KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, JUNE 19, 2018 – As the last pieces of furniture were lined up, shoes unpacked from boxes, and pieces of silver were polished, the Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Auxiliary took a few moments on the afternoon of June 8, 2018 to recognize the contributions of the long-serving volunteers at its major yearly fundraiser, Hey Day.

Set-up was now complete for the 58th annual giant garage and yard sale, and all was in readiness for the eager bargain-hunters who would be lined up outside the doors of the Kemptville Curling Club a few hours later.

Jolene Stover, the energetic Convener of Hey Day for four years running, stepped up to the microphone. She began to call out the names of the volunteers who had helped out at Hey Day for 10 years or more.

This took several minutes, as 77 names were called out, and those in attendance lined up for a group photo. Stover was visibly emotional as she expressed the Auxiliary’s gratitude for this inspirational commitment to their annual fundraiser for Kemptville District Hospital.

Stover noted that there were an additional nine volunteers who had helped out at Hey Day for 25, 30, and 40 years or more: Crawford Barkhouse, the Churchill Family, Norma Fisher, Liz Forbes, Bev Fry, Marian McGahey, Avalon Pinhey, Cecile Prodonick, and Eleanor Scott. Three of these – Marian, Avalon, and Cecile, had been volunteering at Hey Day since the beginning.   Please click here for the continuation of this news article.

Hey Day volunteers 10 years plus

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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.

In December 2016, a cheque in the amount of $50,000 was presented by the PECMH Auxiliary to the Hospital Foundation as part of our community's contribution to a newly refurbished MRI machine.  Local wait times for an MRI in the Quinte region rank as some of  the fastest in the province.  With a refurbished machine in place, Prince Edward County, residents will have access to timely and excellent quality diagnostic imaging.

The numbers are in! In 2016,  Prince Edward County Auxiliary volunteers gave 26,106 hours of their time to our various  fundraising pecmh1 endeavours.  A Herculean effort that translates into  modern medical equipment for our hospital along with scholarships and support for other health initiatives in the County. 26,106 hours translates into 14 people working full time throughout the  year.

As I'm sure many people know, a large part is played in small towns by people who put in hours of unpaid time working in various organizations as Volunteer help.  Without these good people many organizations would cease to exist. 

Keeping track of our Volunteer hours is a very important part of the Auxiliary organization and a large thank you goes to our statistical genius Janet Chandler for her work in this area.

This past year the PECMH Auxiliary held a very successful Volunteer Drive in September. By late February 2017, we welcomed 21 new people into our organization.  These community minded men and women are now working in one or more of our services.
The Festival of Trees was a very rewarding and delightful Auxiliary Fundraiser again this past November, with a record net of $35,485.00  To quote Liz Jones, President of the PECMH Auxiliary, “a huge thank you goes out to Jack and Cathy Starkey and all the many volunteers who make the Festival   of Trees such a success!  The event brings the entire community together as companies and individuals donate generously, attend and spend!”

To each and every one of the PECMH Auxiliary Volunteers a very big “thank you” for the tremendous effort they have made.~ Submitted by Elizabeth Smellie,  Director of Communications PECMH Auxiliary