Dr. Joe Haegert Retirement Celebration
We are sad to see Dr. Joe Haegert retiring from our Community Health Centre – where he has worked for 44 years, starting as the first physician. At the same time, we’re delighted for the excuse to honour his lifetime of service. Please join us in the beautiful First People’s Gallery at the Royal BC Museum on Saturday, November 1.
Dr. Haegert’s practice originally grew out of a need for appropriate and professional medical care for people living in communes, the transient population and travelling students. Like Cool Aid itself, over the years, Dr. Haegert’s patient group evolved due to changes in the economy, an increase in mental illness, a rise in alcohol and substance use and an ageing population.
Today, the Cool Aid Community Health Centre at 713 Johnson Street provides a wide variety of health services to over 4,000 patients, many of whom are homeless. Over the years, other professionals have joined Dr. Joe in this work, including physicians, nurses, counsellors, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, medical office assistants, an acupuncturist, nutritionist and other visiting specialists. We’ve come a long way since those early years!
We would be delighted to have you join us to honour Dr. Joe and share stories of his life and service.
Where: Royal British Columbia Museum – First People’s Gallery
When: Saturday, November 1 @ 6 to 10:00 pm – Dr. Joe speaks at 7
Cost: $100 includes drinks, Truffles Catering and a small tax receipt
The Victoria Cool Aid Society would also like to honour Dr. Joe’s lifetime of achievement by naming a new apartment building after him, which will end homelessness for dozens of Victorians, for generations to come.
All proceeds from this event will help Cool Aid build an apartment building named after Dr. Joe, for people without homes. Cool Aid needs to raise $1 million in total to attract sufficient government funds to build the new Dr. Joe Haegert Apartments. The Cool Aid family (our staff and directors) have already pledged the first $100,000. Another $211,000 has come in from other donations.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 1, when together we will honour Dr. Joe’s lifetime of service. Whether or not you can attend, we hope you will also consider a donation towards the Dr. Joe Haegert Apartments.