The Ostomy Halifax Gazette is published 9 times a year
Bette Yetman, our first editor and publisher, knew that the Nova Scotia Ostomy Association must have a voice. The Founder's commitment, to make life better and to inform, is evident from the very beginning. Our first newsletter was made up of 2 single sided typewritten pages. "Read all about it", it's a treasure!
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Interesting milestones taken from three of our early newsletters
- February 1973 The 2nd newsletter lists membership at 19 and the executive as Bette Yetman, Ruth Kenney, Julia Wilkes and Roy Baker. Dr. Fred Barton is noted as being "our medical advisor". " Our year runs from October to the following September. The dues are $5 for ostomate member and $4 for a non-ostomate." From the beginning, it was apparent that "non-ostomates" were key to success. An article, "DONATE YOUR UNWANTED APPLIANCES", acknowledged the difficulty some had in affording supplies. An announcement notes that The Woodlawn Surgical Appliances has a display of their products - In our second meeting we had our first product display. And, Raymond Arnold, the owner is offering "... a 10% discount on purchases made by members of the Association".
- March 1973 At the third meeting it was announced that "... we are affiliated with the United Ostomy Association ... members will receive the Spring 1973 issue of Ostomy Quarterly (and that) we are the 189th member group and the only one in the Maritimes." "The executive and Dr. Barton have encouraged the medical community at the VG hospital to be involved -The PROGRAM: Dr. John Curry speaking on "Role of Stomas in Surgery". Lawtons Drug Store and Hartz Medical Supplies have also provided products to display at meetings. HELPFUL HINTS column is introduced. On a lighter note, we were always able to laugh at ourselves "(when) people asked questions in the shower about George's ostomy bag, his friends told them that George is so tight he wears his money belt in the shower!"
- The January 1976 edition of the newsletter notes "membership had risen from 19 in early 1973 to the present 117." The newsletter is now 6 type written pages; 13 members were listed on the front page with program/committee responsibilities; medical advisors now listed Dr. Barton and 4 additional doctors along with ET Lynn Stewart.