Support Our Health Care Society

Edward Staples, President          
Bill Day, Vice President
Nienke Klaver, Secretary               

The Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society of Princeton is a grassroots movement dedicated to the improvement of health care services in Princeton and Area.
Previously called the Save Our Hospital Coalition (SOHC). Established in April 2012, when Princeton received the news that our Emergeny Department was closing for 4 nights a week.

Our Vision: Our future includes a model of health care that serves Princeton and Area from “cradle to grave”, competently and efficiently, with Princeton General Hospital at the core of these services. The renewal of our health care services will ensure that our community will thrive.

Our Mission: Dedicated to the development of Princeton as a model of excellence and innovation in rural health care.

SOHC is a member of the BC Health Coalition ( and is associated with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC ( and the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (


SOHC’s History in Pictures

September 17, 2013 – At the second meeting of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, IHA announced that, as of October 11, 2013, the Emergency Departmentat Princeton General Hospital would be reopened 24/7.

June 4, 2014 – SOHC holds Public Forum on Medicare at Riverside Community Centre. Moderated by Brad Hope, the panel consisted of Dr. Duncan Etches (Canadian Doctors for Medicare), Rick Turner (Co-chair, BC Health Coalition), and Ed Staples (President, SOHC). Presentations included information on the history of Medicare, background to the constitutional legal challenge, and consequences for Canadians if Dr. Day would win his case.
Our first Rally was on May 22, 2012. This was our poster. The media was invited…..
May 23, 2015 – “Colour Me Healthy” Fun Run held at Princeton Secondary School. SOHC assists with organization.
March 31, 2014 – SOHC organizes Public Rally in support of the Public Health Care in Canada. The Rally is part of a nation-wide Day of Action marking the end of the national agreement between the provinces and federal government, known as the Canada Health Accord.


This profile provides an overview of the Princeton Local Health Area (LHA) population in the areas of:
Population Health | Health & Social Status | Health System Performance | Home & Community Care | Healthy Behaviours

Click to access Princeton%20LHA.pdf


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Princeton businesses donate protective equipment to local health-care workers


Apr. 2, 2020

Princeton’s doctors, nurses and other health professionals, as well as care providers from around the region, are making a plea for donations of Personal Protective Equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

Already local businesses have stepped forward with donations to equip front line workers.

Copper Mountain Mine, Weyerhaeuser, Lordco, Princeton Dental and Cascade Veterinary Clinic have made contributions, said Mayor Spencer Coyne.

Surgical and procedural masks, industrial dust masks or N95s, latex and non-latex gloves, safety goggles and glasses, face shields and procedural gowns are still needed.

Ed Staples, president of Princeton’s Support Our Health Care, said by collecting supplies now the heath care system will be better prepared for the coming weeks.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” he said. “These are the people who are right on the front lines doing battle for us and they need protection more than anybody.”

Staples said he’s heartened by the response thus far.

“The community is pulling together. It’s coming together and that’s what we need.”


BC Health Coalition – 2017 Conference
Revolutionizing Rural and Urban Access to Primary Health Care in B.C.: Moving Toward Patient-centred, Team-based Care Rooted in the Communities it Serves. 

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Theatre Jewish Centre, Vancouver
Marcy Cohen has over 35 years of experience working as health and social policy researcher and educator. Her research has focused primarily on community health restructuring, strategies for improving public health services, and workforce equity issues. Now retired, Marcy continues to support the work of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and volunteers for a number of community organizations, including the BC Health Coalition. Most recently, she led the Raising the Profile Project, that has been instrumental in raising the profile of the Community Based Seniors Services (CBSS) sector in BC.

Some of the presenters:
Colleen Fuller, health policy analyst and a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the REACH Community Health Centre in East Vancouver and co-founder of PharmaWatch Canada.
Dr. Margaret McGregor, family physician who worked at Mid Main Community Health Centre for 25 years. She now works with a home-based primary care service for seniors unable to access usual primary care due to advanced frailty (Home ViVE ). Director of the UBC Dept. of Family Practice, Community Geriatrics and Research Associate with the VCHRI’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation and the UBC Centre for Health Services & Policy Research.
Edward Staples, President of Support Our Health Care, member of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Healthcare Coalition, and the British Columbia Health Coalition Steering Committee.







Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 10:00 am to 11:15 am, L’Chaim Room
Description: Healthcare delivery is complex. Each community, shaped by a unique history, geographic location and social context, has strengths and needs that collectively make up its capacity for care. When healthcare needs outweigh capacities, communities reach critical points requiring focused attention. Such has been the case in the community of Princeton where the Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society was formed to better understand and support the community’s need for change. They organized a research based consultation to solicit the perspectives and experiences of Princeton citizens and to glean the ‘story’ from the community’s perspective. Discussion in this workshop will focus on how participants might initiate similar initiatives in their communities.


Nienke Klaver is a retired musician and music educator, now living in Princeton. She got involved in healthcare in 2012, when Interior Health announced closures of the local ER. She is a founding member and Secretary of the Support Our Health Care Society of Princeton. She also serves on the BC Health Coalition Finance Committee.

Ed Staples, President of Support Our Health Care – Princeton is a retired teacher with over 35 years experience as an educator and administrator. Mr. Staples taught for twelve years in Alberta and British Columbia schools and for six years served as Education Consultant for Edmonton Public Schools. His experience includes seventeen years teaching overseas in Saudi Arabia, Chile, and Japan. In 2008, he moved to the Tulameen River Valley near Princeton where he became involved as a public health advocate focusing on rural healthcare issues. He is President of the Support Our Health Care Society of Princeton and an active member of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Healthcare Coalition, and the British Columbia Health Coalition Steering Committee.


Princeton Health Profile
Income greatly impacts health by affecting our living conditions (e.g., adequate housing and transportation options), access to healthy choices (e.g., healthy food options and recreational activities), and stress levels.
Those with the lowest levels of income experience the poorest health and with each step up in income, health improves. This means all segments of the population experience the effect of income on health, not just those living in poverty.
Princeton average household income $ 67,680
BC average household income $ 90,354
(Census of population, Statistics Canada, 2016
People with higher levels of education tend to be healthier than those with less formal education. Education impacts our job opportunities, working conditions, and income level. In addition, education equips us to better understand our health options and make informed choices about our health.
Offering or partnering with other organizations to deliver informal education, such as skill-building workshops (e.g., literacy training), can contribute towards improved individual and community health.
No diploma Princeton 23.7 %
No diploma BC average 15.5 %

University degree Princeton 9.7 %
University degree BC average 24.6 %