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A quick and easy way to keep critical documents safe Let’s face it. Getting organized can be tedious. Downright painful. Especially when it comes to the niggly little things that you can leave “for later”. For example, do you have one safe place for the following?:
  • Emergency contacts
  • A copy of your passport
  • Names and numbers for neighbours
  • Insurance information
  • Your family doctor’s contact info
  • List of bank account numbers
  •  Master list of passwords
  • A record of where you keep your valuables (stocks, jewelry, art, etc.)
  • A list of your allergies
  • A record of your medication names
  • Your will/advanced directive
This list could go on and on. Even if you are disciplined enough to get these things together into a file folder, what would happen if there was a fire, flood or robbery? These days your best bet is to get electronic copies of your most important information, and with Tyze it’s easy. Before you start backing away shaking your head saying “I don’t have a scanner!”, try this quick tip. If you have a smartphone or a digital camera, make things easy on yourself. Lay out all your documents flat and snap a photo of each. Then simply upload them into the secure file storage in your Tyze network and you’re set. Everything in one completely safe and secure place—peace of mind. Wheuf!

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We’re pleased to announce that Tyze has recently brought on two new and exceptionally talented team members. Manuel Zahariev joins Tyze as CTO. Manuel is a senior technology executive with 20+ years experience working in the software industry. He has held executive level roles with a number of technology companies, including most recently serving as the CTO for Vision Critical, a world-renowned global provider of best-of-breed marketing research tools. Manuel holds an M.Sc. in Software Engineering as well as a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University (SFU). Manuel is passionate about people and is looking forward to shaping the technology vision for Tyze.   James Watson joins Tyze as the new VP of Sales and Marketing. James has an exciting 20+ year background in healthcare and high tech sales and marketing. He was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Wolf Medical Systems prior to its acquisition by TELUS and served as Vice President of Sales at Extreme CCTV, which was acquired by the German conglomerate Robert Bosch GmbH. James is committed to using technology to improve society’s health and wellness.   Read more »

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I have a confession to make: I’m a terribly disorganized traveller. I’ve been known to show up at the airport at the wrong hour (oh who am I kidding, it was the wrong day) book hotels in the wrong city, and even, one dreadful time, lose my passport and money. The passport fiasco happened last year. I was headed to Mexico where I was meeting up with my friend Judy who’d already arrived. When I landed in Puerto Vallarta, I shared a taxi van to Sayulita with a Canadian family I’d met in line at customs.  Mid-way to our destination, we pulled into a big box grocery store. I decided to pass the time by push-riding a shopping cart around the parking lot (naturally). What I didn’t know was that my gleeful shopping cart ride dislodged my passport wallet from my back pocket. It fell to the ground in the parking lot and I kept riding away, having a grand time. When we arrived in the small fishing village where I was staying, I reached into my back pocket for my passport wallet (oh, which also contained my money, credit cards and the name and address of where I was staying). You know that awful feeling when you’ve lost something reallyyyyy important? That deep stone in your stomach feeling? Yeah, I got that. Read more »

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My grandmother is a fit, active, healthy, vibrant and charismatic 86 year old.  She has great taste in clothing, loves good food, is an avid walker and has short term memory like a sieve. There was a window of opportunity this year that was closing…for her and my grandfather to move from their rural home of 56 years to Assisted Living.  Go now and she might remember why and where she going or wait and have her forever confused.  The time was now.  In order to put the wheels in motion my mother who lives 5000 kms away arranged movers and began to mobilize a team.  The most central person to this equation was Jenny, my grandmother’s respite worker. Read more »

