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
“Great day had by all”

The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Alliston hosted the 2017 HAAO Student Conference at the Frederick Banting Homestead. Diane Munro, President SMH and Lorrie Quinn, Student Coordinator assisted. 17 students were registered representing 8 healthcare facilities.

We had amazing speakers that day and the weather could not have been better. We were even able to have our BBQ that evening.

Below are just a few comments from the students who attended regarding the speakers from their evaluation sheets......

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The South Bruce Grey Health Centre Kincardine Auxiliary’s May Awards and Dessert meeting was held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Chris Gravel supplied a beautifully decorated cake to add to the chocolate dipped strawberries, assorted fruits, cheese and crackers and punch. After enjoying a social time, Ginny Ross had the honour of presenting this year’s awards.

Lois HackettA Certificate of Appreciation and pin was given to Lois Hackett (pictured above) for an incredible 50 years as an Auxiliary member. Lois thanked everyone and expressed what a great experience it had been. Liz Nurton then read a poem she had written about Lois’s achievements and the Auxiliary activities beginning 50 years ago. Lois’s daughter Shelley Pollock attended this meeting and Lois mentioned that she had grown up going to the many Auxiliary events.

Betty Johnstone Nancy Potter

The two SBGHC Kincardine Auxiliary Vice presidents were honoured and resented with HAAO pins. Ten year certificates and pins were presented to Betty Johnstone and Nancy Potter (pictured left). Lesley Edwards and Sharon Johnson have also been members for 10 years but were unable to attend.

Pat Emmerton

Five year certificates were presented to Pat Emmerton and Carol Collins (pictured left).

All of these ladies were also given lovely yellow carnations. Nancy Potter then presented a yellow carnation to Joan Threndyle and Shirley Marie Harris in appreciation for their help in the Gift Shop. These awards are very special in recognizing members for their volunteer hours with the SBGHC Kincardine Auxiliary .~ Submitted by Liz Nurton, Press Reporter for the SBGHC Kincardine Auxiliary