Hospital Auxiliary members donate to the hospital

Over $29,000 going to the hospital for some needed equipment

Marg. Anderson

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s annual general meeting (AGM) was held this year on May 1.

It was nice that we had excellent representation from the hospital in Lorelei Rogers – nursing service and care leader; Bernadine Easson – community integration health services administrator – Thompson-Caribou rural; Margot Venema – administrative assistant and a quick and nice visit from our two doctors – Dr. J. Soles who introduced a new doctor – Dr. Steven Broadbent along with his wife. One of our guests was Joanette Goddard, past president of BCAHA, who so kindly did the initiation of our officers for the coming year.

With our 2014 Garden Party coming a few days after the AGM and knowing that our fundraising for this event in 2013 was very successful, allowed us to donate over $29,000 to the hospital for some needed equipment – one being a stretcher (a radiographic with scale to be used in the trauma area) and costing approximately $13,000.

Our Garden Party for this year was held on May 4 and very successful. We thank all of you who contributed to this event. This year the event was held at the Wells Gray Inn and we have heard nothing but positive remarks. The food was exceptional and the decorations on the tables was something out of a story book (beautiful). Our auctioneer, Gordon Murison from Hinton, Alberta kept the afternoon lively with his never ending humor.

Our final unit meeting for the season was on June 3 and except for a couple of volunteer meetings, we will have a rest until September, when we begin to make plans for our upcoming Dessert Extravaganza to be held on Oct. 18 at the KOA.

The Hospital Auxiliary is always looking for new volunteers (either male or female). If you feel you could donate a few hours a week or month, we ask you to please call either Leslie at 250-674-3205 or Marg. At 250-674-3554.

The Gift Corner (located just inside the hospital front doors) or the Thrift Store in Vavenby would love to see new faces. You might even like to attend some of our meetings and enjoy socializing with our busy ‘crew’. You may also visit us on our website:


On Auxiliary Day (usually May 10) we try and get out in the Community to visit all businesses, etc. who so kindly contributed to these fundraising events. This year on May 9 the Auxiliary members delivered chocolate goodies with a special “Thank You”.