vial of L.I.F.E. 

When emergency service workers arrive at a home and find a person who has suffered a health crisis, the last thing they need is to lose time on finding medical and emergency data.

Ideally, all of that information should be stored securely in one place and easy to locate.

Vial of Life, a program developed in Canada by the Victorian Order of Nurses, and brought to the attention of the TBB Lions by the Point Roberts Fire Services, addresses the issue, helping people to organize vital information and store it in a secure area.

The Vial of Life should contain information such as: doctor's name, a provincial health coverage card, list of medications, medical conditions and emergency contacts. A family member or pharmacist should record all the information on a paper form the Lions provide.

Often individuals who encounter emergency medical situations must leave their homes in a hurry. There is not always enough time to find necessary medical documents.

As the name of the program suggests, documents are kept in clear plastic vials that should be stored in the fridge, because it is an easy location, that all homes would have.

People that use the program are also given fridge magnets and door stickers that will alert first responders to the presence of the vial and its vital information.

Local pharmacies will, upon request provide patients with 2 copies of their prescriptions, one for the vial and one for backup, in case the first one is taken by medical personnel.

Vials can be obtained FREE OF CHARGE at pharmacies, Doctor's offices, Fire Halls and Community Police Stations beginning April 1 in Tsawwassen and in the near future in Ladner.

In the future, the Lions hope to have them available in all Senior Care facilities.

For further information or to request a vial, please contact the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions at

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The Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club is rolling out a program this month aimed at making it easier for first responders to find vital information when dealing with medical emergencies.

The Vial of Life program helps people organize vital information, such as medical conditions, allergies, current medications and emergency contacts, in one place that is easily accessible to emergency responders.

The program directs participants to store the forms in the provided plastic vial in the fridge, because it is an easy location and there is one in every home. The kit also comes with a sticker for the front door and a fridge magnet to alert first responders to the presence of the vial.

Vial of Life committee chair Roger Lasell said the service club saw the program in use in Point Roberts and decided to bring it to South Delta. The program is sponsored by Eleanor Calderwood with Raymond James and Tsawwassen Pharmacy.

Lasell said Vial of Life was rolled out in Tsawwassen starting June 1 with the aim of bringing it to Ladner in the fall.

The kits are available free of charge at Tsawwassen pharmacies, fire halls, community police stations and some medical offices.

Tsawwassen pharmacies will also, upon request, provide patients with two copies of their prescriptions.

For more information, or to request a kit, email

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Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions

The meeting was called to order by Lion President Kim Carswell at 7:00 pm.

26 members were present.

PREVIOUS MINUTES: Moved by Lion Steve Scott that the minutes of Jan. 21 be accepted as

published on the website and via email, seconded by Lion Roger Lasell. Carried

CORRESPONDENCE: letters for financial assistance received from Canadian Red Cross and Meals

on Wheels and passed on to the Community Donations Committee


1. Financial Report: Lion Harry Siempelkamp moved that the treasurer’s report be accepted as

circulated, seconded by Lion Rick Marks, Carried.

2. Nominating Committee: Lion President Kim Carswell reported that the committee of Lions

Murray Hastings, Gary Keller and Kim Carswell were actively recruiting the new executive and

will meet the week of Feb.11 to identify new candidates. Nominating meeting will be Apr. 1 and

elections, if required, will be held at the Annual General meeting on Apr. 15

3. Community Donations Committee: Lion Roger Lasell moved that the club donate $1000 to

the SDSS Rugby Club and $1000 to the SDSS Football Club for their assistance at the Tree

Chipping Event. Seconded by Lions Alan Calderwood. Carried.

Lions Allan Calderwood, Roger Lasell and Kim Carswell will organize a “Big Cheque”

presentation to the SDSS clubs.

CDC Chairman Roger Lasell asked the membership to consider individuals or groups that may

benefit from some financial assistance from the TBBL. They should contact Roger Lasell or

any member of the Donations Committee.

4. Canada Day Coordinator: Lion President Kim Carswell announced that Lion Peter Hay had

volunteered to head the committee., assisted by Lions Marilyn Elford, Steve Dane, Peter

Thesiger and Chris Heywood.

5. Grauer Park update: Lion Alan Calderwood gave a detailed report on this project from

inception until today. Details are available on the Lions website.

Lions Peter Thesiger and Steve Dane compiled a 7 page document from archived minutes of

all the discussions pertaining to the Grauer Park project. This document was emailed to all

members and is posted on the TBBL website under “Members only / Notices to Membership”

password TBBLmembers).

Lion Alan Calderwood moved that $10,000 be moved into the Grauer Park fund for the next

phase of this project, seconded by Lion David Smith. Carried. It should be noted that these

funds will be available to other projects should the need arise, and only be used for Grauer

Park upon further approval of the club members.

6. Good and Welfare of Members: Lion President Kim Carswell reported that Lion Gerry Hintz

had just passed away, after a length illness. He also commented on the service for Emma

Melnyk held on Saturday.

7. Round Table: Lion Allan Calderwood suggested that we should sponsor a member to attend

the District H Spring Conference on March 15/16 to represent the TBBL. This will be discussed

at the Board meeting on Feb. 19

TERMINATION/ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was terminated at 8:05 pm

CLUB CALENDAR: March 15/16 – District 19H Spring Conference - Chilliwack