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Dec 16, 2018 | Across the Province

Squamish Wellness Fair

The Wellness Fair is held annually in Squamish as an educational and interactive event designed to share information with our community about health services and other health and wellness resources. Flu immunizations, at no charge, are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. Our Auxiliary uses this fair to help inform the public of our mission to raise funds and provide equipment and aids for the Squamish General Hospital, which we have done for over 65 years. Through photos, we showcase our Gift Shop, our jams, and past equipment purchased, as well as the equipment we are raising funds for this year. We also use this venue to inform and invite people to join our Auxiliary team.
(Submitted by the Squamish General Hospital Auxiliary)

Lions Gate Hospital Auxiliary Contributes $300,000

Lions Gate Hospital Auxiliary President Lee Ann Lambert (middle) presents a cheque to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation as part of an overall contribution of $300,000 toward the new Medical and Surgical Centre Campaign. Also pictured are Auxiliary Board member Elaine Schretlen (left) and Auxiliary volunteer Kim Cross.







Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary

On Wednesday, October 24, Diane Thornton, the new Vice President of BCAHA, visited us on the Sunshine Coast. She was given a tour of our Loan Cupboard, Gift Shop and Thrift Store. She even did a little shopping in the Gift Shop. We were grateful that Diane took time out of her busy schedule to pay us a visit, share some of her vision for the future of BCAHA, and listen to our summary of the year’s accomplishments. Diane is in charge of organizing the BCAHA spring conference in Prince George which will focus on embracing change, and we hope to send as many members as possible to enjoy this experience. Pictured are (l-r): Karen Noon, Chair of the Thrift Store, Donna Kyewich, Chair of the Gift Shop, Diane Thornton, and Wendy Hunt, Chair of the Loan Cupboard.
(Submitted by the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary)

On November 11, the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary joined our friends, community and country in remembering those who have fought for our freedom and way of life. Ceremonies were held in Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour. Wreaths were placed by members of the Auxiliary at all three.

BCAHA President Marge Anderson attends the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary AGM held at the Sechelt Legion on Nov. 26th. Marge presented a BCAHA Life Membership to Gayle Bennett, Past President of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary.


Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary

Orientation was held for the new Candy Stripers who will be volunteering at the Chemainus Health Care Centre beginning next month. Four of our returning Candy Stripers came along to meet and help out with the Orientation. What a delightful and bright group of young people who are making a difference in our community.




Special Red Bags are handed out to Chemainus Auxiliary Thrift Store customers during the Auxiliary’s 60th Anniversary week of celebration beginning Dec. 5. The reusable shopping bags are part of the thrift store’s shift to no plastics.
(Submitted by the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary)

Quesnel Hospital Auxiliary

Marlene Connell, Auxiliary to G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital President, presents staff with a rapid infuser for its Emergency Department (left) and a new incubator for the hospital’s lab (right).

Delta Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon

BCAHA Lower Mainland Area Director Carole Murray (lower left) takes part in the holiday festivities at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon.






‘Tis The Season

Sechelt Hospital Gift Shop volunteers show their Christmas spirit.
Pictured (l-r) are Martina Porter, who created the festive hats, Eryl Shindel, Donna Kyewich, Pat Dallin and Vicki Mackenzie.









Social Media Snapshots

Did you know? Each year, Chances Dawson Creek, as part of its community outreach program, chooses to support organizations within our community. We are delighted that they chose our Auxiliary as part of this “giving back” program. Seen here, presenting a cheque for $1,500 to our Treasurer, Susan Klassen, are Chances staff members Jody and Sarah. Thank you to the folks at Chances! We are so grateful for your support. Oh, and we invited these lovely ladies to come on over and check out our great gift shop!  Dawson Creek and District Hospital Auxiliary (October 13 — click underlined text to view full post on Facebook)


St. John’s Hospital Auxiliary members received a very generous donation of $3,214 from Peter and Marianne Giesbrecht of the Vanderhoof Tim Horton’s. The proceeds from the 2018 Smile Cookie Campaign fundraiser were presented to the Auxiliary. THANK YOU to the Vanderhoof Tim Horton’s team for the exceptional fundraising effort in the annual “Smile Cookie Campaign.” The Auxiliary is grateful for the continued support!  Another great reason to SMILE!
St. John Hospital Auxiliary Society (October 24)

Here’s our happy winner with her Autumn Quilt! Thanks again to all who bought tickets and to the Valley Piecemakers quilting guild who stitched it for us.  McBride and District Hospital Auxiliary (October 29)









The Auxiliary wishes a Happy 100th Birthday to our member Fran Morrison. Good health and happiness to her. Also pictured is Barb Moeller.  Auxiliary to Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge  (November 12)








Invermere Thrift Store’s Barb Gagatek receives $13,000 cheque on behalf of Hospice Society from Hospital Auxiliary Rep Seona Helmer.  Invermere Health Care Society (November 19)






This year’s Gingerbread Contest was a tremendous success!!! Thank you to everyone who participated.  The winning entry was from Trinity Care Centre.  Congratulations!!!!  Penticton Hospital Auxiliary (November 26)







At our annual Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary Christmas Dinner, on December 6, 2018, long service awards were presented to four of our volunteers, including: Betty Doberstein — 35 years; Myrna Jones — 40 years; Jacquie Hall — 35 years; Linda Gardner — 35 years. What an amazing contribution these women have made to the Auxiliary and to the community! We thank them for their dedication and service.  Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary  (Dec. 11)

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