through several drug plans.

Through this transfer, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) clients will see their prescription benefits services move from Health Canada’s present system to PharmaCare. This transition is intended to reduce the steps needed for prescription coverage approval for First Nations clients who must sometimes navigate both federal and provincial services.

The FNHA has approximately 143,000 eligible clients. For the vast majority, their prescription drug coverage will not change, and coverage will switch automatically. Most FNHA clients will not notice any difference when picking up prescriptions at a pharmacy. Clients will need to continue to provide their Status Card and Personal Health Number to access drug benefits under PharmaCare.

In the transition to the BC PharmaCare drug formulary, a small number of clients will see a change related to specific drugs. FNHA will ensure all patients continue to receive the medications they need. Any change in drug therapy will be made in partnership between clients and their health care providers based on what is best for their health. Clients can access more information on specific drugs that are impacted by the transition to Pharmacare at www.fnha.ca/pharmacare, and are urged to speak to their health-care provider about their prescriptions.

PharmaCare is a provincial program, and provides coverage for prescriptions within the province, but does not cover prescriptions purchased outside the province. Clients preparing to travel out-of-province should to plan ahead and fill their prescriptions before leaving B.C. A solution for reimbursement for out-of-province prescriptions is being developed.

Any client with questions, or experiencing a need for support with coverage as a result of the transition, is encouraged to call FNHA Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454.

First Nations Health Benefits Quick Facts:

Number of FNHA clients: approximately 143,000 (March 2017)
Number of pharmacy clients: approximately 99,000 (2016/17)
Number of claims: approximately 2.6 million (2016/17)
 
Update on Williams Lake Health Services
High Temperatures
Band Manager Change

Wendy Parker has resigned her position as Band Manager to pursue other opportunities.  Chief and council wish Wendy success in her further endeavors.  Steve Kulmatycki will assume the Band Manager duties.
 
Chief and Council Activities

In addition to the regular management of individual portfolios, last week Chief and Council:
  • Monitored wildfire status, and managed band emergency preparedness.
  • Met with Enbridge to negotiate an updated benefits agreement.
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