Auxiliary News

The MHC Auxiliary held its first regular meeting of the 2015-16 term. A diverse range of topics were discussed and some plans made for the upcoming year. Thank you to all who have supported our activities over the summer months.

The Raffle Cash Draw was held at the NEMI Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 5. The winners were Bill Kemp ($1,000), Sharon Bird ($500), Lloyd Belanger, Judy Miron, Carole Labelle ($100 each). Congratulations!

Book Sales continue at the Farmers’ Market until October 10. So far we have raised over one thousand dollars for patient services. The donation of books is appreciated but please call Laila (368-2580) before you drop off materials at the Market or at MHC.

Other regular fundraisers continued throughout the summer. The ongoing HELPP Lottery, In Memoriam donations, tuck cart\showcase, coin boxes and the Fill ‘er Up Jug were available. Every donation, large or small, enables us to provide services for patients.

We celebrated our 70th anniversary in June at the Anchor Inn. It was a special evening with special food, special speakers and special awards. Three members, Carmelita Genereux, Sue Lafreniere and Laila Kiviaho, received Life Memberships. Glorea Myronuk, June McConnell. Sharon Bentley, Carole Labelle, Doug Hore, Ted Musgrove, Maurice Labelle, Heather Hutchinson and Laila Kiviaho received pins for Outstanding Service. President Dave Sylvester was presented with certificates from the municipal, provincial and federal governments. All groups lauded the Auxiliary for its contributions to hospital and community over 70 years. Thank you to the Expositor for the great coverage.

Names have been submitted to the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario to recognize two of our members on the provincial Memorial Honour Roll. When the decision is made provincially, the information will be passed on.

There were changes made. The Fundscrip gift card programme has been scrapped. Barbara Baker, who was the chair of the program, said that there was not enough support to continue. Also, Barbara Baker resigned as vice-president due to many other commitments. She will continue to be an active member. Elaine Moore was nominated and acclaimed to fill the vacancy. Congratulations, Elaine.

The Annual Harvest Sale is on Saturday, October 10 from 9 am till noon near the Post Office in Little Current. Please donate some of your extra produce. As well, baking is always welcome! Call June (368-3654) or Sue (368-2336 ) to donate.

The Manitoulin Health Centre, at Mindemoya and Little Current, is being featured in a video by the Ontario Hospital Association that shows how hospitals in rural\small town areas can operate successfully. More details to follow.

September is membership renewal month. However, anytime is membership time. As with many other organizations, there is always a need for new members to carry the group forward. The MHC Auxiliary is celebrating 70 years. Will there be enough members to bring it forward to 80 or 90? The cost is $2 per year. There is a sheet available on a table near admitting, at the clinic and in a holder on the wall near the tuck cart room door. You can quickly sign up, attach $2 and you’re a member. You can be as active as you have time for or simply join to show your support and appreciation.

Over the 70 years the efforts of hundreds of members laid the foundation for the MHC Auxiliary as it is today. We appreciate the diligence and care for others that has always been evident and has contributed to the success of the auxiliary.