we are 65
We are 65 this year!

Spring greetings to my fellow Auxiliary members. Welcome back snow birds, and kudos on weathering the winter storms to all who bravely stayed behind. Nice to be warm again. 

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The Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary recently held its June 2017 meeting at St. Andrew’s U.C. in Bayfield. This is always a special occasion as it is one that bestows honours on some of their Auxiliary members deserving of being recognized in a special way.

This year the auxiliary was proud to acknowledge Mary Peel and Gerda Abbott. A few months ago Mary moved to an apartment at Huronlea in Brussels where she now has a small garden and her bird feeder. The Auxiliary appreciates all the help Mary has given to the auxiliary.

Gerda likes to garden and knit. She has knitted many lovely things for the Gift Shop. She is also the buyer for their Gift Shop. The Auxiliary thanks you for all your hard work and are looking forward to many years to come.

They are very appreciative of all the help both of you have given to the auxiliary in the past and they presented each with flowers and a certificate of honour.

(Pictured below receiving flowers and certificates from President Dianne Stevenson) l-r are: Mary Peel and Gerda Abbott (honourees).

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At this meeting a special auxiliary June 2017 tribute was also given to two ladies:

Peggy Menzies and Donna Wood/Parrott.

Peggy Menzies2           Donna Wood Parrott2

As the Auxiliary looked over their Auxiliary records, they couldn’t help but recognize the amazing number of years of your dedication to the Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary.

You began this journey in 1957 and 1958. Within a very short period of time, each of you became President of CPH, along with enjoying your young families.

The Auxiliary is so impressed by the variety of Special Events that happened in those years, for instance Vanishing Parties, Special Teas, Hat Shows and the Wear & Tear Fashion Show, Donna, do you recall your “White Swan Bridal Gown“?

These two ladies continued their dedication by accepting the honour of being HAAO Provincial President and Secretary in 1981, followed by President and Secretary of the Canadian Association of Health Care Auxiliaries in 1990.

What an outstanding accomplishment by both of you!

The Auxiliary invited all their members and friends in attendance to show their appreciation, as we present a token of their Thanks!!!

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(pictured are l-r) back row Linda Dunford (past president), Dianne Stevenson (President), Ann MacLean (Past President) seated: Donna Wood/Parrott, Peggy Menzies
KGH Auxiliary donates $350,000                                                                                  Courtesy Matthew Manor, KHSC Communication

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, one of the operating rooms at the Kingston General Hospital site of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) was the scene of the unveiling of the new Neuronavigation equipment recently acquired through a donation of $350,000 from the Auxiliary.

Sandra Fletcher, Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary President, seen here with Dr. David Pichora, President and CEO KHSC and Dr. D. J. Cook, Neurosurgeon, represented the members of the Auxiliary at the unveiling which was attended by members of the local media as well as with Executive members of the KHSC. She noted that since 1905 the KGH Auxiliary has made an incredible difference to the hospital and how it continues to deliver the highest quality of patient care. The impact of the time and fundraising efforts of its members and volunteers is substantial and exceptional. The annual donation of close to $500,000 each year to the hospital goes towards supporting patients and families from across the S.E. LHIN which covers the area from Trenton to Brockville.

The Auxiliary was able to raise these funds through the operation of its Café, Gift Shop, Tuck Shop, HELPP tickets and lottery booth as well as other fundraising activities such as the annual Christmas Bazaar and the Teddy Bear Campaign.

Each year the Auxiliary Finance Committee takes a look at the list of equipment and technology the hospital is looking to purchase and tries to pick out items that will have the biggest impact on the patient’s overall hospital experience. This year it was decided to go big and purchase this new system to support patients who need brain or spine operations. This technology is already benefitting patients by ensuring their surgical teams have access to the most state-of-the-art equipment as they complete these very delicate surgical procedures. It also means the hospital can treat patients locally closer to family and friends.

(The following article appeared in The Standard (newspaper for Blind River) on May 11, 2017 and is being published here with the permission of Kelly James)
North Shore Health Network Auxiliary
Hosts Spring Conference of HAAO North Central Region

North Shore Health Network AuxiliaryPhoto Caption: Over 90 delegates from across Northern Ontario attended the Spring Conference of the Hospital Auxiliaries Associations of Ontario (HAAO) North Central Region Spring Conference held in Blind River last weekend. The delegates were welcomed by (left to right) North Central Region past chair Leila Thureson, North Shore Health Network Auxiliary president Bev Robinson, HAAO president Marion Saunders and incoming North Central Region chair Bea Jensen.

Please click on this link North Central Spring Conference to read the entire article.