Ladies auxiliary host spring garden party

Picture of the AGM members are: back row (l-r) recording secretary Lois Geiger

Picture of the AGM members are: back row (l-r) recording secretary Lois Geiger

On May 1 we held our second Annual Garden Party at the Blue Loon Cafe.  Approximately 50 guests attended, including Bernie Easson and Pearl Broswick from the hospital. And what an afternoon it was. Not only was the array of food fantastic and we have Jeanette Ketch, owner of the Blue Loon to thank, but the display of garden items was unbelievable. We had garden ornaments, stepping stones, garden lights, garden clocks, accessories, plants and of course some fabulous bird houses. Some really different imagination went into the building of some of the bird houses. We had a silent auction and live auction. All guests received a gift at the door and there were numerous door prizes of great value. A special thank you goes to Larissa Hadley who was our auctioneer and nobody does it better than Larissa for getting those bids higher and higher. Thanks again Larissa. We would also like to extend a special thank you to all of you who donated and/or made the beautiful garden items. Also a special thank you to Fay McCracken and Leslie Wolfer and their helpers who did a wonderful job of organization for this wonderful  afternoon. A ticket for this fun event was only $25 and if you ask anyone who was at this year’s Garden Party, I am sure that they will want to come again next year. It was well worth the effort and the Auxiliary says ‘thank you’ to all who made this day a success.

Auxilliary holds AGM

Our Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary meeting was held May 5 at the Wells Gray Inn. We had approximately 31 members present and three guests. Tribute was made to Auxiliary members who are no longer with us – June Vandenborre, Audrey Madden, Jeannette Stockton, Joan Unterschultz. We all enjoyed a lovely meal and then on to the meeting. We had a short address by our Mayor John Harwood who praised the Auxiliary for their work in volunteering.  Valerie Tribes, our OMA Rep installed our officers (by acclamation). The hospital presents an “Equipment Wish List” each year to the Auxiliary for consideration. Bernie Easson from the hospital explained how the equipment would be used and in what area of the hospital. The equipment items included procedure carts, wall mounted vital signs monitor, isolation cart, CPAP unit and Stryker Patient bed. This equipment may have a price tag of approximately $23,000.  The auxiliary members voted unanimously to buy all the equipment at one time.

Auxiliary Day – May 10


Lots of goodies were handed out to the citizens of Clearwater in a “thank you” for all the help and support we receive from the community.  Later in the day at the hospital some members were introduced to the Interior Health CEO, Dr. Robert Halpenny and chairman of the board Mr. Norm Embree. They were very interesting to listen to and gave us an idea on their focus on rural health. They also remain very much focused on recruiting doctors to our area. I believe they left with a good vision of our hospital auxiliary unit.