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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
 Oprah Winfrey “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy  November marks the beginning of quite the holiday season – Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa to name a few festivities in which we gather together, give gifts, share food, celebrate and give thanks.While the holiday seasons teaches us the importance of giving and receiving – giving a gift and receiving a hug in return is one of the delights of this time of year – gratitude is easy and feels good all year round. Quiet Gratitude Funnily enough, it’s not just about giving ‘something’ or receiving ‘something’. Gratitude can be quiet and to oneself – being grateful for a beautiful sunset, for an umbrella when it starts raining; for the express bus when we’re late. We smile, live in the moment and ultimately benefit during these little moments of thought and thanks. Baby Steps Taking bigger steps on your year of gratitude can be daunting for some. We are vulnerable when opening up about our feelings. Small steps help. Start by writing down the people and things you are grateful for. Take a moment to reflect. Allow yourself to feel good about these people or things. Perhaps there is a person you could quickly call or email to say “hey, I was just thinking about you, you’re such a great friend, how are you?” Start a gratitude journal so these thoughts are always close by. Gratitude. It improves relationships, attracts what we want, reduces negativity, helps us learn and can leads to feelings of love. It’s easy, free and everyone can do it – with or without Thanksgiving turkey 🙂

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On the West Coast of British Columbia we recently experienced a large earthquake (7.2 on the Richter scale).  I did not feel it but I experienced the flash of fear.  Are we prepared?  Do we have enough bottled water/canned foods?  Do I know how to shut off our gas…where are those pliers?  Do the kids remember our plan?  Have I communicated it to our out of town family?  The news has been replete with reminders that we live on a fault line– it is not a matter of will it happen, it is a matter of when. Same thing for being a caregiver — look at the statistics.  According to the Canadian Caregiving Coalition there are approximately 4 million caregivers in Canada.  With unprecedented population aging combined with reductions in health care services the likelihood of one becoming a caregiver is on the rise.  For many of us, it is really not a matter of if we will be a caregiver, but rather when and to what extent.  Will it be the ‘big one’ or will you have some smaller warning quakes first? Recently I have had a few small warning rumbles.  I think we should think of becoming a caregiver much like earthquake preparedness.  Hopefully we won’t ever need the plan but if we do need it, then we have it. So it begs the question – what do you need in your “Caregiver Preparedness Kit”?  A starting place is to begin to think about who is in your network. What gifts, abilities and/or skills can they bring to bear?  Who needs to be informed if and when the big one (or the small one) comes?  What other types of tools might you need in your kit – an advanced directive?  A power of attorney?  Is it important to know relevant health information like blood type?  Of course the information is essential but so too is the organization of this information so those who need it can access it – when they need it.  How about setting up a Tyze network as part of your “Caregiver Preparedness Kit”?  Don’t wait for the 7.2….

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Tyze Founder and CEO Vickie Cammack was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal last night. The award recognizes Vickie’s contribution championing social networks and social innovation in support of caregivers across Canada, and for her work developing Tyze Personal Networks. Vickie was among 30 leaders in home and community care to receive the medal. The medal serves to recognize significant contributions and achievements made by Canadians. A total of 60,000 Canadians are being honoured for their contributions or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. This year’s commemorative medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne – an occasion marked only once before, by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1897.

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We know that when you’re caring for someone, you’re often on the go. Errands, groceries, doctor’s appointments..the list goes on.  So we heard you when you told us that it’s so important to stay connected while you’re out and about. We delivered Tyze for iPhone last season and since then we’ve been hard at work on an Android version. Today we have big news: Woo-hoo… the Tyze Android App has just gone live at the Google Play store! Stay  connected to your network, post messages and keep up to date–from anywhere. Download the Tyze Android App free here.   

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Jason Hwang

WHAT: Ideas for Impact Speaker Series

SPEAKER: Jason Hwang

WHERE: The Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor

WHEN: Thursday 31st January, 2013

DOORS OPEN: 6:00pm – Speaker from 6:30-8:00pm


Jason Hwang, M.D., M.B.A. is an internal medicine physician who, together with Professor Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School and the late Jerome H. Grossman of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, co-authored The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care(McGraw-Hill, January 2009), the American College of Healthcare Executives 2010 Book of the Year and recipient of the 2011 Health Service Journal Circle Prize for Inspiring Innovation.Dr. Hwang previously co-founded and was the Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute, a non-profit social innovation think tank. He also taught as chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of California, Irvine, where he received multiple recognitions for his clinical work. He has also served as a clinician with the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California. Dr. Hwang received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.